David Copperfield is possibly the world's most famous magician and illusionist. Born as David Seth Kotkin in New Jersey in 1956, he took the stage name David Copperfield at the age of 18. Since 1978, he has had a total of 17 TV specials, and regularly performs over 500 stage shows per year across the globe.
His trademark is huge illusions, sometimes involving famous national landmarks. These have included making the Statue of Liberty disappear, levitating over the Grand canyon, and walking through the Great Wall of China. He also owns a large private museum of magic in Las Vegas, which is home to the world's largest collection of Houdini memorabilia and many other significant items from the history of magic and illusion.
From 1994 to 1999, he was married to German supermodel Claudia Schiffer, who sometimes used to act as his special guest assistant in his stage shows. During these shows, he would perform a number of illusions on her, including sawing her in half in what other magicians at the time called the most baffling version of the illusion ever performed. In 2010, he became a father for the first time when his French girlfriend Chloe Gosselin gave birth to a daughter, although news of this did not become public until over a year later.