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Only in America: Houdini and Copperfield

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Saturday, December 12 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT


Join us as we are transported from Independence Mall in Philadelphia to Las Vegas and straight into your living rooms, coast to coast, for a magical online event celebrating Harry Houdini and David Copperfield as they are inducted into our Ed Snider Only in America Gallery®/Hall of Fame.

David Copperfield, the world’s best magician, will accept the award from his International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts, which houses the largest collection of Houdini artifacts in the world.

Other presenters include 2019 Academy of Magical Arts Winners Lucy Darling and Asi Wind.

This family-friendly event is free and open to everyone…tell your friends! Tune in for special telethon-style donation opportunities night-of (every dollar helps) and you can help to unlock bonus content and illusions that will appear before your very eyes.


This mesmerizing evening will stream live online on Facebook, YouTube, and right here on the Museum’s website.


This event is free and open to the public! We’ll keep posting details to this page as well as sending them to our email subscribers to make sure you know how to access the event. All you need to know will be right here on this page. Click here and sign up for our email list to receive updates!

If you’re interested in exclusive extras such as a magic box, cocktails and dessert packages delivered to your home, private breakout rooms so you can watch together virtually with the group of your choosing, and more, we’ve conjured up some special packages beginning at just $250. Click here for the full list of packages and sponsorship opportunities, or simply click here to make a donation in any amount in support of this very special event.

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About the inductees

To date, David Copperfield has earned 21 Emmy Awards, 11 Guinness World Records, is a recipient of the Living Legend honor by The Library of Congress, and has sold more tickets than any solo performer in history. Born David Seth Kotkin in New Jersey, his mother came from Israel and his father’s parents were born in Russia. Copperfield was invited to join the Society of American Magicians at just 12 years old—its youngest member ever. One of David’s proudest achievements is Project Magic, a program that uses magic as therapy in 1,000 hospitals in 30 countries worldwide. This medically certified program motivates patients to regain their dexterity, coordination, and cognitive skills by learning simple magic and sleight of hand.


During the virtual event, Copperfield will himself induct Harry Houdini. Born Erik Weisz in Hungary in 1874, Houdini came to America when he was just four years old.  He toiled at odd jobs as a young man and son of a Rabbi who struggled to make ends meet for his family before becoming the legendary illusionist we know today, touring across America and Europe and drawing audiences of thousands. He had little in the way of formal education and self-educated himself on the history of magic, amassing a large collection, and confronting the scams of his day with historical evidence. His death-defying feats and daring work as an escape-artist set him apart from all other performers of his time. He continues to inspire generations of magicians.

Images: David Copperfield, DCDI; Harry Houdini, The National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian Institution

About the presenters

Lucy Darling, the Mistress of Magic. Known the world over for her wit, her charm, and her exceptionally good hair, Lucy’s shows are a wonderful mix of playful improvisational comedy, hilarious witty writing, and impossible magical feats. Miss Darling is an 10-time Award-Winning Entertainer featured in the Guinness Book of World Records (2014), Ripley’s Believe it or Not (2015) and the star of the Super Channel documentary Carisa Hendrix: Girl on Fire, which tells the true story of the struggle to create her 2016 Las Vegas magic show. In 2019 she was the recipient of the prestigious Allan Slaight award and voted Stage Magician of the Year at the Magic Castle. She is considered one of magic’s most exciting rising stars.

Photo by Jon-Christian Ashby


NYC based corporate mentalist (mind reader) Asi Wind is one of magic’s most influential thinkers and performers. Magicians all over the world study and perform his creations. He was presented with the Merlin Award for the most original show (previously given to Penn & Teller and David Copperfield). Wind’s off-Broadway show, “Concert of the Mind,” completely sold out, extended its run, and received rave reviews and critical acclaim. Asi Wind was born and raised in Tel Aviv, where he was voted “Best Magician in Israel.” He currently resides in New York City and spends most of his year performing across the globe.


Additional event details will be posted here as they become available!

Page last updated: 12/3/20

Thank you to our supporters

Event co-chairs: Sharon and Joseph Kestenbaum

Presented By

Levitation Sponsors

Phil and Betsy Darivoff

Lyn M. Ross

Ron and Marcia Rubin

Robert Saligman Charitable Foundation

Joseph S. Zuritsky, Chairman, Parkway Corporation


Misdirection Sponsors

Rita and Charles Bronfman

Steven and Sandy Cozen

The Jill and Mark Fishman Foundation

Susan and Richard Friedman

Elaine Lindy and Lon Palitz

The Morgan Family

The Neubauer Family Foundation

The Edward John and Patricia Rosenwald Foundation

Eric and Erica Schwartz


Sleight of Hand Sponsors

Peter and Devon Briger

Dr. Misha and Alisa Galperin

Richard and Shirley Hahn

 Ken and Teri Hertz, Hertz Family Fund

Claire and William Houlihan

David and Sondra Mack

Mimi and Allan Schneirov


Ace of Spades Sponsors

Harold Berger and Flora Becker

Alan Lindy and Carolyn Hirsh

Dan Promislo and Sandra Bloch

Brett and Yael Rhode

Leon and Leesa Wagner

Abracadabra Sponsors

Seth Berkowitz

Bruce Bierman and William Secord

David Cohen and Abby Joseph Cohen

Brad Garrett

Carl Goldberg

Ronnie Heyman

Robert and Marjie Kargman

The Kassen Family

Jackie and Andrew Klaber

Fran and Leon L. Levy

Yana Lukeman

Lundy Law Foundation

Stanton and Miriam Meltzer

Ellen and Mark Oster

The Powell Family Foundation

Rita and Sandy Reichlin

Amnon and Katie Rodan

The Rose Family Fund

Scrub Daddy, Inc.

Alan and Elizabeth Shulman

The Barry and Judy Silverman Foundation