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Michael Carbonaro Recieves The Copperfield Prize


Michael Carbonaro LiveDavid Copperfield announces Michael Carbonaro as the first recipient of the Copperfield Prize. The award recognizes an individual or group of individuals for their outstanding achievement in the art of magic.

Michael Carbonaro has been a pioneer of the hidden-camera magic genre starting with his appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2011. In 2014 Carbonaro launched his hit television series – The Carbonaro Effect – which airs on truTV and continues to bring a growing number of fans into the unique world he has created.

Michael Carbonaro (Photo by Susan Shacter)

Michael Carbonaro (Photo by Susan Shacter)

In addition to his work on television Carbonaro’s touring interactive magic show, Michael Carbonaro Live! has performed to sold out crowds across the country. The Copperfield Prize does not just recognize great achievement in the art of magic but achievement that elevates the art form and Michael Carbonaro has done just that.

Carbonaro will receive the honor on July 16th, 2016 at The Society of American Magicians National Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Harry Houdini, a past President of the S.A.M., would recognize other magicians at their annual gathering and David Copperfield, an ambassador of the S.A.M., continues this rich tradition with one significant perk. Mr. Copperfield has attached a $10,000 award to this honor commensurate in monetary value to the Pulitzer Prize.


About David Copperfield

David Copperfield is recognized by audiences and critics alike as the greatest magician in the world. He is well known for creating amazing illusions including Vanishing The Statue of Liberty, Walking Through the Great Wall of China and Flying.

Copperfield has received 21 Emmys for his groundbreaking television specials, 11 Guinness World Records and with ticket sales in the billions, has sold more tickets than any other solo entertainer in history. He was the first living illusionist to receive a Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and his face graces the postage stamps of six different countries.

David Copperfield was knighted by the French government and along with Steven Speilberg, Martin Scorsese and Colin Powell, received the Living Legend award from the United States Library of Congress. Mr. Copperfield was recognized as The Magician of the Century and the “King of Magic” by The Society of American Magicians, the world’s oldest and most prestigious magic organization. If this isn’t enough, he was called “The Greatest Illusionist of Our Time” by Oprah Winfrey. Currently David Copperfield is working with the United States Congress to have magic recognized as a rare and valuable art form and national treasure.


About The Society of American Magicians

The Society of American MagiciansFounded in 1902 in the back of a New York City magic shop, The Society of American Magicians is the world’s oldest magic organization. Harry Houdini became president of the society in 1911 and kept that title for 9 years. Other past presidents include Houdini’s brother Hardeen, illusionist Howard Thurston, Cardini and Harlan Tarbell. For over a century it has promoted the ideals shared by these great magicians and more than 47,000 others world-wide who have held membership in the society. Those ideals include the elevation of the Art of Magic, the promotion of harmony among magicians, and the opposition of the unnecessary public exposure of magical effects. For information on joining The S.A.M. Please Click Here.

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  1. Karen Emery says:

    Very well deserved, congratulations.

  2. Art Contessotto says:

    Congratulations Michael. You are well deserving of this honorable award and what it represents.

  3. Debbra Barner says:

    Congrats .. You deserve it 😀.. My husband and I love your show so much .. I make sure I am showered before 7 to watch your show and I have recorded every episode .. Thank you for bringing laughter into our home .. My husband as cancer and your show helps us not think of this terrible disease .. Love you

  4. SUZANNE says:

    What an amazing honor! I have always been a Copperfield fan and truly respect that talent. Michael is the only person I feel deserves this award. Right from the start I knew he was a special talent…a wonderful entertainer!

  5. Shirley Barbour says:

    Seen Michael last Friday night at the GSR in Reno, he was fabulous. Had a meet and
    great with him and he was so gracious to all of us, can’t wait to see him in person again.

  6. Paula Zimmerman says:

    Congratulations to a wonderful Long Island boy!!!! We are so proud of you!!!!!

  7. Wow…. you’ve worked long and hard to see your dreams come to fruition. You’ve made the struggles getting to this point, disappear. Fantastic! One question…. can you make my bills disappear????

  8. Michael you totally deserve this honor. You are simply amazing. I’ve seen mr copperfield in person and you are definitely in his league. Much love and respect.

  9. Congratulation’s!! You deserve this recognition and even more after my seeing your show at Pachanga Casino. You make me happy. Thank You…🤗😂🙆🏻

  10. Heather says:

    Congrats Michael! I love watching your show, you’re AWESOME at what u do!!

  11. Ron Williams says:

    A well deserved award! I watch Michael a lot. Seen him in Altoona Iowa this year and was simply amazed. It will be great to see what he has in his future!

    • Shirley Barbour says:

      No one is more deserving of this award than Michael. A fantastic performer and has a great personality, I had a meet and great in Reno and he was so gracious.

  12. Kelli Frith says:

    We absolutely LOVE this show! VERY well-deserved!

  13. Jeff Nelson says:

    You are such a guy and you truly deserve this award congrats Micheal!!!!!!!

  14. Congratulations Michael you’re well deserving of this award. A super fantastic performer. Never miss a show on TV I just love every minute of it if I ever get a chance to see you I definitely will be there

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