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The Magic of David Copperfield VI: Floating Over the Grand Canyon (1984)

This is the 6th CBS Copperfield TV special, introduced by the host Ricardo Montalban. It is officially titled "THE MAGIC OF David Copperfield VI" but is better known as "The Magic of David ... See full summary »
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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This is the 6th CBS Copperfield TV special, introduced by the host Ricardo Montalban. It is officially titled "THE MAGIC OF David Copperfield VI" but is better known as "The Magic of David Copperfield VI: Floating Over the Grand Canyon", in witch "Floating Over the Grand Canyon" is a reference to the first illusion, given that for the first time David Copperfield performs an illusion in witch he floats in midair. This illusion is one of the few no more repeated, and also one of the few conceived and filmed for the TV audience only, since it was not possible to have a live audience. However in this special he finally reveals the name of his duck, called "pet duck Webster" and showed for the first time in the "David's Fable" illusion, the last one of the third special. So, the illusions performed are: "Grand Canyon Levitation", "Vanishing Giraffe Neck", "The Girl And Her Bird", "Instant Photo" (aka "Kids Allisa And Bo"), "Love Magic Lost" (aka "One More Night"), "Audience Jumping Rubber... Written by Lorenz-pictures

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The "Slow-Mo Duck" illusion has been performed again in the international version of Copperfield: Tornado of Fire (2001). See more »

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The "Grand Canyon Levitation" illusion, which is one of the few conceived and filmed for the TV audience only since it was not possible to have a live audience, contains some errors of video editing. At the beginning, after David Copperfield passed through a structure with an oval hole to prove he really was floating and there was not any kind of support to keep him raised from the ground, he starts moving forward, also passing under an arch beyond which begins the valley. During this passage under the arch there is a shot change. In the previous frame, which is frontal, Copperfield and the arch appear illuminated by the sun, while in the following one, which is a lateral shot made from a distance with the zoom, both are completely in the shade, and the camera with which the previous frontal frame was filmed is not visible in any place. So, the two frames must necessarily have been filmed at two different times, contrary to what the video editing would have viewers believe. The same error is present towards the end of the illusion: there is a shot which starts zooming the face of Bonnie Tyler during her singing, and when the camera zooms out, Copperfield appears far and still floating on the air, and he comes very slowly. In this shot nothing is visible near him; however, the next one begins showing his face very closely and without any use of zoom. Therefore, these two frames too must necessarily have been filmed at two different times and then combined together in post-production for the TV special. See more »


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One More Night
Written, performed and produced by Stephen Bishop
Released in 1976 as 8th song of the album "Careless"
(Used for "Love Magic Lost" (aka "One More Night"))
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