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Born in New Jersey as David Seth Kotkin, Copperfield began practicing magic at the age of twelve, and became the youngest person ever admitted to the Society of American Magicians. By age 16, he was teaching a course in magic at New York University. At age 18, he enrolled at Fordham University, and was cast in the lead role of the Chicago-based musical The Magic Man (directed by Holland, MI's John Tammi) three weeks into his freshman year, adopting his new stage name "David Copperfield" from the Charles Dickens book of the same name. At age 19, he was headlining at the Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.
David Copperfield played the character of Ken the magician in the 1980 horror film Terror Train. He also made an uncredited appearance in the 1994 film Prêt-à-Porter. Most of his media appearances have been through television specials and guest spots on television programs. His illusions have included making the Statue of Liberty "disappear", "flying", "levitating" over the Grand Canyon, and "walking through" the Great Wall of China.
According to Copperfield's official website, his tour schedule shows that throughout December 2007 he will perform at the MGM Hollywood Theater every night.
Achievements and Awards
David Copperfield's success has been recognized by a number of awards. The illusionist has been nominated 35 times for Emmy Awards and has won 21 times.
He is the founder of The International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts, the largest museum of its kind.
He starred in “Dreams and Nightmares," the Broadway show that set box-office records, including the most tickets sold in a week. He has been featured on the cover of Forbes, Architectural Digest, and Esquire.
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