How much do you know about Las Vegas stage magician David Copperfield? Here
are some little-known facts about the most commercially successful magician in history:
- Born David Seth Kotkin on September 16, 1956, in Metuchen, New Jersey.
- 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.
- 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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How much do you know about the quiet, shorter half of Penn & Teller? Here are some little-known facts about Las Vegas magician Teller:
- 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.”
- Directed and co-wrote the Off-Broadway show Play Dead.
- 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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