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No doubt, it's something the famous illusionist David Copperfield hoped would simply disappear. But unlike one of his magical actions, he could not just make it disappear with the wave of his hand.
On Tuesday, a jury in Las Vegas found Copperfield negligent but not financially responsible for an injury that British tourists had to endure, Gavin Cox, who says he met during an illusion in Las Vegas in 2013 as a "volunteer from the audience "slipped and fell.
It is a qualified win for Copperfield, but it still comes at a high price: his lawyers have been unable to prevent the disclosure of secrets about the illusion in question, known as "Lucky # 13".
The mechanism of the act appears remarkably pedestrian – as in, it involved a lot of running (and running) for those who volunteered to "disappear"
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, "Cox was among 12 others Volunteers who disappeared from the elevated stage of Copperfield as they were in reality torn from the stagehands who acted with the flashlight. "
The Associated Press adds that" the randomly selected participants [were ushered] are after dark curtains, passages to enter corners, outside, indoors and through a MGM Grand Resort kitchen back into the theater for the finale of the show, according to
At some point throughout this time, Cox says he is "on the run!" Run! Encouraged by a dusty lane.
"I had a good time until I was injured," he testified.
Cox, 57, a former cook from Kent, England, says that he harshly fell on his right side and did not remember getting up to end the illusion, according to AP He says he has suffered a brain injury and has collected more than $ 400,000 in medical bills.
He not only sued Copperfield but MGM Grand Hotel, two Copperfield business units and a construction company that refurbished the hotel (apparently the source of "(19659008) Cox's" lawyer, Benedict Morelli, argued that the Lucky # 13 trick was inherently dangerous Copperfield lawyers and MGM lawyers countered that "Cox exaggerated his injuries and blasphemed the jury for traumatic brain damage." Cox is occasionally court-ordered and out-of-court with Geric's help ht gone. Defense lawyers filmed him outside of court "
Although the jury was found to be negligent, they found no liability for Copperfield and the other defendants, and Cox was" 100 percent responsible "for his injuries – meaning he It Can not
Copperfield attorney Elaine Fresch said the result was "the right verdict," according to the Review Journal while MGM attorney Jerry Popovich's verdict "on what seems to suggest we had argued which was an unfortunate coincidence. "