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rexpresso's avatar

Did David Copperfield really make the Statue of Liberty disappear?

Asked by rexpresso (920points) November 14th, 2010
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I’ve never known of a rebuttal, so please bring it on ;)

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Rarebear's avatar

It’s a magic trick. It’s not really magic, so no.

YARNLADY's avatar

Is it still there? The illusion is what makes the magic a trick not the actual event.

truecomedian's avatar

I recently drew a political cartoon of the Statue of Liberty. She was bent over a barrel that said “oil” on it. Then I drew George Bush dressed up like a pimp with money in his hands, which he was collecting from the train of world leaders. It’s nice and I don’t know a thing about polotics, I was just jumping on the band wagon that left a while ago.
And no, he didnt make it disappear.

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talljasperman's avatar

Only on T.V.

jerv's avatar

IIRC, it was a combination of a large, slow turntable (slow enough that nobody felt it move) and some creative lighting so the audience couldn’t see it behind one of the side pillars of the stage.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Magicians don’t give away the secrets of their illusions, but suffice to say that it is an illusion, and not reality.

poisonedantidote's avatar

@BarnacleBill is right, magicians dont give away their secrets. but David Copperfield is no magician, he uses camera tricks and special effects, as well as stuges, just what he used to make the statue disapear.

Basically, he puts the camera on a boat, he puts up a curtain, he moves the boat, he takes down the curtain, and shows you an empty bit of water. and a load of paid stuges all back him up by claiming its gone, when really they can all see it just a little to their left.

Some magicians will argue that camera tricks are ok because its just another way to trick people, some will say its a cheat as there is no traditional skill to it.

jlelandg's avatar

If you want good magic it’s time to switch to watching someone like David Blaine or better yet Penn and Teller.

mattbrowne's avatar

No, because he is not a scientist (who are indeed working on technology capable of doing this).

92elements's avatar

Erm no don’t be silly :-)

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

You need a rebuttal for this? The burden of proof is on you. I get so tired of saying this all day

rexpresso's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir you’re right ;)

flutherother's avatar

Yes, it disappeared in that people couldn’t see it any more. How illusionists trick the human mind is something psychologists are becoming quite interested in. Scientists working on creating an invisibility cloak are also having some success.

Nullo's avatar

People who don’t like the term “magician” will use “illusionist” instead. It helps us keep in mind what’s actually happening down on the stage: illusions.

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