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Topic: David Copperfield is named The King of MAGIC and The Magician of the Century
Message: Posted by: Dal (Sep 14, 2011 02:35PM)
The Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.) will award illusionist David Copperfield their highest honor today, "Magician of the Century", and name him the ‘King of Magic,’ an award which has never before been given by the association. S.A.M., the oldest and most prestigious magic organization in the world founded in 1902 and led by past president Harry Houdini himself, is recognizing Copperfield for his efforts to preserve, promote and enhance the art of magic throughout his legendary career. Its esteemed national president, Vinny Grosso, says that Copperfield has, "accomplished more than anyone else in the field of magic today." Copperfield was named Magician of the Century for the last century, and Magician of the Millennium from other organizations.

Among his many achievements, S.A.M. highlighted Copperfield’s dedication to excellence which has earned him the Living Legend Award from The Library of Congress, the first Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame awarded to a living magician, a knighthood by the French government, 11 Guinness World Records and 21 Emmy awards. He has sold more tickets than any other solo artist in history and recently crossed $3 billion in ticket sales worldwide. In 1982, Copperfield created Project Magic, which teaches sleight-of-hand magic to those with disabilities as a method of physical and occupational therapy.

In addition, Copperfield is the creator and curator of the International Museum and Library of Conjuring Arts, which holds the world’s largest collection of historical magical artifacts, including Houdini's Water Torture Cell and Orson Welles' Buzz Saw Illusion.

The Society of American Magicians was founded on May 10, 1902 in Martinka's famous magic shop in New York City, New York. For over a century it has promoted the ideals shared by Kellar, Houdini, Thurston and over 45,000 others world-wide who have held membership in the society.

Copperfield said, "I’m humbled by the honor and grateful to be recognized by this great organization."
Message: Posted by: paw (Sep 14, 2011 02:57PM)
Well deserved! IMHO David is the greatest all around Magician/Illusionist the world has ever seen.
Message: Posted by: saysold1 (Sep 14, 2011 03:08PM)
Mazel Tov David!!! Congratulations - well deserved :)
Message: Posted by: entermagic (Sep 14, 2011 03:10PM)
David Copperfield is like Houdini. It is synonimous of magic.

In my opinion, he is the greatest magician ever. In his performance
there is always something who makes his effects to appear like
real magic.

Long life to David aka "King of Magic" and congratulations.

MP
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Sep 14, 2011 03:11PM)
When and where will the award ceremony take place?
Message: Posted by: lunatik (Sep 14, 2011 03:15PM)
How did David Blaine not get picked :P
Message: Posted by: rjs (Sep 14, 2011 05:10PM)
Is this a sick joke?
This ridiculous tribute devalues the art of magic.

Sycophantic hype on this scale belongs to the moronic world of popular music, not to the conjuring arts.
The same kind of Barnum delusions made Michael Jackson 'Artist of the Century'.

What next?
A post-humous award to Michael Landon for being the actor of the century?
Message: Posted by: rjs (Sep 14, 2011 05:45PM)
This hyperbolic nonsense reminds me of when Jacko accidentally awarded himself 'Artist of the Millennium'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfU3rQ9dNpw

Jack Black, in turn, modestly accepted his 'super-genius of the universe' award.
Message: Posted by: ted french (Sep 14, 2011 06:05PM)
So far RJS is the only one making sense here.
Shaun"King of Magic Mountain" Dunn.
Message: Posted by: Steven Conner (Sep 14, 2011 08:14PM)
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On 2011-09-14 16:15, lunatik wrote:
How did David Blaine not get picked :P
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Comparing Blaine to Copperfield is like comparing a lightning bug to a lightning bolt.
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Sep 14, 2011 08:51PM)
I think Angel won the Merlin version of this honor.
Message: Posted by: pepka (Sep 15, 2011 12:17AM)
Now, does David have any actual ruling power, or is it mostly ceremonial like the Queen of England? You know, just sitting and waving from parade floats and such.
Message: Posted by: M Sini (Sep 15, 2011 06:49AM)
Pepka, you're cracking me up!
Message: Posted by: bowers (Sep 15, 2011 07:25PM)
Angels the man in my book.
Message: Posted by: critter (Sep 16, 2011 12:23PM)
Watching him talk about it on The Colbert Report right now.
The only logical explanation I can come up with is that the people who made the awards decision hoped this would get them access to his private horde of artifacts.

My nominations-
Magician of the Century: Doug Henning.
(Living) King of Magic: Lance Burton.
Message: Posted by: lebowski (Sep 16, 2011 01:05PM)
My nomination: King & Queen of Magic (Living) Siegfried & Roy
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Sep 16, 2011 01:40PM)
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On 2011-09-16 14:05, lebowski wrote:
My nomination: King & Queen of Magic (Living) Siegfried & Roy
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:worry:

:rotf:
Message: Posted by: critter (Sep 16, 2011 03:23PM)
Toupée.
Message: Posted by: hackmonkey (Sep 22, 2011 10:39AM)
I think they did it just to **** off Chris Angel.

