David Copperfield is a world-renowned magician whose contributions to the entertainment industry have earned him the status of a living legend as prescribed by the Library of Congress of the United States.
The master illusionist, who has also been named Magician of the Century and King of Magic by the organization that governs magicians, is also the most successful magician of all time, with a gross income of over $4 billion. He also has his name, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, eleven Guinness World Records, and 21 Emmy Awards from 38 nominations.
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Bio, Education, And Career
On September 16, 1956, David Seth Kotkin, now known as David Copperfield, was carried out into the world in Metuchen, New Jersey, by his Jewish parents, Rebecca and Hyman Kotkin. His mother Rebecca, who was born in Jerusalem, worked as an insurance adjuster, while his father Hyman, the son of Jewish Ukrainian immigrants, ran a haberdashery store.
At about the age of 10, Copperfield, who had been described as shy and a loner, began to perform magic tricks on his friends and in the neighborhoods around his house in order to fit in. Under the pseudonym “Davino the Boy Magician”, the young magician attained a kind of local fame that attracted the attention of the Society of American Magicians. When he was 12 years old, the Society accepted him into their organization, making him the youngest person ever to join the Brotherhood.
Copperfield attended Metuchen High School, which he graduated from in 1974. During this time, he taught a magic course at New York University before enrolling at Fordham University, although he only spent about three weeks there before packing up and moving to Chicago to play the lead role in the musical The Magic Man. It was during this time that Copperfield adopted his current stage name when he began to headline magic shows around the country, while also appearing in the musical that would later become the longest-running musical in Chicago’s history.
In 1977 David Copperfield landed his first television show, The Magic of ABC, which introduced him to a wider audience. The following year, he appeared on a CBS special show called The Magic of David Copperfield, which led to his appearance in the 1980 film Terror Train. Between 1978 and 2001, Copperfield made a total of 19 television specials and documentaries, including some of his most famous illusions, such as the disappearance of an airplane, the disappearance and reappearance of the Statue of Liberty, his hovering over the Grand Canyon, his walk through the Great Wall of China, and his escape from Alcatraz Prison.
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In the early 2000s, David Copperfield performed over 500 shows a year in various countries around the world. According to Forbes, the magician was earning millions of dollars at the time, estimated at around $55 million, making him one of the top ten celebrity earners. Starting in 2018, all of these earnings put his net worth at $1 billion, making him the most commercially successful magician in history.
David Copperfield Family – Wife
David Copperfield is not married but engaged to the French model and designer Chloe Gosselin. The couple is said to have started meeting in 2006 but decided to keep it a secret. In February 2010, they somewhat authenticated their relationship by welcoming a daughter named Sky, before getting engaged a few years later. It is not clear if and when the two will marry, as Copperfield has talked in the past about his fear of entering into the bond of marriage. His soon-to-be-wife doesn’t seem to mind when she said in an interview that she and the Wizard share a deep friendship and a child, which is the greatest commitment they could have with each other besides marrying.
Gosselin, who was born on August 22, 1984, in Dreux, France, now lives in the United States with her partner and daughter. She divides her time between her homes in Las Vegas, New York, and the Caribbean islands of Copperfield, known as Copperfield Bay. She is very active in social media, through which she promotes the shoes she designs.