I’m not a magic guy. I’m not into illusions necessarily. Still, I ended up at David Copperfield’s show at the MGM Grand over the weekend… mostly because I was interested in exploring the staying power of an act that has remained a constant on The Strip while everything else seemingly comes and goes.
It makes me think about sports. Why do certain sports franchises have staying power? What’s with the Patriots and Spurs? Is it as simple as Bill Belichick and Gregg Popovich? Sports is entertainment, right? Both are competitive arenas. As long as we’re studying the greatness of the Patriots and Spurs is there something a sports franchise seeking staying power could learn from an act like Copperfield? Read more of this interesting article at:
Illusionist David Copperfield has paid $17.55 million for a Las Vegas home complete with a movie theater and nightclub—and made an old price record disappear in the process.
The sale, which closed in late June, represents the highest price ever paid for a Las Vegas home, according to the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.
Ivan Sher of Berkshire HathawayHomeServices Nevada Properties represented both Mr. Copperfield and the seller, health-care executive Kevin Hooks.
Mr. Hooks bought the land for $2.575 million in 2005 and built the house, completing it around 2011. The contemporary home wasn’t officially on the market, and Mr. Hooks said he hadn’t planned on selling it for another few years when he was approached by Berkshire Hathaway. Read more..
David Copperfield: Donald Trump Might Make a Good Magician with His ‘Stumpy Little Hands’”.. Actually, if you read the article, David DIDN’T say that about Trump.. he said that about Slydini.)
In the five decades that David Copperfield has been practicing magic, there’s one trick he admits he maybe shouldn’t have pulled. It was ten years ago in West Palm Beach, Florida, when the world’s most famous illusionist performed some close-up magic on four unwitting armed robbers demanding his wallet and passport.
“When you have a gun pointed at your face, it’s interesting,” Copperfield tells me as we sit inside his famed Las Vegas headquarters, just off the Strip and down the road from his nightly residency at the MGM Grand. “Instinct and stupidity, and instinct and stupidity. They got caught an hour later. But that’s true. Three girls and me—and four guys each with guns.”
“I showed my pockets empty and they weren’t empty,” he explains modestly, and solemnly, with no trace of the boisterous bravado he projects onstage, or the melodramatic flair the world saw when he survived Niagara Falls and made landmarks disappear on live television. “But it was stupid! Because if they said, ‘Let me check’…” Read more..