Security has been stepped up to protect David Blaine from the hail of missiles his plexiglass box in Potters Fields has suffered in the past week.
A security check under way at the entrance to the enclosure
Blaine's box has been pelted with numerous eggs, whilst others have tried to hit the box with golf balls. Laser pens and even fireworks have also been targetted at the eccentric illusionist.
Last weekend Linda Villar from Southwark Council's noise department told the Evening Standard: "We got complaints from residents who live on both sides of the river ... They complained about people shouting, screaming and swearing, along with someone banging a drum."
The magician's girlfriend Manon von Gerkan has become exasperated with the antics of the press: " This is a cruel stunt and is bad karma for David. It's all so tasteless!" she told the Sunday Mirror.
One newspaper sent in three models who stripped naked in full view of Blaine, whilst reports suggest that another paper is planning to hoist a box with a naked, gyrating female dancer inside to tease the illusionist.
Another reporter flew a remote-controlled model helicopter, with two McDonald's hamburgers and bags of chips dangling from it, round and round the showman to tease him.
A surreal touch is added to an already bizarre spectacle by the presence every day of a man dressed as Saddam Hussein, complete with beret and military uniform.
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