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Magician David Blaine meets with Rob Ford at city hall

David Blaine comes to city hall to meet Mayor Rob Ford
US Magician David Blaine stands under lighting bolts at the start of his latest performance, "Electrified", in New York, October 05, 2012. . EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages

TORONTO – Mayor Rob Ford took a break from prepping for next week’s council session to meet with word-famous magician David Blaine Friday.

The magician entered and exited the mayor’s office through the back door and was kept out of the gaze of Toronto’s media.

But a picture of the meeting did make it on to Twitter shortly after the magician left Friday:

The impromptu meeting was apparently set up late Thursday night when Doug Ford said he received a call from the magician.

“He said ‘I’m a big fan of your brother, and I’d love to come by and do a few tricks,’” Ford claimed.

The councillor joked that it was okay for Blaine to come to city hall contingent on him making the media disappear for an hour.

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Some of the city’s top civil servants also received a show Friday as the magician arrived in the middle of their council session with the mayor.