No self-respecting gay guy would have ever made some of the hair and clothing choices I am still trying to live down.— David Copperfield
The most floundering David Copperfield quotes to discover and learn by heart
The real secret of magic lies in the performance.
When people say you can't do it - that it's impossible - never lose hope.
Just because they couldn't doesn't mean you can't.
When I was a kid, people wanted to be an astronaut.
Today, kids want to be famous, and that's totally the wrong approach. You have to have authenticity in what you're doing. You have to really care about the core message of what you're saying, and then everything else will fall into place.
I brush my teeth with a Sonicare toothbrush before every show.
In movies, storytelling and every single art form, we're creating wonder.
You're starting with a blank page and creating something that doesn't exist.
Magic is the only profession where it's easy to lie about your talent.
If you do a trick and you can learn it very quickly, you can fool somebody into thinking you're a great magician.
From the very beginning, I studied acting, directing, lighting, dance and movement. I didn't rely on just the magic to take place. It's a shame that a lot of magicians just rely on the trick itself and they have no other abilities. They get away with the wonder factor, and I don't think that's enough. It's great, but it's not enough.
It is the unspoken ethic of all magicians to not reveal the secrets.
I love what I'm doing, I love creating new things.
Marriage is like a formality for me.
Magicians lose the opportunity to experience a sense of wonder.
My job is to make people dream. Of course, there's a lot of technical stuff behind the scenes and a lot of hard work behind it, but I get to watch people see the result of that hard work and feel that wonder and feel that discovery, all the time.
I am fortunate to have the resources to have many methods to do each of my illusions.
Magicians are the people who began to use film as an illusion on stage.
If you ever saw All That Jazz , Bob Fosse was kind of raised dancing in strip joints and the whole era of burlesque, and that form ran his visual aesthetic, the pacing and rhythm of what he did.
The key is for the audience never to know, so I have a plan B for every illusion.
I'm the luckiest man in the world - performing 500 shows a year and loving what I do - illusion IS my day to day life.
I need a form of escape even when I'm working really hard.
You lose your sense of wonder the more you learn, right? When you go to film school and learn about moviemaking, you go to see movies and then only see where the lights are, where the cuts are, watching it from a technical basis, nodding your head, "Oh, that was good." The feeling of surprise, the feeling of being transported is further away.
Watching people react, watching people be inspired, be taken on a journey, forgetting their problems, looking ahead in their own lives to doing impossible things. That's kind of what drives me, gives me a sense of focus.
I learned that there were two ways I could live my life: following my dreams or doing something else. Dreams aren't a matter of chance, but a matter of choice. When I dream, I believe I am rehearsing my future.
Let sleeping dogs lie — who wants to rouse 'em?
It's really hard to think of one kind of magic as a favorite.
I've been really fortunate in that I've been able to perform such a diverse range of things.
I really did sneak into Broadway shows, starting when I was 12.
Magic and new technology have always walked hand in hand-even back in the days of Robert Houdini
I discovered something amazing, which has caused a lot of controversy - the fountain of youth. I have to keep it a secret!
The audience likes to be taken on new journeys.
But when I go off stage I don't have a deck of cards with me all the time.
Never take "NO" for an answer.
I was an only child. We were so poor, my parents and I had the same room.
When you're a guy and meet a girl the first time, you do whatever it takes.
Like in comedy, you know the names of the people who steal things that others work really hard on. It really sucks. And, in magic, it's not just the hard work of getting the words and attitude and point of view right; you're taking an actual invention, making something over three or four years, and somebody can just take it.
A few years later, when I was still going to these meetings, I was also "second-acting" every Broadway show [walking in with the crowd after intermission]. I snuck in to see Grease with John Travolta in kind of a secondary part and Adrienne Barbeau playing Rizzo, into Pippin, hung out with Ben Vereen and Bob Fosse. It was an amazing time for a teenager.
All of the [Bob] Fosse-esque movements and point of view informed years and years of what I would do.
I could vanish the silk better than Ben Vereen - that was for sure.
So I think maybe they said, "Okay, maybe he has something to offer." Years pass and I get a bit of a career, and Ben Vereen ends up hosting one of my specials where I walked through the Great Wall of China. Things came full circle in kind of an ironic way, when you have that honor of people that have influenced you so much host your show. It's a huge experience in your life.
I fell in love with magic acts and bridged into that.
I'm really happy that I had the foundations of knowing where I came from.
To make [parents] happy, I went to Fordham University for three weeks, while at the same time running ads in Variety, "magician-actor David Copperfield."
Reading [Judd Apatow] book, about his background, I think there's a great similarity. What gives him the fire to work hard? He worked hard, researching the comedians of the time, what touched him about it.
Dreams are illusions, and we can't let go of them because we would be dead.
For me, I was watching Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Orson Welles, Victor Fleming movies, and I said, "I want to tell stories like that. I want to move people like that. But I'm good at magic, so what am I going to do?" So I started using magic for the right reasons - to get the girl.
But Vegas is really my first home.
I act like I'm 14, if you haven't figured that out yet.
When I started doing magic as a kid, my parents had no problem.
There is a safe spot within every tornado. My job is to find it.
I got to watch Frank Capra, in his eighties, in action.
You read all the stories about Frank Capra fighting with the head of Columbia, Harry Cohn, "It's my way or the highway." I got to watch that. He lambasted me, "You cannot do this. You will fail." Finally, after another hour of conversation, I convinced him to help me write the speech.
Performing my show is something I constantly think about.
Magic has been something I've been really good at since I was really young.
The ability has always come easy to me, I'm not sure why.