At age 57 David Copperfield has already been hailed as the greatest magician of his time. He awed the world when he walked through the Great Wall of China, and let’s not forget the disappearing Statue of Liberty illusion. No wonder his shows are sold out. What’s more, magic is not his only business.
He also owns 11 Bahamas islands (appropriately named Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay) on which he has created the ultimate get-away for the rich and famous.
And as if that is not enough, he has made at least $4 billion during his career as a magician. In fact, in a good year he makes about $50 million in tickets sales only. That said, it comes as no surprise that Copperfield is worth $800 million.
David Copperfield has a net worth of $800 Million. He is the only magician who has the potential to be a billionaire!
From an early age, it was clear that David Kotkin aka David Copperfield was going places. Growing up as a shy child, he found his solace in magic and by the time he was 12, he was an illusionist worth his salt.
In fact, the Society of American Magicians saw his potential and he joined them as their youngest member of all time. What’s more, New York University also procured his services as an adjunct professor teaching the Art of Magic course when he was only 16.
David had always loved MGM musicals and at the age of 18, his magic placed him in The Magic Man, a musical on which he performed his illusions.
The show was a hit and for Copperfield, it was an experience that shaped the man he is today having made him fall in love with live performance. Moreover, Copperfield has been the star in The Magic of ABC, Starring David Copperfield and The Magic of David Copperfield.
He has also performed on Broadway in Dreams and Nightmares. Consequently, for all his efforts David has been rewarded with 21 Emmy Awards, 11 Guinness World Records and even a French knighthood.
If you are a fan of David’s illusions, then you could probably catch him at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Better still, you could wait for him to perform in a city next to you as he tours the world.
All the same, the man has worked extremely hard to get to where he is today, at times doing four shows in a day and even performing more than 500 times in a single year. Furthermore, David has been quoted as saying that it takes him at least two years to perfect a trick, clearly magic isn’t easy.
The International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts
Copperfield is obviously a lover of all things magic; consequently he created the museum in Las Vegas that plays host to 150,000 pieces of magic memorabilia that are worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Although the items are not open to public viewing, if you are lucky enough to visit the museum then you will see pieces that once belonged to Houdini, Orson Welles, Robert-Houdin and other magical greats.
Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay
Undoubtedly on a well-defined path to becoming a billionaire, David has conjured yet another master-piece that has increased his portfolio. He purchased 11 Bahamas islands which he hires out to his fellow super-wealthy acquaintances for a fee of $37,500 a night.
David Copperfield and his model girlfriend Chloe Gosselin. The couple has a daughter together and is engaged.
Life as a magician has its dramatics and Copperfield can certainly attest to that. The man has had some accidents while performing his illusions. Notably, he once had to have the tip of his finger re-attached after cutting it off while performing a rope trick.
In another incident, he got himself tangled in chains while performing an underwater trick and got injured to the point that he had to use a wheelchair for a couple of days. Anyway, accidents notwithstanding, David keeps mesmerizing the world with his mind-boggling illusions.
Lessons From The Life of David Copperfield
So after reading about his story, we should ask ourselves what we can borrow from the life and times of David Copperfield. Here are a few pointers: