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David Blaine embarks on his first-ever tour -- and says President Trump helped launch his career

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By Stephen Iervolino

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(NEW YORK) — David Blaine’s been doing magic for more than 20 years, but he’s only now touring North America. Says Blaine, “It took this long to figure out what would make sense.”

“This is a combination of magic and endurance and everything that I’ve worked on my whole life, plus new things, all combined into one evening,” Blaine explains. “So the idea of combining everything back to back, night after night, all in one night, is a real ambitious goal.”

If you’ve only seen Blaine perform on TV, he says this tour is your chance to confirm there’s no camera trickery involved. You can also see his mistakes.

“On TV…if something didn’t go exactly as planned, we can shoot again and again until it’s right,” he tells ABC Radio. “Live, when something goes not-as-planned, you live it with the audience and…and in my case, not-as-planned could be very, very dangerous.”

Blaine says he much prefers touring to that magicians’ cliche: the Las Vegas residency.

“What’s nice about this show is that it kinda comes and then it goes, and it may never come back again,” he explains. “It’s more special that way.”

Blaine has performed for presidents and world leaders, but he says there’s no need for him to perform for President Donald Trump — not only has he already done it, he gives Trump credit for helping his career.

“He’s the one that gave me the land for my very first stunt,” Blaine reveals. “In 1999, when I was buried alive, it was on Trump’s property. He took a nice risk letting me just do a random ‘bury myself alive’ in the middle of New York City. For an unknown at that time, it was really cool…he’s been always great with things like that.”

Here are Blaine’s remaining tour dates:

6/21 — Murat Theatre Indianapolis, IN
6/23 — Hard Rock Live Northfield, OH
6/24 — Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH
6/25 — Byham Theater Pittsburgh, PA
6/27 — Crouse-Hinds Theater Syracuse, NY
6/28 — Hanover Theatre For Perf. Arts Worcester, MA
6/30 — Merrill Auditorium At City Hall Portland, ME
7/1 — Flynn Center For The Performing Arts Burlington, VT
7/2 — Capitol Center for the Arts – Chubb Theatre Concord, NH
7/4 — Centre In The Square Kitchener, ON
7/5 — FirstOntario Centre Hamilton, ON
7/7 — Sands Bethlehem Event Center Bethlehem, PA
7/8 — Hippodrome Theatre / France-Merrick Perf. Arts Ctr. Baltimore, MD
7/09 — Chrysler Hall Norfolk, VA
7/11 — Ovens Auditorium Charlotte, NC
7/12 — The Louisville Palace Theatre Louisville, KY
7/14 — Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
7/15 — Concert Hall At The BJCC Birmingham, AL
7/16 — Saenger Theatre New Orleans, LA
7/18 — Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater Austin, TX
7/19 — Majestic Theatre San Antonio, TX
7/21 — The Plaza Theatre El Paso, TX
7/22 — Fox Tucson Theatre Tucson, AZ
7/23 — Kiva Auditorium Albuquerque, NM

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"America’s Got Talent" Recap: A dance team from the Ukraine advances straight to the live rounds

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By Stephen Iervolino

NBCUniversal Media – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — The America’s Got Talent auditions continued on Tuesday night with more singers, dancers, magicians and acrobats. Tuesday’s showcase included a dance troupe from the Ukraine who was sent straight to the live rounds via the Golden Buzzer.

Here are some of Tuesday’s highlights:

Greater Works choir brought the house down with the gospel classic song “This Little Light of Mine.” Howie Mandel declared they “took this Jew to church,” and Heidi Klum called them the best choir they’ve had during her time on the show. They received four enthusiastic four yeses and advanced to the next round.

Ukrainian dance troupe Light Balance performed in the dark with neon lights on their clothing that flashed to the beat of the music. Host Tyra Banks pressed her “Golden Buzzer,” sending them straight to the live rounds.

Celine Tam, nine, blew the judges away with her version of “My Heart Will Go On,” by her namesake, Celine Dion. Simon Cowell called her “incredible.” Heidi said Tam “knocked it out of the park.” Howie added, “adorable and amazing” and Mel B couldn’t get over Celine’s confidence. All four judges voted “yes” to sending Celine to the next round.

Magician Tom London, asked Simon to pick four people from the audience and join him on stage and have them guess the answers to different question, including how many number one-selling artists were on Simon’s record label, how many millions of records Mel B has sold and what year Heidi began modeling. London had Tyra Banks multiply those numbers and add a random number, which came to a grand total of 73,928,547. He then showed a pre-taped video of himself holding up a big sign with the same number — but that wasn’t all. Within that number, were the real answers to the questions about Simon, Mel B and Heidi. With four yeses, he advances in the competition.

