Saturday 21 September 2019

Illusionist David Copperfield not liable for tourist's Las Vegas show injuries

David Copperfield (Bizuayehu Tesfaye /Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
David Copperfield (Bizuayehu Tesfaye /Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP) Newsdesk Newsdesk

Illusionist David Copperfield was negligent but not responsible for a British tourist's injuries during a vanishing act in a Las Vegas Strip show, a jury has found.

Gavin Cox and his wife alleged negligence by the illusionist, the MGM Grand hotel and several businesses in a lawsuit.

The jury's decision means the couple are not entitled to monetary damages.

Mr Cox alleged that he suffered brain and other injuries in the 2013 fall.

He told the court that stagehands urged him and others to run during a trick that appeared to make people disappear onstage and reappear in the theatre.

Copperfield testified that until Mr Cox sued, he never knew of anyone getting hurt during nearly 20 years performing the trick.

Mr Cox's lawyers brought in three women who testified that they also were injured.

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