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David Copperfield Biography
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david_copperfield_003.jpgBorn 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.

In 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. The program has been accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, and is in use in over 1100 hospitals throughout 30 countries worldwide.

Copperfield was engaged to the supermodel Claudia Schiffer, but the couple parted ways in 1999 after a six-year relationship.

David Copperfield at one time was ready to open a theme restaurant called "Magic Underground." There were to be two locations, one in New York City and one in Walt Disney World (built in the shape of a Hidden Mickey). These locations would allow "D.A.V.I.D" (Digital Audio-Video Interface Device) to remotely interact with the guests in the restaurant. It was basically a high tech videophone system. Other things such as the very table you were sitting at might "Float" around the room and even the waiters were to be involved performing magic as they brought your order to you. Eventually the New York project ran into trouble and the Walt Disney World location was aborted.

In 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."

Copperfield has also attempted to preserve the history of the art of magic for present and future generations by providing a safe, permanent home for antiquarian props, books, and other historical ephemera related to conjuring. His vast collection, known as the International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts, is housed in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Forbes Magazine reported that Copperfield earned $57 million in 2003, making him the tenth highest paid celebrity in the world. It also estimated that he made $57 million in 2004 (35th) and $57 million in 2005 (41st) in merchandise and tour revenue. Copperfield performs over 500 shows per year throughout the world.

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.

The Guinness Book of World Records has calculated that he has sold more tickets in his career than any other solo entertainer. Other Guinness World Records held by Copperfield include being the most awarded magician in history and being the first living magician to receive a star on the Hollywood 'Walk of Fame'.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London created a wax likeness of Copperfield.

David Copperfield has a French knighthood, received the Living Legend Award from the Library of Congress and appears on postage stamps in 6 countries.

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.

David Copperfield Big Scale Magic

  • Making a Lear Jet vanishdavid_copperfield_005.jpg
  • Causing the Statue of Liberty to disappear and reappear
  • Escaping from a locked cell on Alcatraz
  • Passing through the Great Wall of China
  • Vanishing a train car
  • Vanishing the Orient Express
  • Flying on stage
  • Survive from F2 Tornado of Fire
  • Escaping from a burning raft before it plunged over Niagra Falls
  • Challenging the Bermuda Triangle
  • Teleporting anywhere in the blink of an eye
  • Levitated a Ferarri
  • Floated across the Grand Canyon
  • Performing Laser Illusion, Death Saw
  • And many more



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