Arizona native Evie Clair, 13, sang Christina Perri’s “Arms” in honor of her dad, who is fighting stage IV colon cancer. Her emotional performance drew a standing ovation from the judges and audience. Simon called the teen’s voice “stunning,” adding that she would be one of the acts he’d remember. The judges voted unanimously to sending her to the next round.

Also advancing on Tuesday were J.J. Phillips, the “rock & roll keyboardist,” Korean dance troupe Just Jerk Crew, acrobatic duo Men with Pans and comic daredevil clown Bello Nock.

America’s Got Talent airs again next Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

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Watch now: Prepare for winter with new "Game of Thrones" Season 7 trailer

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By Stephen Iervolino

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(LOS ANGELES) — HBO has unveiled the second trailer for the hotly anticipated seventh season of Game of Thrones.

The two-minute clip touches on all parts of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, from Sansa and Jon Snow in the icy North, to the ruthless Cersei Lannister in the South. There’s also Daenerys, who’s sailing towards Westeros with her army of Unsullied and Dothraki soldiers — plus her three fully-grown dragons who look ready to breathe fire on everyone.

“The lone wolf dies,” Sansa says cryptically at the end of the trailer, “but the pack survives.”

Game of Thrones season seven premieres July 16 on HBO.

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"Bridge Over Troubled Water" all-star charity single for London fire victims is here

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Artists for Grenfell(LONDON) — To raise funds for the relief effort following the deadly fire last week that destroyed Grenfell Tower in West London, music super-producer Simon Cowell has gathered together more than 50 music artists to record an all-star charity version of Simon and Garfunkel’s classic “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

The single, recorded at a studio just half a mile from the building, is out now. You can buy it at the usual digital outlets, and also donate directly at ArtistsforGrenfell.com. All donations made at that website will be used by The London Community Foundation to help those in need.

Among the artists who participated: Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction, Leona Lewis, James Blunt, Emeli Sande, James Arthur, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Dan Smith of Bastille, Nile Rodgers, The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, Robbie Williams, Queen’s Brian May, Nathan Sykes, Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell, Dua Lipa and many, many more. A choir of local residents also joined in.

Speaking to the British paper The Mirror, Cowell said, “I felt how everyone felt when they saw the news. I was angry, upset, thinking what the hell do you do?…Do you donate some money? And I was thinking, well maybe we could do a little more than that and that’s how the record came about.”

As for why he chose “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Cowell explained that he had just 12 hours to decide on a song, and that one had appropriate lyrics.

When you listen to the single, you may not be able to recognize the singers’ voices, especially those who are huge in the U.K. but not that well-known in the U.S. Here’s a rundown of who sings what:

Stormzy: Introductory rap
Robbie Williams: “When you’re weary…”
James Blunt: “Feeling small…”
Rita Ora: “When tears are in…”
Craig David: “…your eyes…”
Dan Smith of Bastille: “I will dry them all.”
Liam Payne: “I’m on your side…”
Emeli Sande: “When times get rough…”
Kelly Jones of Stereophonics: “And friends just can’t be found…”
Paloma Faith: “Like a bridge over troubled water…”
Louis Tomlinson: “…I will lay me down.”
Labrinth: “Like a bridge over troubled water…”
Jorja Smith: “…I will lay me down.”
WSTERN: brief rap
Leona Lewis: “When you’re down and out…”
Jessie J: “When you’re on the street…”
James Arthur: “When evening falls so hard…”
Roger Daltrey: “I will comfort you.”
Ella Eyre: “I’ll take your part…”
Anne Marie and Ella Henderson: “When darkness comes…”
Louisa Johnson: “And pain is all around.”
All voices led by Robbie Williams: “Like a bridge over water…”
James Arthur ad-lib: “I will lay me down.”
Choirs: “Like a bridge over troubled water…”
Rita Ora: “I will lay me down.”

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Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis quits acting

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By Stephen Iervolino

Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris(LOS ANGELES) — Daniel Day-Lewis, the only actor in history to have won the Best Actor Oscar three times, has decided that he’s giving up his chosen profession.

According to a statement from his rep, Day-Lewis, who scored Academy Awards for the movies My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln, “will no longer be working as an actor.”

The statement adds, “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”

Day-Lewis, who was named World’s Greatest Actor by Time magazine in 2012, also received Oscar nominations for the movies Gangs of New York and In the Name of the Father.

His final film, Phantom Thread, will be released December 25, according to Variety. It’s a drama set in the world of high fashion, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Day-Lewis’ There Will Be Blood director.

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