The Magic of David Copperfield: The Statue of Liberty Disappears (1983)
David Copperfield made history in 1983 by making the Statue of Liberty disappear
for a live audience during a live television broadcast.
One of David Copperfield's most famous illusions - broadcast live on television on April 8, 1983.
A live audience of 20 tourists was seated in front of a giant curtain
attached to two lateral scaffolding built on Liberty Island in an enclosed viewing area, and Copperfield raised the curtain before lowering it again a few seconds
later to reveal that the space where the Statue of Liberty once stood was in that moment empty.
A helicopter hovered overhead to give an aerial view of the illusion and the statue appeared to have vanished and only the circle of lights surrounding it was
still present and visible.
Before making the statue reappear, Copperfield explained in front of the camera why he wanted to perform this illusion.
He wanted people to imagine what it would be like if there were no liberty or freedom in the world today and what the world would be
like without the freedoms and rights we enjoy.
Copperfield then brought Lady Liberty back ending the illusion by saying that "our ancestors couldn't (enjoy rights and freedoms), we can and our children will".
Both the disappearance and the reappearance of the statue have been filmed in long take to demonstrate the absence of camera tricks.
From the television special "The Magic of David Copperfield V: Vanishing the Statue of
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