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Copperfield axes shows after raid
David Copperfield poster
David Copperfield is regularly seen performing in Las Vegas
Magician David Copperfield has axed his shows in south-east Asia after the FBI raided his warehouse at the weekend.

FBI agents took a computer hard drive, a digital camera memory chip and $2m (937,000) in cash from the building in Las Vegas.

It follows allegations he "forced himself" on an unidentified woman. His lawyer has denied the claims.

Copperfield's management told promoters his shows would be postponed indefinitely, a Thai organiser said.

The illusionist was scheduled to perform in Indonesia on Tuesday, with dates in Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore in the coming weeks.

'False allegations'

Copperfield's lawyer, David Chesnoff, issued a statement last week insisting the allegations were false.

"An unidentified woman has made serious allegations against David Copperfield," Mr Chesnoff said.

"Although authorities have not revealed her identity to us, we know these allegations are false because David Copperfield has never forced himself on anyone."

David Copperfield
Copperfield has won several Emmy awards for his work
Promoters of some of the axed shows are trying to negotiate with Copperfield's management to reschedule the performances or recoup some of the losses incurred from the cancellations.

"With this cancellation, we have lost more than $1 million (493,000) for advertising and other preparations," said Peter Basuki, whose company was organising the Jakarta show.

"Business is business. We want to make a profit. But this is making us lose money." he said.

Copperfield, 51, is known for his stunts, such as apparently walking through the Great Wall of China.

His other feats include escaping from the infamous Alcatraz prison and seemingly making the Statue of Liberty disappear.

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