Saturday, July 07, 2018

David Copperfield’s box of magic memorabilia

A.C. Gilbert Mysto Magic Co.
Mysto Magic Kit No. 25, ca. 1950
Copperfield Collection. Photo: Glenn Castellano

Magician David Copperfield has amassed the largest trove of magic memorabilia in the world. He calls his collection of over 200,000 artefacts, books, posters and ephemera the International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts, and he keeps it locked away in a windowless warehouse in Vegas that is not open to the public - until now.

Dress likely worn by Adelaide Herrmann, 1880–1910
Copperfield Collection
Photo: Glenn Castellano
Handcuffs used by Harry Houdini for the London Daily Mirror challenge,1904
Photo by Homer Liwag. © David Copperfield

The New-York Historical Society exhibition Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection show pays tribute to the “golden age of magic” from the 1880s to the 1930s and is on until September 16.

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