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The New-York His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Museum & Li­brary (p. 51) does. Its mu­se­umwide ex­hibit, “Sum­mer of Magic,” on view thru Sept. 16, fea­tures dis­plays drawn from the col­lec­tion of il­lu­sion­ist David Cop­per­field, in­clud­ing es­cape items—hand­cuffs and a strait­jacket, among oth­ers—used by Cop­per­field’s pre­de­ces­sor in pres­tidig­i­ta­tion, Harry Hou­dini. Even a mas­ter con­jurer like Cop­per­field had to start some­where, and an A.C. Gil­bert Mysto Magic kit (pic­tured) had all the ba­sics he needed.

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