David Copperfield
David Copperfield
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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David Copperfield's personal information overview.
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Alternative Facts About Parenting
Huffington Post - about 1 month
I was thrilled to learn that we now have an officially acceptable way to distort the truth to our liking. This new trend is called “Alternative Facts,” and it is one which my kids had mastered at an early age of course. But I always shied away from it, feeling that, as an adult, I should stick to actual reality. This new approach however, has opened my horizons up to a whole new world of possibilities. I would therefore like to announce the following, which is an indication of  just how my day went today. But if this trend continues, I see that the job of parenting will be transformed from a labour of love (choked up a bit with emotion there, or what that just subtle gasping for air?) to an amazing adventure of bonding through mutual respect and growth. My son Elliot is NOT harassing me right now because he has nothing to do, saying things like “I have nothing to do” on repeat like a broken record. He is actually reading David Copperfield quietly while sitting on the living ...
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What Is It About David Copperfield?
Huffington Post - about 2 months
I read David Copperfield as a student in 1970, and until recently the single detail that I remembered from it was that of Uriah Heep's handshake. Heep is a law clerk working for a kindly attorney named Wickfield, who has just taken over the very young David's care. The boy has struggled through a years' long, brilliantly described journey to free himself from the clutches of his cold, distant stepfather Edward Murdstone and Mr. Murdstone's horrid sister. David is overjoyed by his new good fortune with Mr. Wickfield. But he does have to tend with Uriah Heep: "Oh, what a clammy hand his was! as ghostly to the touch as to the sight! I rubbed mine afterwards, to warm it, and to rub his off." Later, David mentions the trail of Uriah's sweat across the page as he traces with one finger what he is reading. I could imagine the very paper disintegrating with the destructive acid contained in that finger's touch. I just finished reading David Copperfield once again, and there is more to ...
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He escaped from chains, coffins and straitjackets, but not from a mysterious Halloween death
Huffington Post - 4 months
Erich Weisz, aka Harry Houdini March 24, 1874 - Octiber 31, 1926 Spectacular escapes from chains and straitjackets were his stock in trade - oft hanging high in the air from a building or deep underwater. Harry Houdini's name became synonymous with magic. He died a mysterious death 90 years ago this week on Halloween, 1926. Born Erich Weisz in Budapest, Hungary, the boy who was to become Harry Houdini moved with his family to Appleton, Wisconsin and later claimed he was born there. At 13, Erich moved with his father to New York City, taking on odd jobs and living in a boarding house before the rest of the family joined them. Ehrich sold newspapers and shined shoes to help support the family. Houdini was fascinated with magic from an early age, launching his career at the age of 20 and adopting a new name. On October 28, 1883, nine year old Ehrich made his first appearance on stage, performing a trapeze act. He billed himself as "Ehrich, Prince of the Air." As a youth ...
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David Copperfield Buys Las Vegas Home for a Record $17.55 Million
Fox News - 8 months
The sale of the home to David Copperfield, which includes a movie theater and nightclub, represents the highest price paid in Las Vegas. The post David Copperfield Buys Las Vegas Home for a Record $17.55 Million appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.
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David Copperfield Buys Las Vegas Home for a Record $17.55 Million
Wall Street Journal - 8 months
The sale of the home, which includes a movie theater and nightclub, represents the highest price paid in Las Vegas.
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David Copperfield Wants Congress To Believe In Magic
NPR - 9 months
The magician is lobbying Congress to pass a resolution recognizing magic as an art form.
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Magic In The Computer Light: Shin Lim's Journey To The #1 Sleight Of Hand Artist In The World
Huffington Post - 12 months
By Sara Ruthnum I saw my first magic show when I was 6 years old at a friend's birthday party. While I was easily fooled at that age, I remember not being impressed by the magicians 'tricks.' Now, twenty-something years later, the only moment of magic I witness is when a new episode of Scandal is uploaded to Netflix. So when I came across Shin Lim, an internet 'sleight of hand artist' (aka magician) with 17.5 Million video views, I wanted to find out how someone practicing an art form I thought was dead, could engage and entertain the easily distracted modern audience. By melding new media, music, and sleight of hand card tricks, Lim, a self taught playing-card fiend, returns simplicity to the spectacle of magic. And if I'm honest, something about his authenticity makes even skeptical 6-year-old me believe in the wonder of magic - at least for a few minutes. Shin Lim, a stage name derived from his birth name that roughly translates to "seeking excellence," is the reigning world F ...
