David Copperfield

Welcome to my new home – thanks for stopping by! Over the past few months, my team and I have been hard at work developing my new show from the ground up. I’m writing this message backstage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas – performing 15 shows a week! With the launch of this new site, I want to hear more about YOU! Magic acts as a constant inspiration in my life, but I’d like to know what...

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Early Life And Career

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.

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When “The Magic Man” closed, David returned to New York. There, he continued to develop his singular approach to magic, which was strongly influenced by his love of classic MGM musicals, the dramatic storytelling exemplified by Orson Welles and Walt Disney (two of David’s heroes) and the lyrical, muscular romanticism of a Sinatra ballad. As host of “The Magic of ABC, Starring David Copperfield” he achieved top ratings and shared his unique style of magic with millions of viewers.

CBS immediately put David under contract for a series of yearly TV specials, which became known as “The Magic of David Copperfield”. In each special he presented new illusions on a scale never before imagined or attempted – and always in front of a live audience, without the use of camera tricks. In his fourth TV special, he “Vanished a Jet Airplane.” In his fifth special he presented “The Illusion of the Century – The Disappearance of the Statue of Liberty” in front of a live audience on Liberty Island and to millions of astonished television viewers.

For the next two decades David continued to break new ground with his annual top-rated, Emmy Award winning television specials. He continued to outdo himself by “Walking Through the Great Wall of China,” escaping from chains and shackles just before he was plunged over Niagara Falls, surviving being locked in a safe inside an imploding building, making a daring “Escape from Alcatraz” prison, levitating and “Vanishing a 45 Ton Orient Express Train Car” while surrounded by a ring of spectators, escaping while hanging upside down from burning ropes in a straightjacket 10 stories above flaming steel spikes, testing his endurance by surviving the deadly heat standing in the center of a 2000 degree “Tornado of Fire” and flying through the air in “Flying.”

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Broadway

In 1996, David realized a lifelong dream of performing on Broadway. Collaborating with Francis Ford Coppola, David created “Dreams and Nightmares” which still holds the Broadway record for most tickets sold in a week – more than Cats, The Lion King, and The Producers.

The International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts

The International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts was founded by David and houses the world’s largest collection of historically significant magic memorabilia, posters, books, props and artifacts. Over 80,000 objects from magic history reside within – including Houdini’s Water Torture Cell and his Metamorphosis Trunk. The museum also includes the only known recording of Houdini’s voice, preserved on the original Edison wax cylinders.

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Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay

Recognized by many as the most beautiful and spectacular destination in the world, “Musha Cay and The Islands of Copperfield Bay” offers the ultimate private island paradise. Located in The Bahamas, these 11 private islands have over 700 acres of lush natural beauty, 40 sugar sand beaches and a 2 mile long sandbar – truly paradise on earth. Unique magical adventures await the islands’ guests.

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Project Magic

“Project Magic” is, by far, David’s proudest achievement. This medically-certified program uses magic as a method of therapy in over 1,000 hospitals in 30 countries worldwide, motivating patients to regain their dexterity, coordination and cognitive skills by learning simple magic and sleight of hand.

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The Magic

“It takes at least 2 years to develop illusions and some of them take even longer,” says David. “I love to challenge my team and myself by pushing the envelope and working on new methods and ideas. I don’t always take the easiest route. Sometimes, the ultimate solution requires months of brainstorming, miniatures and mock-ups, and testing just to make an idea a reality.”

David is uniquely respected by his peers within the magic community – Penn Jillette called him “undisputedly, the greatest magician alive.” The Society of American Magicians, magic’s oldest and most respected organization – originally presided over by Harry Houdini – declared him “The King of Magic” and Oprah Winfrey calls David Copperfield “the greatest illusionist of our time.” He has forever changed the future of his art and shown that there are no limits – that magic is as vast as our imagination.