The first magician that became an idol to me was David Copperfield. I saw him perform live at "The Wang Center" in
A friend of mine said that the great part, for him, about being a professional magician was that he got to meet all of his heroes, and in some cases, got to know them well. I am neither a professional magician nor a practicing amateur, but when I was really into magic as a kid and teen I got to meet many of the leaders of magic. Many of them whose interviews appear on this site. I got to meet Lance Burton after his show and shake his hand and get my photo taken with him--it meant so much to me. I remember telling Harry Blackstone, Jr. that I wanted to be a magician.
And David Copperfield, I got his autograph after his show in 1992. I remember as a first grader, I wrote a letter to him telling him I was a big fan and that I'd been to the same magic shop he once visited. A while later--probably not as long as I had impatiently thought-- my Nana presented me with a postcard that had come in the mail for me. On that postcard was a photo of David Copperfield, framed by the light from the windows of the Orient Express. It read, "To Christopher, All my Best, David Copperfield." It meant so much to me, and it was an example of a small act of kindness.
This week, David Copperfield appears on the radio program called "This I Believe," found on NPR. You can also read or listen to it by clicking on this link. Copperfield speaks on the challenge of kindness. I'm sure Copperfield has his flaws and the pressures of his position and stature allow many people get to see his unpleasant side, but my experience has shown me otherwise. He'd taken one of his few days off from touring to visit a "magic camp" for kids (can you believe it?) on
So here he is, David Copperfield. Click here.
Thanks to C.D., who let me know about the NPR essay.