When magician David Copperfield was mugged in Florida earlier this year, he turned his pockets inside out to show that he wasn't holding anything but in reality he was carrying a passport, wallet, and cell phone. One of the teenagers charged with the crime just plead guilty. From the Associated Press:
Copperfield, 50, and two female assistants were walking from the Kravis Center to their tour bus when they were approached by the teens April 23. The assistants handed over money and a cellphone, but the illusionist turned his pockets inside out to reveal nothing, although he was carrying his passport, wallet and cell phone.Link
"He said in depositions that he had things on him, but it wasn't difficult to make it seem like there was nothing there," prosecutor Sherri Collins said.
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