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Who is David Copperfield?

August 15, 2009

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David Copperfield was born David Seth Kotkin on September 16, 1956 in Metuchen, New Jersey.  He’s the best magician in the world and the richest one at that.  He’s grossed over $1 billion and now owns an entire island in the Bahamas! 

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He’s the son of Jewish parents, Rebecca and Hyman Kotkin, who owned and operated a haberdashery (men’s outfitter) in Metuchen called Korby’s.  Rebecca Kotkin was born in Jerusalem, Israel, while his paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Russia.  Sadly, his father, also known as Hy Kotkin passed away on February 23, 2006 at the age of 83-years-old.  

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You can check out a website dedicated to David Copperfield’s dad at: http://www.rememberhy.com

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David Copperfield’s mother, Rebecca Kotkin and Sonia Uribe, David’s former girlfriend

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Copperfield began practicing magic at the age of 12 and became the youngest person ever admitted to the Society of American Magicians. David grew up a shy boy and saw magic as a way of being popular.  By the age of 16, he was teaching magic at New York University.  

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He then started going to Fordham University at age 18, and was then cast in the lead role of a Chicago based musical titled The Magic Man. That’s when he adopted his stage name: David Copperfield from Charles Dicken’s novel. 

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Copperfield then pursued acting when Joseph Cates, a producer of Broadway shows and TV specials, contacted him.  Cates produced The Magic of ABC hosted by Copperfield and The Magic of David Copperfield TV specials between 1978-1998.  So far there’s been 20 Copperfield TV Specials between 1977- 2001.  We’re still waiting to see if he’s going to do another one before he retires. 

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Copperfield then starred in the 1980 horror film Terror Train. 

3366297a637d4a3a358dfc6faad2fcf5He made an uncredited appearance in the 1994 film Pret-a-Porter alongside his girlfriend at the time, Claudia Schiffer. 

Copperfield notes that his role models were not magicians and that “My idols were Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and Orson Welles and Walt Disney … they took their individual art forms and they moved people with them … I wanted to do the same thing with magic. I wanted to take magic and make it romantic and make it sexy and make it funny and make it goofy … all the different things that a songwriter gets to express or a filmmaker gets to express ….”

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MGM Grand in Las Vegas contracted David Copperfield and he’s been performing there for a long time now.  He’s got a suite and I’m sure  it’s very luxurious.  

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Copperfield owns eleven Bahamian islands called Musha Cay.  Copperfield renamed it “The Islands of Copperfield Bay.”  It’s a private resort, so you need a lot of money to go there. Guests have reportedly included Oprah Winfrey, John Travolta and Google co-founder Sergey Bin even got married there. 

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There are 40 sugar-sand beaches, 11 private islands, 700 tropical acres to explore, and 5 beachfront villas.  

 

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“The Islands of Copperfield Bay… Rent the entire island chain… over 700 acres… 
5 guest houses…  private chefs… sailboats, windsurfing, scuba, waverunners, a catamaran 
and 4 other boats at guests disposal. Tennis, volleyball, fireworks and treasure hunts…  
There’s an outdoor movie theater, and you can play on Houdini’s personal championship
 billiards table. …Privacy factor: TOTAL”

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Copperfield has been intimately involved with some of the world’s most beautiful women.  He has a reputation of being a womanizer and odd enough there have been rumors he’s gay, although the latter has been vehemently dismissed by Copperfield.  

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Copperfield dated German supermodel Claudia Schiffer for six years, but they broke it off in 1999 citing work schedules. There were rumors Copperfield hired Schiffer to be his “girlfriend” to gain popularity. While neither party has confirmed if this rumor is true, Copperfield and Schiffer fought back in 1997 by suing Paris Match for $30 million US dollars for claiming their relationship was a stunt and that Schiffer didn’t really like him. 

In 1999, they won an undisclosed sum and a retraction from Paris Match. 

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Copperfield is currently under investigation by a Seattle federal grand jury since late 2007 on allegations of sexual assault.  A young model claims he raped her at his island in the Bahamas.  There isn’t any news on that and I still have no idea who that girl is. 


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