A Judge Is Forcing David Copperfield To Reveal How He Does His Tricks After A Guy Almost Died During One Of His Shows

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Let me preface this by saying if you ‘believe in magic,’ A) you’re an idiot and B) don’t read this blog, because it’ll ruin everything. The long and short of the story is that David Copperfield is getting sued by a guy who got hurt at one of his shows during a performance of the trick “Lucky #13.” He’s denied all responsibility, but is being forced by the judge to reveal details of his show. Which are ridiculously simple. I digress.

Source - The legendary magician is facing a negligence lawsuit from Gavin Cox that has exposed the secrets of one of his most famous tricks performed in his Las Vegas show. Copperfield, 61, refused to accept responsibility for injuries to Mr Cox, 58, who claims to have fallen and injured himself while he was ushered into a secret passage off stage and through the bowels of the MGM Grand casino.

While not going into great detail, the court has heard elements of how the trick, ‘Lucky #13′, is performed.


Copperfield throws 13 inflatable balls in to the audience with those who catch them. They are then asked to sit on chairs on a raised platform on stage which is then covered with a curtain. Copperfield talks to the audience for a few minutes before the curtain is lifted to reveal they have ‘vanished’.  He then points to the back of the hall where the participants reappear – to the astonishment of the audience.


The court has heard how practiced stagehands with flashlights hurried participants off stage once the curtain came down on the platform.

They were then led through dark curtains, down unfamiliar passageways, around corners, outdoors, indoors and through an MGM Grand resort kitchen in time to re-enter the back of the theater for their ‘reappearance’ during the show finale, the court heard.  

Well, there you have it. The back curtain dropped out, participants were hustled through some alleyways, then walked back in through the front door. That’s how David Copperfield has amassed an $850 Million fortune. If you have time, click here to see the diagram of how the trick works. It looks like an airplane security pamphlet. As goofy as the whole thing sounds, the guy’s first person account actually sounds like a nightmare.

Copperfield’s assistants hurried him down a secret passage, through a door and outside into the open air. He said: ‘It was like a fire alarm went off. They were saying “Hurry! Run, run, run!”

‘It was total pandemonium. You don’t know where you are going. It’s dark. There are hands pushing you on your back. As I went around a corner, my feet slipped from underneath me and I hit the ground.’ 

In the interview, he said that he as now forced to wear an oxygen ‘lung’ at night because he stops breathing, and he spent three months in a Californian brain trauma centre.  

Mrs Cox said in 2016: ‘We are too broke to go out and Gavin’s injuries prevent us from enjoying a normal life. Gavin once cooked for royalty but now he can’t even bake a muffin because he has nerve damage in his hands and no sense of smell.’  

Cox, claims lasting brain and body injuries and more than $400,000 in medical expenses. He claims to have suffered injuries to his brain, neck and shoulders.

Brain injuries, no sense of smell, temporarily dying in your sleep every night- no thanks. I’m not trying to risk my life so a billionaire magician doesn’t look like an idiot on stage. I’m more a street magic guy anyways. I used to love Chris Angel before he got gothy. I liked David Blaine too until it came out that he was doing “magic tricks” with his dick. Scumbag.

So what did we learn here, probably nothing new if you have a brain, other than the fact that there’s a lot of money in Magic. Hopefully, this guy takes Copperfield to the cleaners. Four-hundred-thousand dollars is a lot of money but if I were him I’d tac on a few more zeros.