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Who cant remember the first time they felt that special feeling a feeling of wonder and enchantment when you saw your first magic performance Whether it was Grandpa pulling a quarter from behind your ear or an illusionist making a beautiful lady float in mid-air around stage the experience is unforgettable That feeling that wonder is the true magic It can inspiremotivateor simply leave us in awe pondering the eternal question Howd he do that To start off this paper let me quote Milbourne Christopher Robert-Houdin once defined a magician as an actor playing the role of a man who could work miracles The whole secret of the art Kellar another famous magician added was that the magician knows more about what hes doing than his audience does The more sophisticated people become the more naively they react to the ageless appeal of magic They take moon shots and atomic-powered submarines for granted but are puzzled and delighted when an adroit close-up conjurer causes the card they selected to rise from a shuffled pack when a manipulator produces a dove from nowhere where an illusionist changes a lady into a lion or when a mentalist reveals their secret thoughts Magic is as old as time Have you ever heard the saying the oldest trick in the book Chances are you have and chances are very high that youve heard of the actual OLDEST trick in the bookthe cups and balls There is a wall painting in a Beni Hasan Tomb made about 2500 BC This is believed to be one of the earliest recorded accounts of a magic trick being performed There is one major much earlier account There were hieroglyphics inscribed about 1700 BC but it accounted of a magician named Dedi performing for King Cheops of Egypt nearly five thousand years before the inscription Dedis feature effect was the decapitation and restoration of a live goose King Cheops wanted Dedi to do the
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