Monday, January 10, 2022

David Copperfield breaks down magic in movies

The great David Copperfield gives his take on magic in several movies, including the 2014 Houdini Miniseries starring Adrien Brody.

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  1. History repeats itself, and so does fake history. HH keeps dying in the USD again, and again in films. I forgot about the tragic USD ending in the Brody bio. The movie for that matter was forgettable.

    1. Actually, the Brodini movie doesn't show him dying in the USD. It just shows him getting trapped when he first tries it and they break the glass. DC points out, correctly, that they never broke the glass of the USD with an axe. The axe was largely for show.

    2. You're right, Brody didn't die inside the cell. You're also right the axe was largely for show. Two drain plugs are in the bottom of the cell with turn handles to open the plugs and drain out the water from inside. Drowning inside the cell wasn't gunna happen.

  2. Not to mention that the cell wasn't equipped with modern safety glass.

  3. That was great; thanks for sharing. David Copperfield explains clearly but without revealing things that shouldn't be revealed, and allows the essence of mysteries to remain intact. He's also candid without maligning performers or techniques, and best of all, never talks down to the audience.