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Peek at the Week: April 8th – April 12th

  • Posted by: Nathaniel Haeberle-gosweiler
  • Posted Date: April 8, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

This week in the library:


GlobalSmackdown Series, Speakers’ Corner, 2:00 – 2:23

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p

Digital Humanities with Lauren Shohet / Bob Beck, Room 214, 4:30p – 7:00p


Interviewing Skills Workshop, Room 205, 10:00a – 11:45a

Open Mic Event, Speakers’ Corner, 12:30p – 2:00p

Falvey Scholars Decision Meeting, Room 214, 2:00p – 3:00p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 11:30a – 2:30p & 4:00p – 9:00p

Access Services Student Employee Meeting, Room 205, 3:00p – 6:00p

General Biology Study Group, Room 205, 7:00p – 9:00p


CASA Restorative Conference, Room 206, 10:30a – 12:30p

2019 CONCEPT Reception, Room 205, 12:00p – 1:30p

The Patricia Imbesi Fellow Public Lecture, Room 205, 4:00p – 6:00p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p

Anatomy and Physiology Study Group, Room 205, 7:00p – 9:00p


Beckman Scholars Program, Room 206, 10:30a – 11:00a & 3:00p – 4:30p

Conversation with Heimbold Chair, Mike McCormack, Speakers’ Corner, 2:30p – 4:00p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p

Russian Areas Studies Meet and Greet, Room 205, 4:30p – 6:00p


VSEC Practice Pitch Session, Room 301, 1:00p – 5:00p

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club, Speakers’ Corner, 2:30p – 4:30p

Unitas Weekend Planning, Room 206, 2:30p – 3:30p

Data Fest, Room 205, 4:00p – 5:00p

This Day in History 

Written by Brandon Boyer

April 8, 1983- David Copperfield Makes Statue of Liberty Disappear 

On this day in 1983, magician David Copperfield pulled off his most notable trick when he made the Statue of Liberty disappear. In performing the trick, Copperfield wanted to emphasize the importance of liberty and how easily it could be lost. “I can show with magic how we take our freedom for granted,” Copperfield explained. Copperfield had a curtain raised up in front of the statue to conceal it in front of the cameras and live audience. When he dropped it, the statue was gone, having completely disappeared to the astonishment of the audience. Though the audience had been made to believe the statue had disappeared, an explanation of the trick reveals that the platform holding the statue was rotated behind one of the pillars holding up the curtain. The lights illuminating the statue were turned off and duplicate lights were turned in the position where the statue was supposed to be. Therefore, it appeared that the statue was gone, when in reality, it was hidden behind one of the pillars and the curtain, lights, and loud music being played distracted the audience from noticing. This trick entered the record books as “The Largest Illusion Ever Staged” and became one of the eleven Guinness World Records Copperfield would hold in his lifetime. 



We Finally Know How David Copperfield Made The Statue of Liberty Disappear. (2017). Retrieved from 






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