Tricks and Treats: Magic With Eric Vaughn
October 11, 2010
National Magic week is October 25-31. The Society of American Magicians adopted the idea of National Magic week as a way of promoting the Art of Magic. Shows are performed at orphanages, hospitals, and nursing homes for those who would have difficulty getting to a theatre to see a live performance.
The roots of this week go back more than 80 years. Before National Magic Week, there was a National Magic Day. It all started with a "Houdini Day" in the summer of 1927, less than a year from the death of Harry Houdini. Houdini served as the President of the Society of American magicians for nine years until his death on October 31, 1926. A trophy in his honor was presented by Mrs. Harry Houdini in New York City. It was not long before National Magic Day became National Magic week.
Ever heard of Criss Angel, star of the television show Mindfreak? He is considered by some to be a 21st century Houdini. Angel has been quoted as saying that Houdini was his inspiration, and has recreated several of Houdini’s death-defying stunts. To learn more about Houdini and magic tricks in general, visit your local MCPL branch. Who knows, you may become the next Houdini!
And for some hands-on fun, be a volunteer when Magician Eric Vaughn presents his Tricks and Treats program at the Excelsior Springs Branch of MCPL on October 29th at 2 pm. All ages welcome.
Angela H. & Jeanne R.
Excelsior Springs Branch