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Chloe Gosselin
David Seth Kotkin
Sky Copperfield
Fordham UniversityMetuchen High School
Fordham University
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Metuchen, New Jersey, United States
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Who is David Copperfield?

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David Copperfield, born as David Seth Kotkin, is a world famous magician who has created 11 Guinness World Records so far. Credited to be the world’s most commercially successful magician, he began weaving his magic from a young age. A shy child, he found solace in creating illusions and performing magic tricks. He was just 12 years old when he was invited to join the Society of American Magicians, becoming the youngest ever to join the society. He had perfected the art of magic at such a young age that he was chosen to teach a class on magic at the New York University. He first tasted success when he was cast in the musical, ‘The Magic Man’. The teenager’s performance was critically appreciated and the show went on to become the longest running musical in Chicago’s history. He got his first television break when his talent was spotted by the producer, Joseph Cates, and he was offered the opportunity to work in one of his productions, ‘The Magic of ABC’. A prolific performer, he could perform four live shows a day and over 500 shows in a year. He has the honour of being the only solo entertainer who has sold over 40 million tickets.

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David Copperfield Childhood & Early Life

David Copperfield was born to Jewish parents, Hyman Kotkin and Rebecca Kotkin. His father operated a harberdashery shop while his mother worked as an insurance adjuster.

He was a shy and timid child who began practicing magic tricks to gain confidence. He became known as Davino the Boy Magician in his neighbourhood. As a teenager, he discovered that magic was a good way to attract girls.

At the age of 12, he was admitted to the Society of American Magicians, becoming the youngest person ever to get membership.

He attended Metuchen High School and graduated in 1974.

David Copperfield Career

He was selected to teach a course, ‘The Art of Magic’ at the New York University when he was just 16.

At 18, he was chosen to play the lead in the musical comedy, ‘The Magic Man’. The success of the show instilled in him a love for performing live in front of audiences.

Joseph Cates, a producer of television specials recognized the talents this young man possessed and cast him in a magic special called ‘The Magic of ABC’ in 1977.

The success of his debut show ensured that Copperfield got ample opportunities to star in several other magic show specials. He was signed by CBS for a series of magic television specials titled, ‘The Magic of David Copperfield’ that was broadcast between 1978 and 1998.

The magician presented new and innovative illusions in each of the specials that were simply beyond the audience’s expectations. The fact that he always performed in front of a live audience added to his credibility.

The best illusions he has created so far include the vanishing of a jet airplane, the disappearance of the Statue of Liberty, and walking through the Great Wall of China.

He performed in a Broadway show ‘Dreams and Nightmares’ co-produced with Francis Ford Coppola, David Ives and others, in 1996. The show was so popular that it broke box office records at the Martin Beck Theatre, New York.

During 1996, he collaborated with Dean Koontz, Joyce Oates and Ray Bradbury to publish ‘David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible’, a collection of fiction related to the field of magic and illusions.

The success of the book prompted him to publish a second volume titled, ‘David Copperfield’s Beyond Imagination’ in 1997.

He has been on several world tours over the past three decades, enthralling live audiences from several continents with his scintillating magic performances.

He owns a private resort consisting of eleven Bahamian islands, called ‘The Islands of Copperfield Bay’. Many prominent celebrities have visited this very popular resort.

Apart from performing live he has also starred in some movies and appeared in television shows such as ‘Terror Train’ (1980), ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ (1997), ‘America’s Got Talent’ (2010), and ‘Burt Wonderstone’ (2013).

David Copperfield Major Works

One of his most famous tricks was to make the Statue of Liberty vanish. In the trick he raised a giant curtain on the Liberty Island and lowered it after a few seconds to reveal that the statue had now disappeared.

The illusion ‘Walking through the Great Wall of China’ was performed by him only once. While performing the trick, he appears to enter the wall from one side and emerges through the other side with live audiences being present on both sides of the wall.

