David Seth Kotkin, known professionally as David Copperfield, is an American magician, described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history.
Copperfield’s television specials have won twenty-one Emmy Awards and thirty-eight nominations. Best known for his combination of storytelling and illusion, Copperfield’s career of over forty years has earned him eleven Guinness World Records, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a knighthood by the French government, and he has been named a Living Legend by the US Library of Congress.
As of 2006, Copperfield has sold thirty-three million tickets and grossed over US$4 billion, more than any other solo entertainer in history. In 2015, Forbes listed his earnings at $63 million for the previous twelve months and ranked him the twentieth highest-earning celebrity in the world.
When not performing, he manages his chain of eleven resort islands in the Bahamas, which he calls “Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay”.
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