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Magic Disclaimer

Gospel magic is a puzzle for the eyes, an object lesson with a blessed surprise!

We have for many years used illusions as object lessons to reinforce Bible lessons that we teach. We have belonged to the Fellowship of Christian Magicians, a national organization with several thousand members. We sometimes use the word magic or magic-trick when working with children because many children don't understand the word illusion. We once used the word illusion throughout a performance. Everything had gone well, with a good response from the audience. One child raised his hand afterwards and asked politely, "but when are we gonna see the magic?" The child had not comprehended the word illusion. When we told the child we had just finished the trick, he still didn't understand what an illusion was.

The following is a definition of the word magic, as we perform and as you see on television:

A definition of magic that is found in Webster's Dictionary is the art of producing illusions by sleight of hand, etc. A definition of an illusion is a false perception or conception of what one sees, where one is, etc.

All magic involves theatrics.

Theatrics are a dramatic or comic performance for the purpose of entertainment.

Magic therefore is theatrical illusion, which is the art of entertainment using misdirection, sleight of hand, and props. A person sees something that looks impossible happen before their very eyes, if the magician has successfully concealed his means of doing the trick. Any normal person can do any magic trick if that person has learned the secret behind the trick. Magicians pay each other for the gimmicks or instructions to how the trick works. Factories around the world produce and sell many of these copyrighted tricks. A person only has to pay the price of the trick to know the secret. Knowing the secret or the gimmick alone does not make a good magician. Hundreds of hours of practice behind the scenes and than many performances in front of audiences are what it takes to be able to properly present the illusion without the audience seeing the gimmick or figuring out the secret behind the trick.

Magicians do not tell how their tricks are done because if everyone knows the secrets behind the tricks, then the amazement of seeing something seemingly impossible happen is gone. The trick or tricks become dull and the magician is out of a job, along with the craftsman in the factory that, produced the trick. If all secrets to all tricks were known, then there would be no magicians, because the entertainment value would be no more.

Today the word "magic" is associated with illusion. Modern Stage Magic should never be confused with black magic which is, by Webster's definition magic with an evil purpose; or sorcery. Strong’s Concordance defines sorcery as drug use. See (pharmakeia) where the word pharmacy comes from.

From Strong’s Bible Concordance:

Strong's Number 5331

Transliterated pharmakeia

Phonetic far-mak-i'-ah

Text from 5332; medication ("pharmacy"),

i.e. (by extension) magic (literally or figuratively) --sorcery, witchcraft.

 

We have nothing to do with sorcery, witchcraft, or anything else. We merely use illusions as visual puzzles to hold an audience’s interest while we convey the Gospel message.

Remember: Magicians are some of the most honest people in the world in that it’s understood they're going to trick you before they do, unlike many politicians and some used car salesmen.

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