David Copperfield Awards & Achievements

He is the proud recipient of 21 Emmy Awards from 38 nominations. Emmy Awards are given to honour excellence in the television industry.

He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, becoming the first living magician to receive one.

He received the Chevalier of Arts and Letters from the French government which is given to recognize significant contributions to the arts, literature or the propagation of these fields.

David Copperfield Personal Life & Legacy

He met supermodel Claudia Schiffer in 1993 and got engaged. However, their relationship unraveled and the couple separated in 1999.

Currently, he is in a relationship with French model Chloe Gosselin. He has one daughter with her.

He founded a rehabilitation program, ‘Project Magic’ in 1982 where magicians and therapists work together to help rehabilitate physically challenged patients.

He once had a major drowning accident while rehearsing for the trick ‘Escape from Death’ and had to be hospitalized.

David Copperfield Trivia

He took his stage name from the name of a famous Charles Dickens novel.

His childhood idols were Fred Astaire, Orson Welles and Walt Disney.

While performing a rope trick, he waccidently cut off the tip of his finger which was later reattached by doctors.

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David Copperfield awards

  • Other

    • 2006 - Dubious Achievement Award
    • - Emmy Award (21 times)
    • - Magician of the Year Award
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David Copperfield biography timelines

  • David Copperfield was born to Jewish parents, Hyman Kotkin and Rebecca Kotkin. His father operated a harberdashery shop while his mother worked as an insurance adjuster.
    16th Sep 1956
  • He attended Metuchen High School and graduated in 1974.
    1974
  • Joseph Cates, a producer of television specials recognized the talents this young man possessed and cast him in a magic special called ‘The Magic of ABC’ in 1977.
    1977
  • The success of his debut show ensured that Copperfield got ample opportunities to star in several other magic show specials. He was signed by CBS for a series of magic television specials titled, ‘The Magic of David Copperfield’ that was broadcast between 1978 and 1998.
    1978 To 1998
  • He founded a rehabilitation program, ‘Project Magic’ in 1982 where magicians and therapists work together to help rehabilitate physically challenged patients.
    1982
  • He met supermodel Claudia Schiffer in 1993 and got engaged. However, their relationship unraveled and the couple separated in 1999.
    1993 To 1999
  • He performed in a Broadway show ‘Dreams and Nightmares’ co-produced with Francis Ford Coppola, David Ives and others, in 1996. The show was so popular that it broke box office records at the Martin Beck Theatre, New York.
    1996
  • During 1996, he collaborated with Dean Koontz, Joyce Oates and Ray Bradbury to publish ‘David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible’, a collection of fiction related to the field of magic and illusions.
    1996
  • The success of the book prompted him to publish a second volume titled, ‘David Copperfield’s Beyond Imagination’ in 1997.
    1997
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Frequently asked questions about David Copperfield

  • What is David Copperfield birthday?

    David Copperfield was born at September 16, 1956

  • Where is David Copperfield's birth place?

    David Copperfield was born in Metuchen, New Jersey, United States

  • What is David Copperfield nationalities?

    David Copperfield's nationalities is American

  • Who is David Copperfield spouses?

    David Copperfield's spouses is Chloe Gosselin

  • Who is David Copperfield childrens?

    David Copperfield's childrens is Sky Copperfield

  • What was David Copperfield universities?

    David Copperfield studied at Fordham University, Metuchen High School university

  • What was David Copperfield notable alumnis?

    David Copperfield's notable alumnis is Fordham University

  • Which company or organization was founded by David Copperfield?

    David Copperfield was the founder/co-founder of Project Magic

  • How tall is David Copperfield?

    David Copperfield's height is 182

  • Who is David Copperfield's father?

    David Copperfield's father is Hyman Kotkin

  • Who is David Copperfield's mother?

    David Copperfield's mother is Rebecca

  • What is David Copperfield's sun sign?

    David Copperfield is Virgo