Updated: Dec 7, 2021
It's October 31st!
So, surely you know which holiday we're talking about today?
Never forget to expect the unexpected.
Move over, Halloween, because Magic Day is taking the spotlight today.
Magic Day actually takes place during National Magic Week, which is an entire week dedicated to celebrating the art of allusion and the craft of magicians everywhere!
National Magic week is traditionally celebrated over the last 7 days of October (October 25th-31st).
The purpose of National Magic Week is to celebrate the charitable work done by the S.A.M, S.A.M. Assemblies and S.A.M. members throughout each year.
It actually wasn't until the mid-19th century that magic shows became a fun social event, culminating with masters like Harry Houdini, who ruled the magic scene until his death in 1926.
It was actually his death that inspired Houdini Day, which was later renamed by the S.A.M. to Magic Day and would later become the 'finale' in their Magic Week!
Before this, magic was considered evil! Can you believe it? But, people tend to fear the things that they don't, can't or won't understand, so it's not really that much of a stretch to imagine how things used to be.
Did you know?
The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. More than two hundred people were accused, thirty were found guilty, and nineteen of whom were executed by hanging.
It was a 'tradition' in these times to 'drown' a witch; by a practice known as a "witches' water test."
As a rule, a person accused of witchcraft, heresy, or a variety of other offenses was lowered into a small body of water like a pond or a still river, generally with a rope tied around their waist or something similar for lifting them out again. They were allowed to float for a moment and a jury selected from the surrounding community (or sometimes a priest) observed whether their body seemed to float on the surface or sink into the water. It was believed in some places and times that water would reject an unholy person, so their body would float high, while a blameless person would sink into the water. Once the jury had had a chance to observe the result, the accused was pulled out again and the jury gave its judgment.