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1968 At age 12, becomes the youngest person admitted to the Society of American Magicians.

1972 Teaches a course on magic at NYU at age 16.

1977 Begins TV career with first special, "The Magic of ABC."

1982 Founds charity Project Magic, which teaches magic as a rehabilitation tool.

1983 Makes the Statue of Liberty "disappear" on TV special "The Magic of David Copperfield V."

1986 "Walks through" the Great Wall of China on TV special "The Magic of David Copperfield VIII."

1991 Makes first major purchase of his magic collection, the 15,000-volume Mulholland Library containing world's largest Houdini collection.

1992 Founds the Intl. Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts, now the world's largest magic history collection.

1994 Knighted by the French government.

1995 Receives star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1996 B'way show "Dreams & Nightmares" breaks one-week ticket records.

2000 Named Living Legend by the Library of Congress.

2001 "Cut in half" during his final TV special "Copperfield: Tornado of Fire."

2006 Bought the first of 11 private islands in the Bahamas. The rebranded Islands of Copperfield Bay attracts such visitors as Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and John Travolta.

2013 Acquires estates of illusionist and filmmaker Georges Melies and the "Father of Modern Magic" Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin.

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Title Annotation:David Copperfield
Author:Khatchatourian, Maane
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Brief biography
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 25, 2013
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