5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Magic

Discover the history of magic.

Usually the surprise comes after the trick, but in this case there’s no trick — only surprise. (It’s even okay if you blink!) Here you have it. Five shocking things we bet you didn’t know about magic.

1. The act of performing magic is commonly referred to as stage magic to differentiate it from witchcraft or paranormal activity.

Magic can be sourced back over 500 years but at that time it was perceived much differently than it is today. Illusions and trickery were associated with witchcraft and other supernatural power that was feared and, through some time periods, even punished. Performance magic took on the name of stage magic not because performers were necessarily using a stage, but to clarify that it was not related to its dark ritualistic opposite. Spooky!

2. Harry Houdini “the worlds most famous magician” was far from an overnight success.

When you think of someone as well known as Harry Houdini, you assume he had mega success and that it started young — but with Houdini that was not the case at all. Houdini tried many different acts without gaining any attention and became so discouraged that he almost quit magic entirely. It wasn’t until the Needle Trick (where he swallowed a ton of needles and thread, and brought it all back up with the needles threaded!) that any interest was sparked, but his real fame didn’t come until even later when he mastered the art of escaping. First in handcuffs, then later hanging upside down in a straight jacket.

3. Magic has been used for years as a team building exercise in corporate settings.

Thought of mostly as a show or performance, it is often overlooked that magic has a great ability to form bonds in the workplace. Two of the main components of magic are to engage and entertain, skills that translate perfectly into team building. Along with practicing close-up magic in Miami and New York for over twenty years, Mio has facilitated corporate team building in a productive and fun workshop setting.

4. You don’t need to be up close to enjoy close-up magic.

Don’t let the name fool you. Close-up magic can still be performed at a distance and in front of large audiences. A common way of achieving a successful close-up performance at a spread out venue is through audience participation. By selecting a guest from the room to come up and participate in the performance, close-up magic can be executed even with larger groups.

5. The Bullet Catch is considered the most deadly trick in magic.

No magic trick has ended as badly as many times as the Bullet Catch. This trick involves a bullet being shot directly at a magician who then catches the bullet between his teeth. About a dozen performers have been killed attempting this trick, and many more have suffered injury. Don’t try this at home!

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