USA issues magical lenticular stamps

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01 September 2018
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The US Postal Service's set of stamps to celebrate the art of magic includes a ‘lenticular’ miniature sheet showing a rabbit coming out of a hat.

The US Postal Service has issued a set of stamps to celebrate the art of magic, including a ‘lenticular’ miniature sheet showing a rabbit coming out of a hat, the first time the USA has used the printing technique on stamps.

The five ‘Art of Magic’ Forever stamps were dedicated in a first-day-of-issue ceremony in Las Vegas at The Orleans Hotel and Casino, where award-winning illusionist David Copperfield took part in proceedings.

David Copperfield said:

‘Magic can inspire, enlighten, and unite as a rare and valuable art form, so I’m happy to be part of the unveiling of this very special collection.’ 

The stamps feature illustrations of five classic tricks: a rabbit in a top hat (production), a fortune teller using a crystal ball (prediction), a woman floating in air (levitation), an empty bird cage (vanishing) and a bird emerging from a flower (transformation). The lenticular souvenir sheet of three of the stamps features a digital illustration that shows a white rabbit popping out of a black top hat.

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USPS Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President Jeffrey Williamson said:

‘From backyard birthday parties to Las Vegas auditoriums, from the largest of illusions to sleight-of-hand tricks performed merely inches from our eyes, magic reminds us that wonder and astonishment are still alive and well.’