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Illusionist gets a rude awakening from Brits.

The latest sport in Blighty is David Blaine baiting.

The American illusionist, who has gone on a 44 day fast suspended in a Plexiglas box near London's Thames Riven is used to having U.S. auds ooh and ahh over his stunts. But in the U.K., he's been pelted with eggs, targeted by golf balls and tortured with the scent of food being cooked below.

So far the hype surrounding the stunt is scoring respectable ratings for Sky One--more than 1 million viewers tuned in to see Blaine hoisted Sept. 5 --but the British public seems determined to see Blaine fail.

Last week, a man attempted to cut off the water supply that is the magician's only sustenance and sever the cable that suspends his plastic prison.

One onlooker woke Blaine up early one morning when he turned up with a drum. "We were watching him at home on TV and it was really dull, so we thought we would come down and liven things up," the man said.

Two young women disrupted his composure by flashing their breasts, and a lad mag got a remote-controlled mini helicopter to fly around the box carrying a cheeseburger.

Even Legoland in Windsor has gotten in on the act, adding a mini Blaine box complete with news crews and a golfer firing off balls.

Numerous Blaine-baiting Web sites have appeared on the Internet: Wakedavid.proboards12. com is dedicated to depriving the magician of deep, and another site invited gay men and women to pelt Blaine with sausages.

The stunt is scheduled to end Oct. 19.

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Title Annotation:Tricky Spot
Author:Johnson, Debra
Publication:Variety
Date:Sep 22, 2003
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