Is it a secret talent?
In his 2012 documentary, The Adventure Zone, the Guinness World Record holder says: “I do the trick in the most efficient way on the biggest number of needles in the world with the smallest amount of time and I don’t go through the motions.”
So how does he do it? The first of a number of different versions of his trick with his fingers.
Image caption David Blaine claims he has invented a needle trick no-one else can.
A number of versions
The first, which he performed over 20,000 times, is done in an unusual manner. His fingers are held together like two-dimensional letters.
Instead of letting his fingers curl and pull themselves together as the fingers do in a normal position, David uses his fingertips to twist and tug at his fingers and make the letters move in response.
“The idea is to create two-dimensional letters, just like if your pen was a letter,” he says. “So the letters should be moving in response to the pressure on them and the pressure on your hand.
In this way we can create the letters of a language that no-one else is able to. David Blaine
“I think that’s more than I can say with any other hand position.
“In a normal handshake, if you want your fingers to move it will involve the joint of your upper and lower fingers, and those two jointed fingers and that’s where a lot of the movement happens.
“So, in this version it’s all about the fingertips and how they interact with one another.”
The second version involves a similar combination of finger positioning and the movement of his fingers in response to pressure. It is performed by a series of smaller twists and clicks of the fingers with the finger tips rotating in tandem.
David claims he holds the most powerful hand strength of anyone in the world. The Guinness World Record holder told reporters in 2012: “The most powerful hand strength in the world is in my left hand.”
His hand strength is not the only thing that helps David – he is also very proficient at spinning his body around in a spiral motion, with the tips of his fingers pointing inwards. David performs this with his right wrist and a lot of the spins have been documented in the documentary.
Another version in which the fingers only move in tandem and are not part of a continuous motion is called a “superman needle trick”. It involves