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David Copperfield - Illusion (2001)

David Copperfield , David Copperfield  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Copperfield
  • Directors: David Copperfield
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Standing Room Only
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KNDTE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,609 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • "Clone-on O'Brien" spoof
  • Selected secret artifacts from the International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts
  • Biography and other Copperfacts
  • Television trailers
  • Awards and honors

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Product Description

David Copperfield - the performer the NYT calls "Our Era's Giant of Magic" brings you two decades of his spellbinding career. The Master of Illusion takes you on a guided tour of his magic and his mind. Witness the epic illusions that redefined his art; The Disappearance of the Statue of Liberty, Walking Through the Great Wall of China, The Imploding Building, The Vanishing Airplane, and much more. Included are illusions featured in his Broadway show "Dreams and Nightmares" and Flying, the signature effect that took him seven years to develop.

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In the magical realm of David Copperfield's Illusion, seemingly anything is possible. Essentially a "greatest hits" compilation of jaw-dropping illusions from Copperfield's 20-year legacy of highly rated CBS TV specials, this delightful DVD is guaranteed to entertain even the most skeptical critic of Copperfield's glitzy, Vegas-styled stage shows. The master magician is open to ridicule with his GQ looks, Versace wardrobe, atrociously dated hairstyles, and flamboyant posing, but he's the first to admit it, and his crowd-pleasing showmanship is merely the entertaining warm-up for a magic show unparalleled in the history of illusion arts. Featuring Copperfield's former fiancée Claudia Schiffer as a reporter who interviews Copperfield about his life and career, the CBS special 15 Years of Magic provides the bulk of this program, along with a variety of additional tricks and sleight-of-hand mastery.

The best-known illusions are all here (e.g., disappearance of the Statue of Liberty, walking through the Great Wall of China, the imploding building, the vanishing airplane), along with glimpses of artifacts (further detailed in the bonus features) from Copperfield's extensive, one-of-a-kind museum of magic tricks, automatons, and precious historical documents. And while Copperfield's commentary track necessarily avoids any explanation of how his illusions work, he gives generous credit to other illusionists who contributed their copyrighted work to these shows while explaining the logistical circumstances surrounding each illusion. He's also self-deprecating despite an obviously healthy ego, and the clip from Late Night with Conan O'Brien--in which a faux Copperfield performs ridiculous non-tricks on the streets of Manhattan--is a real hoot. Of course, any cynic could dismiss Copperfield's work as the product of precision engineering and rigorous rehearsal, but one simple fact remains: Not a single one of his marvelously staged illusions fails to delight and astonish. It's no mistake that the song "Young at Heart" is prominently featured; Copperfield invites us to embrace a childlike sense of wonder, making us partners in the act of defying everyday reality. Simply put, it's pure magic. --Jeff Shannon


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST DVD OF IT'S KIND! March 11, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
If i could give this 6 stars, I would. Hands down, this is the best Magic/Illusion DVD ever. It has all of David Copperfield's most incredible illusions. I've had the pleasure of seeing him live a few times, and nothing sums up his career better than this DVD. Not only does it feature his greatest illusions, it also has a ton of extras. It has audio commentary by the man himself, television trailers, facts on Copperfield, a tour of his museum, and much more. It all adds up to over 2 hours of bonus features. You can't beat that with a stick. Whether you are a fan of Copperfield or just love illusions and magic, this is the DVD for you.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Awesome December 4, 2004
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This is art of magic and illusion at its very best - unparalleled - creative, daring, heartwarming. The majority of this DVD presents 15 years of David's stunning grand illusion - disappearing Statue of Libery, vanishing a train, vanishing an airplane, walking through a Great Wall in China, levitating, flying, and much more ... even the viewers disappear and reappear. There is also some sleight-of-hand magic and a lot of extras - including a brief visit to David's Museum of Magic.

Among his many brilliant ideas and hard work, I was delighted that he has also initiated a "Project Magic" - intended to teach simple magic tricks and help develop dexterity in people who are disabled as adjunct to their treatments not only to help with their therapy, but also to help enhance their self-esteem.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DAVID COPPERFIELD ON DVD!!!!! August 17, 2005
Format:DVD
WOW! This 2-HOUR PLUS DVD showcases over 20years of the best magic the world has ever seen! Jam-packed with Special Features included a FEATURE LENGTH audio commentary by Copperfield Himself! Do not miss this!

David Copperfield has appeared in 18 televised specials since 1977. He has done one every year until 1995, with his 18th one in 2001. He has vanished a jet airplane and the Statue of Liberty, and walked throught the Great Wall of China. He's escaped being chained underwater, escaped from alcatraz, has survived a tornado of fire and going over niagara falls! In "Illusion", experience the best of the best! Funny, astonishing, entertaining, and awe-inspiring!

