Flatbush, Brooklyn NY - Flatbush Jewish Magician Lifts Spirits.
Flatbush, Brooklyn NY - By day, David Blatt of Flatbush is a health administrator. By night, he is a professional magician and illusionist - and sometimes his two worlds collide.
“I do try to keep them separate,” said Blatt, who works at the Palm Beach Home for Adults in Sheepshead Bay.
One afternoon last week, he swapped his business suit for a black tuxedo and put on a show for the residents at the assisted-living home.
“I believe making people happy helps them live longer,” Blatt said as seniors packed the recreation room.
Soon, watches were disappearing from wrists; socks were vanishing from feet and a woman’s ring mysteriously turned up in a banana. A man’s hand was sawed off.
Without looking, Blatt told a volunteer the exact word she had chosen from a library book.
Blatt, 35, who grew up in Borough Park and now lives with his family in Flatbush. He got his start performing when he was about 7 and his parents took him to Maimonides Medical Center to visit the sick.
“I did the one trick I knew how to do,” he said. “It was called the invisible deck trick.”
As a teen, Blatt said, magic helped him overcome his own shyness. [nydailynews]
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