The Onion borrows David Copperfield for a satirical blend of magic and politics

December 13, 2017

In a time where truth is often stranger than fiction, The Onion’s skewering humor and satire can be a way to cope with the daily news. Today, the site published a “guest editorial” in the voice of David Copperfield about how American politics has changed the approach magicians are taking to their acts.

“With the president already providing citizens with an alternative version of reality on a daily basis, my own illusions, like walking through the Great Wall of China or making an audience disappear, no longer have as much impact,” the piece reads.

Another gem of a line: “Though much of what we as Americans hold sacred has come under threat this past year, there has been at least one positive development: Many magicians no longer saw their female assistants in half, having come to realize that there are now consequences for such behavior in the workplace.”

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so we’re hoping that the real David Copperfield reads the Onion and approves. Read the whole joke editorial here.