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Topic: David Copperfield 2019 live MGM show
Message: Posted by: Algebra2 (Feb 20, 2019 01:34AM)
Anyone been to the 2019 David Copperfield show and can provide a detailed review?
If you were visiting Las Vegas for the first and possibly only time what magic shows would you
attend? Been a fan of magic for a long time, think Copperfield might retire in the next decade?...
Message: Posted by: thomasR (Feb 20, 2019 10:21AM)
I was there about a year ago (among other trips). Copperfields Show is very unique, lots of high tech., well thought out routines. Itís very much worth it. I will say DC is a very inconsistent performer. Sometimes heís on, and sometimes heís just going through the motions (this was true when he was touring as well in my experience). If youíve never seen him donít miss your chance. Heís a legend for a reason.

Penn & Teller and Matt Francoís shows were the 2 best magic shows that Iíve seen in Vegas. To me, these are the shows that feel fresh and super high quality. (Johnny Thompson is involved in both of them and it shows.)

Copperfield and Mac King come next. Both of their shows feel a little dated in places, but both are true masters of magic and are very worth seeing.
Message: Posted by: GlennLawrence (Feb 20, 2019 01:18PM)
If I had to pick just one, Mac King! Don't assume this is just an afternoon family show. Saw plenty of people there without kids. My poor wife who has been subjected to more magic than should be allowed LOVED it. I took note of that because she is not impressed by much!

Having said that I saw P&T when they were on Broadway a couple of years ago and they are as great as ever, you couldn't go wrong seeing them.

I can't comment too much on Copperfield as I saw him live in the early 80's twice, but not since then. I would imagine he's still worth seeing especially if you've never before.
Message: Posted by: thomasR (Feb 21, 2019 01:16PM)
If you want a more detailed review of Copperfield's current show I can give you one by the way... I don't want to give too much away but the show has been basically this for a while now....

Moto Shadow Box
Special Guest Levitation in Audience
Lottery Prediction (pretty much the best prediction style routine you'll ever see... and the finale makes it a true "Grand Illusion")
Squeeze Box (this was gone last time I saw him I think... maybe it's back?)
Balloon Popping Trick
"Word Collection Trick" which is kinda a prediction I guess.
Floating Rose
Webster the Duck / Duck Bucket
Alien Routine (This is the brand new "classic" DC style routine that combines storytelling, theatrics, small magic, and huge illusions into one long routine / story. Parts of it are cheesy, parts of it give you that warm fuzzy "This is classic Copperfield" feeling, and parts of it will make you go "oh wow.. how did that just happen?"

And the Finale is his new "Best Friend Frank" routine which again is classic Copperfield storytelling meets somewhat predictable grand illusion.

The show seems to repeat itself alot. There are 4 major "large object" appearances during the show. And there are several other vanish / reappearances of people / small objects (like ducks and aliens). Its just a lot of stuff appearing and disappearing. There's also 3 different prediction type effects in the show.

Like I said.. there's thing's you aren't going to see anywhere else in DC's show. There's a lot of new technology used. And it's a great show staged in the classic DC way.
Message: Posted by: MJ Marrs (Feb 21, 2019 09:52PM)
Is the ďdinosaurĒ illusion still part of the show? Iím taking the family this summer and itís been something weíve been looking forward to for quite while. Thanks!
Message: Posted by: thomasR (Feb 21, 2019 11:48PM)
[quote]On Feb 21, 2019, MJ Marrs wrote:
Is the ďdinosaurĒ illusion still part of the show? Iím taking the family this summer and itís been something weíve been looking forward to for quite while. Thanks! [/quote]

Yup, thatís the best friend frank. I was trying not to spoil the surprise! Ha.

Itís been almost a year since Iíve seen the show, but itís been in for a while now as the closer (4 years?+).
Message: Posted by: MJ Marrs (Feb 22, 2019 08:40AM)
Awesome. Thank you. We are looking forward to it.
Message: Posted by: The Old Man (Feb 26, 2019 06:12PM)
He's been getting reviews like this for years:
https://www.yelp.com/biz/david-copperfield-las-vegas-2?sort_by=date_desc

Many of them say he's "phoning it in."

I consider Mac King for a textbook example that magic isn't about the trick, but a means to bring out your unique personality. Highly recommended.

