David Copperfield testifies in Las Vegas tourist injury case

Published April 19, 2018, 7:02 AM

by Hannah Torregoza 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — David Copperfield told a Nevada jury it would be his fault if an audience participant got hurt because of something he did wrong during an illusion.

Illusionist David Copperfield is sworn in during court Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP/John Locher) /mb.com.ph
Illusionist David Copperfield is sworn in during court Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP/John Locher)

But the magician didn’t acknowledge responsibility for a British tourist’s injury, and testified Wednesday he never even knew until he was sued a year later that the man claimed he was badly hurt while taking part in a signature Copperfield illusion.

Gavin Cox’s lawyer, Benedict Morelli, clashed with Copperfield about whether Copperfield noticed what Morelli called “construction dust” in an MGM Grand resort alley near where Cox fell.

Cox claims negligence led to his fall while he and about a dozen other audience members who seemed to have vanished onstage were hustled outdoors and back indoors to reappear in the theater.

 
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