LAS VEGAS — Illusionist David Copperfield was found negligent but not financially responsible for a British tourist’s injuries during a signature vanishing act that used participants from the audience of a Las Vegas Strip show in 2013, a jury said Tuesday.
Gavin Cox and his wife, Minh-Hahn Cox, alleged negligence by the multimillionaire magician, the MGM Grand hotel, two Copperfield business entities and a construction firm that was renovating the hotel.
In a complex verdict reached after several weeks of testimony but only about two hours of deliberation, the state civil court jury found negligence by Copperfield, the hotel and Copperfield’s company, Backstage Disappearing Inc.
But jurors found no liability for each of those named in the lawsuit, and instead found Cox 100% responsible for his own injuries. The verdict means the Coxes cannot seek monetary damages, court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said.
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Gavin Cox testified that he suffered brain and other injuries in a fall while stagehands urged him and others to run during an illusion that appeared to make as many as 13 audience volunteers disappear onstage and reappear moments later, waving flashlights in the back of the theater.
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David Copperfield Jury finds him not liable over British Tourist https://youtu.be/XdzuPg5W-OY British tourist, 57, CAUSED his own injuries when he tripped and fell during Vegas trick Nevada jurors ruled on Tuesday that David Copperfield was negligent but not responsible for a British tourist’s injuries during a 2013 Las Vegas show
Illusionist David Copperfield was back on the stand testifying in the lawsuit brought by British tourist Gavin Cox who claims he was seriously hurt while taking part in one of Copperfield’s signature illusions.
In court to testify in an injury case, lawyers attempted to force magician David Copperfield to reveal how his stage illusions worked. CBS2’s Maurice DuBois reports.
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