Saturday, May 14, 2016

David Copperfield - World's greatest Magician Ever

David Copperfield is the most commercially successful magician of all time. Over the last 30 years, he has managed to amass an astounding $800 million personal net worth.

Worldwide magical celebrity David Copperfield is being reported as on track to become the world’s first magician billionaire. David Copperfield is hailed as the greatest magician of our time, who can manipulate, materialize, dematerialize and transport living and non-living objects of any size — or so he makes us believe!

David Seth Kotkin (born September 16, 1956), in Metuchen, Jersey, known professionally as David Copperfield, is an American illusionist, described by Forbes as one of the world's most famous commercially successful magicians and wealthiest entertainers in history, originally wanted to be a ventriloquist but soon diverted to magic.

He has presented innovative magic in his many television specials and continues to tour and perform for live audiences. He's an immensely talented and skillful entertainer who has effectively changed with the times and does it all: illusion, manipulation and close-up. At times in his career, he’s had the popularity of a rock star.

David Copperfield’s long, illustrious career has allowed him to become the most successful solo entertainer in history.

He began taking magic lessons, and at the age of 12 he was performing professionally in his hometown of Metuchen, New Jersey. David was the youngest person ever to be admitted to the Society of American Magicians and by 16, he was teaching magic at New York University.

By age 16, David Copperfield was teaching a course in magic at New York University, and performing under the name David Copperfield, after the popular Charles Dickens novel. After a brief stint at Fordham University, Copperfield was cast as the lead in the Chicago musical The Magic Man.

At 19, he was headlining a show in a large hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was approached by ABC in 1977 to produce a magic special.

The success of The Magic Man led to a job hosting an ABC magic special, which Copperfield parlayed into a lucrative career.

Magician David Copperfield is best known for his wild and amazing feats of illusion that leave audiences around the world stunned and bewildered. Like most magicians, David Copperfield is especially talented at making things disappear. In 1983, David Copperfield’s special tricks include making the Statue of Liberty disappear in front of a live audience as millions of people watched on TV from home, and walking through the Great Wall of China, levitated over the Grand Canyon; and in his shows, taken a member of the audience and transported him/her instantaneously to another part of the world, and escaping from a flaming raft over Niagara Falls.

While in college, he was cast as lead in a musical under the name David Copperfield, where he sang, danced, acted and created all the magic in the show. He was introduced to the world when he hosted The Magic of ABC, starring David Copperfield. Years of successful network special programmes and extensive touring has led him to be considered by Forbes magazine as among the top 10 highest grossing entertainers in the world, seen worldwide by more people than any other magician in history. Copperfield has also won dozens of Emmys.

Over his long career, Copperfield’s television specials has garnered 21 Emmy Awards of a total 38 nominations. been named "Magician of the Century" and "Magician of the Millennium," received the first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame awarded to a living magician, and received the prestigious U.S. Library of Congress' Living Legend Award (other award recipients include Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Colin Powell). Additionally, Copperfield was knighted by the French government, becoming the first magician to receive the Chevalier of Arts and Letters.

Copperfield’s passion for preserving the history of the art of magic has led him to establish the International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts, housed in Nevada, which is the world’s premiere collection of historical documentation and artefacts regarding or pertaining to magic, illusion and the allied arts.

Best known for his combination of storytelling and illusion, Copperfield's career of over 40 years has earned him 11 Guinness World Records, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a knighthood by the French government, and he has been named a Living Legend by the US Library of Congress.

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But, in addition to making things disappear, David Copperfield is also quite talented at making one very important thing appear: Money. David Copperfield is the most commercially successful magician of all time. Over the last 30 years, he has managed to amass an astounding $800 million personal net worth. Within a few years, he is expected to become the world's first billionaire magician. This is his magical success story.

David Copperfield is an enchanting performer who works the stage and his magic to the enthrallment of audiences. His Las Vegas shows and world tours have sold more than 40 million tickets and grossed $4 billion in revenue to date. He has sold more tickets than any other solo performer in history, earning him one of his 11 Guinness World Records. To put that in perspective, David Copperfield, a magician, has sold more tickets than Madonna, Justin Bieber, Elvis Presley and even Michael Jackson. His 1996 show, Dreams and Nightmares, still holds the record for the most Broadway tickets sold in a week. Ultimately, the stage production grossed more than $6 million during its five-week run.

Copperfield's MGM Grand Hotel & Casino show alone has had an uninterrupted 13 year run. Running up to 3 shows a day, 7 days a week, 42 weeks a year. That’s dedication to the cause! Ticket sales gross roughly $50 million each year and that doesn't include merchandising, which, by the way, Copperfield owns entirely.

Even at 56, Copperfield still performs many shows a week. He was one of the first magicians to successfully combine amazing magic tricks with great storytelling.

Copperfield has so far sold 40 million tickets and grossed over $4 billion, which is more than any other solo entertainer in history. In 2015, Forbes listed his earnings at $63 million for the previous 12 months and ranked him the 20th highest earning celebrity in the world.

He went on to perform his magic feats more than 500 times a year. According to Forbes magazine, Copperfield earned $57 million in merchandise and tour revenue in 2005 alone. By 2012, the magician's net worth was estimated at $150 million, and his ticket sales had grossed an estimated $3 billion.

When you consider that income on top of his investments, wealth in the memorabilia collections and all the merchandise, David has obviously been a shrewd businessman alongside his magical success.

When not performing, he manages his chain of eleven islands in the Bahamas, recalled by him "Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay", which has completed a $35 million renovation under Copperfield's supervision.

Though his magic shows are the most profitable of all time, impressively, David Copperfield's $800 million net worth doesn't come from illusions alone. Thanks to incredibly shrewd investments and acquisitions, David has managed to build an incredibly valuable financial empire that includes real estate, restaurants, merchandise and even magic memorabilia! Before we get into that magic memorabilia collection, which is quite impressive, let's take a look at other facets of David Copperfield's career, investments, and fortune.