David Copperfield at 2018 Footwear News Achievement Awards

Born David Kotkin, David Copperfield began performing magic at the age of 10, going by the name of "Davino, the Boy Magician." Over the years, he developed his craft and his presence. By 17, he adopted the name Copperfield and began producing television specials soon after. Throughout his multi-decade career, he became one of the world’s most famous magicians. He made the Statue of Liberty disappear, walked through the Great Wall of China, and floated over the Grand Canyon. For generations of fans, his name is synonymous with the term illusionist.

For younger audiences, however, Copperfield’s name may not ring a bell. Yes, he is still a famous person, but there’s no denying his level of celebrity has changed since his heyday in the 1980s and early ’90s. That said, Copperfield still has some fight left in him. His public television appearances are few and far between, but he continues to have an impact on the industry, and his name still pops up in the headlines from time to time. And, of course, he’s still making magic. So let’s look at where he’s been for the last several years as we answer the question: Whatever happened to David Copperfield?

David Copperfield at 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards