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Only in America: Houdini and Copperfield

Thank you for joining us for the most magical event of the year!

If you missed the livestream of our Only in America celebration of Harry Houdini and David Copperfield, click on the image below to watch a replay of the live show. The event begins at the 5 min 40 second mark.

Missed our magical “buy now” rewards during the event? Don’t worry! We’ve opened a virtual auction for our remaining items–from posters and playing cards to trips and experiences. Register and bid now and you could be the lucky winner!

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When

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

What

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.

*Just Announced* The emcee for this magical event is none other than David Copperfield’s longtime fan and friend, Emmy and SAG-Award winning actor, comedian, and writer, Brad Garrett! This prolific TV actor is well-known for his role as Robert Barone on the iconic television series Everybody Loves Raymond, for which he won three Emmys.

Other presenters include 2019 Academy of Magical Arts Winners Lucy Darling and Asi Wind, and remarks from Houdini relatives George Hardeen, and Jeff and Debbie Blood.

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.

How

Our special events platform is now live! This is the only link you’ll need.

This mesmerizing evening will also stream live online on Facebook, YouTube, and right here on the Museum’s website. (The static image above will be replaced with the embedded livestream.)

Visit our FAQ for more information on how to access the event in the way that works best for you.

Tickets

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!

Magical Extras

Sponsorship: 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. *The deadline for sponsorship to take full advantage of benefits–such as having your magic box delivered in time for the event–is December 8*

Rewards: An impressive line-up of buy-now rewards is now magically available for purchase as well! Click here to peruse and purchase items such as commemorative posters, signed sports memorabilia, a virtual cooking class, tickets to a taping of The Daily Show, and more! Find ‘buy now’ rewards at prices from $25 and up. Look for the blue box with the star at the top of the page that says “Rewards.”

Sponsorship inquiries and questions: nmajh-gala@nmajh.org

FAQs

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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

 

Brad Garrett is an Emmy and SAG-Award winning actor, comedian, and writer. A prolific TV actor, he also guest stars in PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS, and Season 2 of the Jim Carrey series I’M DYING UP HERE, both for Showtime. Other credits include a dramatic turn in Season 2 of FX’s FARGO. On the feature side, Garrett most recently starred opposite Julianne Moore in GLORIA BELL for A24, directed by Academy Award-Winner Sebastian Lelio, which received rave reviews. He was also nominated for an Emmy and a SAG Award for his portrayal of Jackie Gleason the telefilm GLEASON in 2002. Garrett’s trademark deep voice has been heard in over 20 films, including the contemporary classics FINDING NEMO, RATATOUILLE, TANGLED, and CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. In 2006, he appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon’s THE ODD COUPLE. Garrett is well known for his role as ‘Robert Barone’ on the iconic television series EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, for which he won three Emmys. Garrett runs his own comedy club at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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.

 

Press

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Last update: 12/13/20

Thank you to our supporters

Event co-chairs: Sharon and Joseph Kestenbaum

Presented By

Metamorphosis Sponsor

Sharon and Joseph Kestenbaum

Levitation Sponsors

Betsy and Phil Darivoff

Samuel P. Mandell Foundation

Lyn M. Ross

Marcia and Ron Rubin

Robert Saligman Charitable Foundation

Jane and Stuart Weitzman

Joseph S. Zuritsky, Chairman, Parkway Corporation

 

Misdirection Sponsors

Hallee and David Adelman

Ruth and Theodore Baum

Rita and Charles Bronfman

Sandy and Steve Cozen

The Jill and Mark Fishman Foundation

Susan and Richard Friedman

Elaine Lindy and Lon Palitz

The Morgan Family

Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer and Joseph Neubauer

The Edward John and Patricia Rosenwald Foundation

Erica and Eric Schwartz

The Erving and Joyce Wolf Foundation

 

Sleight of Hand Sponsors

Susanna Lachs Adler and Dean Adler

Peter and Devon Briger

Diana and Erik Cohen

Amy Fox and Dan Wheeler

Jennifer Mendel and Fred Fox

Dr. Misha and Alisa Galperin

Shirley and Richard Hahn

 Ken and Teri Hertz, Hertz Family Fund

Claire and William Houlihan

The Lazarus Charitable Trust

Stacy and Mark Levy

Sondra and David Mack

Sherrie R. Savett

Mimi and Allan Schneirov

The Phyllis and Irving Smith Foundation

Robbi and Bruce Toll

 

Ace of Spades Sponsors

Harold Berger and Flora Becker

Eli and Edye Broad

Sharon and Jon Corzine

Pamela and Alec Ellison

Sheila R. Fine

Robin and Michael Gordon

Carolyn Hirsh and Alan Lindy

Penn Charter

Penn & Teller

Sandra Bloch and Dan Promislo

Yael and Brett Rhode

Leesa and Leon Wagner

 JoAnn and Howard Wurzak

Elena and Drew Zager

 

Abracadabra Sponsors

Terri and Scott Akman

Ann Ames

Arthur Berkowitz

Seth Berkowitz

Bruce Bierman and William Secord

Penni and Mark Blaskey

Gail and Ira Brodsky

Abby Joseph Cohen and David Cohen

Rachel and Kipp Cohen

Suzanne and Norman Cohn

The Comisky Family

Julie Fisher Cummings

The Curtis Family Foundation

Vicki and Gary Erlbaum

Phyllis and Gary Finkelstein

Phyllis and Howard Fischer

Brad and Izzy Garrett

Judy and John Glick

Gwen Goodman

Carl Goldberg

Wendy Goldstein

Allan Hamer and Itai Tsur

The Samuel F. and Ronnie J. Heyman Philanthropic Fund

Ruth and Richard Horowitz

Marjie and Robert Kargman

The Kassen Family

Stephen Katzman

Jackie and Andrew Klaber

Steven Klinghoffer

Harvey and Barbara Kroiz Family Foundation

Roz and Howard Kroplick

Linda Landis

The Levitties Foundation

Allan Levow

Cindy Leibovitch

Fran and Leon L. Levy

Yana Lukeman

Lundy Law Foundation

Stanton and Miriam Meltzer

Ross Miller

Gail and Elliot Norry

Ellen and Mark Oster

Bob Pincus

The Powell Family Foundation

Rita and Sandy Reichlin

Katie and Amnon Rodan