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I saw Coppefield's magic show at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this past Tuesday evening. It was amazing! His show evokes emotions ranging from laughter to almost-tears to pure astonishment. It was incredible!

I was in the fifth or sixth row from the front off to the side. Seeing large illusions up close like that is an unbelievable experience. We've all seen Copperfield on TV doing great illusions, but to see him live and up close is utterly stunning. At one point in the show, he and a child volunteer were standing at the end of a long platform that was extended mechanically out over the audience. He wasn't more than 20 feet from where I was sitting, and some people were sitting below him. He raised a curtain around the end of the platform which was about the size of an extra large phone booth. When the curtain dropped, Copperfield and the child were gone! There was nothing there except the platform. You could see through it, around it, under it, and over it -- there was NO way he could've gotten off that platform without being seen because it was so far extended over the audience. He then reappeared in the center of the audience many rows away from the platform.

Other illusions included making a car appear on two circular column supports which had two men from the audience holding them by locking their arms around the columns while kneeling on their knees. Those two volunteers had to have seen how the car appeared because the car appeared on the supports they were hugging. In fact, when the curtain went up to hide the area, the volunteers were behind the curtain! They had to have seen how that illusion was carried out! Nonetheless, before the car's appearance, Copperfield had about 15 other audience members onstage on both sides and in the back to act as "witnesses" so that no funny business took place.

If you ever get a chance to see David Copperfield perform live, you should do so. You will not be disappointed!! It was the best $97 I have ever spent!!
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Wow that sounds pretty cool!

how do you think he did the platform dissappearing?

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Sounds like Portal without the trip!
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On 2005-08-12 11:45, kirkmax wrote:
Sounds like Portal without the trip!


It WAS the Portal effect! It included him and a child volunteer vanishing from the platform only to be teleported to the Phillippines on a beach which was shown via live video feed. It was a very moving, emotional effect.

I've read other reviews of this same show on here, and some have commented that they didn't like the off-color jokes that David Copperfield sometimes makes during his show. He did make such remarks the other night, but they weren't vulgar or anything. And, yes, there were kids in the audience (even at a 10 PM showing!). These young kids today hear and see much, much, much worse things on TV and in music than what David Copperfield was saying.

One thing that really struck me occurred after he made the car appear onstage. When that whole effect/routine was over, his assistants brought out eight poles that were probably 25 feet tall or so. On each pole were many bright lights that were turned on and shined dircectly from the stage out into the audience. I think this was done to create a glare so that the audience couldn't see the car onstage being removed or "taken down" in preparation for the next illusion. These lights were EXTREMELY bright, and I was trying to see what was happening onstage with the car as David was moving on to the next effect. The use of the bright lights to create glare was pretty clever, I thought. All I could see was the car being pulled backwards deeper into the stage, and that was it. I'm sure that had the bright lights not been turned on to create a blinding glare, everyone would've seen how the car illusion was done as it was being removed from the stage.
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Did DC seem enthusiastic about his performance at the show you were at? I've seen this "Intimate Evening..." show twice in the last year or so, and he really seemed to just go through the motions. It was like he wasn't really into this set of illusions in his current show. The current show wasn't nearly as good as the almost theatrical production of say his "Dreams and Nightmares" tour a few years back. It seems like he is ready for a big break.
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Hello:

I've seen him two times at the MGM within the last year, and I agree it's the best show I've ever seen. I've had a chance to see Copperfield a handful of times through the years, but his show has never been better.

He does kind of go through the motions at times, but there's a confidence he has that's very relaxing. It's hard to describe. I think that if his magic wasn't so darn great (and I truely do mean GREAT), I don't think his personality could pull it off.

Moments like when the automobile appears are as close to real magic as I've seen. It is so much fun watching the people around me just shaking their heads as they're walking out of the theatre.

I've seen every magic show in Vegas in the last 20 years (it's a short flight from Phoenix) and I've really never seen anyone come close to him. Not Lance. Not S/R. Not any of the them, IMHO.

