We have broken with the stylistic requirements by referring to the object as "The Fountain of Youth." The New York Times Manual of Style requires any use of this phrase be in conjunction "with the arbitrary and wholly unnecessary modifier 'proverbial.'" (27 Edition, pp. 235-236). If in fact Mr. Copperfield has found this long-sought pool of eternal life, that's good enough for us and takes it out of the "proverbial" category.
His little pool of perpetual personhood is located in the southern Bahamas, amid a cluster of four tiny islands he recently bought for $50,000,000.
(By the way, you can rent his private resort on Musha Cay for a mere $300,000.00 a week. That's more than we make in a month from our ads on Quinlan's Inside Magic).
"I've discovered a true phenomenon," Mr. Copperfield said. "You can take dead leaves, they come in contact with the water, they become full of life again. Bugs or insects that are near death come in contact with the water, they'll fly away."
We agree with Mr. Copperfield this "is an amazing thing, very, very exciting."
We question whether there is a need to revive leaves and bugs. But Mr. Copperfield knows what he is doing.
He was once engaged to Claudia Schiffer – we've never even had Ms. Schiffer return our
phone-calls or emails or singing telegrams or sky-writing or inflatable
character messaging or flaming arrow with message attached. To be fair, though, the flaming arrow
probably wasn't the best way of communicating with the Super Model.
The crime scene investigator said once the fire went out, the message was burned up pretty badly. Who wants to sift through still-warm embers to discern a message from an archer with a horrible aim and apparently inadequate personal liability insurance?
Mr. Copperfield says he has hired biologists and geologists "to examine its potential effect on humans but he is not inviting visitors to swim in or drink from it just yet."
We're just thinking out-loud here, but wouldn't this be a great draw for his private resort rental business?
Maybe he hasn't considered the marketing potential of a Fountain of Youth.
But what if you're some really rich person looking to get out of the limelight, grab some sun and relax but you aren't addicted to anything so rehab is unavailable?
So you've narrowed it down to two resorts.
One has turn-down service, mints on the pillow, free mini-bar, free video games and adult films on the television, and total seclusion. The other has all of that plus you get to see bugs come back to life and maybe even sneak a sip of the elixir of eternal life?
We think most rich people would go with the bug-reviving retreat even if there is no guarantee they too would receive eternal youth by bathing or drinking from the waters. But maybe rich people don't care about living forever because they figure their fame will live on and that's sufficient. Even so, you'd think they'd want to see the bugs coming back to life.
We're not saying Mr. Copperfield is working some marketing angle. We're just thinking out-loud and saying what we'd do.
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