The movie made me question: is magic dead? I mean, we’re not as bombarded with magic as we once were. Ages ago magic was the witch’s work. Pharohs hailed magic as a form of entertainment. And it wasn’t until around 1750 that magic entered its golden age.People loved magic because it was a fantastic form of entertainment. When science started to become popular, magicians adapted and turned their shows into a scientific illusionary show that dazzled and captivated audiences. With the end of Vaudeville, came the end of the golden age. Magicians weren’t as high in the demand as they once were and with the end of Vaudeville, came an entirely new audience. Nowadays people want edgy and big performances. Gone are the days of the humble street magician. Las Vegas dazzles with the types of magicians people want. For those that used to entertain guests at a party, it’s practically impossible to entertain children, or at the very least, the media makes children’s magicians the butt of every joke.
So is magic really dead? With the rise of technology has the world of illusion simply been debunked? Any one could go on YouTube to see how a simple card trick is done. Does that make it less dazzling? Less amazing? I for one hope not.
I leave you with a simple compilation that my brother’s friend put together a couple years ago. Yes, magic is a hobby of his.