Illusionist David Blaine has been taking his magic to the streets of London
- unwittingly giving shoplifters the chance to escape unnoticed.
People were so engrossed in Blaine's close-up card tricks in Angel, North
London, that thieves were able to snatch clothes from nearby store MARKS AND
SPENCER'S and run through the crowd without being caught.
A source tells British tabloid THE DAILY STAR, "Nobody batted an eyelid
because they were all glued to David Blaine, trying to see how his tricks
"He mumbles quietly while he is performing so everyone was gathered really
close. It was perfect cover for a shoplifter."
American Blaine was filming tricks for programmes to be broadcast on
British television channels CHANNEL 4 and SKY ONE. He is in the UK preparing
for his latest stunt, which will see him encased without food in a Perspex box
suspended above the
river Thames, for 44 days.