David Copperfield's flying is a levitation created by John Gaughan.
After his acrobatic flight around the stage, the audience suspects he may be suspended on wires, so Copperfield has spinning hoops passed over him to disprove this. Then he floats inside a covered acrylic glass box. He also selects a female volunteer from his audience and flies with her in a fashion similar to Superman carrying Lois Lane.
The illusion sometimes ends with a falcon named "Icarus" grasping Copperfield by the wrist and flying off stage with him.
The performance is accompanied by an orchestration called "East of Eden Suite" by film composer Lee Holdridge, originally written as the theme music for the 1981 miniseries East of Eden.