April 30: David Copperfield at the Marin Center

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A lipstick stain, a malignant tumor, a collection of memos authorizing torture—there’s plenty of things in this world that for practical purposes, certain people would love to see disappear. Master illusionist David Copperfield focuses almost entirely on the impractical—making the Statue of Liberty disappear, for example, or a large jet plane—although he did put his famed prestidigitation to good use during a 2006 mugging in West Palm Beach (Copperfield made it appear that he had handed over money to his attacker while secretly concealing his possessions). Perhaps the incident inspired a bit of the opportunist in the famed magician, for during his current interactive show, Copperfield teaches the audience how to predict lottery numbers. No doubt feeling pressure from David Blaine, Copperfield has shied away from his large-scale rock star television specials and refocused on basic illusion; young budding magicians will no doubt squeal in their seats when he appears for two shows on Thursday, April 30, at the Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 5:30pm and 8:30pm. $40-$60. 415.499.6800.Gabe Meline

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