David Copperfield

Quick Facts

Full NameDavid Seth Kotkin
BornSeptember 16, 1956
BirthplaceMetuchen, New Jersey, U.S.
Years Active1972–present
Partner(s)Claudia Schiffer (1994–1999), Chloé Gosselin (2006–present)
Net Worth$1 Billion
Notable Achievements– Described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history.
– His television specials have been nominated for 38 Emmy Awards, winning 21.
– Holds 11 Guinness World Records.
– Awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
– Knighted by the French government.
– Named a Living Legend by the US Library of Congress.
Notable Illusions– Disappearance of a Learjet (1981).
– Vanishing and reappearance of the Statue of Liberty (1983).
– Levitating over the Grand Canyon (1984).
– Walking through the Great Wall of China (1986).
– Escaping from Alcatraz prison (1987).
– Disappearance of an Orient Express dining car (1991).
– Flying on stage for several minutes (1992).
Records– Sold 33 million tickets and grossed over US$4 billion, making him the highest-grossing solo entertainer in history.
– Forbes listed his earnings at $63 million for the previous 12 months in 2015, ranking him the 20th highest-earning celebrity in the world.
Investments– Purchased 11 resort islands in The Bahamas in 2006, which he renamed Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay.
Early Life and Education– Started his career as a ventriloquist at the age of 8.
– Began practicing magic at the age of 10 as “Davino the Boy Magician”.
– Became the youngest person admitted to the Society of American Magicians at age 12.
– Developed an interest in magic as a way to fit in and meet people.
– Attended Camp Harmony where he began practicing magic and ventriloquism, which influenced his creative style.
– Fascinated with Broadway musicals from a young age and frequently sneaked into shows.
– Taught a course in magic at New York University by age 16.

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