David Copperfield donates Martin Luther King, Jr. tape to Memphis museum

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial -- Washington...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial — Washington (DC) September 2011 (Photo credit: Ron Cogswell)

When Chattanooga, Tennessee resident Stephon Tull was going through musty boxes in his father’s attic a few months ago, he hadn’t imagined finding an audiotape from 1960s. The tape might have gone unnoticed were it not for the rather distinctive label found affixed to the item. The recording was labeled “Dr. King interview, Dec. 21, 1960.”

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Oprah Winfrey interviews David Copperfield in his private island home

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Photograph of illusionist David Copperfield. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Oprah Winfrey’s interview with magician David Copperfield will be televised on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” this Sunday, July 15th on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Oprah Winfrey’s interview with magician David Copperfield will be televised on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” this Sunday, July 15th on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Oprah traveled to David Copperfield’s Musha Cay in order to conduct the interview. Copperfield’s island–part of the Exuma chain–is located in the southern Bahamas. The dramatic setting provides the perfect backdrop for the deeply personal interview in which David discusses fatherhood, his abusive childhood and topics regarding his legendary career in magic. Copperfield also discusses the sexual allegations which had once been brought against him. David Copperfield’s fiancée, Chloe Gosselin, is also interviewed. “Oprah’s Next Chapter” offers the platform from which Gosselin has granted this, her first television interview. She and David talk about marriage and their young daughter, Sky.

David addresses the sexual abuse allegations that had been filed against him by the claimant who had once accused Copperfield of assault in this transcript excerpt from the interview. (Article continues, HERE.)

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The surprising former jobs of celebrity magicians

Poster shows American magician Frederick Bancr...

Poster shows American magician Frederick Bancroft performing illusions in front of a harem of women. Caption: “Frederick Bancroft, prince of magicians: Act II – the magnificent Orient and the wizard’s enchantments.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

As we get ready for the beginning of summer, it is easy to begin to think of the jobs we once held during the summer months . . . or even of the jobs that led us to what we are doing, now. Celebrity magicians are no different in that regard. For instance, do you know:

 

  • Which magician worked as a lifeguard during the summer months?
  • Which magician worked for a carnival touring company?
  • Which world-famous magician was once a columnist for the former PC/Computing magazine?
  • Which magician once co-owned a dry cleaning business?

 

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David Copperfield’s Disappearing Inc. files lawsuit over unsatisfactory work

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A picture of illusionist David Copperfield. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An attorney representing magician David Copperfield’s company Disappearing Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Splashes Creative Services for work which has been found to be unsatisfactory.

Splashes Creative Services had been a privately incorporated company in Las Vegas, Nevada. Splashes Creative Services was dissolved in January according to the recent court paperwork on file. The company was owned by Shelly North. Splashes Creative Services offered stage hardware and equipment services. Splashes had been listed in the Construction category of Motion Picture Set Design & Construction. The company had allegedly been contracted to provide services on Musha Cay, David Copperfield’s island–part of the Exuma chain–in the southern Bahamas. Musha Cay is located 85 miles southeast of Nassau.

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Gary Darwin’s Magic Club at Boomers Bar on Wednesday evenings

Top hat as an icon for magic

Top hat as an icon for magic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Las Vegas magicians are welcome to attend Gary Darwin’s Magic Club every Wednesday evening at 10:00 p.m. The Club meeting is held in the spacious back room of Boomers Bar. Gary Darwin founded the Magic Club over forty years ago. This is a club that doesn’t require dues or membership fees and, in addition, the Club has been established without stuffy rules or restrictions being forced upon the Magic Club participants. Anyone is welcome to attend the Magic Club meetings.

The Club meetings, on average, attract up to forty magicians each week. This magically inspired get-together is a time for networking, swapping stories and performing for–as well as learning from–the many magicians that show up for this event. The meeting has such a stellar reputation within the Las Vegas Valley that big names in the performance realm of magic often turn up at Boomers. Those big name performers (such as David Copperfield, Siegfried or Lance Burton) aren’t known for performing during the Magic Club meetings, but they do show up in order to visit with their industry friends as well as to chat with the other magicians gathered in the room.