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Rule Britannia!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Many point to William Shakespeare as England's (as well as the world's) greatest dramatist. Others choose to identify the Victorian era as producing some of England's greatest literature. Although Queen Victoria occupied the throne from June 20, 1837 until her death on January 22, 1901 (and the reign of King Edward VII lasted until his death on May 6, 1910), many people have chosen to extend the influence of the Edwardian era until either April 15, 1912 (the sinking of the RMS Titanic) or the onset of World War I. Nevertheless, three writers who achieved recognition during the Victorian era are responsible for a great deal of how we envision certain styles of English history on today's stages. Charles Dickens (1812-1870) crafted The Pickwick Papers (1836), Oliver Twist (1837), Nicholas Nickleby (1838), A Christmas Carol (1843), David Copperfield (1850), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), and Great Expectations (1861). These novels (some of which were initially published in serial for ...
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Snow Day
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I fall for it every time; I get sucked in as soon as the text buzzes on my cell phone, the email lands in my inbox, and the answering machine picks up the recording (no more need to wait for the scrolling list at the bottom of the TV). "Due to winter weather conditions, school will not be in session tomorrow." The kids yelp and run around in circles. "SNOW DAY!!" Mentally I do a little happy dance as I fantasize about sleeping in and snuggling up. I envision making a big pot of soup and catching an old movie. I love the snow; it's magical when it falls thickly and blankets the ground. I love it even more when I can stay home. Thoughts of relaxing with my family for an unexpected day in make me all warm and fuzzy. The imagined cozy scene is short-lived and not realistic. In the morning I'm quickly reminded of how things really go. Haley, my 5th grader, is literally bouncing off the walls; she careens into the kitchen after banging into the doorframe, slides across the tile f ...
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Woman In Gold' Director Simon Curtis Shares Insight About His Film
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
In 1907, Austrian painter Gustav Klimt completed his masterpiece Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. The painting, which contains actual gold leaf, became known as Woman in Gold. It was considered to be the Austrian Mona Lisa. Adele's husband, Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy industrialist, had commissioned the great work of art. It hung on the wall in the family's home. However, the portrait along with several other Klimt paintings owned by the Bloch-Bauers were stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The Woman in Gold along with the other Klimt paintings the Bloch-Bauers owned, later ended up in Austria's famous Belvedere Gallery. The Austrian government claimed that the Klimt paintings were theirs to keep and refused to return them to the family. That is until six decades later when Adele's niece, Maria Altmann, took on the Austrian government and fought for the return of her family's beloved paintings. The new film Woman In Gold recounts the remarkable true story of Maria Altman ...
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David Copperfield's rooftop pool bursts, seeps into apartments 30 floors below
Fox News - almost 2 years
Illusionist David Copperfield’s Manhattan rooftop swimming pool did a disappearing act — but it wasn’t a trick. The pool atop Copperfield’s East 57th Street penthouse spontaneously burst and flooded his apartment, seeping into others as far as 30 stories below.
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Get Ready to Be Amazed by <i>The Illusionists</i>
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Upon receiving the marketing materials for The Illusionists - a new multi-city magic show now playing Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre through March 22 - I couldn't help but conjure up camptacular images of '90s David Copperfield specials and Burt Wonderstone. But, let me tell you: This show is anything but. Sure, there is a degree of cheese factor, but the kind that's delightful because it's self-aware and smartly played. There's also beauty, excitement and, most importantly, finely-tuned talent and craft. Among the highlights from these seven wildly diverse world-class performers are Yu Ho-Jin ("The Manipulator"), whose serene and sensational slight-of-hand sends shivers, the adorable Adam Trent ("The Futurist") who charms the crowd with this futuristic trickery, and Dan Sperry ("The Anti-Conjuror"), who overcomes his goth getup with jaw-gaping visuals and zanily off-kilter audience interaction. I also enjoyed Jeff Hobson ("The Trickster") whose clever comebacks are perhaps q ...
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Heavyweight champ Stiverne: 'I ain't a cab driver'
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Bermane Stiverne says the defense of his World Boxing Council heavyweight title against undefeated Deontay Wilder will show the boxing world he is serious about winning championship belts. I ain't a one hit wonder," Canada's Stiverne said at a news conference Thursday ahead of their 12-round world title fight Saturday at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The 36-year-old Stiverne, who was born in Haiti but grew up in Montreal, traded verbal jabs with the unbeaten Wilder at the David Copperfield Theater inside the hotel's main casino. Challenger Wilder described Stiverne as "a tourist" with the belt.
