David Copperfield, the American magician famed for dramatic feats of illusion such as convincing the world that he enjoyed a six year relationship with a supermodel, is claiming to have discovered the Fountain of Youth.
He insists that water from the legendary spring, in the conveniently remote location of a small island in his privately owned Bahaman archipelago, has amazing restorative powers that bestow eternal youth. The phenomenon is as yet untested, but Copperfield has hired a team of biologists and geologists to investigate the potential benefits of the water for humans.
In an interview for Reuters, Copperfield enthused “You can take dead leaves, they come into contact with the water, they become full of life again… Bugs or insects that are near death, come into contact with the water, they’ll fly away. It’s an amazing thing, very very exciting”. To be fair, reanimating a couple of ailling beetles is not that exciting compared to, say, making the Statue of Liberty appear to vanish, but for his next trick, Copperfield will almost certainly be adding a few more zeroes to his bank account.
As yet he has not invited the public to sample the water, but with rents on the Exuma chain of islands - purchased for $50 million by Copperfield a few months ago - currently in excess of $300 000 a week, only the very rich and the very vain are likely to be making a splash there.
Whether this publicity stunt will be enough to rejuvenate Copperfield’s career remains to be seen, but it takes more than sleight of hand to keep young and beautiful. Just ask Debbie McGee.