Summer Series
Tragic Magic
Summer of Magic
Summer of Magic
Joshua Jay
Wed, July 25th, 2018 |
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
(Members $18)


Master magician Joshua Jay explores the strange, fascinating history of the magicians, spectators, and assistants who have died during magic shows in failed escapes, staged suicides, and freak accidents, plus he’ll dig into the stories behind some of magic’s most fascinating unsolved mysteries. You’ll learn the secret techniques that some magicians have used in their illusions—and he’ll even recreate one of Houdini’s most beautiful and dangerous acts in this multimedia-rich theatrical presentation. Book signing after the program.

Joshua Jay is magic’s “Renaissance Man,” performing on stages in more than 100 countries. He is the author of the best-selling Magic: The Complete Course and is currently performing in Six Impossible Things, his one-man show.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


By phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

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Magician Joshua Jay—holder of a Guinness World Record in card tricks—presents classic illusions as seen in our exhibition Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection.

Creative: Tronvig Group