MIDTOWN (PIX11) -- Illusionist David Copperfield's latest trick: making all the water in his rooftop swimming pool disappear.
Except the water didn't evaporate, but rather flooded apartments as far down as 30 stories below his East 57th Street penthouse.
A pump for the lap pool on the 57th floor malfunctioned on March 8, sending water gushing down to the 20th floor, Copperfield's lawyer, Ted Blumberg, told the New York Post.
Copperfield's four-story apartment is loaded with valuable art and antiques. He was especially worried about his vintage arcade pieces from Coney Island, ranging from a fortune teller, strength testers, an electric shock machine and shooting galleries, Blumberg said. He described the antiques as "irreplaceable" and "priceless."
Walls and floors were completely destroyed, but the arcade pieces were spared, and much of the artwork was salvageable.
The pool will be refilled once safety measures are taken. Blumberg said he expects lawsuits to "flood" in.
"This is New York City, so nothing would surprise us," he told the Post.
Copperfield, who was performing at the MGM in Las Vegas at the time, bought the 8,000-square foot penthouse at 117 E 57th St. for $7.4 million in 1997.