Copperfield assistant injured during performance

December 19th, 2008 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General

A stage assistant for David Copperfield was injured Wednesday night during a finale performance at the MGM Grand Theater in Las Vegas. A representative for the magician confirmed the injury with Us Magazine, saying that the assistant’s arm and face were injured by a 12-foot fan used for one of Copperfield’s illusions. From the report, on Yahoo’s OMG!:

“During an illusion where David attempts to walk through the rotating blades of a 12-foot high industrial fan, the fan and its platform were being rotated by one of David’s illusion technicians,” the rep says. “Just prior to David himself walking through the fan, [the assistant] was accidentally pulled into the vortex of the moving fan blades, causing injury to his arm and face.”

The assistant, Brandon (last name withheld), suffered a broken arm and a laceration on his face. He underwent several hours of surgery to repair the damage. According to Copperfield’s rep, Copperfield was there when Brandon woke up in his hospital room after the surgery and presented him with a kids’ magic set.

The report has more grisly details from eyewitnesses. Spoiler: One of them said, “Blood was everywhere.” Special thanks to Ellusionist forums moderator Goudinov for the heads-up. found the below video of the illusion and a gobsmacked Oprah.


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