That said, Blaine’s steadfast approach to his career’s integrity appears to have succeeded financially, too. Fortune estimated that Blaine was one of the world’s highest-earning magicians in 2018, earning a total of $13.5 million, primarily from his sell-out North America tour.
The 45-year-old, who came to prominence in 1997 with his first televised special, went on to say that he does not consider his magic to be work, per se.
“No, I’m not working, I’m doing what I love,” Blaine said, noting, however, that it requires complete and continued dedication.
“I’m practicing continuously and it helps me become better and better, which is the only thing that matters,” he added.
Blaine was just five years old when he was first introduced to magic with a pack of cards. But it was a few years later that he developed a passion for endurance art. Born with a foot deformity to a single mother in Brooklyn, New York, Blaine said he would perform extreme feats, like holding his breath underwater, to avoid being bullied.