By Preston Houer
With magic, illusions, spells, tricks and ceremonials are
usually performed for entertainment. It is a supernatural
which makes the seemingly impossible occur.
In ancient Egypt, there was a magician named Dedi who
in front of a crowd, where he supposedly beheaded two birds
one ox. He eventually restored the heads of these three
Because of this, the Egyptians were considered to be the first
magicians recorded in history.
As the popularity of magic developed, tricks involving cups
balls were shown to the public. Then, playing cards, silver
coins and dice were added to their slew of magical tricks.
Later on, ancient Greek magicians invented tricks involving
human body. A trick where a performer thrusts a dagger through
one's arm without being hurt has been developed and shown in
The ancient Chinese civilization also paved the way for magic.
The "linking rings" is one of the earliest tricks ever
invented. To begin with, a number of rings link themselves.
rings are made up of solid metal and the illusion is that they
eventually unlink themselves.
One of the greatest magicians of all time is Harry Houdini. He
started as a trapeze performer in the late 1800's and
eventually became famous for his magical abilities.
He was an "escape artist" who bonded himself using locks or
ropes and eventually extricated himself.
Spanish, Italian, British, French and American magicians
presented their acts as magic regained popularity in the
'Sawing a Woman in Half'
In 1921, the world first witnessed a magician saw a woman in
half. British performer Percy Tibbles cut through a box
containing his woman assistant. After the trick, she appeared
without a harm.
This trick became even more complicated when the woman
assistant was 'operated on' with her hands, head and feet in
full view of the audience. The assistant was sawed in half
using a power-driven saw, and was later restored without a
scratch on her head.
'Reaching a Wider Audience'
Before, magicians only performed in theaters which were open
the public where food and drinks were offered but the magic
tricks were performed
without any fee given by the viewers.
By the mid-1900's, they paved the doors for magicians to be
'professional performers' by requiring the public viewers to
pay for watching magic shows.
In the 1950's, television was invented so magicians were able
to reach an even wider audience spectrum.
During the 70's, Siegfried and Roy re-ignited the interest in
magical tricks by making large animals disappear. David
Copperfield is also a major player in the field of magicians
who offered great entertainment to the viewing public.
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