USPS and SAM celebrate “The Art of Magic”

YOU ARE INVITED!

The SAM and the USPS are hosting an event to present the new Art of Magic Stamps as the New York Historical Society’s “Summer of Magic” continues!

The stamps feature illustrations of five classic illusions: a rabbit in a top hat (production), a fortune teller using a crystal ball (prediction), a woman floating in the air (levitation), an empty bird cage (vanish), and a bird emerging from a flower (transformation).
source: USPS

The stamps feature illustrations of five classic illusions: a rabbit in a top hat (production), a fortune teller using a crystal ball (prediction), a woman floating in the air (levitation), an empty bird cage (vanish), and a bird emerging from a flower (transformation).

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, from 9:30 to 11 am.  The event is free and open to the public.  In addition to the presentation of the stamps, there will be a short talk about the history of magic in New York and performances of each of the types of effects illustrated in the stamps.

If you haven’t seen the exhibit yet, I highly recommend taking a look.  The exhibit is in the lobby of the NY Historical Society (Central Park West at 77th Street) and NO TICKET is required.

Photos of the Chung Ling Soo exhibit (featuring a rifle used in the bullet catch, the effect which finally killed him), a Houdini display (with one of Bess’s costumes, a milk can, and sub trunk), a tribute to the NY magic shops, and Copperfield’s own Buzzsaw illusion. Photos courtesy of The New York Historical Society.