5 Apr : Michael Jackson is leaving no stone unturned in his bid to make a spectacular comeback and has hired magician David Copperfield, who once made the Statue of Liberty disappear, to help him impress the audience.
The duo is planning a number of onstage stunts for Jackson’s upcoming O2 tour, which will mark his comeback to the concert scene after a good 12 years, reported a newspaper.
"Jacko and David have been close pals for years. Michael is a massive fan of magic and has been to see all the big illusionists in Vegas over the years. He has very clear plans on what he wants and feels that David is the man to help make them happen."
"The concert is not just about music for Michael, it’s about the whole experience," a source close to the 50-year-old singer told the newspaper.
Jackson met Copperfield at the magician’s Californian office to draw up plans for high-wire routines and a levitation trick which will be the centerpiece of the show.
"The levitation stunt will be something special," added the source. Copperfield had earlier levitated over the Grand Canyon and walked through the Great Wall Of China.
A host of other smaller plans are being pieced together too. The newspaper reported that orders have gone in for more than 100 mirrors. Rehearsals for the London concerts start next month.