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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Top 10 things you might not know about Teller

Teller, of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller....

Teller, of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller. Photo taken after their show at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How much do you know about the quiet, shorter half of Penn & Teller? Here are some little-known facts about Las Vegas magician Teller:

  1. He has been profoundly inspired by a line from Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George. The line that moves him to tears is the line which says ‘Look, I made a hat where there never was a hat’ saying about it “I can’t say that line without choking up, because it states, in profoundly poetic terms, what I have always wanted to do with my life. It’s so simple and so funny, but boy, it hits me deep.”
  2. Directed and co-wrote the Off-Broadway show Play Dead.
  3. Describing his partnership with Penn Jillette, Teller says “We are artistic and business partners, not primarily friends. When we look at each other, we don’t think: ‘Now there’s a likeable chap!’ We think about the projects we are doing and how we will get them done. When we were first working together, we didn’t have such thick skins. But we recognized how useful we were to each other. And that prevailed.”

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Top 10 things you might not know about Penn Jillette

English: Penn Jillette at Rio Las Vegas

English: Penn Jillette at Rio Las Vegas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How much do you know about the audible, taller half of Penn & Teller? Here are some little-known facts about Las Vegas magician Penn Jillette:

  1. In order to demonstrate that he didn’t have “any tricks up his sleeves” – Penn used to arrive onstage for his magical performances, naked.
  2. Penn was once an on-air announcer for the cable channel Comedy Central.
  3. In 1974 he was part of a three-person act called the Asparagus Valley Cultural Society. The other two members of the act were Wier Chrisemer and someone that Penn had been introduced to earlier that same year: Teller.

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