DC started out on Broadway as a dancer in the musical, Music Man. Dc did a magic trick in the show and was hired. I know all of this as I was supposed to take the place of DH and turned it down and then Kraft hired on DC. I made a big mistake, and at the time I did not know all that I do now untill after I turned it down. It was in the seventies, early. DC might have done some magic tricks when he was young as most of us did, but this was not to be his lifetime job ! The media will make you out to be anything you want as long as you pay them for it or set them up, they will make up things about you that never took place, besides would you think so much of him if you knew that he was a dancer first and did not start in magic ( professionaly ) untill he was about twenty years old ?
Zambini, you have a fascinating story. Let me add or request clarification:
1. David Copperfield was in Magic Man, not The Music Man. It premiered in Chicago, not Broadway. He was the star. And he was 18 at the time.
2. If he had started as a dancer, why would anybody consider this a negative point? The state of magic would be far improved if more performers had the discipline and training derived from a serious study of dance, music, and acting technique.
3. You mention the age at which you believe he started performing. If he had not so much as touched a magic book or prop until twice that age, why would that lower his value in any way? Bert Allerton -- legendary close-up magician, former National President of the Society of American Magicians -- didn't begin to perform professionally until retirement age.