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