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For the average person, making money disappear is not a good thing.
In fact for most of us it can be hard to stop money from straight up flying out of our pockets.
But for world famous magician David Copperfield, it’s a different story.
His skills at making money disappear came in handy one night after a magic show in Florida.
He was walking through the parking lot with his two assistants when a black car rolled up next to them and hit the breaks.
One by one his assistants put their things in the hands of the robbers, which included hundreds of dollars in cash, passports, phones, and even plane tickets.
And as you can imagine they were not too happy about it.
But David Copperfield was not about to part with the money he had on him, let alone the phone or passport he was carrying.
Luckily David Copperfield’s group was able to use his hidden cell phone to immediately call the police with descriptions of the robbers and their exact license plate number. It wasn’t long before the robbers were picked up by the police and the assistants got their stuff back.
As for David Copperfield he didn’t lose a anything that day either, but instead gained a funny story to tell for the rest of his life.
He calls his technique of fooling the robbers “reverse pick pocketing”.
The shoutout this week is to reader Cara A., who left a comment on ‘The Boy Who Saved His Sister’s Life’ story:
“This story was in Reader’s Digest about 50 years ago. It’s now been posted as a current happening, by some “doctor” on twitter, and is making the rounds on tumblr.
Sadly, fakery at work – which detracts from true instances of decency in life.”
Thanks for your comment Cara. That’s too bad about the Twitter “doctor” though.
I can’t say that I’m surprised someone is out there doing that however. The lure of social media attention is too much for some people and it brings out their worst nature.
The Boy Who Saved His Sister’s Life is a beautiful story, even though it is short it can change a person for the better simply by reading it.
I didn’t know that it was in Reader’s Digest though, and 50 years ago at that!
Since I posted the story here years ago (wow…was that really in 2013??) people have written in every so often asking about the history of it. Maybe it’s time soon for me to do some more digging into where it came from.
If anybody knows what Reader’s Digest issue it was in, or any other info/versions of the story let me know. Leave a comment below or write me firstname.lastname@example.org