We’ve all seen magicians perform slight of hand tricks, but in addition to his skills at such “close up magic”, David Copperfield also is the master of illusion on a grand scale. He has made the Statue of Liberty disappear, he has walked through the Great Wall of China, he has learned to fly, and once, he even made me disappear. You can see all of these feats and many others (except for the trick involving me) on David Copperfield: Illusion. It showcases Copperfield’s 15 Years of Magic featuring his one-time fiancée Claudia Schiffer, as well as illusions from more recent television specials.
I grew up watching David Copperfield’s TV specials on CBS and taping them on VHS to play back later. It was amazing to me that he was confident enough in his ability to trick us, that he would broadcast his performance knowing that viewers could tape the show and watch it over and over again. His certainty that we at home would not be able to decipher his methods was impressive. I especially loved his interactive magic, when viewers could “participate” in the trick. And Copperfield knows how to put on a show. The songs he uses in his performances add to the fun or fantasy of the illusion… just don’t get too distracted by his now dated wardrobe and hairstyles.
One of my personal favorites on the disc is the illusion called “Graffiti Wall”. It shows just what can happen in a live performance, and is a funny highlight. Another great segment is his montage of close up magic, which includes his destruction of Wayne Gretzky’s Honus Wagner baseball card, and his subsequent magical repair of the card. This is a great compilation for those of us who grew up watching David Copperfield, and is fun for those who might have missed out on seeing his illusions the first time around.
Check the WRL catalog for the availability of David Copperfield: Illusion