|Date of Issue
|August 7, 2018
First-Class Mail Forever
|Perforation or Dimension
|1.225 x 1.56 in./31.115 x 39.624 mm
|The Art of Magic
|Series Time Span
|Las Vegas, NV 89199
On August 7, 2018, in Las Vegas, NV, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue The Art of Magic stamps (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in five designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 20 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide August 7, 2018.
The Postal Service™ celebrates the art of magic with digital illustrations of five classic tricks magicians use to amaze and delight audiences:
Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps, and Jay Fletcher created the illustrations and served as the typographer.
In 2018, the U.S. Postal Service® celebrates magic, an art form that has entertained America for centuries. This sheet of 20 stamps features digital 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 (vanishing), and a bird emerging from a flower (transformation).
The act of creating seemingly impossible illusions, magic has likely been practiced since ancient Egyptian and Roman times. An early recorded illusion is the cups and balls, in which the performer uses sleight of hand and a stack of cups to make balls disappear, appear, and change position.
Magic has long held a special place in the nation’s history. American magicians perform in arenas, theaters, and even backyards. No matter how big or small, a magic show will always inspire wonder.
The stamp sheet features four of each design. “The Art of Magic” and “Forever” and “USA” appear along the bottom of each stamp. “The Art of Magic” also runs across the top of the sheet.
Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps and Jay Fletcher created the illustrations and served as the typographer.
The Art of Magic stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.