A David Copperfield trick allegedly injured a participant
David canada goose Copperfield, canada goose coats on sale 61, is in the midst of a civil jury canada goose black friday sale trial in Las Vegas’s Clark County District Court that began on Friday, following a negligence lawsuit filed against the illusionist by 58 year old British chef Gavin Cox.
Cox attended one of Copperfield’s shows at the buy canada goose jacket cheap MGM Grand Las Vegas on Nov. 12, 2013. The show concluded with one of the magician’s signature tricks, “Lucky 13.”
Copperfield chose 13 randomaudience members to participate in the illusion.
The trick, which Copperfield has performed for at least a decade, is a simple vanishing act. Hebrings 13unwitting participants on a platform on stage. Then giant canada goose factory sale curtains are flung overit, completely obscuring the baker’s dozen of canadian goose jacket audience members. Copperfield banters for a few minutes before pulling the curtains and canada goose clearance sale revealing the 13 have disappeared.
But the big reveal comes when Copperfield points to the back of the Canada Goose online room and tells the audience Canada Goose Coats On Sale to turn around. Standing Canada Goose Parka there are the missing participants.
Of course, the participants aren’t magically transported from one place to another.
“It’s not just tricks,” Copperfield said in 2013. “Secrets and lots of hard work canada goose clearance go into this.”
The judge disagreed, pointing out that the thousands of people who have already participated in the illusion know how it works. (Copperfield has performed the trick with more than 55,000 different participants without any other incidents, his lawyers said, according to NBC.)
Chris Kenner, the show’s executive producer, explainedthe trick in court on Tuesday.
After the curtains obscure the participants, flashlight carrying stagehands guide them off the stageandthrough dark hidden passageways that wind around various parts of uk canada goose outlet the resort. At one point, the participantsexit and then reenter the building. Eventually, they reenter the theater through the back.
Cox said the passageways were filled with dust canada goose uk shop and debris, as they snaked through parts of the resort that were under construction.
Cox fell during the dash and was taken to a hospital with a dislocated shoulder. He claimed that he later began to suffer chronic pain, and doctors found a lesion on his buy canada goose jacket brain. He canada goose store said his medical bills totaled more than $400,000, NBC reported.
“There was a duty by the defendants to provide a safe environment to my website the audience participants,” Benedict Morelli, an attorney for Cox,saidin opening statements cheap canada goose uk on Friday.
When questioned aboutthe safety of the trick, Copperfield was slightly cagey but eventually said that the passageway was Canada Goose Jackets safe.
“If somebody participated in the 13 illusion, and they were injured, it’s their fault, Canada Goose sale not yours, cheap Canada Goose yes or no?” Morelli asked him Wednesday.
“I can’t answer that Canada Goose Online as a yes or no question,” Copperfield responded. “It would depend on what happened. If I did something wrong, it would be my fault.”
Copperfield admitted that construction debris in the passageway could potentially cause injury, “but there wasn’t construction dust in canada goose coats the way.” He said he knows this because he had earlier walked the same path.
MGM, which is also a defendant in the suit, canadagoosejacket-outlet also claimed the passageways were clear.
“Mr. Cox did not slip; he Canada Goose Outlet tripped,” Jerry Popovich, an attorney for the resort, told jurors.
The trial is ongoing. Copperfield is expected to continue testifying on Tuesday.
Cox isn’t the only person who has been injured during one of Copperfield’s illusions. One of the magician’s employees was hospitalized for an injury that occurred during an illusion canada goose uk black friday in which Copperfield uk canada goose appears to walk through the blades of a spinning fan, only to canada goose uk outlet turn to smoke. The assistant’s arm broke after it was caught in the fan.
“This is a trick David has done over 3,000 times. This was a freak accident,” Kenner told People at the time. “People are always saying that it’s magic and it isn’t dangerous. This goes to show you that it is.”.