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A brief history of magic

We've all heard the term "magic," but what is it? A formal definition goes like this: Magic is the performance of illusions to entertain, baffle, and amaze! Learn the brief history of how magic became a widespread modern phenomenon.

Magic is an ancient art, but it has not remained the same. In the mid-1800s, Jean Eugene Robert Houdin was the first magician to perform his tricks in front of an audience and gain prestige among the wealthy class. The late 19th century brought on celebrity magicians and the introduction of technology. Now, magicians have had to adapt their ancient strict code of ethics for television and modern times.

Let's learn a brief history of magic.

Brief History of Magic

The purpose of magic is to give the illusion that the impossible or supernatural has been achieved. The impossible becomes a reality!

Although magic deals with the illusion of the supernatural, no ghostly beings or entities have any part in a magic act. Truly entertaining magic is always done by a skilled performer who knows how to use natural means to create the impression that something next to impossible has been done.

Early magic was frequently used for cheating in gambling games such as cards or in times of war, like the Trojan Horse. But during the 18th century, magic became less of a series of seemingly pointless deceptions and more of a respectable activity done by professional illusionists.

Images of magicians are depicted on the ancient Pyramids in Egypt. It's believed to be one of the world's oldest artforms!