(born David Seth Kotkin
; September 16, 1956) is an American illusionist
, and has been described by Forbes
as the most commercially successful magician
Copperfield's television specials have won 21 Emmy Awards
of a total 38 nominations. Best known for his combination of storytelling and illusion, Copperfield's career of over 30 years has earned him 11 Guinness World Records
a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
a knighthood by the French government,
and he has been named a Living Legend
by the USA Library of Congress
Copperfield has so far sold 40 million tickets and grossed over $4 billion, which is more than any other solo entertainer in history.
When not performing, he manages his chain of eleven islands in the Bahamas, recalled by him "Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay", which has completed a $35 million renovation under Copperfield's supervision.