David Copperfield’s magic specials were appointment television viewing when I was growing up. Making the Statue of Liberty disappear? Walking through the Great Wall of China? Singlehandedly keeping afloat the billowy curtain industry? I lapped it all up.
So it was kind of jarring to see the magician in a courtroom this week, revealing the secrets of one of his most well-known tricks. (As you can see from the photo at left, how Copperfield seems to have more hair now than he did a decade ago might be one of his best tricks of all.)
A British tourist sued Copperfield after the tourist was injured during a 2013 show after taking part in “Lucky #13,” when Copperfield makes members of the audience disappear from the stage, only to reappear later in the back of the room.
Copperfield’s executive producer explained in court that, once the curtain falls, the 13 participants brought on stage are taken through passageways that go around the Las Vegas MGM building, where they exit and re-enter at the back of the theater.
And just like that, another childhood memory is ruined. Next thing you know, they’ll say professional wrestling is fake.