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A Good Story Is Disturbing
Huffington Post - about 3 years
As David Mamet told me, "If Hamlet comes home from school, and his dad's not dead, and asks him how school was, it's boring." As a psychiatrist and novelist, I'm aware that all good stories are disturbing. No matter how beautifully written or "literary," a novel resonates deeply because the storyline tugs powerfully at us. It upsets, confounds and presents chaos, conflict, imbalance and upheaval -- either within its character's mind or circumstances. As readers, we crave instability, disturbance, and uncertainty. They make us care about the characters and the outcome. We live vicariously through the anguish, turmoil and trouble the characters endure in a quest to reorder chaos -- the disequilibrium -- propelling the story. I think this holds true for any tale, no matter how it is told -- plays, short stories, novellas or novels. Think of Philip Roth's American Pastoral, in which the protagonist is tortured by his daughter's disappearance after bombing a government bu ...
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What Is Magick and Why On Earth Do I Want to Do It?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Just the other week I decided to take the plunge and sign up for a year-long class in magick (I prefer the "magick" spelling to differentiate from "magic," a la David Copperfield, which incorporates illusion and is designed to entertain rather than change anyone's life or circumstances.) And our first assignment was to write why it mattered to us and how we defined magick. While writing, I was a bit surprised at my reasons, but it feels like something has fallen neatly into place. So here you go ... Magick, for me, is a walk in the woods and watching a flock of birds wheel over a lake, lifting my mood and thereby altering my direction for the remainder of the day. Magick is the ability to hear that still, small voice within that gently beckons, calling me toward a life that isn't found on television or the Internet. Magick is finding connection and community in the most unlikely places and people. Magick is embracing profound experiences that cannot easily be explained. Is magick su ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Copperfield
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 58
    In 2015, Forbes listed his earnings at $63 million for the previous 12 months and ranked him the 20th highest earning celebrity in the world.
    More Details Hide Details When not performing, he manages his chain of eleven resort islands in the Bahamas, which he calls "Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay". Copperfield was born David Seth Kotkin in Metuchen, New Jersey, the son of Jewish parents, Rebecca, an insurance adjuster, and Hyman Kotkin, who owned and operated a men's haberdashery in Metuchen called Korby's. Copperfield's mother was born in Jerusalem while his paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from USSR (present-day Ukraine).
  • 2012
    Age 55
    In October 2012, Maryland residents received a robocall from Copperfield, supporting a Maryland ballot initiative that would expand gambling in the state.
    More Details Hide Details On March 11, 1984, while rehearsing an illusion called "Escape From Death" where he was shackled and handcuffed in a tank of water, Copperfield became tangled in the chains and started taking in water and banging into the sides of the tank. He was pulled from the water after 1 minute 20 seconds, hyperventilating and in shock, and taken to a Burbank hospital, and found to have pulled tendons in arms and legs. He was in a wheelchair for a week and used a cane for a period thereafter. While doing a rope trick, Copperfield accidentally cut off the tip of his finger with sharp scissors. He was rushed to the hospital and the fingertip was re-attached. On December 17, 2008, during a live performance in Las Vegas, a 26-year-old assistant named Brandon was sucked into the spinning blades of a high industrial fan that Copperfield walks through. The assistant sustained multiple fractures to his arm, severe bleeding, and facial lacerations that required stitches. Copperfield canceled the rest of the performance and offered the audience members refunds.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The show featured many aspects of Copperfield's personal life and family—with tours of his island home and Las Vegas conjuring museum—and a sampling of his illusions and magic effects. During the interview, he and his girlfriend Chloe Gosselin, a French fashion model, announced their engagement and appeared together briefly with their young daughter strolling down the beach on the island. Copperfield notes that his role models growing up were not magicians, that "My idols were Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and Orson Welles and Walt Disney... they took their individual art forms and they moved people with them... I wanted to do the same thing with magic. I wanted to take magic and make it romantic and make it sexy and make it funny and make it goofy... all the different things that a songwriter gets to express or a filmmaker gets to express... " This approach, despite its obvious popularity with audiences, has its share of detractors within the profession. One magician, for example, has described Copperfield's stage presentations as “resembling entertainment the way Velveeta resembles cheese”.
  • 2011
    Age 54
    The news did not break publicly until over a year later, when The New York Post reported it in August 2011, and it was confirmed by Copperfield's publicist.
