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The Magic of David Copperfield IX: The Escape from Alcatraz (1987)

This is the 9th CBS Copperfield TV special, introduced by the host Ann Jillian after a short presentation by David Copperfield himself from the Alcatraz prison's beacon. It is the first one... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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This is the 9th CBS Copperfield TV special, introduced by the host Ann Jillian after a short presentation by David Copperfield himself from the Alcatraz prison's beacon. It is the first one to include officially in the title the name of the last illusion, that is "Escape From Alcatraz". Copperfield has chosen just this prison because of its reputation: Alcatraz, nicknamed "The Rock" or also "The Bastion", was opened on August 11th, 1934, as a maximum security federal prison, and has operated for 29 years, until the close of March 21th, 1963, caused by the high costs of maintenance and use. Then, in 1972, it was reopened as a tourist attraction. However, its reputation mainly comes from two reasons: it has held some of the most notorious criminals in American history, as Al Capone or George Kelly, and of the 14 escape attempts only the one of June 11th, 1962, has still not evidence of failure, after decades of FBI investigation. And Copperfield is the only illusionist that has ... Written by Lorenz-pictures

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The "Escape From Alcatraz" escape is the longest illusion included in a Copperfield TV special: it holds the record for length of 17:25 minutes, more than any other one. It is followed by the "Bermuda Triangle" illusion, included in The Magic of David Copperfield 10: The Bermuda Triangle (1988), which reaches the length of 16:04 minutes. The measured times also take into account the initial explanation. See more »

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Edited into Sei un fenomeno: Episode #1.2 (1991) See more »

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I Don't Care Anymore
Written and performed by Phil Collins
Produced by Phil Collins and Hugh Padgham
Released in 1983 as first song of the album "Hello, I Must Be Going!"
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