FWIW I just saw P&T's one night-stand show at Harrah Rincon Casino in San Diego County. I can only say that it couldn't give them better than a C+ rating. But again this is a stripped down show whose biggest prop was large whiteboard.
Message: Posted by: tjackson8685 (May 14, 2019 08:14PM)
Late to this but I echo the Mac King comments - fantastic inexpensive afternoon show. P&T always great and they mix up the material so every time I see it the set list seems to change. DC - I have seen him "on" and "off" but worth seeing if you haven't before.
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (May 29, 2019 07:18PM)
I saw David's show in October. It was the best show I have seen him do in over 30 years. Really off the top. Great story line, some warm fuzzy moments, and great audience interaction.
Mac is always a top act no matter where or when you see it. I am surprised P&T. When I saw them, as a touring one nighter, about three years ago, it was top notch magic.
Message: Posted by: MJ Marrs (Jun 29, 2019 11:28AM)
Just saw Copperfield. I was quite pleased. It was my kidsí first experience. They said ďamazing.Ē Thatís what itís about for me.

I had to constantly remind myself to watch the show from a spectatorís perspective instead of allowing myself to see the illusions from a magicianís eyes. The storyline that starts at the beginning and continued throughout made the show very theatrical. I liked that aspect a lot. I felt that Copperfield truly tried making the experience special for the audience despite the fact that he does the same show 2-3 times a day. Professional stamina. The tickets werenít cheap, especially since I opted to sit close to the stage. But I would go again given the chance. I saw him live back in the 90s and about a decade ago. Each time was a different experience. All wonderful.
Message: Posted by: thomasR (Jun 29, 2019 12:50PM)
So glad you enjoyed it. Iíve been lucky to see Copperfield all through his career and his current Vegas show has some truly special moments.
Message: Posted by: thomasR (Jul 11, 2019 04:45PM)
Got to see Copperfield again this week. No flying box... same show heís been doing for a while now (no squeeze box, no duck).

Honestly, it was the best Iíve seen him in many years. He had a few challenging guests that caught frisbees and he really had fun with it.
Message: Posted by: MJ Marrs (Jul 13, 2019 12:45AM)
My all-time favorite DC routine is ďThe FanĒ where he goes through the giant fan and ends up in the audience. His current show doesnít include the fan but it has an awesome vanish and he does end up in the audience. If I recall correctly it was part of the larger ďAlienĒ set. So cool.

Iím so glad that heís continuing to perform the prediction routine involving the Cadillac. I wonít go into anymore detail so as to not spoil it for anyone, but that one routine is something everybody should experience at least once in life!
Message: Posted by: Mark Williams (Aug 17, 2019 04:09PM)
[quote]On Feb 21, 2019, thomasR wrote:
[quote]On Feb 21, 2019, MJ Marrs wrote:
Is the ďdinosaurĒ illusion still part of the show? Iím taking the family this summer and itís been something weíve been looking forward to for quite while. Thanks! [/quote]

Yup, thatís the best friend frank. I was trying not to spoil the surprise! Ha.[/quote]


No need to worry about "spoilers"...Copperfield's newest promo on the side of the MGM Grand, does that for you...
[img]https://i.imgur.com/3VhPOJe.jpg[/img]

I just went to see his show a week ago. David seemed to have good energy, yet delivered much of his dialogue at a rapid fire pace. Some of what he was saying was almost unintelligible...And, I was sitting in the front row.


Best Magical Regards,

Mark Williams
Message: Posted by: thomasR (Aug 17, 2019 06:27PM)
Great photo mark. That was designed by Homer, he teased about it on his Instagram but I didnít know when it was getting installed. Very cool.

Glad his energy was up. Iíve seen him all over the map over the years and I picked a good show when I was out there around July 4th this year, he was the most ďonĒ I had seen him in years.

I sat in the first row of booths (so kinda second row?) and had never sat that close for his Vegas show, I was kinda surprised how much I... umm saw. Was that your feeling from being on the front row?
Message: Posted by: Mark Williams (Aug 20, 2019 12:33PM)
[quote]On Aug 17, 2019, thomasR wrote:
Great photo mark. That was designed by Homer, he teased about it on his Instagram but I didnít know when it was getting installed. Very cool.

Glad his energy was up. Iíve seen him all over the map over the years and I picked a good show when I was out there around July 4th this year, he was the most ďonĒ I had seen him in years.

I sat in the first row of booths (so kinda second row?) and had never sat that close for his Vegas show, I was kinda surprised how much I... umm saw. Was that your feeling from being on the front row? [/quote]


thomasR, Yes! My friend and I were even asked to lead a standing ovation at the end of the show. This was to encourage DC to perform the dinosaur illusion (as an encore). Plus, I kept seeing DC "stage whisper" to his onstage crew members. There were other things I noticed (myself being into magic for over 47 years)...those things would need to be discussed privately...rather than in an open forum.


Best Magical Regards,

Mark Williams
Message: Posted by: MJ Marrs (Aug 20, 2019 09:19PM)
Such a cool photo! Thanks! I was in Vegas and saw DCís show recently but didnít get the chance to take such a nice picture.