National Magic Day - October 31

NATIONAL MAGIC DAY

National Magic Day is observed by magic lovers across America each year on October 31 as part of National Magic Week.

Magic is a performance art that entertains audiences through the creation of illusions of seemingly insurmountable or supernatural feats using natural means. The person performing such entertainment is called a magician or an illusionist.

Magical displays have more than likely been produced throughout history.  One of the most renowned magicians was Harry Houdini. Known for his *escapology, Houdini had developed a range of stage magic tricks and made full use of the range of conjuring techniques, including fake equipment and collusion with individuals in the audience.  His show business savvy was as exceptional as his showmanship.  Scranton, Pennsylvania is home to the Houdini Museum.

* Escapology is the practice of escaping from restraints or other traps. 

There are many different types of magic performances which may fall into one of the falling categories:

Stage illusions – Parlor magic – Platform magic – Micromagic – Escapology – Pickpocket magic – Mentalism – Theatrical seances – Children’s magic –  Online magic tricks – Mathemagic – Corporate magic or trade show magic – Gospel magic – Street magic – Bizarre magic – Shock magic – Comedy magic 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Teach yourself a magic trick or watch other magicians perform. Use #NationalMagicDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Magic Day is sponsored by the Society of American Magicians. In 1938, a Chicago member of the Society of American Magicians sought official permission for a Houdini Day. This day was sanctioned by Mrs. Houdini and October 31 was proclaimed National Magic Day in Harry Houdini’s memory.
Harry Houdini (March 24, 1974 – October 31, 1926)

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