David Copperfield reveals how he keeps the secrets to his illusions

David Copperfield
Photo credit Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Ride of Fame

David Copperfield can be deceptive in many ways.

The legendary magician recently appeared on CBS Sunday Morning and told the program just how he keeps people from realizing how he does his wildest illusions.

He posts fake explainer videos online.

For a number of years, Copperfield said videos will appear where people try to break down just how he accomplishes these crazy feats. Every once in a while, it’s actually Copperfield posting them to point his fans in the wrong direction.

He said he does it “because it’s fun!”

The magician went into his process for creating the illusions, saying it was the first time he’d discussed the topic on National TV.

Copperfield explained that each illusion begins as a sketch on paper. Other times they’ll transition into being a 3-D model. He hinted at an upcoming one where people would appear to fly or disappear. He did not go into more detail.

The illusionist also shared his dismay for the term “magic tricks”.

"My 'magic' is real, to a certain degree," Copperfield said. "When you hear people call them 'magic tricks,' it's kind of like … I understand, I accept it, I use the word 'trick,' I did it today. But it's kind of diminishing all the hard work that goes in that in-between part, from when it's not there and when it's there."

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Ride of Fame