David Copperfield

Born Sep 16, 1956
Age 59
Hometown Metuchen, New Jersey
Religion Jewish
Height 6' (183 cm)
Nationality American
Alma Mater Fordham University
Other Names David Seth Kotkin

David Copperfield is an American illusionist, and has been described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history. Copperfield's television specials have won 21 Emmy Awards of a total 38 nominations.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of David Copperfield.


1956 Birth Born on September 16, 1956.


1974 17 Years Old In 1974 Copperfield graduated from Metuchen High School. … Read More


1977 20 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Cates produced a magic special in 1977 for ABC called "The Magic of ABC" hosted by Copperfield, as well as several of "The Magic of David Copperfield" specials on CBS between 1978 and 2001.
1982 25 Years Old In March 1982, Copperfield founded Project Magic, a rehabilitation program to help disabled patients regain lost or damaged dexterity skills by using sleight-of-hand magic as a method of physical therapy. … Read More
1983 26 Years Old One of his most famous illusions occurred on television on April 8, 1983: a live audience of 20 tourists was seated in front of a giant curtain attached to 2 lateral scaffolding built on Liberty Island in an enclosed viewing area, and Copperfield, with help by Jim Steinmeyer and Don Wayne, raised the curtain before lowering it again a few tens of seconds later to reveal that the space where the Statue of Liberty once stood was in that moment empty. … Read More


1994 37 Years Old Copperfield also played the character of "The Magician" in the 1980s horror film Terror Train and an uncredited appearance in the 1994's film Prêt-à-Porter. … Read More
1996 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1996, in collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola, David Ives, and Eiko Ishioka, Copperfield's Broadway show Dreams & Nightmares broke box office records in New York at the Martin Beck Theatre. … Read More


A second volume was later published in 1997, called David Copperfield's Beyond Imagination. … Read More
1999 42 Years Old …  After a nearly six-year engagement, in September 1999 they announced their separation citing work schedules. … Read More
2000 43 Years Old On August 25, 2000, Copperfield unsuccessfully sued Fireman's Fund Insurance Company for reimbursement of a $506,343 ransom paid to individuals in Russia who had commandeered the entertainer's equipment there.
2004 47 Years Old In 2004, John Melk, co-founder of Blockbuster Inc., and previous owner of Musha Cay, sued Copperfield for fraud after Copperfield's purchase of the island chain, alleging that Copperfield had deliberately obscured his identity during the purchase and that he would not have sold the island to Copperfield. … Read More


2007 50 Years Old 1 More Event
On November 6, 2007, Viva Art International Ltd and Maz Concerts Inc. sued Copperfield for nearly $2.2 million for breach of contract and the Indonesian promoter of David Copperfield's canceled shows in Jakarta held on to $550,000 worth of Copperfield's equipment in lieu of money paid to Copperfield that had not been returned. … Read More
2009 52 Years Old On May 7, 2009, Copperfield was dropped by Michael Jackson from Jackson's residency at the O2 Arena after an alleged row over money. … Read More
A federal grand jury in Seattle closed the investigation in January 2010 without bringing charges against Copperfield. In January 2010, the Bellevue City Prosecutor's Office brought misdemeanor charges against Carroll for prostitution and allegedly making a false accusation of rape in another case.
2011 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2011 David Copperfield joined the cast of the new feature film Burt Wonderstone with Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, and Olivia Wilde. … Read More
2012 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 2012, OWN-TV network aired a one-hour special and interview with Copperfield as part of the network's "Oprah's Next Chapter" series. … Read More
2015 58 Years Old On March 8, 2015, due to a malfunctioning pump in his penthouse pool, Copperfield's East 57th St. New York City apartment, and several other apartments in the same building, were flooded.
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