Magician David Copperfield Launches Red Safe Production Company
I'm sure it won't that take long for someone to call me out and decry "he's an illusionist, not a magician!" If anyone deserves both titles, it's David Copperfield, an "entertainer" that I've been a fan of since I was a kid. I've watched Copperfield's shows throughout my entire life, now he's breaking into making movies - if he can pull it off. Copperfield has been a consultant in Hollywood for a few years, working recently on this year's two movies about magic - The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Now You See Me. In a Variety article profiling the magician, they unveil he's starting a production company called Red Safe launching this week.
For anyone curiously raising their eyebrow now and wondering, "David Copperfield the magician as a movie producer, really?" Don't worry, he's actually a big fan of movies and storytelling. "Cinema is a magic effect," he explains (think of Hugo). "The movies started as a trick. It was a trip to the moon, a journey to Hades. The illusion of the cinema became the medium. That's why we are here talking." Indeed. He tells his story:
"My real love as a kid was sitting in a darkened theater and watching films by Victor Fleming, Orson Welles, Frank Capra, Walt Disney," Copperfield says. "So in a way, where I am today is where I have always been. I was good at magic but when I saw those movies I said, 'I want that.'"
"Emotionally, where the audience is going is what the camera is doing," he says. "On screen, it's always about the story. 'Raging Bull' is not about the punches, it's about the story."
So, he decided to start a production company, called Red Safe (which I can only assume has something to do with the safe he keeps the secrets hidden in). Copperfield is sitting on mountains of cash, still performing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and running his own business empire, which means he can easily support any projects that need financing. "I've spent years watching others go through the challenges of production and distribution," but now it's his turn to run a company. One of his supporters is Paramount President Adam Goodman, who will partner with Copperfield. He says David is "a born storyteller. My hope is that we can figure out a movie to do together." Will it involve magic? Or just the magic of the movies? Only time will tell.
Not much else is known about about Red Safe yet, as the production company is just coming together now. But from the discussions in the Variety piece, it sounds like he's optimistic and enthusiastic about venturing into filmmaking and hopes to have as big of an impact there as he's had on magic. We'll be watching closely.