September 5, 2003

On September 5, 2003, “magician” David Blaine had himself encased in a clear plastic box. This box was then suspended by a crane over the banks of the River Thames. He remained there until October 19 while he went without food. He only allowed himself to have water to drink. The Londoners were unimpressed. As they rightfully said, he was only going on a hunger-strike. Political prisoners and religious zealots did that all the time and for a lot longer. For their free entertainment they expected a lot more. They pointed out there was a man juggling chainsaws on Downing Street who still had most of his fingers and that was more fun and exciting to watch than David Blaine doing nothing in a plastic box.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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