Star-Bulletin Features

Monday, August 20, 2001

David Copperfield made his entrance by suddenly
appearing on a motorcycle in what had been
an empty cube.

Marveling at the
magic of Copperfield

Review by James Petranik
Special to the Star-Bulletin

I think I figured out how he did it.

On Saturday night at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, magician David Copperfield took someone from the audience with him to an island in Bali, Indonesia! He proved they actually were in Bali with several pieces of evidence, including a Polaroid picture taken at the Concert Hall that he showed on a video feed from Bali.

I won't tell you how I think he did it because the fun part is figuring it out for yourselves. But I will give you a hint: Think high-tech and movie special effects.

My dad and I had fun trying to figure it out how he did all of his tricks.

There was a funny part where he brought two women from the audience onto the stage. Everyone got a peek at their underwear; it must have been pretty embarrassing. Then he made their underwear switch places! My dad thinks he knows how he did this one.

Robbie and Marilyn Holmes hold cards given to
each person in the audience before the show.
Copperfield later would make the moon card
appear in the same spot in each person's deck.

To make his tricks more interesting, he brings people from the audience to check his equipment before he does his tricks. They look for trapdoors, seams, mirrors and hidden cables. Then they stay onstage to watch the illusion close up.

In one illusion he made himself go through a steel plate that had been checked by about six people from the audience. He has got to be very agile to do some of the stunts.

He likes to make people laugh. He tells jokes, makes faces and twists his body into odd shapes. He did a hilarious trick with a live duck and then redid it in slow motion. The slow-motion version was even funnier than the first and had a different ending.

Most of Copperfield's tricks were new, but some were the same as when I saw him about three years ago at Blaisdell. One trick he repeated involved everyone in the audience. We each got eight cards, one with the moon on it.

We shuffled them over and over, then dealt them into piles again and again according to his instructions. After all that, he was able to tell everyone just where the moon would be in their stack of cards.

I worked on that trick over and over in the car on the way home, and finally figured it out!

We had fun at the magic show. If you go, make sure to take your mom or dad, or a friend, so you can try to figure out afterward how he did it.


Our reviewer


James Petranik is entering fifth grade at Le Jardin
Academy. His father, Steven Petranik, is news editor
at the Star-Bulletin.

David Copperfield

On stage: 8 p.m. nightly through Sunday, plus 5 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday
Place: Blaisdell Concert Hall
Tickets: $85 and $60 for the evening shows, $70 and $55 for the matinees. Discounts for children, seniors and military.
Call: 526-4400 to charge by phone

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