Dream Weaver

Presto! David Copperfield makes your wishes appear before your eyes.

David Copperfield: An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion State Theatre, 1519 Euclid Avenue 6 and 9 p.m. Friday, April 22, and 2:30, 5:30, and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23; $30.75 to $57.75; call 216-241-6000
David Copperfield's grandfather was a sucker for the lottery. He grew so passionate about playing the numbers that he had his favorite six-number combination stamped on the vanity plates of the vintage Chevy convertible he couldn't afford. Yet the dream didn't die when Grandpa did in the mid-1990s.

In David Copperfield: An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion, the magic man has revived the old guy's wish. The two hours of abracadabra are designed to help audience members fulfill their dreams, even if just for a moment. In one illusion, Copperfield asks a handful of audience members to pick numbers at random -- such as a birth date or the number of hours it's been since they've had sex. Then he produces a locked box onstage -- and poof! -- those very numbers appear on pieces of paper that were placed inside the box before the show. Copperfield then shares his "secret" for picking a winning Lotto combination.

"It's about my grandfather's dream -- which is shared by most people -- to win the lottery," says Copperfield. "I took that idea and developed it.

"People dream about winning the lottery, and we make that happen," he says, revealing no secrets. "People dream of traveling around the world, and we make that happen."

In another illusion, Copperfield makes audience members "vanish" before they reappear at the back of the theater. Another stunt has him stuffing his 6-foot-1 body into a shoebox. "I hope the audience doesn't think of them as tricks," he says. "The goal is to make them really go with it and not make them feel like they're being deceived. We want them to go on a journey to see things that are impossible and aren't really happening. Or maybe they really are."

Hocus-pocus aside, Copperfield promises that his grandfather's dreams-never-die credo will come through loud and clear. "Hopefully, people will walk out of the theater not coming down from reality," says Copperfield. "If I can do that, I've done my job."

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