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Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 | 3:36 p.m.
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Illusionist David Copperfield made a 24-hour round trip to New York on his day off from his 15 weekly shows at MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theater to host a party in his four-floor Manhattan apartment. It was to celebrate the new issue of Fantastic Man, which features a profile of him. The VIP guests, among them Naomi Campbell and Robert Cavalli, received an exclusive look at David’s huge collection of magic memorabilia that’s showcased on the first two floors.
While in New York, the MGM Grand headliner was awarded the Society of American Magician’s highest honor last night as Magician of the Century, as well as King of Magic. It was the first time the title has been awarded by the oldest and most prestigious magic organization in the world founded in 1902 and lead by past president Harry Houdini. Specifically, David was recognized for his efforts to preserve, promote and enhance magic throughout his career, including his magic museum here in Las Vegas.
SAM President Vinny Grosso noted David’s accomplishments as Magician of the Century, Magician of the Millennium from other organizations, his Living Legend Award from The Library of Congress, the first Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame awarded to a living magician, a knighthood by the French government, 11 Guinness World Records and 21 Emmy Awards and recently crossing the $3 billion in ticket sales worldwide.
In 1982, David created Project Magic, which teaches sleight-of-hand magic to those with disabilities as a method of physical and occupational therapy. He is the creator and curator of the International Museum and Library of Conjuring Arts, which holds the world’s largest collection of magical artifacts, including Houdini's Water Torture Cell and Orson Welles’ Buzz Saw Illusion.
“I’m humbled by the honor and grateful to be recognized by this great organization,” David said.
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