National Magic Day

Today is not only Halloween but also National Magic Day and a part of National Magic Week. This holiday recognizes magicians and the performance art of stage and street magic. This includes escapology along with large stage productions or someone making a coin appear behind your ear. One of the most famous magicians in history was Harry Houdini with his daring escapes. He also performed stage magic. Visit the Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA. The Society of American Magicians sponsors National Magic Day. It started in 1938 as Houdini Day after they received permission from Mrs. Houdini. Houdini was born March 24, 1874 and died October 31, 1926.

I have dabbled in magic. With an education in theatre and entertainment, I enjoy watching performances and determining how tricks were accomplished. I prefer up close magic. This is often seen from street performers. These aren’t big productions just people skilled with a deck of cards or coins. I enjoy this kind of magic because it can be performed anywhere without extra preparation. I still know a couple of card tricks and maybe one day I’ll study more and become a better performer. For now, I’ll just enjoy the magic when I see it.

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