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Friday, Nov. 17, 2006
Intimate evening of grand illusion
By MARIKO KATO
Emmy award-winning illusionist and entertainer David Copperfield performs at Tokyo International Forum for 10 shows starting Dec. 6. "An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion," which Copperfield has performed across the United States, is the magician's first Japan tour since 2001.
Copperfield is recognized as the magician who does more than merely surprise and entertain. In the long-running U.S. television series "The Magic of David Copperfield," he has run the length of China's Great Wall and fallen into the Grand Canyon, among many other stunts. His most notorious feat, one that involved months of negotiation with the U.S. Government and $500,000 to stage, was making the Statue of Liberty disappear.
Despite its title, the tour looks set to be a performance on a grand scale. Yet "intimate" might also be intriguingly apt, as the show delves into the audience's deepest material desires. Perhaps the most mysterious aspect to the show is Copperfield himself, named after a Dickens protagonist. The little information we have on him is that he likes the color black, roller coasters and the movie "The Wizard of Oz." In an "intimate evening," about one's innermost wishes, perhaps we can hope to find out a little more.
Copperfield performs from Dec. 6-12 at Tokyo International Forum (show-times vary). Tickets are 5,000-12,000 yen yen (call Television Tokyo at  3435-7000).