David Copperfield is a well-known illusionist and magician. He was born David Seth Kotkin on September 16, 1956 in Metuchen, New Jersey. He began practicing magic at a young age and made his first professional performance at the age of 12. He later changed his name to David Copperfield as a tribute to the Charles Dickens novel.
Copperfield has had a successful career in magic, performing in Las Vegas and on television specials. He has also been involved in various philanthropic endeavors, including founding the International Magic Experience, a museum and performance venue in Las Vegas. He is one of the most famous and commercially successful magicians in history.
David Copperfield’s most famous magic tricks
David Copperfield is known for a wide variety of illusions and magic tricks throughout his career, some of his most famous include:
- The Disappearance of the Statue of Liberty: Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty disappear in front of a live audience in 1983, this was one of the most famous and talked about trick of all time.
- The Flying: Copperfield flew over the audience using harnesses and wires in his stage performances, it was one of his signature tricks.
- The Vanishing of the Great Wall of China: Copperfield made a replica of the Great Wall of China disappear in front of a live audience in 1986.
- The Walk Through the Great Wall: Copperfield walked through the Great Wall of China in a live broadcast in 1994, he was the first person to walk through the wall.
- The Death Saw: Copperfield performed the famous “Death Saw” illusion, where he was sawed in half by an assistant in front of a live audience.
- The levitation of an audience member: Copperfield performed levitation of an audience member, it’s one of his most popular illusions and he still performs it.