Copperfield Makes Stamps Appear

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To be on a United States stamp, you have to have been dead for 10 years.

Luckily for David Copperfield, those rules don't apply to the stamps of Nevis, Grenada, Dominica and St. Vincent. They issued stamps Thursday honoring the illusion and three of his predecessors.

"It's a big honor, not just for me, but for the art of magic, which I love so much," he told CBSNews.com. "Magic has really never been honored on a piece of legal tender."


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Speaking in Grand Central Terminal's former waiting room.

During an event at New York City's Grand Central Terminal, which was kicking off an anniversary celebration, Copperfield made water in a goblet disappear and appear, goldfish appear, and showed the standing-room audience how to perform simple tricks using rubber bands.

Copperfield is appearing on stamps from all four of the Caribbean nations. Harry Houdini, Harry Kellar and Howard Thurston are on stamps from Grenada.

Proceeds from the stamps will benefit Copperfield's charity, Project Magic, which helps hospital patients with physical and developmental disabilities. Copperfield had visited a local hospital the day before, showing the same rubber band tricks, which he explained at the stamp ceremony help patients learn to use their fingers again.


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Copperfield autographed sheets of the new stamps for his fans.

Copperfield narrated a short film about the earlier stage magicians. Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was perhaps the most famous of all, having fascinated audiences with death-defying stunts and escapes.

Harry Kellar (1849-1922) was the first major American-born stage illusionist to reach international fame. His two world tours included a levitation illusion.

Howard Thurston (1869-1936) was known as the "King of Cards" and dazzled audiences for more than 27 years.

It's the first time stage magic has been honored on stamps, and the first time on a stamp for any of the four. Originally, Copperfield, designated a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, was not slated for the set of stamps, a project he said took five years to complete.

Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp., which represens the stamps of 70 countries, including Israel, made the arrangements to produce the stamps and set up the ceremony.


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