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It all began -- so he is told -- in mid-winter 1975, in the great State of New York, County of Bronx, when David Alan Fraiden was born smiling into the world.  The world smiled back. The first years passed quickly as forgotten time does, and as he woke into the present of his youth David found himself in the New York suburb of Westchester.  His parents -- again, he is told -- had pilgrimmed there in his second year, proudly bearing their still-smiling son to the home where he would spend his formative years.  It was in that home, under the nurturing care of his benevolent parents, that David had his first conscious exposures to the world’s many magical offerings.


 

David engaged the world with vigor and precocity:  trying his hands at music, his body at gymnastics and his eye at photography, and bending the invisible forces of the world to his will engineering electronic gadgets.  It was not long before David’s parents, the constant gardeners and ever-vigilant guardians of his creative spirit, knew that it was time to send David on his own pilgrimage.  They sent David to the Mead School for Human Development -- a magical place in the neighboring State of Connecticut.

 At Mead, David’s education catered to and nurtured his unique talents, further ignited his passion for learning, and exposed him to the passions of others in a dynamic environment where the students chose, collectively, which areas of study to pursue.  It was here that David was inspired to engage in the performing arts, through the student-written, -produced, -directed, and -casted theater productions staged at the school each semester.  His new passion for performing arts led David to the French Woods Performing Arts Camp in Hancock, New York, where he spent summers refining his performing skills through the camp’s theatre productions -- and fostering the mystical aptitude of the amazing at the camp’s circus school. Yes, the world had smiled upon David; and after completing the eighth, final, grade at the Mead School, he returned from his pilgrimage and the magical world of his youth a confident, smiling and -- so he is told -- quite handsome young man, ready to shape the world to his whimsy.    

 David enrolled in his local public high school, his first forray into the world of ‘normal’ education. There, he discovered strange new creatures:  desk-islands, standardized tests, syllabuses -- and students who had not chosen, and did not seem to care about, what they were learning.  This world, David felt, left something to be desired -- and he set off in search of a new adventure. Down the street from the high school was a local cable television production studio, Cablevision of Westchester,  and often, instead of attending class, David would make his way down to the studio, where he became something of a self-designated apprentice.  He would hang around, watching the technicians work and devouring everything that they told him about how television cameras operate and how television programming is made.  This, to David, was like another adventure at the Mead School -- what learning was supposed to be like.  

 Eventually, David’s status as an errant high school student came to the attention of the studio’s management, who strongly advised David that he could not continue to spend time in the studio when he was supposed to be in class.  Motivated by his passion for what he was learning, and his dread of desk-islands and syllabuses, David persuaded the high school powers that be to create an internship position with the studio -- and he continued to learn television production.  

 In his senior year of high school, David applied to only one university program:  Tisch School of The Arts, at NYU.  Fortunately, he was accepted, and spent the next four years expanding his knowledge of the filmmaking process, as well as learning the skills required of actors and writers. Upon graduation, David worked in television, and on numerous films, but was unsatisfied with the amount of positive change that filmmaking art form could bring to the world. Fearing that he was not living up to his potential for positive change, David applied to, and was accepted at Brooklyn Law School.  

 For the next three years David learned and mastered the intricacies of the modern American legal system, and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree.  Shortly thereafter, he sat for and passed the New York State Bar exam, and was admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in the Federal Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of the State of New York. To this day, part of David’s time is devoted to his law practice in the South Bronx, a historically impoverished area, where he litigates most any issue that his disenfranchised clients bring to him.

 After law school, David applied to the Drug Enforcement Administration for the position of Special agent. The application process took two, years, and after successfully completing all phases of it, including a polygraph examination and undergoing a single scope background investigation; David was hired, and spent time working for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

 In 2004, David was watching the summer Olympics in Greece, when it dawned on him that he might want to participate in the next one. Afraid that he was too old, David set out to find the sports where he had the greatest probability of high level success. After narrowing it down to badminton and fencing, David emailed the Olympic fencing coach and convinced him to train David in the sport (which is good, because the Olympic fencing coach lived in New York, as opposed to the badminton coach who lived in California!)

 David excelled at fencing, practicing six days a week for a year and a half, and scoring numerous touches against fencers who would go on to win silver medals in the Olympics. One day, during a practice bout, David jumped back and tore the tendon on his left ankle. This freak accident necessitated David to stop fencing, thereby eliminating any hope of future success. However, before this event, David traveled with the national team to Germany, Korea, Tunisia, as well as many other places –and he still has the frequent flyer miles to prove it!

 The injury David suffered while fencing sparked a desire to help people who needed medical attention, so he enrolled in the local community college, completed the New York State Emergency Medical Technician course, and passed the New York State EMT exam. David has volunteered at, and spent time with numerous ambulance companies around New York City, including the Central Park Medical Unit, and the Bedford Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which is located in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods of the City. As an EMT, David has responded to countless incidents ranging from headaches to gun shot wounds.During every step of his journey so far, David has continuously honed and refined his performing skill set; a set which includes amongst other things, juggling, fire eating, fire breathing and magic; as well as his ability to play guitar and piano. David has performed professionally in a variety of settings and events; utilizing one or more of his varied talents depending on what is asked of him. On any given day, David may be called upon to perform juggling, fire eating or one of his other trained skills at a nightclub or private event; or he might be found creating balloon animals and performing great feats of magic for sick children at local hospitals.

 Currently, David splits his time between his many interests including his law practice, his performing engagements, traveling, motorcycle racing, skiing and aviation; and he resides in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, in the City of New York.

 While David is exited to continue practicing and improving his talents, he is as excited, if not more so, to see what the future holds, and what new challenges await his attention.


 

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