USPS celebrates the art of magic by an upcoming stamp issue. The stamps feature digital illustrations of five classic tricks magicians use to amaze and delight audiences: a rabbit in a 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).
Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps, and Jay Fletcher created the illustrations and served as the typographer. Each design includes the inscription, “The Art of Magic” and amazes the crowd with its universally astounding illustrations.
Magic has long held a special place in the nation’s history. American magicians perform in arenas, theaters and even backyards, and are highly represented among the headliners on the famed Las Vegas Strip. No matter how big or small, a magic show inspires wonder.
Art director Greg Breeding commented on this issue: “The United States Postal Service (USPS) reached out last year to see if I’d be interested in designing a set of stamps to be released in 2018. Called “The Art of Magic,” the USPS decided to create eight different stamps representing separate categories of magic tricks/effects. I created artwork for all eight, but in the end, the chosen five were Production, Transformation, Levitation, Prediction and Vanishing”.