EMINENT PERSON – DAVID COPPERFIELD

There are amazing scientific minds in this world that are able to do unbelievable things. But even some of the world’s smartest mathematicians and scientists are unable to figure out how David Copperfield has done some of his work.  David Copperfield is a 58-year-old illusionist, and is also known as the most financially successful magician in history. He has sold over 40 million tickets which have grossed over four billion dollars, which is not only more than any other magician, but also any other solo entertainer in history.

David Copperfield’s real name is David Seth Kotkin, and he was born on September 16th,  1956 in Metuchen, New Jersey. (He named himself David Copperfield after the Charles Dickens novel).He started practicing magic when he was just 10 years old, and he performed in his neighborhood as “Davino the Boy Magician.”

David Copperfield playing with doves as a young whippersnapper.

As a child, Copperfield was shy and also a loner. He discovered that magic was a way for him to fit in, as well as a way for him to get girls. He was fascinated by Broadway as a teenager and would frequently sneak into shows. By the age of 16, he was teaching a course in magic at New York University.

David Copperfield performing for the 1977 ABC Special, “The Magic of ABC”

David Copperfield’s achievements span his entire life. When he was just 12 years old, he was admitted into the Society of American Magicians, being the youngest person to do so. When Copperfield was 21, Joseph Cates, was a producer of Broadway shows produced a magic television special known as the “The Magic of ABC” that was hosted by Copperfield himself. Since then, he has been in many more magic television specials which have earned 38 Emmy Award nominations, and 21 Emmy Awards. He has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, being the first magician to do so. He has also won 11 Guinness World Records (which includes largest collection of magic artifacts, which includes Houdini’s famous water torture cell). He has also received a Living Legend Award from the Library of Congress. Other winners of this award include Tiger Woods, Bill Cosby, Steven Spielberg and Muhammad Ali.

One of Copperfield’s most famous tricks, known as the “Laser Illusion.”

There are several reasons why I’ve selected David Copperfield to be my Eminent person. While it is true that I enjoy watching and learning magic myself, I will never be as talented as David Copperfield. I have chosen David Copperfield because of his incredible commitment. He has had a career in magic for over 30 years.  I hope that I will be able to commit to one field for that long. David Copperfield’s performances are also very entertaining and polished, and I hope that with this project, I might be able to learn how he practices his art, and if I can use the same techniques to help with my performances (regarding anything, not just magic.) I am also keen on trying to figure out how David Copperfield has done some of his work, as I am interested in magic and illusion as well.

I understand that there are some differences between the two of us, but overall I believe that we are not too different. We were both raised in first world countries, and we both share some common interests. I hope that with this project I am able to work on my public speaking skills and I hope to get to know a little bit more about one of the greatest entertainers on earth, David Copperfield.