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David Blaine Signs Contract for Major Publicity Stunt; Few Bucks Given to Kids’ Charity, too
If you watched Tony Bennett’s television special on NBC last evening—‘twas an entertaining, if overdone, promotion for his new Duets compact disc, which is a collection of weak and unimaginative performances with ponderous co-stars like k.d. lang and the Dixie Chicks—you also saw several hundred commercials for Target. Half of them featured David Blaine, who is evidently going to be suspended “three stories above Manhattan” (That’s what the ads say, but of course “three stories above Manhattan” translates to about 115 stories high. Blaine means three stories above the street, which is to say forty feet or so.) in a gyroscope. The gyroscope will spin for three days. Eventually David Blaine—if he makes it!—will end up at a Target superstore, where he’ll lead some kiddies on a shopping spree. He’s most worried about starving to death, this news story says.
TigerHawk makes note of the stunt here and posts a photo from his camera phone. The fakery of David Blaine has been written about many times, I think, so I don’t have much to add except this: Someone should rent a cherry picker, go right up to that stupid gyroscope, snap a photograph, and prove that it isn’t really David Blaine in there for the full seventy-two hours.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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