WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – Illusionist David Copperfield magically escaped getting robbed.
After his show at a West Palm Beach performing arts center Sunday Copperfield was walking with two female assistants back to their tour bus when four teenagers pulled up in a black car and two armed demanded the group's belongings, according to police.
An assistant handed over $400 from her pockets while the other gave up her purse with euro200, $100, her passport, plane tickets and a cellphone. Copperfield refused to empty his pockets, the report said.
Copperfield says he turned his pockets inside out to reveal nothing in them, even though he was carrying his passport, wallet and cell phone.
"Call it reverse pick-pocketing," Copperfield told The Palm Beach Post for its Wednesday editions.
When the alleged robbers left in the car Copperfield read the license plate number to an assistant while she called 911.
Four teenagers were arrested shortly after and the assistants' property recovered. They were charged with armed robbery and are being held without bond.
Three of the alleged robbers are 17, while the fourth, Dwayne Riley, is 18-years-old.