David Blaine special conjures up global TV distribution

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 20-11-2013

Electus International has signed multiple finished tape deals around the world for ABC's David Blaine: Real or Magic special, which premiered in the United States this week.

Blaine has been captivating audiences with death-defying feats for nearly two decades, attempting everything from being buried alive in New York City for a week to surviving on nothing but water inside a transparent box in London for 44 days. In David Blaine: Real or Magic, Kanye West, Harrison Ford, Will Smith and Olivia Wilde open their homes to Blaine. Other celebrities featured in the special include Jamie Foxx, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry, Woody Allen and Robert DeNiro.

The seven finished tape deals span the globe: Australia (Network Nine); Italy (Discovery); Latin America (Discovery); New Zealand (Prime); Spain (Discovery); Sweden (Kanal 5); and the United Kingdom (Channel 4).

"For more than 15 years, David Blaine has proven himself as the most prolific magician/entertainer in the world, delivering an epic streak of mesmerizing hits," said John Pollak, president of Electus International. "Many magicians have attempted to replicate his style and technique, yet he remains the most sought after performer in his field and we're thrilled that we're able to share Real or Magic with audiences around the globe."

The special was executive produced by David Blaine and Radical Media and directed by Emmy Award-winner Matthew Akers.