    More Details Hide Details Forbes magazine reported that Copperfield earned $55 million in 2003, making him the tenth highest paid celebrity in the world (earnings figures are pre-tax and before deductions for agents' and attorneys' fees, etc.). He earned $57 million in 2004 and 2005, and $30 million in 2009 in entertainment earnings, according to Forbes. Copperfield performs over 500 shows per year throughout the world.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Copperfield and his team developed illusions used in the film, while Copperfield also coached Carell and Wilde on how to perform the 'Impossible Sawing' illusion, in which Wilde's character is sawed in half and her halves separated without the use of any covering or camera tricks.
  • 2010
    Age 53
    Copperfield and his girlfriend Chloe Gosselin, a French fashion model who is 28 years his junior, had a daughter named Sky in February 2010.
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    Carroll filed a civil lawsuit against Copperfield, which was dropped in April 2010.
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    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 52
    On May 7, 2009, Copperfield was dropped by Michael Jackson from Jackson's residency at the O2 Arena after an alleged disagreement over money.
    More Details Hide Details Copperfield wanted $1 million (£666,000) per show. Copperfield denied the reports of a falling out, saying "don't believe everything you read." News of Copperfield's collaboration with Jackson first surfaced on April 1, 2009, and has since been reported by several websites as a possible April Fool's prank. In August 2009, Copperfield took his show to Australia.
  • 2007
    Age 50
    Copperfield was accused of sexual assault in 2007 by Lacey L. Carroll.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Copperfield countersued. The dispute was resolved in July 2009.
  • FORTIES
  • 2004
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Copperfield claimed that Melk had agreed to sell the property to Copperfield's Imagine Nation Company, and that Copperfield negotiated the deal through a third party because he feared Melk was "seeking to exploit" Copperfield's celebrity status by demanding an unrealistic price. The case was settled in 2006. The terms of the settlement are undisclosed.
  • 2000
    Age 43
    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.
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  • 1999
    Age 42
    After a nearly six-year engagement, in September 1999 they announced their separation citing work schedules.
    More Details Hide Details In April 2006, he and two female assistants were robbed at gunpoint after a performance in West Palm Beach, Florida. His assistants handed over their money, passports, and a cell phone. According to his police statement, Copperfield did not hand over anything, claiming that he used sleight of hand to hide his possessions. One of the assistants wrote down most of the license plate number, and the suspects were later arrested, charged, and sentenced.
  • 1997
    Age 40
    In 1997, Copperfield and Claudia Schiffer sued Paris Match for US $30 million after the magazine claimed their relationship was a sham, that Schiffer was paid for pretending to be Copperfield's fiancée and that she didn't even like him.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, they won an undisclosed sum and a retraction from Paris Match. Herbert L. Becker, whom Copperfield asked to give testimony regarding the validity of the relationship, gave convincing testimony that the relationship was real. Copperfield's publicist confirmed that while Schiffer had a contract to appear in the audience at Copperfield's show in Berlin where they met, she was not under contract to be his "consort".
    In 1997, Becker sued Copperfield and Lifetime Books for US$50 million for causing breach of contract between himself and Lifetime Books, the publisher of his book All the Secrets of Magic Revealed.
    More Details Hide Details Becker won this lawsuit when Copperfield settled at the last moment and the publisher lost during the court trial.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Reviewer Greg Evans described the sold-out show in Variety magazine: "With a likable, self-effacing demeanor that rarely comes across in his TV specials, Copperfield leads the audience through nearly two hours of truly mind-boggling illusions. He disappears and reappears, gets cut in half, makes audience members vanish and others levitate. Copperfield climaxes his show with a flying routine, seven years in the making, that defies both logic and visual evidence, he could probably retire just by selling his secrets to future productions of Peter Pan". Also during 1996, Copperfield joined forces with Dean Koontz, Joyce Carol Oates, Ray Bradbury and others for David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible, an anthology of original fiction set in the world of magic and illusion. A second volume was later published in 1997, called David Copperfield's Beyond Imagination. In addition to the 2 books, David also wrote an essay as part of the "This I Believe" series from NPR and the This I Believe, Inc.
  • 1994
    Age 37
    On July 11, 1994, Copperfield sued magician and author Herbert L. Becker in order to prevent publication of Becker's book which reveals how magicians perform their illusions.
    More Details Hide Details Becker won the lawsuit. However, the book was published without exposing any of Copperfield's secrets. Because of a secrecy agreement Becker had signed with Copperfield, and an independent finding that Becker's description of Copperfield's methods was inaccurate, the publisher removed the section on Copperfield from the book before publication.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Most of his media appearances have been through television specials and guest spots on television programs. His illusions have included the disappearance of a seven-ton Learjet (1981), the vanishing and reappearance of the Statue of Liberty (1983), levitating over the Grand Canyon (1984), walking through the Great Wall of China (1986), escaping from Alcatraz prison (1987), the disappearance of a 70-ton Orient Express dining car (1991) and Flying on stage for several minutes (1992).
