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David Copperfield: 15 Years of Magic (1994)

TV Special | 130 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

This is a TV special/documentary in which David Copperfield is interviewed in his Magic Warehouse by his girlfriend, the German supermodel Claudia Schiffer, about his career as an illusionist, speaking primarily of the most famous ...See moreThis is a TV special/documentary in which David Copperfield is interviewed in his Magic Warehouse by his girlfriend, the German supermodel Claudia Schiffer, about his career as an illusionist, speaking primarily of the most famous illusions and escapes performed over a period of about 15 years. The illusions shown are taken from 8 TV specials between The Magic of David Copperfield IV: The Vanishing Airplane and The Magic of David Copperfield XV: Fires of Passion and are 12: "Train Car Vanish" (1991), "Amazon Ritual" (aka "Burning Rope Escape" and "Fires Of Passion") (1993), "Graffiti Wall" (1992), "Cocoon" (aka "Passion's Prison") (1993), "Lear Jet Vanish" (1981), "Death Saw" (1988), "Brazilian Water Levitation" (1991), "Statue Of Liberty Disappears" (1983), "Touch The Magic - Destinations Of Flight" (1992), "Walking Through The Great Wall Of China" (1986), "Building Implosion" (1989) and "Flying" (1992). However several illusions are reedited in audio and video to be shorter, even by several minutes, removing first the respective explanations. Moreover, 5 short montages without either dialogues or sound effects are shown along the steps of the interview, and each of them, accompanied by a different song or instrumental music, shows various other illusions only in the related significant phases, and further are just mentioned for few seconds. This TV special/documentary is the only one also officially released on VHS and DVD-Video, but with the title "DAVID COPPERFIELD - ILLUSION", printed on the cover and also shown before the beginning of the special. Released in 2000 as SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION, this home video release presents further differences from the original version aired on CBS in 1994: it also shows 3 illusions taken from The Magic of David Copperfield XVI: Unexplained Forces: "Grandpa's Four Aces", "Barclay House" and "Snow", and presents different closing credits. The release on DVD-Video presents a main menu that allows instant access to 13 illusions and to the extras, which include the choice of language between the original English audio and a Spanish dubbing, and an optional audio commentary by Copperfield himself, which accompanies the entire documentary. Written by Lorenz-pictures See less
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Directors
Writer
David Copperfield (as Seth Kotkin)
Cinematographer
Stephen Ramsey (lair sequences)
Production Designers
Jan Peter Flack (lair sequences) | John Shaffner (as John Schaffner) | Joe Stewart
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May 12, 1994 (United States)

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Claudia Schiffer
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Kim Alexis
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James Earl Jones
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Holly Raye
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Joanie Spina
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7.9 / 10 | 189 votes