Royal Mail celebrates the Centenary of the Magic Circle with a set of 5 novelty stamps and a Smilers Sheet
The stamp designs show:
1st class - 'Heads or Tails'. The design shows a coin, and the blank centre can be scratched away to reveal either the head or reverse side. [Arguably collectors may want three versions in their collections, 'heads', 'tails', and hidden.]
40p - 'Rabbit and hat'. This is an optical illusion.
47p - 'Knotted scarf trick'. Thermographic ink on the spotted scarf will reveal a different scarf when warmed.
69p - 'Card trick'. Another optical illusion.
£1.12 - 'Three-cup trick'. A variation on the three-cup trick using a pyramid under one of 3 fezzes. Thermographic ink reveals which fez the pyramid is under.
The stamps are also available for personalisation, and a collectors' generic sheet was also produced. The labels on the sheet show how to perform 4 different illusory tricks. The instructions are hidden on the third label in columns 1, 2 & 3 and the fourth label in column 4.
The stamps are printed in gravure by Walsall Security Print, perf 14.5 x 14, size 41x30mm with PVA gum, in sheets of 25 and 50.
We believe that the Smilers sheets are also printed by Walsall, but using lithography.
All images are taken from Royal Mail's Philatelic Bulletin, and are Copyright 2005 by Royal Mail.
We have again produced our own exclusive covers for this issue.
Note that the postmarks have been applied to these images digitally and may not be applied exactly as shown, or quite this size.
One cover will have the set of stamps plus the extra 1st class stamp
so that both variations are on the cover. With postmark L9453 or
L9468. Price £8.75:
The Smilers Sheet contains four different strips of 5, which are
split 2/3 on our covers which are postmarked with L9468 or N9486:
Cover with 5 stamps and labels from sheets of 20 - £6.50;
Set of 4 covers with 5 stamps and labels on each, ie complete set - £17.50
Cover with single Smilers stamp and label - £3.50
Set of 5 from ordinary sheets - £3.75. Mint Smilers sheet - £7.95
Some special postmarks announced for the Day of Issue are shown
The postmarks shown here cannot be obtained after 15 March 2005
| Ref FD507
Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark
| Ref FD508
Official Postmark, London NW 1
| Ref L9453
A Century of Magic London
|Ref L9454 Conjurors ½ Crown, Poole, Dorset Public house/inn Half-Crown|| Ref M9457
A Centry of Magic, Daniels Road, Birmingham
| Ref L9455
Hand Court, London WC1
| Ref L9456
Bletchley Park PO Milton Keynes
| Ref L9463
Stephenson Way, London NW1
| Ref L9468
Logo of the Magic Circle (zodiac signs), London
| Ref L9469
Wandsworth, London SW18
Print this and see it inverted!
| Ref L9464
Grant Close, London N14
| Ref M9484
Selly Oak, Birmingham
| Ref N9487
| Ref S9488
| Ref W9492
St Austell, Cornwall
Logo of the Magic Circle (zodiac signs), Stephenson Way, London NW1
Optical illusion - duck's beak or rabbit's ears?
This page updated 10 March 2005
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