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Well, I always thought the Claudia Schiffer marriage thing was his best trick ever but he's still going...

 

 

 

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Magician David Copperfield robbed after show at Kravis Center

 

By Jose Lambiet

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

 

 

He made 13 people disappear into thin air during his Kravis Center show Sunday night, but magician David Copperfield couldn't duplicate the feat with armed teens who robbed him and two women near the venue two hours later.

No one was injured in the incident.

 

The handgun-toting suspects scrammed in a black Malibu with a Kentucky license plate but were nabbed 10 minutes later by West Palm Beach cops.

 

 

Behind bars today are three Palm Beach Shores boys, all 17, whose names weren't released because of their age, and 18-year-old Dwayne Riley, known on the streets as The Kentuckian. They were charged with armed robbery and held without bail.

 

 

The tattoo-covered Riley, also from Palm Beach Shores, is alleged to have pointed a gun at Copperfield, 49, whose real name is David Kotkin.

 

 

"I had a gun pointed at my head from 6 inches away," Copperfield said Tuesday between his two shows in Sunrise. "I'm pretty good under pressure. That's my job. But I had two young ladies with me."

 

 

The illusionist and assistants Cathy Daly and Mia Volmut were walking near CityPlace toward their tour bus parked at the Kravis when thugs approached them about 11:15 p.m. The group had gone to a steakhouse for dinner after Copperfield's sixth and last show here.

 

 

According to the police report, this is what happened next: The Malibu pulled up behind the group, and two of the four young men in the car came out holding handguns. One ordered Daly to "give me what you have." Daly handed over $400 from her pockets. Riley, meanwhile, allegedly stuck a gun in Volmut's face and asked for her purse, and she, too, gave it up. In it were 200 euros, $100, her passport, plane tickets and a Razr cellphone.

When Copperfield's turn came, Riley was bamboozled.

 

 

Copperfield told Page Two he pulled out all of his pockets for Riley to see he had nothing, even though he had a cellphone, passport and wallet stuffed in them.

"Call it reverse pickpocketing," Copperfield said.

 

 

Riley jumped behind the wheel, and the car took off.

 

 

Copperfield read the license plate to Daly as she called 911. Daly also described the suspects to the operator as "very urban-like" and cops pulled over the car at 45th Street and Broadway at 11:25 p.m. Copperfield and the women were taken quickly to the location in a squad car, and they identified the handcuffed youths as the robbers. The loot was recovered.

 

 

Copperfield said police told him the teens may have been involved in five other armed robberies last week but authorities lacked an accurate description.

 

 

"We don't know nothing, and we don't want to know," said a man at the home of one of the juvenile suspects, when asked whether the kids realized whom they were robbing.

Copperfield explained that he signed several autographs and took pictures with fans earlier on the fateful walk, and first assumed when the robbers came that they, too, wanted his signature.

 

 

"I could tell they didn't know me," he said.

 

 

So, is he soured on WPB?

 

 

"We look forward to coming back to Palm Beach in the future," Copperfield said. "Obviously, we are safe there.

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"very urban-like"

 

 

 

politically correct language if I ever heard it!

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no, you're thinking of that dude that got his neck chewed open.....

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I would not fuck with blaine, that man scares me. Ripped and magical. Hennings a beast too.

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BLAINE WILL STUN THE WORLD WITH ANOTHER DEATH-DEFYING FEAT ON

 

"DAVID BLAINE: DROWNED ALIVE," LIVE FROM NEW YORK'S LINCOLN CENTER,

 

MONDAY, MAY 8 ON ABC

 

Blaine Will Attempt to Hold His Breath Underwater Longer Than Any Other Human Being,Ý

 

After Spending Seven Days Living in a Spectacular Human Aquarium in Full Public View

 

David Blaine, known for his headline-making feats of physical, emotional and mental endurance, will once again put his life on the line in a death-defying attempt to hold his breath underwater longer than any human being, which is currently a stunning eight minutes, 58 seconds. He will undertake this latest challenge after living with a life support system in a specially built human aquarium -- an eight-foot acrylic sphere -- for seven days and nights, in full public view in front of New York's Lincoln Center. Viewers will hold their collective breath during the heart-stopping finale of the broadcast when Blaine will put himself to the ultimate test - live - on a new, two-hour ABC primetime special, "David Blaine: Drowned Alive," MONDAY, MAY 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

 

Additionally, viewers will be treated to amazing new jaw-dropping illusions, as Blaine performs his distinctive style of up-close-and-personal street magic in a variety of venues from a casino in Las Vegas to Angola State Prison in Angola, Louisiana, to a New York art gallery.

 

The two-hour special is Blaine's spell-binding journey of mind, body and soul in preparation for his literally breathtaking feat. He even trained with the U.S. Navy Seals, who put him through what Blaine described as "the most grueling physical training of [his] life." On the way to holding his breath underwater for the longest period of time ever, he would surpass the great Houdini, who managed a then-astonishing three-minute breath-hold. This will be Blaine's most interactive challenge, as passersby will be able to touch the aquarium, take photos with him and even communicate with him underwater from the time he enters the sphere on Monday, May 1, until he is leaves it live on his special.

 

Blaine, 33, has been training for this most difficult challenge with a world class elite free-diving team led by internationally renowned trainer Kirk Krack. Other members of Blaine's team are Martin Stepanek and Mandy-Rae Cruickshank, both multiple free-dive world record holders. Free-diving or breath-hold diving is a competitive water sport without any underwater breathing apparatus.

