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David has made many successes throughout his career. He is known as the greatest illusionist of our
time and has elevated the art of magic to a new level.
David performs over 500 shows a year touring worldwide with his stage shows. He not only performs on theatrical stages, but also performs sell out shows in arenas around the world. in 1996, he set box office records with his Broadway show "Dreams & Nightmares".
Not only that, he has been knighted by the French government, been honored on postage stamps in several countries, and is the thirteenth highest paid entertainer in the world. With many more successes to his credit, it's a wonder how David manages to stay on top. He never ceases to amaze, surprise and touch the audience in a way no one else can.
About David Copperfield:
Date of birth (location)
16 September 1956
Metuchen, New Jersey, USA
David Seth Kotkin, aka David Copperfield, was born in Metuchen, New Jersey in 1956. He began performing under the name of 'Davino: Boy Magician' performing at birthday parties and shows around his hometown. Not long after this he became the youngest magician to be admitted to SAM, The Society of American Magicians. At the age of 16 he began teaching magic at New York University.
David soon saw success while he was in college at Fordham University in New York. He soon left school when he was cast in the lead of the original musical "The Magic Man", produced in Chicago. He used the stage name of David Copperfield here for the first time. He sang, danced and created all the magic in the show, which went on to become the longest running show in Chicago.
In 1977, ABC snagged David to do a magic series called "The Magic of ABC Starring David Copperfield". With Great success, CBS then signed him up to perform his current 'The Magic of David Copperfield' specials. Since 1978, David has been seen on TV with highly rated and Emmy award winning specials. He has walked through the Great Wall of China, made the Statue of Liberty disappear and he has even flown through the air.
One great accomplishment of David's is Project Magic. A rehabilitative program developed over a decade ago. This program helps strengthen dexterity and motor use in disabled patients by using simple sleight of hand magic. Project Magic is implemented in over 30 countries and over 1,000 hospitals worldwide.
So has David returned to Metuchen, NJ to visit his hometown? Yes he does make visits on occasion. in 1996, During his Broadway performance in NYC, he stopped by Metuchen to receive an honor and dedication of Copperfield Lane. A street sign bearing his name.
"I grew up in New Jersey. My mom was in insurance, and my dad owned a men's clothing store.
Before I was in my teens, I thought it would be cool to become a ventriloquist.
It turned out that this place sold props for ventriloquists was also a magic shop. So instead of walking out with a dummy, I ended up with a bag of tricks. I started doing little shows in my home town.
When I was 18 I got this part in a musical called "The Magic Man." I got to do my own illusions and sing. The longer the play ran, the more illusions I performed, and the less songs they wanted me to do. I guess I wasn't cut out to be a singer.
When the show closed, I starved in New York for a year, and my dad would slip me a few bucks to pay the heating bill. I sat in my apartment inventing magic, finding the right music, and staging routines. I knocked on a lot of doors and sent out a lot of video tapes. One day I got a phone call to be the host of a TV show. I was 19, and I couldn't believe it.
My first few specials were to music by Gershwin. My inspirations were Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. I though I was really cool. I wore big collars, shiny jackets, and a bad haircut.
On my fourth special, I wanted to go beyond the normal number. So I took that shiny jacket and that bad haircut and made an airplane disappear."
--- David Copperfield