An only child, David Copperfield was born on September 16, 1956 as David Kotkin in Metuchen, New Jersey. His father, Hy, owned Korby's Men's shop. His mother, Rebecca, worked in the insurance business. A shy kid who overcame his insecurity with the help of magic, David was already an accomplished conjurer by the age of 12, when he was the invited to join the Society of American Magicians—its youngest member ever. At 16, David was an adjunct professor at New York University, where he taught a course called “the Art of Magic.” At 18 David was cast as the lead in “The Magic Man,” a new musical comedy created by the producers of “Grease.” The show opened in Chicago to rave reviews. It went on to become the longest running musical in Chicago’s history, and gave David the invaluable experience of performing daily in front of a live audience, allowing him to develop the spontaneity and love of live performance that has him performing up to four shows a day, and doing over 500 performances every year.
"It takes at least 2 years to develop illusions and some of them take even longer,” says David. “I love to challenge my team and myself by pushing the envelope and working on new methods and ideas. I don't always take the easiest route. Sometimes, the ultimate solution requires months of brainstorming, miniatures and mock-ups, and testing just to make an idea a reality."
Oprah Winfrey calls David Copperfield, "The greatest illusionist of our time". He has forever changed the future of his art and shown that there are no limits- that magic is as vast as the imagination.