David Copperfield is more than an icon; his name is simply synonymous with magic. And Las Vegas could never have grown into the magic capital of the world without his presence. Even on the Strip’s current entertainment landscape where illusionists with varying styles and reputations are thriving, his intimate and astounding show at MGM Grand stands as the standard bearer while the artist himself continues to inspire the next generation of talent.

The secret to his longevity in Las Vegas sounds simple but seems impossible: Copperfield always astounds. There are those in his audience who recall when Copperfield survived a plunge over Niagara Falls, walked through the Great Wall of China and made the Statue of Liberty disappear during classic TV specials. Some of them are now bringing their kids and grandkids to see the master in person, and he doesn’t disappoint, even compared to the scale of those impossible feats. And he’s one of the most present performers on the Strip, playing 15 shows a week in his own customized theater for much of the last six years.

The most magical thing about Copperfield in Vegas is his ability to thrill and surprise despite defining his genre. His style and personality are ubiquitous; you think you know what you’re going to get but you’ll leave the theater bewildered and possibly euphoric.

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