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I'm sorry but this is a performance. I don't care what he is like in real life, this is nothing but a serious of performances. Any trial lawyer will tell you so.

If being bombastic and all outgoing would help, THAT would be what we see in court. He was coached well and he is playing the part well. If the part happens to coincide with his personality then it is easier for him to play. If the coaching was simply "be yourself" then great. But his courtroom appearance is 100% an act and should be.

I hope this fishing for money expedition losses and does so badly.
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All that being said...being in court is and should be an uncomfortable experience. No one should relish the idea of going to court. Heck I can't stand Jury Duty! In order to tell if this is all performance we would need something to compare it to. Was he coached? Well I would say his attorneys more than likely "advised" him on his demeanor while he testified. This is a normal duty of an attorney because they know people act differently under stress. Some cry, some giggle or smile while others keep a straight face. But in the end you can only hope for Justice to prevail...and SOMETIMES it does.

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Ummm "advising" him IS coaching him. It is a distinction without a difference.

It is their function. It is why you hire them. It is a GOOD THING. Being "coached" in a jury trial is a fantastic thing. I say it with absolutely no disrespect, and with reverence.
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This whole ordeal must be costing David DEARLY, as I'm assuming he had to cancel a lot of performances. Pretty unthinkable to be stuck, sitting in a courtroom while your heart is on the road and on stage.

Also takes a hit on his Copperfield mystique by dragging him down to the level of mere mortals.

Overall, this whole thing is bad for David and really not good for the art of magic as a whole.
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On Apr 25, 2018, daffydoug wrote:
This whole ordeal must be costing David DEARLY, as I'm assuming he had to cancel a lot of performances. Pretty unthinkable to be stuck, sitting in a courtroom while your heart is on the road and on stage.

Also takes a hit on his Copperfield mystique by dragging him down to the level of mere mortals.

Overall, this whole thing is bad for David and really not good for the art of magic as a whole.


I don't think David Copperfield travels that much anymore. He has a permanent show at the MGM Grand in Vegas.
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I don't think it is really bad for the art. Not many really think it is actually magic or think if him as anything but mortal.
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I stand corrected.
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I'm sure we are all hoping that the accusations are false and, if so, they are judged false. But either way, has anyone here been prompted by this to rethink audience participation in their own shows? Accusations are easy to make and anyone can make them, resulting in a legal case. Sure, we have liability insurance, but in most cases those are group policies and an accuser can certainly go in wanting more than what may be offered as a settlement. I know that some performers don't even have THAT, which means they stand to lose everything. I mean everything. House, cars, bank accounts....the works.

So, I was just wondering if any of you are planning changes in your show. I already did, and quite a while ago. And there was nothing remotely dangerous before the changes. The world can be a scary place, though.
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This is just about the settlement amount. The guy slipped/tripped at MGM during a performance. He wins the suit just for that. This trial is just about how MUCH he will be awarded and how much blame goes to the MGM and how much blame goes to the Copperfield crew.
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Oh I don't know if he automatically wins.
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What would you guys recommend as a dependable liability insurance company?
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www.specialtyinsuranceagency.com.
That's who I have used for a number of years. About $265.00 year
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Maybe this has been asked already, but can a disclaimer be put on the back of one's ticket that frees the performer and venue from any responsibility should an accident occur? I've seen similar verbiage on the back of sports tickets like baseball, where foul balls can do some serious damage.
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On Apr 25, 2018, daffydoug wrote:
Also takes a hit on his Copperfield mystique by dragging him down to the level of mere mortals.

Overall, this whole thing is bad for David and really not good for the art of magic as a whole.


Doug, I think you make an excellent point. Your 'mere mortals' comment was clearly not meant to be taken literally. We can argue how much of a 'hit' to DC and the art it actually could be, but imo you make a good point.
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Maybe this has been asked already, but can a disclaimer be put on the back of one's ticket that frees the performer and venue from any responsibility should an accident occur? I've seen similar verbiage on the back of sports tickets like baseball, where foul balls can do some serious damage.



That is sort of like (mumbling soflty) "You waive your right to sue by saying what..?" and wait for them to say what?
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On May 11, 2018, Wizard of Oz wrote:
Maybe this has been asked already, but can a disclaimer be put on the back of one's ticket that frees the performer and venue from any responsibility should an accident occur? I've seen similar verbiage on the back of sports tickets like baseball, where foul balls can do some serious damage.



That is sort of like (mumbling soflty) "You waive your right to sue by saying what..?" and wait for them to say what?


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Disclaimers mean nothing in a court of law. People can still sue regardless.


True, but the very thought of one in this case is a little absurd. It's not at all unusual for foul balls and even the occasional bat to fly into the crowd at a baseball game. I'm pretty sure nobody goes to a magic show thinking that they could really get sawn in half by accident. Any disclaimer regarding "normal hazards" associated with attending a magic show is just crazy.
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Consider mental anguish. A child can become frightened and have a restless night. The parent can sue.
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and it broke. A dangerous situation. I respect Murphy's law. Better to be prepared.
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