Interest in magic was spurred at age 4 by his mother, who gave him a magic trick that involved a pencil passing through a playing card.
Began his magic career as a street performer; later performed in nightclubs and at private parties.
Studied acting at New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse.
Influenced by 19th-century French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, who is included in his 2002 book Mysterious Stranger.
Body tattoos include a large crucifixion on his back, which is a recreation of Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Salvador Dali.
Welcomed his first child, his daughter Dessa, with then-fiancée Alizee Guinochet on January 27, 2011, when New York City was experiencing a blizzard; Blaine resorted to hailing a snow plow to rush them to the hospital when taxis and public transit were unavailable.