  • 1991
    Age 34
    Copperfield's 1991 Mulholland purchase, which formed the core of his collection, engendered criticism from some detractors within the magician community.
    More Details Hide Details One critic told a reporter, “David Copperfield buying the Mulholland Library is like an Elvis impersonator winding up with Graceland.” The museum is not open to the public; tours are reserved for "colleagues, fellow magicians, and serious collectors". Located in a warehouse at Copperfield's headquarters in Las Vegas, the museum is entered via a secret door in what was described by actor Hugh Jackman as a "sex shop" and by Forbes as a "mail-order lingerie warehouse" "'It doesn't need to be secret, it needs to be respected,' he said. 'If a scholar or journalist needs a piece of magic history, it's there.'". In 2006, Copperfield bought eleven Bahamian islands called Musha Cay. Renamed "The Islands of Copperfield Bay", the islands are a private resort. Guests have reportedly included Oprah Winfrey and John Travolta, and Google co-founder Sergey Brin was married there. Copperfield has stated that the islands may contain the Fountain of Youth, a claim which resulted in him receiving a Dubious Achievement Award from Esquire Magazine in 2006.
    Copperfield owns the International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts, which houses the world's largest collection of historically significant magic memorabilia, books, and artifacts. Begun in 1991 when Copperfield purchased the Mulholland Library of Conjuring and the Allied Arts, which contained the world's largest collection of Houdini memorabilia, the museum comprises approximately 80,000 items of magic memorabilia, including Houdini's Water Torture Cabinet and his Metamorphosis Trunk, the Orson Welles' Buzz Saw illusion and automata created by Robert-Houdin.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 26
    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 seconds later to reveal that the space where the Statue of Liberty once stood was in that moment empty.
    More Details Hide Details A helicopter hovered overhead to give an aerial view of the illusion and the statue appeared to have vanished and only the circle of lights surrounding it was still present and visible. Before making the statue reappear, Copperfield explained in front of the camera why he wanted to perform this illusion. He wanted people to imagine what it would be like if there were no liberty or freedom in the world today and what the world would be like without the freedoms and rights we enjoy. Copperfield then brought Lady Liberty back ending the illusion by saying that "our ancestors couldn't (enjoy rights and freedoms), we can and our children will". Both the disappearance and the reappearance of the statue have been filmed in long take to demonstrate the absence of camera tricks.
  • 1982
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The program has been accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, and is in use in over 1100 hospitals throughout 30 countries worldwide. Copperfield made an appearance on Oprah Radio in April 2008 to talk with Oprah Radio host Dr. Mehmet Oz about how the use of magic can help disabled people. In 2007, he organized and performed at a charity show for UNICEF in Los Angeles, along with a number of celebrity guests. During the show, he used his ex-Orson Welles Buzz Saw illusion to saw British TV presenter Cat Deeley in half. Copperfield holds 11 Guinness World Records, including earnings and attendance records, and largest stage illusions. Copperfield declared that amongst the new illusions he plans to create, he wants to put a woman's face on Mt. Rushmore, straighten the Leaning Tower of Pisa and even vanish the moon. He also wants to make an island disappear.
  • 1977
    Age 20
    There have been 17 Copperfield TV specials and 2 documentaries between September 7, 1977, and April 3, 2001.
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    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1974
    Age 17
    In 1974, Copperfield graduated from Metuchen High School.
    More Details Hide Details When Copperfield was 10, he began practicing magic as "Davino the Boy Magician" in his neighborhood, and at the age of 12, became the youngest person admitted to the Society of American Magicians. Shy and a loner, the young Copperfield saw magic as a way of fitting in and, later, as a way to get girls. As a child, Copperfield attended a day camp called Camp Harmony, in nearby Warren, New Jersey, where he began practicing magic and ventriloquy; an experience to which he credits his creative style. "At Camp Harmony, we spent two weeks searching for a guide who’d been kidnapped by Indians. It was just a game, but I was living it... My whole life goes back to that camp experience when I was three or four." As a teenager, Copperfield became fascinated with Broadway and frequently sneaked into shows, especially musicals featuring the work of Stephen Sondheim or Bob Fosse. By age 16, he was teaching a course in magic at New York University.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Born
    Born on September 16, 1956.
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