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David Copperfield Testifies In Las Vegas Tourist Injury Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — David Copperfield told a Nevada jury it would be his fault if an audience participant got hurt because of something he did wrong during an illusion.

But the magician didn't acknowledge responsibility for a British tourist's injury, and testified Wednesday he never even knew until he was sued a year later that the man claimed he was badly hurt while taking part in a signature Copperfield illusion.

Gavin Cox's lawyer, Benedict Morelli, clashed with Copperfield about whether Copperfield noticed what Morelli called "construction dust" in an MGM Grand resort alley near where Cox fell.

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Cox claims negligence led to his fall while he and about a dozen other audience members who seemed to have vanished onstage were hustled outdoors and back indoors to reappear in the theater.