Friday, June 15, 2018

New-York Historical Society's Summer of Magic begins TODAY

The New-York Historical Society's exhibition Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection begins today. Among the many magic rarities on displays are several Houdini items, including his original Milk Can, Metamorphosis trunk, straitjacket, Bess's stage coat, and the Mirror Handcuffs (the first time the cuffs have been shown publicly in some 20 years). The exhibition runs through Sept. 16, 2018.

The museum is planning a full program of magic and Houdini related events, kicking off tomorrow with a special one-on-one interview with David Copperfield. Here are the details:

An Evening with David Copperfield
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
David Copperfield, Mark Pocan (moderator)
Sat, June 16th, 2018 | 7:00 pm
$38 (Members $24) 
Magic has the power to inspire, amaze, and make the impossible a reality. How did sleight of hand and grand illusion evolve into one of the most fascinating and intricate performance arts in history? In an illuminating conversation with Mark Pocan, world-renowned magician David Copperfield uncovers the history of magic from its origins, including well-known figures such as Georges Méliès and Harry Houdini. Purchase tickets here.

For more information on the exhibition and all the summer programs -- including my own appearance on July 13 -- visit the New-York Historical Society's website.

UPDATE: The David Copperfield event is now SOLD OUT.



  1. So exciting! The mirror cuffs were originally on display at the Houdini Hall of Fame in Canada as I recall. Also anxious to see the non-Houdini items.