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Copperfield's Best Trick: Eluding Truth

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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It's unknown what federal investigators were looking for when they raided a Vegas storage warehouse belonging to illusionist David Copperfield and confiscated a computer hard drive, a digital camera memory chip, and $2 million in cash Thursday. But the creepy magician's shady past certainly raises some red flags.

Copperfield, who made $57 million in 2005, has long denied rumors that he paid supermodel Claudia Schiffer to date him for six years, despite the fact that the father of the model's subsequent boyfriend claimed Copperfield "never touched" her. He also vehemently denies the other persistent rumor surrounding him—that he's as gay as fellow Vegas mainstays Siegfried and Roy.

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"No self-respecting gay guy would have ever made some of the hair and clothing choices I am still trying to live down," he's said in defense of his heterosexuality. Right. It's just as likely the FBI has taken an interest in perusing his hard drive for bikini pic outtakes from one of Schiffer's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition shoots.

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