New for Genii Magazine: David Copperfield's American Metaphors

In addition to my cover story on Olmedini el Mago, the August issue of Genii Magazine included an interior feature about David Copperfield’s illusion performance on Flag Day earlier this summer. In front of 14 newly naturalized citizens, all their families, and the dedicated staff of the Smithsonian, Copperfield delicately treaded the line between historical fact and magical fiction.

I interviewed Copperfield for this brief piece in the magazine, investigating his use of metaphor and mythology, discussing his commitment to magic that tells a human story, and asserting the inherently political nature of an illusion crafted to reunite the original star-spangled banner with its long-lost 15th star.

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