We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.
I was rocking out to Steve Miller’s bewitching hit the other day when, for the first time, I really paid attention to the lyrics of the chorus: “Abra-abra-cadabra/I wanna reach out and grab ya.” Creepiness aside, Mr. Miller’s got something there: The art of magic is about getting away with something, and that has everything to do with charisma. Which is what makes David Copperfield a real head-scratcher; blandly handsome and seemingly devoid of personality, he is essentially the Michael Bolton of prestidigitation. Perhaps he endures because of the epic scale of his featswalking through the Great Wall of China, making the Statue of Liberty disappear, bedding Claudia Schiffer. But more likely it is his willingness to give the people what they want: In addition to sharing secrets for predicting winning Lotto numbers, Copperfield’s new show features a trick in which he, in the tradition of Tom Jones, causes a “personal item of clothing” from a female audience member to disappear. Copperfield performs at noon, 2:30, 5:30, and 8:30 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $31.50-$56.50. (202) 432-7328. (David Dunlap Jr.)