Hey! Gothamist takes offense to this Reuters statement about David Blaine in London: "The 30-year-old New Yorker is used to drawing admiring crowds for his other feats in the United States, including being buried alive and encased in a block of ice."
Not so fast. The reason why we didn't sending some huge, mutant earthworms to bug him while buried on the West Side or sending some flame throwers to the block of ice is due to the fact the police would have gotten on our collective ass and we don't want to be put in the clink for David Blaine (we have our sights set on something higher, like stalking Jerry Orbach). Whereas in London, the police understand that David Blaine is stupid and will just let people harrass him. So maybe the spin of the article should be "NYPD is over cautious when it comes to poisturing magicians, while Scotland Yard allows Londoners to go to town on the visiting American idiot."
This is because Blaine, since starting his 44 day Plexiglass exile in London (longer than 44 days, David, longer!), has been "pelted with eggs, taunted with the smell of fish and chips and woken up by a man banging a drum." The drummer told Reuters, "We were watching him at home on TV and it was really dull so we thought we would come down and liven things up. I wanted to wake him up."
The slideshow of David Blaine in London is pretty funny. And Gothamist on his silliness at his press conference.