 

This special will attempt to answer all previous doubters who have questioned whether Blaine has resorted to the use of body doubles, mirrors or other trickery in completing his past arduous challenges. For the first time, viewers will be taken inside Blaine's home, as his trainers and coaches put him through punishing physical and mental training, including a rigid diet, preparing him for this latest test of stamina. He will demonstrate how he willed his body to defy physiological limits in his dogged pursuit of the eight-minute, fifty-eight second breath-hold barrier.

 

Pushing the limits of physical and emotional endurance, Blaine faces additional challenges in the tank before he attempts to hold his breath underwater for the longest time ever by a human,

 

including hypothermia, blacking out, skin problems with his hands and feet and nerve damage. He will need to acclimatize himself in the sphere, regulating his breathing, sleeping at regular intervals and maintaining his hydration levels, if he is to be successful. He will be receiving liquid nutrition through a tube and the water will be kept at a balanced temperature in an effort to keep his core temperature as close to F98.6 degrees as possible. The longer Blaine stays underwater, the more body heat he will lose, his core temperature will drop and the more oxygen he will use, making the challenge much more grueling.

 

Blaine's last mesmerizing challenge was successfully completing a 44-day fast in an acrylic box suspended over the Thames River in London in the fall of 2003, surviving only on water. However American viewers have been following his exploits for years on ABC Television. On "David Blaine: Vertigo," he balanced on a platform, 22 inches in diameter, atop a 90-foot pillar in Manhattan's Bryant Park in May of 2002 for 35 hours. In November 2000, Blaine's "Frozen in Time" challenge drew massive crowds in Times Square, as he successfully survived inside a block of ice for over 61 hours. In April 1999, his seven-day "Buried Alive" event stunned new fans around the country. The country was initially introduced to Blaine's amazing brand of incredible effects on his first ABC special, "David Blaine: Street Magic," which aired in May 1997.

 

Shelley Ross is the executive producer of "David Blaine: Drowned Alive." Roger Goodman is director of the live challenge coverage. "David Blaine: Drowned Alive" is a production of Stacked LLC. (CLOSED-CAPTIONED)Ý

 

"David Blaine: Drowned Alive" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.

 

This man is nuts.

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yeah, I got a kick out of that Podrido.

 

I knew this kid, "Ken-tuck"... he moved next door to a friend of mine. We told him there were tunnels all around under the city and that people had huge parties down there. Then we tried to get him to climb down into a manhole.

 

Well, Kentuck was nobody's fool, he made me do it first. I climbed down and they closed the lid. It wasn't more than a square concrete box about 4 foot on each side and 5 feet deep with some 10" pipes in 2 sides of the box. So, anyway, I shouted down one of the pipes but acted like I was down at the other end, something like: "Oh HELL YEAH! I can see the lights yall, they got a party goin' on!" Then I banged on the cover and they opened it up and I climbed out. I told them I had heard the music and saw the lights, didn't know who it was but it's always cool 'underground'.

 

So, Kentuck climbs down in the hole and we shut the top... and then we stand on the top. Meanwhile he's calling out the sewer grate: "Y'all? I don't see the lights... which way is it? HEY! It's all SMALL IN HERE!"... and then we talked about rats for a while 'big as possums from growing fat in the orange groves but since the canker they all took to the sewer...' Finally, really only after like 5 minutes, we let dude out.

 

He was wary of us for a few minutes but shortly thereafter we very nearly convinced him to get into a port-a-john that was RIGHT NEXT to a lake. Seriously, 1 foot away from the eroded shoreline. Technically, we did get him IN the port-a-john but he wouldn't close the door or stay inside unless we stayed 10 feet back. It would have worked if we'd have been patient but our earlier success led us to underestimate our prey. He closed the door for about a second but opened it again and we were all bum rushing the john... sadly he still had time to jump out before we got to him so we left the toilet alone and instead stole a new park bench.

 

After my boy and I got it around the corner we worked a little mind trick and Kentuck carried the bench most of the way home by himself. In reward for that, we "let" him put the bench right on his front porch, next to the street, where early the next morning the bench was immediately spotted by a passing police officer, probably because it was all BRIGHT yellow and all brand new and all on this shithole porch.

 

So, we sat on my boys porch drinking screwdrivers for breakfast and watching this true simpleton try to lie and convince the cop he didn't know where it came from. I think in the end the cop knew he was lying but Kentuck REALLY was stupid so the bottom line was the cop wanted the bench back at the lake for that days festival... so we walked with Kentuck while he carried it back down there by himself. In his defence, Kentuck never ratted on us and we were right there laughing out loud at him while the cop was questioning him so we let him hang around for the few months he was visiting. He never got any smarter but he did get a tiny bit wiser.

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that was a good story smart. kinda reminds me of this kid we used to call rat boy.

 

long stories short. we picked on him and made him do dumbd shit. and one time we made him buy us all shit we didnt want only to like walk 2 blocks and then throw it out.

yeah

we where crule lads.

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SMart.....

 

 

seems like we have all had that token friend in our youth who would always kick it but serve as the "proving ground" for new and exciting ways to tear down an individuals dignity and pride.

 

My crew in high school had this kid Nate....we'd make him dive into bushes, launch him out of shopping carts and one time paid him $5 to eat a spider the size of a telephone mouthpiece we caught at a friends party. He was working at Jamba Juice the last i heard.

 

 

 

good story btw

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good story.

i also had a friend named Nate that would do the stupid things we thought of.

he was known as lil bitch for most of his life that i saw.

he's some hippy in the woods now.

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