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Top 10 things you might not know about David Copperfield

How much do you know about Las Vegas stage magician David Copperfield? Here

Publicity photo of David Copperfield from the ...

Publicity photo of David Copperfield from the television special The Magic of ABC Starring David Copperfield. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

are some little-known facts about the most commercially successful magician in history:

  1. Born David Seth Kotkin on September 16, 1956, in Metuchen, New Jersey.
  2. In 1982 Copperfield founded Project Magic, a rehabilitation program which helps disabled patients by utilizing sleight-of-hand as a means of physical therapy. Project Magic is accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association and is used, with great success, in hospitals around the world.
  3. His performance contract from Dreams & Nightmares contained a rider which stipulated that there should be provided “Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast for Mr. Copperfield with Teriyaki Sauce on the side”. It was also noted that this request should be available at a moments notice.

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David Copperfield named ‘King of Magic’

American magician David Copperfield signing hi...

American magician David Copperfield signing his program after a 2007 show at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What title can you possibly confer upon the magician that has already been granted the “Magician of the Century” and the “Magician of the Millennium” acclamations?

On September 14, 2011 David Copperfield was crowned the first-ever “King of Magic” by the Society of American Magicians. Copperfield was granted this, his newest title, in honor of his efforts “to advance, elevate, and preserve magic as a performing art, to promote harmonious fellowship throughout the world of magic, and to maintain and improve ethical standards in the field of magic.” The Society of American Magicians was founded, in the back room of a New York magic shop, in 1902. Harry Houdini, himself, once served as National President for the organization. The Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.) is the oldest and most prestigious magic organization in the world.

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David Copperfield returns to the Hollywood Theatre, MGM Grand

Copperfield room keys

Copperfield room keys (Photo credit: Homies In Heaven)

David Copperfield is back for performances at the Hollywood Theatre inside the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Scheduled performances run from September 7th through the 13th, 2011. Mr. Copperfield’s show then resumes from September 28th through October 24th, 2011. Performance times are Sunday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. with additional Saturday matinee performances at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for all performances.

David Copperfield’s name has been before the public several times this summer.

David Copperfield versus Harry Potter:

Mutual fans of both Copperfield and author J.K. Rowling were delighted when a spoof video surfaced which showed David Copperfield, in rare comical form, issuing a Cease and Desist order to J.K. Rowling claiming that her Harry Potter books “ripped-off” the story of his life. In the popular spoof video he had said: “I tried calling J.K. Rowling to sort this out but she’s too busy buying castles to fill with money.” He continued with: “So I have no choice but to cast a litigation spell.” Copperfield then uttered some magical words as his Cease and Desist letter floated out of an envelope before coming to a gentle rest in his hand.

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Top 5 picks for Las Vegas illusion and magic shows

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Las Vegas Strip (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With everything from edgy magic that is sure to please any enigma-seeking adult to offering up family-friendly entertainment, Las Vegas performers cover every contingency!

The Magic and Tigers of Rick Thomas

Illusionist Rick Thomas brings together unique combinations of magic, illusion, exotic cats, birds and music. Upgrading a ticket to the VIP status allows the audience members to take part in the “Tiger Encounter” where VIP ticket holders may ask questions about Bengal tigers and then go on stage to have a photograph taken with Rick’s majestic cats. The VIP “Tiger Encounter” takes place directly following each show. Show times are 3:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Ticket prices are $39.95 and $49.99. Ticket prices for children are $19.95. Ticket prices listed do not include applicable fees and taxes. This show is appropriate for any age.

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David Copperfield begins run at Hollywood Theatre, MGM Grand

David Copperfield's Hollywood Star

David Copperfield’s Hollywood Star (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

David Copperfield returns to the Las Vegas Strip in performances at the Hollywood Theatre inside the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Scheduled performances run from August 5th through the 24th, 2011. Performance times are Sunday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. with additional Saturday matinee performances at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for all performances. David Copperfield has been named Magician of the Century and Magician of the Millennium. He has performed for worldwide audiences, Emmy award-winning televised events and on Broadway in “Dreams and Nightmares.” He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the first living illusionist to be honored with that distinction. The United States Library of Congress awarded Copperfield with the Living Legend award. Forbes describes Copperfield as being the most commercially successful magician in history.

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