A new 90-minute David Blaine special, David Blaine: Real or Magic, is set to air on ABC in November, and it will feature a star-studded roster of guests.
Kanye West, Katy Perry, Robert De Niro, Ricky Gervais, Woody Allen, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Stephen Hawking, former President George W. Bush and more are set to appear on the show, according to the Hollywood Reporter. As previously reported by EW, it will also feature appearances by Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Jamie Foxx and Will Smith. It will be Blaine’s first all-magic special since he decided to focus on stunt work in 1999.
“I went after all of the people that I loved the most and surprised them and did magic in places that I knew people would understand that I couldn’t have staged or set up or had people pretending,” Blaine told THR about the show, which will go into the homes (and, apparently, kitchens) of some of its stars. “I wanted it to all be believable and went after people you never could get to pretend. I combined that with going into the streets and encountering all different people to do magic nonstop.”
Blaine also said that the special contains “the most magic I’ve ever put into one show.” He explained that he spent six years figuring out the show’s logistics and has assembled footage for it over the past year. For most of the situations, he staged his illusions at private parties. To work with Bush, though, he needed to work with the Secret Service.
The magician claims that the show will be set up in a way that allows the viewer to determine what is reality and what is illusion. The show will feature many different kinds of tricks. “There’s things that I traveled to Africa to learn and you see that process when I come back and perform it in front of Woody Allen, Robert De Niro and guys like that,” he said. “There are new things that only a few people in the world can do.” More specifically, Blaine said that he’s performing “stuff I can do anywhere, any time. It’s not TV magic, it’s real magic.”
The show does not yet have a definite airdate, according to THR, but EW previously reported it will air on November 19th.