David Copperfield (illusionist)
- I want to tell you why I did this. My mother was the first one to tell me about the Statue of Liberty. She saw at first in the deck of the ship that brought her to America: she was an immigrant. She impressed upon me how precious our liberty is and how easily it can be lost. And then one day it occurred to me that I could show with magic how we take our freedom for granted. Sometimes we don't realize how important something is until it's gone. So I asked our government for permission to let me make the Statue of Liberty disappear...just for a few minutes. I thought that if we faced emptiness where, for as long as we can remember, that great lady is, lifted up our land, well then...we might imagine what the world would be like without liberty and we realize how precious our freedom really is. And then I would make the Statue of Liberty reappear, by remembering the world that made it appear in the first place. The world is freedom. Freedom is the true magic. It's beyond the power of any magician.
- From "The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears" (1983)
- We’re taught in the Jewish tradition the same story over and over, whether it’s the Holocaust or the Maccabees, we have to rise above persecution and do our best, just as the magic is about making people dream, we learned to take things that aren’t supposed to be and turn them into something beautiful.