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LAWSUIT: Man says he suffered brain injury during David Copperfield's show

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World famous magician David Copperfield appeared at Clark County District Court for a civil trial.

Gavin Cox, a British chef, says he was seriously injured in one of the magician’s illusions.

Opening statements started in the civil case filed against the iconic magician.

Gavin Cox,58, says in 2003 he came to Las Vegas to celebrate his birthday. He attended Copperfield’s show at the MGM and was selected from the audience to participate in the final act called “Thirteen Illusion.” The illusion is a trick where thirteen audience members disappear and end up in the back of the theater.

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During the illusion, Cox’s lawyers say, Cox slipped and fell, suffering a brain injury. Cox’s lawyer, Benedict Morelli says the British chef was put into a dangerous situation that he had no idea of.

The MGM lawyer, Jerry Popovich, says David Copperfield and MGM were not at fault. He says audience members were asked if they were healthy enough to be part of the illusion.

The trial resumes on Tuesday. David Copperfield is expected to be on the stand.

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