But how can some of you be unhappy he won this? I remember watching him as a kid, thinking he could fly for real. Other magicians seemed 'stiff' compared to him.
Message: Posted by: Xpilot (Sep 22, 2011 11:16AM)
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On 2011-09-14 18:10, rjs wrote:
Is this a sick joke?
This ridiculous tribute devalues the art of magic.[/quote]
Yeah. It's almost like some people want to disgrace the art of magic by making some kind of connection to the entertainment industry.

What'a next? Great artists charging money to share their art?
Message: Posted by: critter (Sep 22, 2011 11:25AM)
[quote]
On 2011-09-22 11:39, hackmonkey wrote:
I think they did it just to **** off Chris Angel.

But how can some of you be unhappy he won this? I remember watching him as a kid, thinking he could fly for real. Other magicians seemed 'stiff' compared to him.
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I'm not saying he shouldn't have been in contention. He was a very important figure in the last century of magic. But there are others I think deserved it more. Without Doug Henning or Mark Wilson, I doubt anybody'd have heard of DC. Henning was the [i]man[/i].
And as far as I'm concerned, out of living magicians, Lance Burton is [i]the[/i] King of Magic.
Message: Posted by: longhaired1 (Sep 22, 2011 10:14PM)
Isn't it a little early in the century to make this call?
Message: Posted by: hackmonkey (Sep 23, 2011 12:33AM)
Longhaired I think it's for the last century They founded in 1909 right?
Message: Posted by: longhaired1 (Sep 23, 2011 01:14AM)
I just find it heartbreaking that an 8 year old kid who dreams of nothing but being the Magician of the Century has to wait 90+ years for those dreams to be realized. And if he misses it on that round....
Message: Posted by: Octopus Sun (Oct 8, 2011 08:05AM)
No one ever considers this dude stole Doug's act to a T and became famous
no respect here for that tea bagger.(not a political inference)

so what does this tell our future youthful magi?

it's ok to rip others hard work off?

where's the Ethic's now?
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Oct 8, 2011 12:33PM)
While I LOVE David Copperfield and his work...

HOUDINI should be named the King Of Magic.
Message: Posted by: Matt Graves (Oct 25, 2011 08:02AM)
Awesome news! I got to see David Copperfield one time, just on a fluke, he came to Birmingham, which was an hour away from where I lived at the time. And for my 18th birthday, my Mom and her friend who lived in Birmingham set it up. It was absolutely surreal. When he reappeared in the audience (very close to us!) after the Hawaii illusion, it was . . . well, it was truly magical. Haha.

He seems to have faded into the background a lot in recent years, and I've heard some bad press on him on the internet from time to time. I do remember seeing where on some talent show he did a few of his standard illusions (all of which I'd seen live - such a cool feeling) and easily put all the other magicians to shame. I'm so glad he is being recognized, because sometimes as far as celebrity goes, people's attention spans shift very quickly, and people are forgotten. If you look at the body of his work, it is just unreal the things he did back in the 1980's and even after doing things no other magician had done before, he kept dreaming up new illusions. My favorite will always be "Snow." Hope that if I ever get to see him again, I'll get lucky and he'll do that one. Just a tidbit, for anyone who hasn't read it, the "Snow" story he wrote in the short story collection he did in the mid 1990's (TALES OF THE IMPOSSIBLE? - he gathered a lot of great scifi/fantasy writers for that collection and then wrote that one story himself) is quite beautiful in itself, helped me get a stronger sense of his inspiration for the illusion. It's been years since I read it, from some library copy, but it always stuck with me.

Now that I'm older and have been able to attend a few magic club meetings, I've had people say to me, "You mean you only saw Copperfield ONCE?" And I've realized that to most people, maybe it's not that big a deal. For me, it was something I only vaguely wished could ever happen if by some twist of fate my family of rather limited finances were to win a trip to Las Vegas, and when it actually did . . . WOW. My reply has always been, "Yep. And I'll NEVER forget it."

Rock on, DC!
Message: Posted by: edh (Oct 25, 2011 07:49PM)
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On 2011-09-16 14:40, Pakar Ilusi wrote:
[quote]
On 2011-09-16 14:05, lebowski wrote:
My nomination: King & Queen of Magic (Living) Siegfried & Roy
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:worry:

:rotf:
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who catches and who pitches? :)
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Oct 28, 2011 12:45PM)
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On 2011-10-25 20:49, edh wrote:
[quote]
On 2011-09-16 14:40, Pakar Ilusi wrote:
[quote]
On 2011-09-16 14:05, lebowski wrote:
My nomination: King & Queen of Magic (Living) Siegfried & Roy
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:worry:

:rotf:
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who catches and who pitches? :)
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Haven't you heard of a Win Win Situation? :ohyes: