Chuck: For a career bureaucrat, you have a David Blaine-like flair for the dramatic.
Dake: Because I chose a locale where we were unlikely to be seen? That's not showmanship. It's tradecraft.
Chuck: Sure. Are we gonna have to go through the whole blind-drop routine every time we meet?
Dake: We would, if we were to continue meeting.
Chuck: Oh, this isn't just a grand entrance into the job. You're doing a whole thing.
David Blaine (born David Blaine White; April 4, 1973) is an American magician, illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has set and broken several world records. Blaine innovated the way magic is shown on television by focusing on spectator reactions. His idea was to turn the camera around on the people watching instead of the performer, to make the audience watch the audience. The New York Times noted that "he's taken a craft that's been around for hundreds of years and done something unique and fresh with it." According to the New York Daily News, "Blaine can lay claim to his own brand of wizardry. The magic he offers operates on an uncommonly personal level." Penn Jillette called Blaine’s first television special, Street Magic, "the biggest breakthrough (in television magic) done in our lifetime" for changing the perspective of television viewers toward those seeing the trick live.
Blind Drop. What I think Chuck means to say here is live drop or even ‘dead drop’. A dead drop or dead letter box is a method of espionage tradecraft used to pass items or information between two individuals (e.g., a case officer and an agent, or two agents) using a secret location, thus not requiring them to meet directly and thereby maintaining operational security. The method stands in contrast to the live drop, so-called because two persons meet to exchange items or information.