Magic Day 2022: History, Significance and Activities

Magic Day or National Magic Day is annually celebrated on 31st October in the United States coinciding with larger festival of Halloween and thus adding more fun to the celebrations for the day! 

Magic Day is actually a part of the celebrations of the National Magic Week,  which is an entire week dedicated to celebrating the art of allusion and the craft of magicians everywhere. It also encourages people to take more interest into magic and also to learn some simple magic tricks as well! 

Along with celebrating the magic and magicians around the world  this day also gives a tribute to Harry Houdini one of the greatest magician and performer of all time as this day is also the death anniversary of Harry Houdini! 

Event Magic Day
Date October 31, 2022
Day Monday
Significance The day celebrates the art of Magic and Magicians
Observed by United States

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Magic Day History: 

In ancient times, Greeks and Persians had been at war for centuries, and the Persian priests, called magic as ‘magosh’ in Persian, which came to be known as ‘magoi’ in Greek. Ritual acts of Persian priests came to be known as mageia, and then magika which eventually came to mean any foreign, unorthodox, or illegitimate ritual practice. To the general public, successful acts of illusion could be perceived as if it were similar to a feat of magic supposed to have been able to be performed by the ancient magoi. However the first ever magic show in the history is believed to have been performed by Dedi in ancient Egypt around 2700 B.C. when Dedi performed the first recorded act of a conjuring effect with balls.

For many recorded centuries, magicians were associated with the devil and the occult. During the 19th and 20th centuries, many stage magicians even capitalized on this notion in their advertisements. The same level of ingenuity that was used to produce famous ancient deceptions such as the Trojan Horse would also have been used for entertainment, or at least for cheating in money games. They were also used by the practitioners of various religions and cults from ancient times onwards to frighten uneducated people into obedience or turn them into adherents. 

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One of the earliest known books to explain magic secrets, The Discoverie of Witchcraft, was published in 1584. It was created by Reginald Scot to stop people from being killed for witchcraft. During the 17th century, many books were published that described magic tricks. Until the 18th century, magic shows were a common source of entertainment at fairs. The “Father” of modern entertainment magic was Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, who had a magic theatre in Paris in 1845. John Henry Anderson was pioneering the same transition in London in the 1840s. Towards the end of the 19th century, large magic shows permanently staged at big theatre venues became the norm. 

This day also gives tribute to escapologist Harry Houdini. Harry Houdini is quite probably one of the reasons magic is so popular today and, at the time of his death, he was the most famous member of the Society of American Magicians. Houdini died in the afternoon on October 31st, 1926 in a hospital in Detroit, Michigan, USA. This date means that October 31 is not only National Magic Day and Halloween, it is also the anniversary of the death of this famous magician. In the beginning, the idea for National Magic Day started out with something called “Houdini Day”. The first of these days took place in the summer of 1927, less than one year after the death of the famous magician after whom it was named. His wife presented a trophy in honour of him on that day.

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Magic Day Significance: 

Magic, which encompasses the subgenres of illusion, stage magic, and close up magic, among others, is a performing art in which audiences are entertained by tricks, effects, or illusions of seemingly impossible feats, using natural means. It is to be distinguished from paranormal magic which are effects claimed to be created through supernatural means however if you witness most of the magic today it makes it feel supernatural nut it is all about tricks only. It is one of the oldest performing arts in the world. And the people performing these magic tricks are called magicians obviously then this is a big industry too as many people work in it today as well and magic is quite popular art. 

There are many types of magic some people also believes in the terms of black magic and white magic but here we are only gonna talk about the art of magic through illusions and tricks. Like stage illusions, which are performed for large audiences, typically within a theatre or auditorium. This type of magic is distinguished by large-scale props, the use of assistants and often exotic animals such as elephants and tigers. Another famous one is Escapology, which is the branch of magic that deals with escapes from confinement or restraints. Harry Houdini is a well-known example of an escape artist or escapologist. Along with these there are many types of magic as well. 

Dedication to magic can teach confidence and creativity, as well as the work ethic associated with regular practice and the responsibility that comes with devotion to an art. The teaching of performance magic was once a secretive practice. Professional magicians were unwilling to share knowledge with anyone outside the profession to prevent the laity from learning their secrets. This often made it difficult for an interested apprentice to learn anything but the basics of magic. Some had strict rules against members discussing magic secrets with anyone but established magicians.

Because of the secretive nature of magic, research can be a challenge. Many magic resources are privately held and most libraries only have small populist collections of magicana. However, organizations exist to band together independent collectors, writers, and researchers of magic history, including the Magic Collectors’ Association. Many books have been written about magic tricks; so many are written every year that at least one magic author has suggested that more books are written about magic than any other performing art. Although the bulk of these books are not seen on the shelves of libraries or public bookstores, the serious student can find many titles through specialized stores catering to the needs of magic performers.

Magic Day Activities: 

It is time for you to get with groups of people who have a common bond built around the enjoyment and performance of magic! This can be an in-person gathering at a local library or school, or possibly a community that meets online. A magic club is a great way to meet new friends and discover more about the world of magic so do join it and if you are unable to find it then try learn some basic tricks of magic yourself first by watching tutorials, reading books, etc. 

To mark this day try to attend a magic show! As this day is a part of the National Magic Week celebrations and that’s why there are many magic shows taking place on this day all over the country so it is the time for you to look out for such shows and enjoy a nice time watching and enjoying these magic shows, in this way it will also help in increase your interest for magic! 

Another way of celebrations that we would suggest you if you can’t go to attend magic event then atleast try to watch some magic shows on internet, as a tribute you can also watch movies based on Harry Houdini on this day and there are many movies made on him. There are many other movies as well which are based on the theme of magic like the Harry Potter movie series, The Illusionist, Wizard of Oz, Narnia, etc. 

Most Searched FAQs on Magic Day: 

1. When is Magic Day celebrated? 

Magic Day or National Magic Day is annually celebrated on October 31st in US. 

2. When is Magic Week? 

Magic Week takes place the last seven days of October: October 25 through October 31.

3. Who are some famous magicians? 

Harry Houdini, David Copperfield, and David Blaine are some of the most famous magicians of all time.

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