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The Magic of David Copperfield XI: The Explosive Encounter (1989)

David Copperfield performs illusions; at the end, he must escape from a hotel that is about to be demolished.

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(as Seth Kotkin)
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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This is the 11th CBS Copperfield TV special, introduced by the host Emma Samms, who talks about the building from which David Copperfield will attempt to escape during the last illusion, before the implosion of the building itself. This is the first special in which he signs his own co-direction as "David Kotkin" and his own writing as "Seth Kotkin". For the first time in a special he makes his appearance on the stage on a Harley Davidson, through the first illusion. The illusions performed are: "Shadow Box" (aka "Appearance On Motorcycle In Shadow Box"), "Dancing Ties", "Telementalist", "Origami" (aka "Origami Box"), "Telekinesis", "Pole Levitation", "Twister", "$100 Bill Switch", "Crazy Man's Handcuffs" (these two illusions are both close-up magics, and, to allow the vision of both to all the live audience, for the first time Copperfield introduces a monitor on the stage), and then "Building Implosion". This is an escape filmed in long take on Sunday, November 6th, 1988, and the ... Written by Lorenz-pictures

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The introduction of "Pole Levitation" and the "$100 Bill Switch" illusion make a really wide use of the original motion pictures score composed and conducted by John Williams for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). See more »


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Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
Composed by Gustav Holst
Fifth movement of the orchestral suite, Op. 32, "The Planets", composed between 1914 and 1916
(Used to explain how Copperfield will be locked up in the safe and shown through the "picture in picture" effect by a camera with remote control, for "Building Implosion")
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