The neighbors of magician David Copperfield at his 117 East 57th Street address in Manhattan might not be too happy with the magic man’s rooftop swimming pool, because it burst and spilled water not only into the 8,000-square-foot apartment of Copperfield — one that cost him $7.4 million when he bought it in 1997 — but water also spilled as far down as 30 stories below the penthouse.
David’s attorney — Ted Blumberg — was the one who confirmed the malfunction of the lap pool 57 stories above 57th Street, reports Page Six. It was the pool’s pump that caused water to gush down four full floors of Copperfield’s greenhouse-type penthouse apartment and continue leaking down to other apartments all the way to the 20th floor — or even farther, according to Blumberg.
“The pump malfunctioned, and the entire pool drained through David’s apartment and apartments below, right to the basement. Walls and floors were completely soaked.”
According to TMZ, David’s Manhattan place has tons of valuables, as expected, such as priceless art — which was deemed able to be salvaged after the flood — as well as vintage Coney Island arcade fare. Although the insurance company has been told about the pool’s leakage, no reports have surfaced about exactly how much damage was caused from the pool’s pump bursting. Items that were completely demolished by water, said Blumberg, included wallpaper and carpets.
The magician’s lawyer chalks up the fact that none of Copperfield’s priceless art — and presumably that no one was injured — to a stroke of good luck or some other unseen force.
“David was terrified, because he has these rare, vintage Coney Island machines, which are priceless, irreplaceable antiques, including a fortune teller, strength testers, an electric shock machine and shooting galleries. But for some unknown reason — or stroke of luck — these machines were spared by the water. There’s a magic trick called ‘The Bullet Catch,’ where the illusionist catches the bullet in his teeth, and David thinks he really dodged a bullet here.”
Copperfield’s rooftop pool will be refilled once it is verified that it will be safe to do so, as reported by New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV. As for lawsuits that may appear in the wake of the flooding coming from any of David’s apartment building neighbors are to be expected, says his lawyer. As reported by the Inquisitr, Copperfield has been the subject of lawsuits previously, not by neighbors, but by workers.
[Image via TMZ]