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Topic: Copperfield reaches for the stars
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Apr 1, 2006 01:27PM)
David Copperfield: Destination Moon. Illusionist David Copperfield is to
team up with Sir Richard Branson http://www.virgingalactic.com on the inaugural
flight of Branson's Virgin Galactic SpaceShipOne in 2008

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On 27th September 2004 at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London's
West End, Sir Richard Branson and Burt Rutan made their announcement to the
world's media that Virgin Galactic was now in a position to commence a
programme of work that would result in the world's first affordable space
tourist flights. Just two years on and the Virgin publicity machine has
gone into overdrive, inviting the world's foremost illusionist to be a part
of the team. David Copperfield will be aboard the inaugural flight in his
own "egg pod" that will leave the mother ship and head towards the dark
side of the moon. At this time, during a live transmission that will be
seen by many millions across the globe, David will make the moon disappear.
Viewers, will simultaneously be invited to watch the moon's disappearance
using normal telescopes directed at it, from their homes - ruling out once
and for all the "it's all done with camera tricks" line that has plagued
magicians since the early days of televised magic in the 50's. "We still
have a few small technical issues to overcome, but we're nearly there and
it's all very exciting; I'm thrilled to have been invited 'on board' by Sir
Richard Branson."

David Copperfield will start his training mid 2007 in both the USA and
France and the whole project will culminate in a major three-hour TV
special David Copperfield: Destination Moon in 2008. Branson, a magic fan
for many years, said: "We hope to create thousands of astronauts over the
next few years and bring alive their dream of seeing the majestic beauty of
our planet from above, the stars in all their glory, and the amazing
sensations of weightlessness and space flight. The development will also
allow every country in the world to have their own astronauts rather than
the privileged few. What a wonderful way to launch my dream." One small
step for man - one large step for David Copperfield.
Message: Posted by: cardone (Apr 1, 2006 04:01PM)
WOW ! Is this and april 1st fool type thing ?
Message: Posted by: Jared Sherlock (Apr 3, 2006 10:23AM)
I know that Branson has been planning on this for some time now, sooo I don't know. It would be a hell of an april fools joke though.

Message: Posted by: revlovejoy (Apr 3, 2006 01:26PM)
Blocking out the moon?

Well after the Statue of Liberty, the only thing bigger would have to be of Biblical proportions.

Why would I need to watch this through a telescope? I can see the moon without it on any normal day. (well, mostly at night that is.)

No confirmation was posted, but I'll go with the 4/1 explanation.
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Apr 3, 2006 01:55PM)
At first I wrote it off as an April Fools joke as well, but for anyone who has read "A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" you can see that careful timing and the proper hype, and he might just pull it off.

Steve Pellegrino (a former Copperfield employee) has [url=http://www.magicentric.com]this[/url] to say about it.
Message: Posted by: Christopher (Apr 5, 2006 09:07AM)