British man tells Copperfield jury of running before fall

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Illusionist David Copperfield appears in court Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Las Vegas. Copperfield testified in a negligence lawsuit involving a British man who claims he was badly hurt when he fell while participating in a 2013 Las Vegas show. (AP Photo/John Locher)

A British tourist told a Nevada jury he was excited to take part in a David Copperfield vanishing act at a Las Vegas show in 2013 and was running around a corner as part of the act when his feet slipped from under him.

Gavin Cox testified Tuesday that he felt “searing” pain when he fell heavily on his right side.

Cox says he doesn’t remember getting up to help finish the illusion that appeared to make 13 people disappear from onstage and reappear at the back of the theater for the show finale.

Cox said he met Copperfield before receiving medical treatment for shoulder and other injuries.

The 57-year-old United Kingdom citizen from Kent and his wife are suing for negligence and damages.

Cox claims there has been more than $400,000 in medical expenses from lasting brain and body injuries.
 

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