Video: How David Copperfield Made The Statue Of Liberty Disappear In The '80s
BY JEN CARLSON IN ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ON MAY 4, 2016 3:30 PM
Tonight's episode of The Americans (NO SPOILERS), is called "The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears." Throughout it you will see the magician's 1983 television special turning up on the Jennings' television screen, a relevant timestamp in a show about Soviet intelligence agents spying on the American government.
In the 1980s, Copperfield made Lady Liberty disappear, he explained, because he wanted to show "how precious liberty is and how easily it can be lost. I can show with magic how we take our freedom for granted. So I asked our government for permission to make the Statue of Liberty disappear, just for a few minutes."
The event was televised live on April 8th, 1983, and a live audience was positioned in front of the statue to witness it—there were only about twenty of them (described as tourists), and even the most skeptical were shocked. A curtain went up, and when it was pulled away (after Copperfield massages his temples) Lady Liberty was a goner.