16 September 1956: Birthday of David Copperfield, American magician and actor (Source)

David Copperfield behind the set of America’s got talent season 5 finale – photo by Homer Liwag (Source)

David Seth Kotkin (born September 16, 1956), known professionally as David Copperfield, is an American magician, described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history.[2]

Copperfield’s television specials have been nominated for 38 Emmy Awards, winning 21. Best known for his combination of storytelling and illusion, his career of over 40 years has earned him 11 Guinness World Records,[3] a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,[4] and a knighthood by the French government.[5] He has been named a Living Legend by the US Library of Congress.[6]

As of 2006, he has sold 33 million tickets and grossed over US $4 billion, more than any other solo entertainer in history by a large margin.[2][3][7][8] In 2015, Forbes listed his earnings at $63 million for the previous 12 months and ranked him the 20th highest-earning celebrity in the world.[9]

When not performing, he manages his chain of 11 resort islands in the Bahamas, which he calls Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay. (Source)

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