I advise everybody who says that my job isn’t well-paid read the article about David Copperfield https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Copperfield_(illusionist). Apart from 11 Guinness World Records, he’s the owner of 11 islands in the Bahamas. Hmm, eleven is his lucky number?
David was born in New Jersey. He began practicing magic at the age of 10. Can you imagine that?! And at the age of 16 he was already teaching it at New York University! His career on television started in 1977, when the magician was discovered by Joseph Cates. Copperfield hosted in 17 TV specials produced by Cates. I like David’s photo when he’s performing for the ABC special: he’s holding a pack of cards in one hand, while the other hand makes the ace of hearts levitate!
Of course, it’s not the best of his tricks. Guess the whole world remembers him walking through the Great Wall of China or escaping from Alcatraz prison. Watching Copperfield’s shows, I was always nervous cause it’s impossible to have illusion under perfect control. Here’s a sad prove – once he was doing a rope trick and accidentally cut off the tip of his finger with scissors 😦 Another terrifying episode happened in 1984 when David was handcuffed and couldn’t get out of a tank of water. Thanks God, he was saved! So, the profession of an illusionist is very dangerous and risky! And though I adore it, I wouldn’t like to end up because of a failed magic trick!