On October 26, Simon & Schuster released ‘David Copperfield’s History of Magic,’ a 272-page hardcover that showcases his peerless collection of magic posters, apparatus, and ephemera. Image courtesy of Simon & Schuster
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The man who has made the Statue of Liberty vanish and walked through the Great Wall of China, strives to travel through time. Living in the moment won’t suffice for David Copperfield. This is true in his stage show at MGM Grand Theater, which employs black-and-white film clips depicting Copperfield’s father, and a time-worn, handwritten letter written decades ago. The illusionist’s zeal to span generations is celebrated on an even grander scale at his own private museum of magic in Las Vegas.
He’s dubbed it the David Copperfield International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts, but passersby won’t find an elaborate sign outside, or any indication at all of what lies inside the 40,000-square-foot, one-time warehouse just a few miles from his eponymous theater where he performs 15 shows a week. While the secret museum has no windows, it offers a sweeping view of the history of magic. And despite its undeniable potential as a ticketed attraction, the museum has never been open to the public. But now Copperfield is offering the world its first glimpse of the vast trove of supernatural artifacts in his new 272-page hardbound book David Copperfield’s History of Magic.