Monday, November 28, 2005

Copperfield Plays God?

When you're young and see a magician at a birthday party, you think it's the coolest thing. But as you get older, you begin to question some things. Some of the tricks just don't seem as impressive anymore. Some people believe in magic and some don't. Magic is meant to entertain, whether it's real or not. But when is magic taken too far?

David Copperfield is the world's best-known magician. He's cut himself in half on numerous occasions, buried himself several feet underground and even made the Statue of Liberty disappear.

However, he doesn't seem content with those accomplishments. Now he's going to kick it up a notch and essentially be playing God.

In an interview with the German magazine "Galore," he said, "there is a great deal of new territory to conquer. In my next show I'm going to make a girl pregnant on stage." Then because of the obvious responses, he added, "Naturally it will be without sex. Everyone will be happy about it, but I'm not telling you any more."

Wait a second. He's going to make a girl pregnant right on stage? I don't think so.

It is physically impossible for this to be pulled off successfully. He can go up there, wave his wand and say abracadabra but then what? How can he prove that he did it?

Is she going to go through all nine months of gestation and give birth within an hour? Have her take a pregnancy test right there at the show? How will we know she wasn't pregnant when she walked through the door?

I don't find magic believable. Entertaining yes, but the believing aspect went out the window about the same time as my belief in the Easter Bunny.

Magicians now have those shows every once in a while where they let you in on all of the secrets that you would only see if you went to a show. According to these shows, the magician goes right ahead and tells the audience the behind-the-scenes "tricks" the magician (and the stage crew) is going to do.

For instance, one of the tricks was to make a tank disappear right on stage. Well the magician showed the tank and then these girls (dressed a little like Playboy bunnies - probably to lessen the crowd's disappointment by flashing beautiful women at it) moved this wall in front of the tank so it had 'disappeared.'

And through the magic (pun intended, of course) of editing, to viewers sitting at home it looked real. You've seen movies, they can make anything happen.

But this is stupid. There aren't any tests that can be done to prove this woman got pregnant right there on stage. I suppose she could take a pregnancy test right there in front of a crowd to prove that she's really not pregnant when this whole thing starts. But then what? Implantation of an embryo to the walls of the uterus can take days. It just won't work.

And one final question is how he is going to find a woman to participate? Is he just going to put up flyers asking who wants to be the present day Mother of God?

The only moral way I see this working out so it is acceptable to his viewers would be to use a nun. Then he'd really be playing God. Impregnating a virgin through Immaculate Conception and all.




Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he does it as a card trick. He forces a card, gets a woman up and pulls out a fake ultrasound machine and theres a picture of a baby holding the card on the screen.

5:06 PM  

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