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David Copperfield – The Greatest Illusionist of All Time

Last Updated on September 21, 2020 by Darshan Modi

An magical weaving together of stories and magic has earned incredible magician David Copperfield 11 Guinness world records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Learn more about this incredible man who turned a childhood comfort into an illusion that stunned the world.

David Copperfield
David Copperfield

David Copperfield Superhuman Superpower

An incredible illusionist, David Copperfield has made the Statue of Liberty disappear and has walked through the Great Wall of China.


David Copperfield was born on 16 September 1956 as David Seth Kotkin in Metuchen, New Jersey.

Early Life

A child of Jewish descent ( Davids mother was born in Israel and his fathers parents immigrated from Jerusalem ), David was a shy and lonely child who turned to magic to entertain and comfort him while attending a day camp. By the time he was 12 years old, he was areas an accomplished magician and he became the youngest person ever to be admitted to the Society of American Magicians when thy accepted him at only 16 years of age. As he grew older, his obsession with magic grew and by 16 he was teaching a magic course at the New York University.

At 18 David landed the lead role in a musical comedy called “ The Magic Man” which became the longest running show in the history of Chicago. The show ran for more then 500 times a year and this gave David the training and experience of performing in from of a live audience.

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About David Copperfield

After “The Magic Man” closed down and he returned to New York and hosted “ The Magic of ABC< Starring David Copperfield” which achieved top ratings and landed David a contract for the TV Series “The Magic of David Copperfield”. As the show grew so did the scale of Davids Tricks, with his trying new illusions in front of a live audience every week. David performed illusions such as walking through the Great Wall of China, disappearing a Lear Jet and Escaping from Alcatraz. In 1996 David performed on Broadway, one of his great dreams with the collaboration “ Dreams and Nightmares” which still holds a world record from most tickets sold in the first week.

David founded the International Museum and Library of conjuring Arts which houses more than 80 000 items of world magic history and has co-written a book called “David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible,” storied from the world of magic and illusion. The book proved to be so popular a sequel was published called “David Copperfield’s Beyond Imagination.” Looking for a new location for his illusions, David purchased 11 private islands in the Bahama’s, named “Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay which is now considered to be on the most spectacular destinations in the world. Each of the islands attractions features a special David Copperfield made illusion. However it is Project Magic that David considers to be his greatest achievement. This project uses magic as a therapy in hospitals across world. The program aids patients to reagin hand eye co-ordination and dexterity through learning magic tricks and sleight of hand.

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David is the first magician to have a star on the Hollywood Walk if Fame and was knighted by the French Government in 1999. He has an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Fordham University. He has received a Living Legend award and been names Magician of the Year multiple times. His face is also on postage stamps in six different countries.

Genetic Or Learned

Imagination and the ability to create wonderful illusions must be genetic, even if the execution if learnt.

Guinness World Records

  • Most Tickets sold by a solo entertainer
  • Largest International television audience for a magician
  • Most magic shows performed in a year
  • Most tickets sold worldwide by a solo entertainer
  • Highest career earnings as a magician
  • Highest annual earnings for a magician (current year)
  • Largest Broadway attendance in a week
  • Largest magic work archive
  • Most expensive poster depicting magic sold at auction
  • Largest illusion ever staged

Official Website


Featured In

  • The Simsons 2015
  • 7 days in Hell – 2015
  • The Crazy ones – 2014
  • the incredible Burt Wonderstone – 2013
  • Scrubs – 2002
  • Michael Jackson – Liberian Girl – 1989
  • Copperfield – Tornado of Fire – 2001
  • David Copperfield – 15 years of Magic – 1994
  • Terror Train – 1980
  • The Magic of David Copperfield – 1983

Books Published

  • “David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible” – 1996
  • “David Copperfield’s Beyond Imagination” – 1998