How did David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear?

TommyVercetti

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I was only a kid when he did that, and don't remember any details. Could someone describe what the whole trick was, and how he could possibly illude so many people?
 

Turkish

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He told the audience to turn around 180 degrees. Everybody thought the Statue of Liberty disappeared.
 

minendo

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Copperfield had a setup of two towers on a stage, supporting an arch to hold the huge curtain that would be used to conceal the statue. The TV cameras and the live audience only saw the monument through the arch. When the curtains closed, David waxed poetic while the stage was ... slowly ... and imperceptibly ... turned. When the curtains opened, the statue was hidden behind one of the towers, and the audience was looking out to sea. Voila! The Statue of Liberty has disappeared!
 

TommyVercetti

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I thought there was a helicopter flying around also. Guess everyone was in on the trick.

Now explain me the Walking Throught the Great Wall of China trick and Flying Over Grand Canyon trick.
 

TechnoKid

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Originally posted by: TommyVercetti
I thought there was a helicopter flying around also. Guess everyone was in on the trick.

Now explain me the Walking Throught the Great Wall of China trick and Flying Over Grand Canyon trick.

Yes, and that Blain dude or whatever does some pretty unbelievable stuff too.
 

dr150

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He turned the audience around.

FYI: Whenever Copperfield does a big trick, the audience involved is PAYED as PART of the show and in on the trick--every single one of them.


Copperfield has been exposed on this already. He can only do these tricks WITH TV b/c of the editing and fakery involved.

Boring stuff when you consider how much leniency he has with his tricks.
 

minendo

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Originally posted by: TommyVercetti
I thought there was a helicopter flying around also. Guess everyone was in on the trick.

Now explain me the Walking Throught the Great Wall of China trick and Flying Over Grand Canyon trick.
Even if the stage hadn't completely hidden the statue, the towers were so brightly lit that the audience would be nightblinded. Copperfield had also set up two rings of lights--one around Liberty, and another set up somewhere else. When the trick "happened," his assistants simply turned off the lights around the statue and turned on the other set for the helicopters to circle around.

 

PatboyX

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Originally posted by: TommyVercetti
I thought there was a helicopter flying around also. Guess everyone was in on the trick.

Now explain me the Walking Throught the Great Wall of China trick and Flying Over Grand Canyon trick.

he got into the platform he used to walk up to the wall, then the platform was moved to the other side of the wall and he came out.