The guy has done so much for magic.

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I can see where people would think Copperfield was just "going through the motions" and seems "tired." However, I don't think that detracts from his show at all. What do people want from him? Rhinestone studded suits, high energy, and nonstop spastic gyrations around the stage? What he does, he does very well. I was impressed. Granted, he does NOT have the flash and flamboyance of Seigfried and Roy, but that is his own style. And it works!

I was disappointed that there was no souvenier program given out to each audience member upon entering the theater. Even a simple piece of paper with typing on it would've been nice. Maybe it could've had some biographical information, upcoming tour dates, where to buy magic-related merchandise, some photographs, as well as a brief synopsis of that evening's show, etc.

In the grandfather/car illusion, I saw the teleprompter on which were displayed his lines. It was halfway back in the audience off to the far side. People in front of it (like I was) would've had to turn around to see it. I didn't find that really distracting like others here have mentioned. All performers on TV use teleprompters when they're delivering their lines. It did seem that Copperfield was way ahead of the teleprompter, so he probably does have the script memorized after doing all those repeated shows. He probably has it there in case of a memory slip. I see no problem with that at all.

The ending of the show was a bit abrupt. I think he could've gone out in a flourish or something. Or he at least could've came back onstage to a thunderous orchestra playing music and taken his bows. The show just seemed to sort of "end" when the 13 audience members disappeared from the stage and reappeared in the back of the theater.

His entrance, however, was great. It was him appearing on a motorcycle in an otherwise empty box onstage. Pretty impressive.

Since his run of shows there in Vegas was ending the following night, Copperfield did introduce his elderly father who was sitting front and center. That was a nice touch!

All in all, I was very impressed with the show. My chin is still bruised from the many times my jaw hit the floor. Smile I would go see it again, but would hope that he would add new illusions and not just keep doing the same ones over and over. Highly recommended!
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Don't get me wrong it is still a great show. The "lottery" illusion is worth the price of admission alone. I guess part of me just really enjoyed showmanship, music, choreography etc... of the virtual best of Copperfield set in the "Dreams and Nightmares" tour (Elevator, Metamorphasis, Graffetti Wall, Floating Rose, Fan, G-pa Aces, Flying, Snow, Laser, Buzzsaw etc...).

Question: I have read on this Café and other places about DC retiring illusions. Does Copperfield actually state that a particular illusion is "retired". And does this mean he will never perform these illusions again, or are they just out of the current show.
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On 2005-08-15 08:43, kirkmax wrote:

Question: I have read on this Café and other places about DC retiring illusions. Does Copperfield actually state that a particular illusion is "retired". And does this mean he will never perform these illusions again, or are they just out of the current show.


For the most part, they are just out of the current show. Once an illusion has served its run in the show, it is stored in his warehouse in Vegas. There have been a few times in recent years, when he has pulled the illusions back out of storage to scramble to put a show together. Once was when his equipment was seized in Russia. Another time was shortly after 9/11 and his equipment hadn't made it back. He scrambles with his current crew to pull the illusions out, dust them off and relearn the choreography. With the exception of his opening illusion with the motorcycle, none of his assitants dance on stage anymore. When they were forced to pull the old illusions out, a lot of time went into teaching the girls how to do the choreography.
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I love David Copperfield. I HAVE NEVER seen him in person, only on TV. I would love to see him in person someday, that would be a real treat.

Even though I am studying magic myself, it is a thrill to me to watch a great magician perform, it's a greater thrill in me to see them in persom perform.

Years agao, I seen the Pendragrons perform their version of Metamorphosis, and I was blown away. Then a few years later, ON TV, I saw Copperfield perform HIS version of Metamorphosis, and I was even more blown away (even though I knew how it was done). Copperfield just seemed to add that EXTRA SPECIAL TOUCH to his tv performances.

Yep, I would love to see him live someday. Who knows, maybe someday I will!

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I had the oppertunity to see David Copperfield last year live in Providence, RI and I look forward to his return this year.
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