Las Vegas is home to many things. Showgirls. Wayne Newton. Elvis impersonators. But did you know that it’s also home to the world’s largest collection of magic memorabilia? More than 80,000 artifacts documenting the history of magic are all housed in David Copperfield’s International Museum and Library of Conjuring Arts. His immaculate collection includes one-of-a kind pieces from almost every famous magician including the only known recording of Harry Houdini’s voice, pressed onto wax cylinders by Thomas Edison in 1914.
The museum has a secret location and is not open to the public, but as a result of a story I was working on (read a PDF version of the story) I had a chance to take an exclusive midnight tour. It was fascinating to see so many magic artifacts that you typically can only read about in history books. Below are some photos of relics housed in the museum so you too can get a glimpse of Copperfield’s extraordinary collection.