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Magic show accused of failure to provide safe premise

David Copperfield is a popular magician, impressing audiences in Maryland all over the world with his tricks and illusions. In some of his shows, he picks volunteers from the audience to be a part of his performance. Unfortunately, one tourist who was a part of a show was injured during the process. Because the man feels that the parties involved in the show are responsible for a failure to provide safe premise, he has filed a personal injury lawsuit.

During the show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a British audience member was picked to be a part of Copperfield's disappearing act. The audience member would disappear off the stage and would reappear in the back of the theater as part of the trick. Because the man would not really disappear, he was routed secretly through the theater through what he claimed to be a rushed, dark and chaotic environment. Just before he reached the re-entry to the theater, he fell and was injured.

The man claims to have suffered serious injuries which have resulted in $400,000 of medical expenses. MGM Grand has denied that the man's route during the trick was unsafe. It claims that the area where the man fell is level and should not have resulted in the man's fall. In addition, MGM Grand states that Copperfield himself had traveled along the same route for a previous trick and did not notice any danger.

The lawsuit is currently is being heard in court and the outcome remains to be seen. Anyone in Maryland who has suffered similar serious injuries as a result of a property owner's failure to provide safe premise can seek the advice of a personal injury attorney. When victims are able to obtain compensation, many may feel financial relief from the burden of medical expenses and other monetary damages incurred.

Source:, "Trial Begins in Slip and Fall Case Focused on David Copperfield Show", Regina Garcia Cano, April 16, 2018

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