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The Magic of David Copperfield (1978)

This is the first official Copperfield TV special, introduced by the host Orson Welles and broadcasted on CBS like all the following ones, while the previous year he has been the star and ... See full summary »

Director:

Bob Henry

Writer:

Stephen Spears
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Copperfield ... Himself
Carl Ballantine ... Himself
Valerie Bertinelli ... Herself
Sherman Hemsley ... Himself
Bernadette Peters ... Herself
Orson Welles ... Himself - Host
Cindy Williams ... Herself
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This is the first official Copperfield TV special, introduced by the host Orson Welles and broadcasted on CBS like all the following ones, while the previous year he has been the star and conductor of the ABC special The Magic of ABC (1977), which marked his debut on television. The official title "THE MAGIC OF DAVID COPPERFIELD" is shown through an homonymous book left on a carpet that is framed at the beginning, and also appears in the head of the closing credits. The stars of this special are 7 and the illusions performed are: "Vanishing Silk" (aka "Metamorphosis"), "Card Manipulation", "Date With A Magician" (aka "Divide And Conquer"), "Dancing Cane", "Levitating A Lady", "Carl Ballantine Comedy Magic" (performed by Carl Ballantine), "Psycho Shower Scene", "Dancing Handkerchief", "David Cut In Half Lengthwise", "Orson Welles Mentalism Spot" (performed by Orson Welles) and "Asrah Levitation" (aka "Illusion With Bernadette Peters 'Higher and Higher' "). Written by Lorenz-pictures

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couch | dancing | illusion | magic | card | See All (90) »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The "Dancing Cane" and "Levitating A Lady" illusions have been performed again in The Magic of David Copperfield V (1983). See more »

Goofs

After the presentation by Orson Welles, the TV special begins with a shot that shows several objects left on a carpet. Among these, there are a book and several playing cards, on some of which the faces of the stars of the TV special are drawn, and the shot shows them one by one while a voiceover says their names. However, in every subsequent shot in which the carpet is visible, not only it is different from the original but also the objects left on it are different. The initial shot does not interfere in any way with the illusion performed in front of the live audience, but it could not have been filmed during the live show itself: it could have been added only during the post-production of the TV special. See more »


Soundtracks

An American in Paris
Composed by George Gershwin in 1928
Conducted by Leonard Bernstein in 1959 for New York Philharmonic (as New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra)
(Used for "Dancing Cane" and "Levitating A Lady")
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