David first met Claudia Schiffer in 1993 when she attended a charity show he was giving in Berlin, during which she was invited on stage to take part in his "Flying" illusion. A month later, they both appeared on a talk show on German TV. During this appearance, David and the show's host sawed Claudia in half. While she was in half, David asked her for a date and refused to put her back together again until she agreed. Three months later, they became engaged, and married the following year. While they were married, Claudia sometimes acted as David's special guest assistant in his stage shows, taking part in a number of illusions including being sawed in half.