David has never released any of his 20 year magic history on any video or DVD. This is the first official release. Hopefully his first 18 1-hour specials will be realeased in a box-set soon! There are some TV specials found on e-bay from Singapore but in poor quality VCD. However this "Illusion" DVD has crystal-clear audio an video!

Copperfield uses no camera tricks, and does all illusions filmed live in front of a live audience (up to 10,000 spectators!). Copperfield today still goes strong, performing over 550 times a year in his worldwide tours! Up to 3 times every day! You will see here exactly what you would if you were watching live at one of his shows!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is what Magic is all about! July 4, 2004
Format:DVD
This DVD will show you once and for all why DAVID COPPERFIELD is the Greatest Magician of Our Time! Combining every possible element of theatre, (i.e. Lighting, Choreography, Music, etc...), Mr. Copperfield has truly changed the way that our generation has embraced the Art of MAGIC! Allowing himself to change with the times, he has consistantly kept his Magic & Illusions Fresh & up to date with the ever changing entertainment industry! It is without any hesitation that I reccommend this DVD to Anyone who Loves Magic! Bravo Mr. Copperfield, BRAVO!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He is the best! May 16, 2004
By Tor
Format:DVD
David Copperfield is one of the best magicians in the world today. His showmanship and presentation skills are brilliant. He performs everything from close up to grand illusions.
If I'm in a bad mood, I will watch Copperfield perform and I feel so much better. I cant recommend this enough. Its the best magic DVD out there. Buy it, you wont regret it.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only The Best From Our Boy July 14, 2005
Format:DVD
A friend of mine bought this DVD thinking it was finally the famous George Cukor version of DAVID COPPERFIELD, and when he found out it was not (it's not even on DVD yet) he was, well, disappointed is a good word for it. But when I heard of his mistake, the only thing I could think of was, don't sent it back to Amazon, let me have it! For David Copperfield fans, we have long ago forgiven him for using such a stupid pseudonym, we don't even think any more about how he got his name. No one asks Siegfried and Roy if their real names are Siegfried and Roy, and yet David Copperfield gets flack about this constantly, not to mention dissed in the press for his relationship with Claudia Schiffer.

Some say that their engagement was just for show, and when Tom Cruise proposed to Katie Holmes recently, some commentators cast back to the famous Schiffer-Copperfield liaison which was widely thought of to be a contract. On this DVD you can see that the love that they shared was no "ILLUSION." There's a lot of Claudia here and I hope that her fans all have a copy of this magic disk, which truly has the best of both worlds, eye-popping stunts, and eye-popping high fashion beauty. They both dress in stylish outfits that the late Gianni Versace made especially for them! Copperfield has special cutaway clothes that allow him to make the dangerous escapes a la Houdini. DC fans know that if anyone in the world had access to any of the magician's secrets, it was Versace, but he was often called in for the planning and the surprises. Since his tragic death, Donatella has sometimes worked with DC, but not often, the two just don't care for each other.

You will find so much commentary on this disk you wonder how he can keep his secrets to himself. But he does!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was we'll worth the money
Published 2 months ago by john boschen
1.0 out of 5 stars used dvd was not taken care of....
Dvd was in bad shape. There was alot of scatch marks. Wanted to return it but throw out instead. It was that bad.
Published 11 months ago by Edward Eng
5.0 out of 5 stars ILLUSION
The master illusionist David Copperfield is portrayed at his best in this very entertaining DVD, where you will be kept guessing throughout.
Published 13 months ago by D. G. Elliot
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
No secrets revealed, but the best in magic shows!! I remeber watching these with the family when I was growing up.
Published on November 22, 2010 by Douglas P. Slaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Collection of the Most Famous Effects by this Master...
Combines many of master illusionist and magic genius David Copperfield's best known effects (the Statue of Liberty, the Lear Jet, the Great Wall of China, the Orient Express, and... Read more
Published on October 1, 2010 by John
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish this could be re-released in High Definition Blu-Ray
This DVD is always entertaining to watch. David Copperfield is more than just a good looking magician. He knows how to tease and entice his audience. Read more
Published on August 1, 2010 by Rykre
4.0 out of 5 stars Trick for viewers at home is so stupid not going to fool a 5 old
He starts by showing you 15 objects in a circle. He tells you to pick a number between 1 and 15 and count each number as one object. Read more
Published on March 15, 2009 by Adam S. Gutz
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of David Copperfield
Illusion features David Copperfield's "best of the best" illusions from his television specials. I really enjoyed the extra features from this DVD, including the spoofs and the... Read more
Published on December 27, 2008 by Katherine Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD !
Congratulations to Mr. David Copperfield. This is an excellent DVD that traces his history and shows many of his unforgetable illusions on stage.
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Published on September 9, 2008 by J. CALDERON
5.0 out of 5 stars david copperfield - illusion
an absolutly and wonderful dvd. what i expected and more. would recommend this dvd to everyone.
Published on March 3, 2006 by M. Ferk
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