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50 Magical David Copperfield Quotes

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50 Magical David Copperfield Quotes

Which are your favorite David Copperfield quotes?

David Copperfield is an American magician.

He is best known as the most commercially successful magician in history as deemed by the very prestigious business magazine ‘Forbes.’

Throughout his career as an illusionist, which spans over four decades, Copperfield has successfully amassed 11 ‘Guinness World Records,’ a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame,’ been knighted by the French government, and earned the title ‘Living Legend’ from the US Library of Congress.

Some of his greatest illusions include making the Statue of Liberty disappear and walking through the Great Wall of China.

Here’s a collection of the best David Copperfield quotes:


50 Magical David Copperfield Quotes

1. “You have to learn certain skills to present magic.” – David Copperfield

2. “Magic and new technology have always walked hand in hand – even back in the days of Robert Houdin.” – David Copperfield

3. “I’m just waiting for people to start asking me to make the rain disappear.” – David Copperfield

4. “The most important thing is presentation.” – David Copperfield

5. “Magic is used in espionage, all the time, for clandestine things. I’ve got a whole library from a gentleman who was hired by the CIA to create magic technology for the use of anti-terrorism.” – David Copperfield

6. “Ride on! Rough-shod if need be, smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on! Ride on over all obstacles, and win the race!” – David Copperfield

7. “The first trick I bought at Macy’s was a little wooden board where a quarter would appear and disappear.” – David Copperfield

8. “My show is constantly evolving… new tricks are added, old ones are dropped… so it stays fresh. But it’s the randomly selected participants from the audience that make it fresh and provide some of the best comic relief.” – David Copperfield

9. “When I was a kid, people wanted to be an astronaut. Today, kids want to be famous, and that’s totally the wrong approach. You have to have authenticity in what you’re doing. You have to really care about the core message of what you’re saying, and then everything else will fall into place.” – David Copperfield

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10. “Dreams are illusions, and we can’t let go of them because we would be dead.” – David Copperfield


11. “I am fortunate to have the resources to have many methods to do each of my illusions.” – David Copperfield

12. “Magic came very easy for me when I was a kid. When I was 8 years old I started doing it, and by the time I was 12, I was already published in magic books” – David Copperfield

13. “Let sleeping dogs lie — who wants to rouse ’em?” – David Copperfield

14. “When people say you can’t do it – that it’s impossible – never lose hope. Just because they couldn’t doesn’t mean you can’t.” – David Copperfield

15. “The real secret of magic lies in the performance.” – David Copperfield

16. “It wasn’t just about doing tricks. It’s about taking an audience to another place, a special place, so they can really suspend their disbelief. It’s about amazing the audience as well as moving them.” – David Copperfield

17. “To make magic credible on-screen is always very difficult. The story is the most important thing. That is what should win. If sacrifices or compromises are made, it’s usually for story. Story in magic is very, very important to me. That’s what I’ve really championed through my career.” – David Copperfield

18. “It’s okay for me to be gay, but God didn’t make me that way.” – David Copperfield

19. “I used to fly around the stage without strings or camera tricks. That took seven years to create.” – David Copperfield


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20. “I was a captive and a slave. I loved Dora Spenlow to distraction! She was more than human to me. She was a Fairy, a Sylph, I dont know what she was–anything that no one ever saw, and everything that everybody ever wanted.” – David Copperfield


21. “The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.” – David Copperfield

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22. “I need a form of escape even when I’m working really hard.” – David Copperfield

23. “When you’re a guy and meet a girl the first time, you do whatever it takes.” – David Copperfield

24. “Magicians are the people who began to use film as an illusion on stage.” – David Copperfield

25. “What I’ve tried to do in my stage magic is to take a trick and give it an emotional hook.” – David Copperfield

26. “The audience likes to be taken on new journeys.” – David Copperfield

27. “For me to grow, I have to know about the foundation that came before.” – David Copperfield

28. “My dreams are my dress rehearsals for my future.” – David Copperfield

29. “You can feel better about yourself in a very short period of time depending on the kind of magic that you are doing.” – David Copperfield


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30. “I discovered Musha Cay and the islands around it in the Exumas.” – David Copperfield


31. “Magic has been something I’ve been really good at since I was really young. The ability has always come easy to me, I’m not sure why.” – David Copperfield

32. “There is a safe spot within every tornado. My job is to find it.” – David Copperfield

33. “Physical rehab is often very, very hard work.” – David Copperfield

34. “Magic is the only profession where it’s easy to lie about your talent. If you do a trick and you can learn it very quickly, you can fool somebody into thinking you’re a great magician.” – David Copperfield

35. “The key is for the audience never to know, so I have a plan B for every illusion.” – David Copperfield

36. “I have always been interested in pushing magic forward.” – David Copperfield

37. “My job is to make people dream. Of course, there’s a lot of technical stuff behind the scenes and a lot of hard work behind it, but I get to watch people see the result of that hard work and feel that wonder and feel that discovery, all the time.” – David Copperfield

38. “From the very beginning, I studied acting, directing, lighting, dance, and movement. I didn’t rely on just the magic to take place. It’s a shame that a lot of magicians just rely on the trick itself and they have no other abilities. They get away with the wonder factor, and I don’t think that’s enough. It’s great, but it’s not enough.” – David Copperfield

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39. “I was an only child. We were so poor, my parents and I had the same room.” – David Copperfield


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40. “I try to help people realize their dreams by using magic to tell stories that educate, move, and inspire.” – David Copperfield


41. “In movies, storytelling, and every single art form, we’re creating wonder. You’re starting with a blank page and creating something that doesn’t exist.” – David Copperfield

42. “No self-respecting gay guy would have ever made some of the hair and clothing choices I am still trying to live down.” – David Copperfield

43. “My uncle’s house burned down when I was 6 years old. We got out safely. But ever since, I’ve had a nightmare of dying in a fire.” – David Copperfield

44. “We all possess the need to dream.” – David Copperfield

45. “Magicians lose the opportunity to experience a sense of wonder.” – David Copperfield

46. “I discovered something amazing, which has caused a lot of controversy – the fountain of youth. I have to keep it a secret!” – David Copperfield

47. “It is the unspoken ethic of all magicians to not reveal the secrets.” – David Copperfield

48. “I learned that there were two ways I could live my life: following my dreams or doing something else. Dreams aren’t a matter of chance, but a matter of choice. When I dream, I believe I am rehearsing my future.” – David Copperfield

49. “I find revealing the secrets of magic quite reprehensible.” – David Copperfield

50. “Normally, I do magic on the stage. But I can make magic credible and resonate through a TV screen.” – David Copperfield



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Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.

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