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Below are a few things you may not know.
David was interested in magic and performance from a young age, when his grandfather first taught him a card trick.
His first show was in his home town when he was just 12-years-old. His skills as a magician developed quickly and at age 16, he was already teaching a magic course at New York University.
He performed in theatres and on television throughout the 1970s and, in 1978, he was given his own show, 'The Magic of David Copperfield', which went on to win a number of American Television Awards. It has also led to David becoming a household name for his seamless displays of magic.
During the 1980s, the scale of the illusions increased. One of his most famous tricks was in 1983, when he made the Statue of Liberty vanish. He has also walked through the Great Wall of China and escaped from the Prison of Alcatraz, a trick that no real prisoner ever managed to perform.
He is reported as the first illusionist to fly without the use of wires.
On a smaller scale, one of his more recent tricks was to make 13 randomly selected members of the audience of his live shows disappear.
He has been called the foremost illusionist of our time and, in 2000, was named a living legend by the United States Library of Congress. His universal appeal is demonstrated by the fact that he has appeared on the stamps of four different countries.
His ability as a businessman, as well as an illusionist, has brought financial rewards; he has been named the thirteenth highest paid entertainer in the world.
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