David Copperfield suspends Las Vegas show after staffer tests positive for COVID-19

LAS VEGAS — Illusionist David Copperfield is suspending his Las Vegas stage show after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reported Monday that the legendary magician has “no idea yet” when his production at MGM Grand will resume.

According to the newspaper, an internal email from MGM Resorts International officials on Friday said one of Copperfield’s illusion techs had been exposed to the virus.

Copperfield confirmed the backstage crew member’s diagnosis on Sunday. In a statement, Copperfield said his entire crew would be tested again.

“We are so proud of the Copperfield-MGM team, who are collaborating on the show using current CDC guidelines. We did 17 shows. With that said, a member of the backstage crew received positive test results, and out of an abundance of caution we have paused the show to get the entire team tested again,” he said. 

“Since re-opening, the audience has been wonderful and careful, and it’s been very encouraging to watch them follow the rules while having a great time.”

His stage show was one of several residency productions across MGM Resorts that reopened Nov. 6.

The company said on its website that affected ticketholders will be offered refunds or exchanges.

David Copperfield: National Museum of American Jewish History to honor magicians Houdini, David Copperfield

On Oct. 23, the Philadelphia-based National Museum of American Jewish History announced that they would induct Copperfield, along with Harry Houdini, into its hall of fame on Dec. 12. The museum says the award recognizes the achievements and contributions of American Jews “who share and exemplify the ideals of the stories explored in the museum.”

Copperfield, 64, was born David Kotkin in New Jersey. He has earned 21 Emmy Awards, and will accept the honor from his International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts in Las Vegas.

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