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On a night this past November, Madonna sat down with her friend, the performance artist, magician, card sharp, and similarly unclassifiable talent David Blaine in New York to talk about the power of silence, the necessity of failure, and hearing the word no.
David Blaine: I brought a whole bunch of cards with questions that I think are really fun, so we have these as a backup plan.
Madonna: A backup plan, or do you want me to choose one now?
David Blaine: Choose one. But I don’t want you to go with the obvious card that’s sticking out more than the others.
Madonna: I’m not that kind of person. I never go for the obvious. [picks a card]
David Blaine: Should I read it to you, though?
Madonna: Yeah. I can’t read your illegible handwriting.
David Blaine: This is a good one. So I stayed in a box for 44 days in complete isolation. It was a self-imposed solitary confinement. But … I want you to close your eyes. Can you imagine what it actually feels like to be completely isolated, all by yourself with nobody to talk to?
Madonna: For 44 days?
David Blaine: For a day. Have you ever done that?
David Blaine: Okay, so think about it. What would it be like?
Madonna: I’d really enjoy it at this point in my life.
David Blaine: Keep your eyes closed.
Madonna: Okay, sorry. I think I would really enjoy it, stillness and quiet, because I feel like people are always talking to me, at me, asking things, questioning me, wanting information, work, music, loud noises, children—it’s endless. So the idea of a whole day of silence sounds very seductive to me.
David Blaine: What do you think your brain would fill up with?
Madonna: Ideas. [both laugh]
David Blaine: Ideas. You can do that while you hear noise.
Madonna: I do, but when I come home from work in the studio, I just want silence. I don’t want to talk to anybody. I don’t want to answer any questions.
David Blaine: It’s important to find that, once in a while.
Madonna: I started doing yoga again, which I haven’t done in years and years and years. I’m so used to exercising with music playing very loud, and when you do yoga, you’re just listening to your breath, and I find that also incredibly … What’s the word? Not nurturing, but …
David Blaine: Cathartic.
Madonna: It’s cathartic, for sure. But, no, it fills me up. I like the idea of going to one of those retreats where you don’t speak—like, silence for five days. I don’t know if I could do that right now with small children.
David Blaine: Like what the monks do. I actually think that all monks, and saints at that extreme level of deprivation …
Madonna: It’s essential …
David Blaine: No, I think it’s almost selfish.
Madonna: It’s not selfish if it makes you a better person.
David Blaine: When I do those things, it makes me a better person for the duration, and then when I come out, I’m like an animal.
Madonna: But you’re a selfish pig anyways—that’s another story. [Blaine laughs] You’re not plugged into the matrix. Okay, let me just fix the cards, because I have OCD.
David Blaine: [laughs] Hold on. Let’s go further. Again, you’re just going to close your eyes. Okay, no peeking. Now, you’re on this chair, in this room, but you can’t move from this table. You can lie down if you get uncomfortable. You can stand up, stretch, whatever you want. But you’re completely alone. There’s nobody to interrupt, nobody to talk to. What do you learn? Do you quit? Does it drive you crazy? What do you feel?
Madonna: For how long?
David Blaine: You’re going to be here for one full day. I’ve done 44, so one day is small.
Madonna: I think the silence would be good with me, and not interacting with people would be okay. But not being able to move outside of the space would be hard. Not being able to walk around—the stillness of my body, physically—that would be the challenge.
David Blaine: Would you talk to yourself? Would you sing?
Madonna: I would sing.
David Blaine: What would you sing?