David Copperfield Sued By Audience Member Over Illusion Injury
David Copperfield is facing legal action from an audience member claiming he suffered brain damage when a trick went wrong. According to the lawsuit, Gavin Cox, 57, went to see Copperfield at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2013.
The magician, 60, allegedly picked Cox, who was celebrating his birthday at the show, out of the audience to participate in a disappearing illusion.
In his lawsuit Cox claims that as part of the disappearing trick Copperfield’s assistants took participating audience members through a dark secret passageway and that he tripped and fell on construction debris, hitting his head on the ground.
“People were saying to him, ‘Mr. Copperfield, this man’s been hurt,’ ” Cox told The New York Post’s Page Six gossip column. “And Mr. Copperfield looked at me and smirked. He just walked away. He never showed any concern for me.”
Cox, a chef by trade, said the injuries he suffered have ruined his life.
“It’s turned my life upside-down,” he explained. “I have pretty much constant pain, and my difficulty is my short-term memory. I have a ventilator, otherwise, I stop breathing at night.”
The Brit’s lawyer Benedict Morelli, said he will aim to expose some of the magician’s secrets at a trial due to take place in October 2017.
“I’m going to have a good time questioning Mr. Copperfield, because he may try, but I’m not going into any box,” jokes Morelli. “I do believe that certain secrets are going to come out.”
According to Page Six editors however, documents detailing the secrets of Copperfield’s tricks have been sealed by a judge who ruled they were proprietary information.
Lawyers for the illusionist, who according to Forbes magazine earned $64 million in 2016, told Page Six the illusion Cox claims was botched, “has been performed successfully for over 15 years with over 100,000 audience participants. The history of the show speaks for itself.”
Copperfield’s lawyers refused to comment on the specific allegations made in Cox’s suit.