Apparently the pump for his lap pool went on the fritz and pumped water throughout his “four-story, greenhouse-like penthouse.”
It could have been a real tragedy because Mr. Copperfield keeps some of his most valuable artwork and antiques.
What kind of antiques? Our kind of antiques. He has a wonderful collection of vintage arcade pieces from Coney Island. We would like to think that when we get really wealthy, we will have such collectibles in our east coast apartment. We’re not being ironic or even sarcastic. We mean it. We find it depressing when millionaires invest in artwork that we wouldn’t pay to see. We would pay good money to see a collection of vintage arcade pieces from the home of cool carny things, Coney Island. Perhaps that thinking is why we will never be a millionaire.
The water did damage the elevators for a day or so and there was damage to the apartments below all the way down to the basement.
Mr. Copperfield’s attorney told the press, “David was terrified, because he has these rare, vintage Coney Island machines, which are priceless, irreplaceable antiques, including a fortune teller, strength testers, an electric shock machine and shooting galleries. But for some unknown reason — or stroke of luck — these machines were spared by the water. There’s a magic trick called ‘The Bullet Catch,’ where the illusionist catches the bullet in his teeth, and David thinks he really dodged a bullet here.”
Mr. Copperfield was not in New York at the time – he was in Las Vegas, performing at the MGM Resort.