With an incredible work ethic and a touch of magic, David Copperfield has grown to become the highest grossing solo entertainer of all time – amassing a staggering 21 Emmys, a record-breaking $4 billion in ticket sales, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His story began in the small town of Metuchen, New Jersey.
An only child, David was born on September 16, 1956 as David Kotkin. His father, Hy, owned Korby’s Men’s Shop. His mother, Rebecca, worked in the insurance business. A shy kid who overcame his insecurity with the help of magic, David was already an accomplished conjurer by the age of 12, when he was invited to join the Society of American Magicians – its youngest member ever.
At 16, David was an adjunct professor at New York University, where he taught a course called “the Art of Magic.” Long before he was declared a Living Legend by the Library of Congress — he was a teacher.
At 18, David was cast as the lead in “The Magic Man,” a new musical comedy created by the producers of “Grease.” The show opened in Chicago to rave reviews and went on to become the longest running musical in Chicago’s history. It also gave David the invaluable experience of performing daily in front of a live audience, allowing him to develop the spontaneity and love of live performance that has him performing up to four shows a day – with over 500 performances every year.