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The Magic of David Copperfield IV: The Vanishing Airplane (1981)

This is the 4th CBS Copperfield TV special, introduced by the host Jason Robards and then presented by David Copperfield himself, inside a flying Lear Jet. For the first time he is also the... See full summary »

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Sid Smith
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Copperfield ... Himself
Jason Robards ... Himself - Guest Host
Susan Anton ... Herself
Audrey Landers ... Herself
Catherine Bach ... Herself - Special Guest
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This is the 4th CBS Copperfield TV special, introduced by the host Jason Robards and then presented by David Copperfield himself, inside a flying Lear Jet. For the first time he is also the producer. This special is officially titled "THE MAGIC OF David COPPERFIELD", but is better known as "The Magic of David Copperfield IV: The Vanishing Airplane", in which "The Vanishing Airplane" is a reference to the last illusion, a feat that for the first time in the history of magic had to be performed in the open, outside the television studios, because of the dimensions of the object: a Gates Lear Jet model 25, year 1976, registration number N564CL, 7 tonnes, producted by Gates Learjet Corporation. And never before an illusionist has been able to vanish an airplane, or in any case something that big. Moreover, to demonstrate the absolute absence of camera tricks or video effects, the illusion itself has been filmed in long take. The Lear Jet is surrounded at 360 degrees by a ring of 40 ... Written by Lorenz-pictures

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

THE MAGIC OF David COPPERFIELD See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The "Zig-Zag Laser" (aka "Upside Down Laser Cutting") illusion, in which David Copperfield has sawed Catherine Bach into six pieces has been specially designed for this show. It was no more performed by Copperfield until May 2001, when he used it (in a modified form) to saw Jennifer Lopez into six at a White House benefit for UNICEF. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Magic of David Copperfield VII: Familiares (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Isn't Just For the Young
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Produced by Jimmy Bowen and Sonny Burke
Released in November 1964 as 5th song of the album "Softly, as I Leave You"
(Used for "Love Isn't Just For The Young")
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