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Criminal fine is no illusion

October 01, 2003|From Associated Press

A businessman was fined $1,240 Tuesday for damaging the unit supplying water to magician David Blaine in his plastic box dangling near the River Thames in London.

Stephen Charles Field, 38, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage and a further charge of threatening behavior. He admitted scaling a 30-foot tower that houses the unit supplying water to Blaine. The illusionist is now more than halfway through a 44-day stunt in which he's surviving only on water.

Field's lawyer, Michael Burdett, said his client "now realizes it was an extraordinarily stupid thing to do and apologizes to David Blaine."

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