Interesting facts from the life of the illusionist David Copperfield
David Seth Kotkin, better known as David Copperfield, in the 90s amazed audiences on all continents. Today he turns 63 years old, and to celebrate the birthday of the illusionist on a personal Bahamas. Let us recall the most interesting facts of his magical life!
Focuses courts and manipulation
David Copperfield has made a name for himself tricks with the disappearance of as many as 11 times and got into the Guinness Book of Records. With a wave of his hand he disappeared a train car, and even the Statue of Liberty. Magician threatened to relieve Paris from the Eiffel Tower, but it never happened.
In addition, he was falling in Niagara Falls in a special box, bound with chains, passed through the Great Wall of China, hovered over the scene with no visible cables ...
But still it does not know how he does it! Only one of his trick discovered - and that at the request of the court, and only partially.
In 2016, the Briton Gavin Cox, one of the spectators of the next presentation, accused the magician that was injured and spent for the treatment of more than 400 thousand dollars.
He said that in 2013 during the execution of the trick with the disappearance of people from the cells when they were led through the dark tunnel, he fell, injured his shoulder and received a head injury. Copperfield said in response that catch in the corridor, curtained black curtains, not for that and the road illuminated by lanterns. In May 2018, the court acquitted him.
In 2004, nearly came to court a case of buying a 11 Copperfield Bahamas. The former owner said that David bought the island through a front company and that he would never have sold them to the great magician. In response, David said that the transaction took place, and the name of the buyer has been hidden so as not to inflate the already considerable price.
David himself also sued. In 1994, Herbert Becker magician promised to reveal the secrets of his illusions in the new book. The parties came to an agreement, an independent expert has confirmed that Becker inaccurate guesses, and the head of the book was cut.
In 1997, he and model Claudia Schiffer sued an undisclosed sum from the French newspaper Paris Match because of allegations that their relationship is - a lie. In fact, they were engaged from 1994 to 1999, Claudia participated in some views, and dispersed due to different work schedules.
Do you believe that Copperfield did meet with Claudia Schiffer?
The accusations of rape
Like many famous people, Copperfield accused of indecent assault, twice! In 2007, the former "Miss Washington" Lacey Carroll announced that the magician raped her after the contest. More than two years Copperfield family defended the good name of David, and the court ultimately found no corpus delicti.
In 2018 the situation was repeated, but the model is Britney Lewis returned to the events of 30 years ago, when she was 17. And she, too, could not prove anything.
At the same time, David Copperfield himself actively supported the movement MeToo, but asked not to make hasty conclusions from the information obtained.
Injuries and oversight of
In the more than 40-year career of illusionist Copperfield matter of wrong times.
March 11, 1984 in the trick "Escape from Death," where he was chained by the arms and legs inside a glass cube with water, David entangled in chains and started to swallow water and beat on the wall. It got 80 seconds later, and in a state of shock, he was taken to the hospital. It turned out he pulled a ligament in his hands and feet. The whole week Copperfield moved in a wheelchair, and then some time walking with a cane. The trick with the flight shown in Memphis in 1989, David accidentally hit a sharp pair of scissors and cut off almost finger pad. He was taken to hospital, where the skin was sewn back.
magically disappeared ... the restaurant!
At the end of the 90s came up with the concept of Copperfield Magic Underground magic restaurant. One of them is planned to be opened in "Disneyland" in Florida, another - in New York's Times Square. Future development plans include "Disneyland" in California, as well as Paris and Tokyo.
It was assumed that in these restaurants ordered food will appear on the desktop without the waiter, the young magicians can make representations on the walls are hung with magic items, and will be the scene for tricks.
When there were a few weeks before the opening of a restaurant in New York, it became clear that the project exceeded the initial estimate by several times. Financial Group strongly quarreled with the creative, the rest of the investors withdrew money, the project was canceled. Copperfield himself from it does not hurt - it did not make money, but investors reportedly lost $ 34 million.
What he was doing now?
Despite the fact that David Copperfield is not the best time to buy broadcast channels and popular does not make disappear all the larger items, it is not sitting idle. His performances with great success go to Las Vegas, he often appears on TV talk shows and advises those wishing for execution of various tricks. He was repeatedly accused of collaboration with the secret police, he could be useful as a man better than anyone fancying disappearance and invisibility. However, no specific evidence prosecutors have failed to lead.
Now David Copperfield and his wife, model Chloe Gosling, and 9-year-old daughter Skye lives on a private island in the Bahamas archipelago. Guests "Copperfield Bay," in 2004 there were many international stars. Google co-founder Sergey Brin even noticed there own wedding. In addition, the illusionist has a four-story penthouse in the heart of New York.