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David Copperfield brings 'Grand Illusion' to campus

April 8, 2010

KALAMAZOO--David Copperfield will blur the line between magic and reality in an intimate evening of "An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion" Monday, May 10, at Western Michigan University.

Performances will begin at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. in the University's Miller Auditorium.

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Imagine if you could win the lottery, travel to your perfect place in the blink of an eye, own your dream car or turn back the hands of time. It all becomes a reality in "Grand Illusion."

"For magic to be relevant," Copperfield says, "it has to evolve so it keeps up with, or even surpasses, the best film and theatre. I want to base my work on what people really dream about. Most of us don't dream of pulling a rabbit out of a hat. But what affects people is realizing personal dreams, dreams almost everyone shares, that they thought were impossible."

'Grand Illusion' lineup

In an unplugged moment of pure sleight-of-hand Copperfield performs up-close magic with a lethal black African scorpion. One of the most original, startling and dangerous effects ever, this unforgettable display presents Copperfield with a true challenge to his will and dexterity, in a test not to be tried at home.

Copperfield takes liposuction to a whole new level as the 6-foot-1-inch "King of Magic" gets squeezed into a bite-sized piece that could fit into a Prada shoebox.

The Lottery
Inspired by an unfulfilled dream of Copperfield's grandfather, "The Lottery" is an astonishing epic of brain busters. In this act, which involves the entire audience, the wizard shares his secret technique for predicting the winning lottery numbers.

Man Versus Steel
Copperfield walked through the Great Wall of China. This time, he'll do it a little slower. Instead of walking, he floats through solid steel, proving that dreams really can dissolve barriers.

In one of Copperfield's most heavily-requested creations, 13 audience members chosen entirely at random vanish, leaving friends and family wondering whether to applaud or put their loved ones' faces on milk cartons. Their fears are allayed as the 13 reappear, instantly, in the most surprising of places.


Tickets for David Copperfield's "An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion" at Miller Auditorium are on sale now and range from $27 to $57. They can be purchased by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at millerauditorium.com, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office.

For more information on the show, visit David Copperfield's official site at dcopperfield.com.

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Media contact: Bethany Gauthier, (269) 387-2245, bethany.gauthier@wmich.edu

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