Every one of us has been to a magic show at least once in our life. If you haven’t, well, you’re surely missing out. I still remember the time I visited my first magic show when I was around nine years old.
I don’t believe in magic. But when you witness them with your own two eyes, how do you make excuses for it? Oh no, I am not talking about amateur acts such as card tricks and juggling of cups and balls. If you are anything like me, you would surely want the answers too.
Magic is something that neither science nor religion could fully explain. Some say that it is merely a concept used to describe how some people possess the ability to interact with invisible forces and influence the natural world.
Ancient dwellers used magic extensively to ward off evil spirits and to protect them from demons. However, the rituals practices followed varied among different groups of people. While some used incantations, charms, and spells, others used sacred objects and amulets.
The classifications of magic are high and low magic and white and black magic.
High magic involves complex and lengthy rituals that a few elite practice. High magicians are known to work in secret, away from prying eyes. In contrast, low magic is much simpler. Low magicians make use of ordinary objects to perform magic.
White magic is magic used for justifiable and beneficial purposes such as healing and protection. Black magic is magic used for evil and nefarious purposes such as curses and hexes.
In Christianity, several Biblical references condemn the practice of magic and sorcery. Magicians and witches were considered to be in league with the devil. According to Small Catechism, religious reformer Martin Luther strongly believed in the persecution of practitioners of magic. He perceived black magic and sorcery to be the devil at play.
Although firmly opposed to magic, Christians accepted the use of magic in literature and considered it non-evil. They believe that it is the practice of magic in real life that violates the natural order.
The subject of magic is a mysterious topic and is still up to debate. Be that as it may, it vastly differs from the magic used for entertainment at fairs and other public events.
Jean-Eugene Robert Houdin is considered to be the father of modern magic. Without him, magic wouldn’t be what it is today. He transformed magic from being the pastime for low magicians into entertainment for the wealthy class. He used illusions to perform his tricks.
There are many different magic tricks. Most of them based upon: conjure, disappear, teleport, levitate and transform. The most common magic performances we see today are stage illusions, children’s magic, online magic, and camera magic.
Although there are not many plausible and logical explanations to explain magic in sorcery, performance magic is entirely different. We know that what we see is not what we believe. But, we would like to think it’s true for the sake of building up the thrill and being awed at the end of the performance. So why ruin the fantasy by knowing the mystery behind the magic?