Master illusionist David Blaine was less than happy when he was spotted trying to leave a London lap dancing club unnoticed - he hid behind some rubbish bins before making a run for it.

The 31-year-old had been enjoying himself at the capital's STINGFELLOW'S establishment when he noticed a group of photographers as he made his exit.

Blaine had spent four hours in the venue's VIP section drinking CRISTAL champagne.

An onlooker says, "He tried to slip out of the club but all the snappers got him outside.

"He was really friendly and chatted to everyone. The girls in the club were all over him."

Venue owner PETER STRINGFELLOW adds, "I'm surprised he had to run for it. Surely all he had to do was snap his fingers and disappear!

"He is one of our most valued customers and the girls love him because of his hypnotic eyes."

16/06/2004 08:55