David Copperfield

Magician, TV director, TV producer
David Copperfield was an American illusionist who was one of the most commercially successful magicians of the 20th Century. BornDavid Seth Kotkin in Metuchen, New Jersey, Copperfield turned to magic at the age of 10 as ... Read more »
Born: 09/16/1956 in Metuchen, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

7 Days in Hell 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

The Simpsons 2011, 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Wizards of Waverly Place 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oh My God? 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

World Music Awards 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS at 75: A Primetime Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

In Style Celebrities at Home 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Copperfield! Tornado Of Fire 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

David Copperfield: The Great Escapes 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Belly Talkers 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Phyllis George Special (03/08/95) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

David Copperfield: 15 Years of Magic 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1994 World Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

All-Star Fiesta at Ford's 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Model Search: Look of the Year 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Gala at Ford's Theatre 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. T and Emmanuel Lewis in A Christmas Dream 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic of David Copperfield 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic of David Copperfield 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic of David Copperfield 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Magic With the Stars 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic of David Copperfield 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Terror Train 1980 (Movie)

Magician (Actor)

All in with Cam Newton (Tv Show)

Himself
Producer (1)

Now You See Me 2 2016 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 2013 (Movie)

Hangman Illusion Designer(Team Copperfield) (Visual Effects)
Other (2)

Now You See Me 2013 (Movie)

Magic Inspired by (Advisor)

Terror Train 1980 (Movie)

illusions (Other)

Biography

David Copperfield was an American illusionist who was one of the most commercially successful magicians of the 20th Century. Born David Seth Kotkin in Metuchen, New Jersey, Copperfield turned to magic at the age of 10 as a way to be more outgoing and sociable. It wasn't long before his magic hobby became an all out obsession. At the age of 12 Copperfield, who adopted the stage name after the classic Charles Dickens novel, was the youngest person ever accepted into the American Society of Magicians; by 16 he was teaching a class on magic at New York University. After a brief stint at Fordham University, Copperfield moved to Chicago to play the lead in the musical "The Magic Man." The show quickly became the hottest ticket in Chicago's thriving theater scene, with Copperfield standing out for his acclaimed performance. When "The Magic Man" ended, Copperfield was offered his very own magic show on the ABC Network in 1977. The show, which had several names throughout the years, turned Copperfield into an overnight sensation, and over the course of the '80s and '90s, his numerous television specials were appointment viewing for magic fans. Copperfield's most famous illusion during this period came in 1983 when he seemingly made the Statue of Liberty disappear. The spectacle was watched by millions of people on television, which only added to Copperfield's growing prestige. In the mid-'90s Copperfield's personal life became a source of much intrigue when he became engaged to the supermodel Claudia Schiffer. Their engagement, however, was called off in 1999 due to differences in their jet-setting schedules. By the 21st Century, Copperfield had continued performing hundreds of shows of years, while maintaining his status as one of the highest earning entertainers in the United States.

Relationships

Rebecca Kotkin

Mother

Angelica Castro

Companion
Chilean Dated briefly in 1999

Sky Copperfield

Daughter
Mother, Chloe Gosselin Born in 2010

Ambre Frisque

Companion
Belgian Reportedly dated in 1999

Chloe Gosselin

Companion

Hy Kotkin

Father
Died of complications from Alzheimer's disease on Feb. 23, 2006

Claudia Schiffer Actor

Companion
Former model for "Chanel" colognes and perfumes Briefly engaged in 1993 No longer together separated in 1999

EDUCATION

graduated from high school in Metuchen, New Jersey

Fordham University

New York, New York
attended briefly

Milestones

2013

Appeared in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"

2000

Starred in the CBS special "David Copperfield: The Great Escapes"

1999

Toured with magic show "You!"

1996

Made Broadway debut in "Dreams and Nightmares"

1994

Executive produced, produced, directed and starred in the retrospective compilation, "David Copperfield: 15 Years of Magic"

1991

Bought much of the collection of the International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts from the Resolution Trust Corporation when the company had to clean up the assets troubles of First Network Savings of Los Angeles and its chairman Carl M. Rheuban

1983

TV directorial debut, the CBS special, "The Magic of David Copperfield"

1983

First executive producer credit, "Kraft Salutes the Magic of David Copperfield IX: The Escape from Alcatraz"

1982

Founded Project Magic, a rehabilitation project which helps disabled hospital patients learn basic sleight-of-hand tricks to strengthen motor skills

1981

Signed by CBS to star in a series of magic specials; first for the network, "The Magic of David Copperfield", which he also produced

1980

Appeared in the Canadian-made feature film, "Terror Train"; played a magician and staged several illusions

1977

Hosted and performed in his first TV program, the ABC special, "The Magic of ABC"

1974

Left college when he was cast in the lead of the original musical, "The Magic Man", produced in Chicago

1972

Taught magic at New York University

Began performing professionally as a magician while still a teenager; was youngest person ever admitted to the Society of American Magicians

Bonus Trivia

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In October 2007, a federal grand jury began investigating allegations that magician David Copperfield raped and threatened a Washington state woman at his estate in the Bahamas. The FBI and federal prosecutors spent more than two years investigating the allegations and even searched Copperfield's Las Vegas warehouse but closed the case in early 2010 without filing criminal charges and without explaining the decision.

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At the age of 12 Copperfield gained entry into the Society of American Magicians, the youngest person ever to do so.

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Copperfield taught a class on magic at New York University when he was 16. 

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Copperfield's most famous trick happened in 1983 when he made the Statue of Liberty disappear on live television.

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In the mid-90s Copperfield's personal life was the subject of intense media scrutiny when he became engaged to the supermodel Claudia Schiffer.

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Born David Seth Kotkin, Copperfield took his stage name from the title character of the classic Charles Dickens novel. 

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The woman - later identified as model and waitress Lacey Carroll - who accused David Copperfield of luring her to his private island in the Bahamas and raping her filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle seeking damages from Copperfield in July 2009. Carroll dropped her federal lawsuit against Copperfield on April 20, 2010.

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