One of the most iconic magicians of all time is David Copperfield. He is one of the first, if not the first, magician that comes to mind when someone says “magic”. David Copperfield is most famous from his illusions such as flying over the Grand Canyon, walking through the Great Wall of China, and in what was his most famous stunt, he seemingly caused the Statue of Liberty to vanish.
The Start of David Copperfield
David Copperfield was born on the 16th of September 1956, in Metuchen, New Jersey. When starting out on his magic journey at the age of 10. Copperfield said he entered show business to overcome his shyness towards the opposite gender. He started out as a ventriloquist, then later switched to magic. He was known as Davino before he adopted the well-known name of David Copperfield. Ironically Copperfield claims he was never able to read Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield all the way through, as he said he found the book “too dark” for his taste. Copperfield was also the youngest ever performer to be accepted into the Society of American Magicians. He taught a course on magic at New York University while still being a teenager and starred in the Chicago – based stage musical The Magic Man before turning 20.
Copperfield also ended up as one of the highest paid American entertainers, he used a significant portion of his personal fortune to purchase some of the worlds most valuable collections of magic literature and memorabilia beginning with his 1991 acquisition of the celebrated John Mulholland collection. These items were held at Copperfield’s International Museum and Library of Conjuring Arts in Las Vegas, this facility was not open to the general public. As well as this he also donated a large amount of his earning to Project Magic, which was a charity set up to utilize the learning of sleight of hand magic as a therapeutic tool.