THE MAGIC OF MAGIC
What is magic? From Houdini to David Blaine – Let’s look at the greatest magicians of all time. We will discuss the fine line between reality and magic and discover what we all can learn from magic!
WHAT IS MAGIC?
DEFINITION magic: (noun) - the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces. Synonyms: sorcery, witchcraft, wizardry, enchantment.
Houdini is perhaps the most famous name in the history of magic. He was performing in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and was most renowned for being an escape artist. He gained fame by touring Europe, asking different police forces to lock him up at every stop. He would go on to escape a straight jacket while hanging off a skyscraper, a straightjacket while under water, and being buried alive. He emerged from being buried alive clawing himself to the surface in a state of near breakdown.
There were charges that Houdini’s escapes were faked, but Houdini attacked fake magicians throughout his career. The circumstances of his death in 1926 are fittingly dramatic, as a popular story says a college student asked Houdini if his stomach could withstand any punch. Houdini died a few days later from peritonitis, from a ruptured appendix. 
The former Christian, now a prominent atheist, uses magic to shine a light on religious charlatans and quacks of all kinds. He calls himself a “psychological illusionist” and his blend of suggestion and misdirection exploits how the brain fills in gaps. Brown does not claim to possess any super-natural powers, his abilities manifest as feats of memory, intuition, hypnosis and mind control. His victims do most of the work, offering body-language clues and absorbing subliminal messages. At times, this can be genuinely alarming; a member of the public is persuaded to make an assassination attempt on Stephen Fry or a social worker is made to confess to a murder he did not commit. But it was a Russian roulette stunt, in which he guessed which barrel contained a bullet, which cemented his reputation as one of the world’s great illusionists. 
Born in 1956, to date David Copperfield’s long, illustrious career has allowed him sell over 40 million tickets and gross over $4 billion, which is more than any other solo entertainer in history. As a magician he is perhaps the world’s greatest showman. His stunts include making the Statue of Liberty disappear, floating over the Grand Canyon, and walking through the Great Wall of China. He was one of the first magicians to successfully combine amazing magic tricks with great storytelling. 
Born in 1973 and raised in Brooklyn, New York by a single mother. David Blaine says that when he was four years old he saw a magician performing magic in the subway. This triggered a life long interest for him. As a child he would obsessively practise card tricks all day long. He has made his career as a magician, illusionist and endurance artist - arguably the greatest alive today. Blaine revolutionized the way magic is shown on television, by focusing on spectator reactions. His idea was to turn the camera around on the people watching instead of the performer, to make the audience watch the audience. 
*** THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE MAGIC OF MAGIC WORKSHOP! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIENCE THIS CONVERSATION WORKSHOP IN FULL, WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND A FRIENDLY GROUP OF PEOPLE, THEN PLEASE CONTACT US TO FIND OUT HOW TO PARTICIPATE.
The rest of this workshop will discuss...
- BURIED ALIVE
- FROZEN IN TIME
- ABOVE THE BELOW
- DROWNED ALIVE
- GUINNESS WORLD RECORD
- ELECTRIFIED: ONE MILLION VOLTS ALWAYS ON
- REAL OR MAGIC
- DISCOVERING MAGIC IN OUR DAY-TO-DAY LIVES
- 8 LIFE LESSONS FROM MAGIC
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- witchcraft: (noun) [Portuguese: bruxaria] - the practice of magic, especially black magic; the use of spells and the invocation of spirits.
- sorcery: (noun) [Portuguese: feitiçaria] - the use of magic, especially black magic.
- wizard: (noun) [Portuguese: bruxo] - a man who has magical powers, especially in legends and fairy tales.
- enchantment: (noun) [Portuguese: encantamento] - the state of being under a spell; magic.
- straight jacket: (noun) [Portuguese: Camisa de força] - a strong garment with long sleeves that can be tied together to confine the arms of a violent prisoner or mental patient.
- to claw: (verb) [Portuguese: arranhar] - (of an animal or person) scratch or tear something with the claws or the fingernails. “the kitten was clawing at Lowell's trouser leg”
- to rupture: (verb) [Portuguese: romper] - (especially of a pipe, a vessel, or a bodily part such as an organ or membrane) break or burst suddenly.
- appendix: (noun) [Portuguese: apêndice] - a tube-shaped sac attached to and opening into the lower end of the large intestine in humans and some other mammals.
- Peritonitis: (noun) [Portuguese: peritonite] - inflammation of the peritoneum, typically caused by bacterial infection either via the blood or after rupture of an abdominal organ.
- charlatan: (noun) [Portuguese: charlatão]- a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill; a fraud.
- quacks: (noun) [Portuguese: curandeiro] - a person who dishonestly claims to have special knowledge and skill in some field, typically in medicine.
- manifest: (verb) [Portuguese: manifestar] - display or show (a quality or feeling) by one's acts or appearance; demonstrate.
- Russian roulette: (noun) [Portuguese: Roleta russa] - the practice of loading a bullet into one chamber of a revolver, spinning the cylinder, and then pulling the trigger while pointing the gun at one's own head.
- stunt: (noun) [Portuguese: façanha] - an action displaying spectacular skill and daring.
- illustrious: (adjective) [Portuguese: ilustre] - well known, respected, and admired for past achievements.
- to trigger: (verb) [Portuguese: desencadear] - cause (an event or situation) to happen or exist.
- to entomb: (verb) [Portuguese: sepultar] - place (a dead body) in a tomb.
- to shiver: (verb) [Portuguese: tremer] – (a person or animal) shake slightly and uncontrollably as a result of being cold, frightened, or excited.
- chain saw: (noun) [Portuguese: motosserra] - a mechanical power-driven cutting tool with teeth set on a chain that moves around the edge of a blade.
- to taunt: (verb) [Portuguese: escarnecer] - provoke or challenge (someone) with insulting remarks.
- to fast: (verb) [Portuguese: jejuar] - abstain from all or some kinds of food or drink, especially as a religious observance.
- sphere: (noun) [Portuguese: esfera] - a round solid figure, or its surface, with every point on its surface equidistant from its centre.
- handcuffs: (noun) [Portuguese: algemas] - a pair of lockable linked metal rings for securing a prisoner's wrists.
- to drown: (noun) [Portuguese: afogar] - die through submersion in and inhalation of water.
- endurance: (noun) [Portuguese: resistência] - the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.
- electric discharge: (noun) [Portuguese: descarga elétrica] - is the release and transmission of electricity in an applied electric field through a medium such as a gas.
- chainmail: (noun) [Portuguese: cota de malha] - armor made of small metal rings linked together.
- Harry Houdini Wikipedia
- “The 10 best magicians – in pictures” Sweeny, Kathy, May 2013, The Guardian
- David Copperfield Wikipedia
- David Blaine Wikipedia
- “I have another decade before something goes wrong”, Moreton, Cole, March 2014, The Telegraph
SOURCES & VIDEOS
- David Blaine Official website
- “David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 minutes” TED TALK
- "David Blaine - Frozen in Time"
- "David Blaine - Drowned Alive"
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