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The Magic of David Copperfield XV: Fires of Passion (1993)

This is the 15th CBS Copperfield TV special, introduced from Caesars Palace by David Copperfield himself, who describes an escapology number which would be performed in this location as the... See full summary »

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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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This is the 15th CBS Copperfield TV special, introduced from Caesars Palace by David Copperfield himself, who describes an escapology number which would be performed in this location as the last feat of the special and is inspired by an illusionist of the past, Harry Houdini. Two assistants put a strait jacket on Copperfield and then wire his feet on some ropes fixed to a round platform which in turn is fixed to three ropes which will raise all in air, so Copperfield will come to be upside down, dangling in the air at 10 stories (or 33 meters, or 108 feet) on the stage. At this point the assistants set fire to the platform and to the three ropes. In addition, on the stage they place exactly under Copperfield two rectangular frames which support vertically dozens of steel and sharp spears, and then they also set fire to them. Copperfield has about two minutes to free himself and to grab a lifeline before the fire breaks the three ropes and drops him on the spears. So, the illusions ... Written by Lorenz-pictures

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30 March 1993 (USA)  »

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The "Amazon Ritual" (aka "Burning Rope Escape" and "Fires Of Passion") escape is the longest illusion included in this TV special: it reaches the length of 10:38 minutes. The measured time also takes into account the initial preparation. See more »

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David Copperfield: Now, we put together a brand-new illusion.
[crashing is heard backstage, and the audience laughs]
David Copperfield: We're auctioning off a brand-new illusion.
[laughter]
David Copperfield: [to the man backstage] Are you okay?
Man Backstage: Okay.
David Copperfield: Can we do it?
Man Backstage: Okay!
David Copperfield: Are you sure?
Man Backstage: OKAY!
[...]
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Edited into La grande magia di David Copperfield (1994) See more »

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Elegibô (Uma História de Ifá)
Performed by Margareth Menezes in 1988
Written by Ythamar Tropicalia and Rey Zulu
Produced by Relight Orchestra, Dj Andrea and Margareth Menezes
(Used for this special's closing credits)
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