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TWO QUESTIONS WITH DAVID COPPERFIELD

The legendary illusionist on producing a movie and the challenges of keeping magic magical

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IT’S BEEN A WHILE since David Copperfield pulled off an illusion on the scale of walking through the Great Wall of China or making the Statue of Liberty disappear, but he’s keeping busy. The most successful magician of all time performs over 500 times a year in Las Vegas and recently was part of an effort to persuade the federal government to recognize magic as an art form. In March, Representative Pete Sessions of Texas dropped House Resolution 642 before Congress, which aims to ensure magic is “preserved, understood and promulgated.” Copperfield, a driving force behind the bill, is listed as an example of the heights that can be attained through mastery of the discipline.

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