Injured Copperfield trick participant loses proceedings

Las Vegas (AP) —Nevada Supreme Court holds financial responsibility for illusionist David Copperfield and MGM Grand Hotel Casino injuring British tourists during signature loss at the 2013 Las Vegas Strip Show I supported the jury’s finding that it wasn’t there.

Gavin Cox and his wife, Minhan Cox, fell while millions of magicians, a hotel, two Copperfield entities, and a construction company refurbishing a hotel were taking part in a trick. A randomly selected audience member who claimed to have caused permanent brain damage at times.

In a complex verdict reached in May 2018 after weeks of testimony, the jury was negligent at the hotel Copperfield and Copperfield’s company Backstage Disappearing Inc., but civilally about the fall of Cox. I admitted that I am not responsible.

Cox was seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses and damages, but the jury found him responsible for his injury and he didn’t receive the money.

The couple’s lawyer, Brian Harris, said Friday that the court split 5-2 in a ruling issued Thursday.

“If the dissenting opinions were shared by the majority, our clients would be considering a new trial,” Harris said. “I’m disappointed that I don’t have that opportunity.”

The five judges should not have allowed the judge to show the hotel lawyer a video of Cox’s jury trial walking apparently easy to get to court with a dog tied up. I rejected Harris’s claim.

In court, the jury saw Cox helping Cox take the position of a witness by his lawyer or court officer. He testified that he needed help when he was not in court.

The illusion of Copperfield, dubbed a “detour” by the stagehand, appeared to have as many as 13 spectator volunteers disappeared on stage and soon reappeared behind the theater.

Judges heard that within 90 seconds, a stagehand with a flashlight would lead the audience behind the scenes from dark curtains, aisles, outdoors, and indoor kitchens to re-enter the theater for the show’s finale. rice field.

At the trial, Cox’s lawyer told the jury that the hotel renovation left behind construction dust covering the alleys the group had passed through.