2018 50¢ The Art of Magic – Fortune Teller (Prediction)
Value: 50¢ 1-ounce First-Class Letter Rate (Forever)
Issue Date: August 7, 2018
First Day City: Las Vegas, Nevada
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 20,000,000
When done by a skilled hand, card tricks can be the highlight of a magic act. These tricks are all about the magician predicting a seemingly random card chosen by an audience member. By using slight of hand and other techniques, the magician ensures he is always correct.
A classic trick that always impresses the crowd is the card behind the window. To prepare, the magician chooses a playing card and sticks it behind a window where the audience will not see it until the end of the trick. The magician then finds the same card in a second deck and places it somewhere near the center. At the beginning of the trick, he keeps the edge of his finger on top of the card where the audience will not see it. The magician then flips through the deck and asks a volunteer to tell him when to stop. When the volunteer says “stop,” the magician breaks the deck where his finger is, with the desired card on top. When done right, the audience will not notice this slight deception.
The card is returned to the deck, which is shuffled by the volunteer and given back. The magician closes his eyes in concentration before suddenly throwing the deck across the room at the window. The chosen card appears to pass through the glass and stick to the other side. With practice and a touch of dramatic flair, this trick leaves audiences thrilled and amazed every time.