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Magic and the Muggers

Who said being a magician was a useless profession?

He made 13 people disappear into thin air during his Kravis Center show Sunday night, but magician David Copperfield couldn’t duplicate the feat with armed teens who robbed him and two women near the venue two hours later.

 

No one was injured in the incident.

 

The handgun-toting suspects scrammed in a black Malibu with a Kentucky license plate but were nabbed 10 minutes later by West Palm Beach cops.

 

Behind bars today are three Palm Beach Shores boys, all 17, whose names weren’t released because of their age, and 18-year-old Dwayne Riley, known on the streets as The Kentuckian. They were charged with armed robbery and held without bail.

 

The tattoo-covered Riley, also from Palm Beach Shores, is alleged to have pointed a gun at Copperfield, 49, whose real name is David Kotkin.

 

“I had a gun pointed at my head from 6 inches away,” Copperfield said Tuesday between his two shows in Sunrise. “I’m pretty good under pressure. That’s my job. But I had two young ladies with me.”

 

The illusionist and assistants Cathy Daly and Mia Volmut were walking near CityPlace toward their tour bus parked at the Kravis when thugs approached them about 11:15 p.m. The group had gone to a steakhouse for dinner after Copperfield’s sixth and last show here.

 

According to the police report, this is what happened next: The Malibu pulled up behind the group, and two of the four young men in the car came out holding handguns. One ordered Daly to “give me what you have.” Daly handed over $400 from her pockets. Riley, meanwhile, allegedly stuck a gun in Volmut’s face and asked for her purse, and she, too, gave it up. In it were 200 euros, $100, her passport, plane tickets and a Razor cellphone.

 

When Copperfield’s turn came, Riley was bamboozled.

 

Copperfield told Page Two he pulled out all of his pockets for Riley to see he had nothing, even though he had a cellphone, passport and wallet stuffed in them.

 

“Call it reverse pickpocketing,” Copperfield said.

Impressive stuff from Mr Copperfield, but I am surprised he didn’t reach further into his bag of tricks, and do any of the following:

  • Take out his shoulder pads and beat the muggers with them
  • Spray his hair mousse in their faces
  • Hypnotize the muggers with that stare
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    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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