The new issue of Private Islands magazine has been guest edited by the magician. What does it reveal about the market in exclusive hideaways?

The latest issue of Private Islands, the magazine with the largest circulation among dentist surgeries in offshore tax havens around the world, has been guest edited by the magician David Copperfield. Here's what you missed.

1 No matter where your island is situated, good weather comes guaranteed. You will never see so much as a cloud in the sky.

2 You can also be sure never to see another living soul. All staff are chosen for their ability to blend in. See that row of palm trees? They are actually the head chef and her waiting-staff.

3 It is extremely vulgar to inquire about the price.

4 Copperfield has a number of unsold islands, the imaginatively named Islands of Copperfield Bay in the Bahamas, that it would appear he is quite keen to offload.

5 The Cirrus Vision SF50 customised private jet is an extremely handy way of reaching your private island.

6 Be prepared for a bumpy landing, though, as none of the featured islands have a runway.

7 Your dream island home will need a complete refurbishment unless ornate chandeliers and Michael Winner chic are your style.

8 No one tells you exactly how far your island is away from Richard Branson's. A crucial missing piece of the jigsaw.

9 One small island looks much the same as every other small island. Presumably most of the previous owners died of boredom.

10 The reclusive Barclay brothers, co-owners of the Daily Telegraph, who own the island of Brecqhou in the tax-efficient Channel Islands, are unlikely to be guest-editing the next issue. As, indeed, am I.

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