Magic and magicians have been around almost as long as man has walked on earth. The early medicine men or shamans practised their magic to help those in their clan. No one really knows just how strong their magic powers were but they were certainly revered and feared. Magic, which comes from the Latin magi was used by religions in ancient times to create fear and submission in the people. By the 4th century the church had outlawed any form of magic as it was believed to come from the devil. Visit magicien Monte Carlo
Witches and wizards, as well as many innocent people who were thought to be using occult powers, were burned at the stake. However, during the 16th century beliefs changed and magicians started appearing again. They were now entertainers and illusionists, using sleight of hand and props instead of occult powers to delight their audiences. Unfortunately, there were some unscrupulous people who use their abilities to cheat in card games for monetary gain. Some so-called mediums or faith healers also used forms of magic to practice fraud. It was only during the 19th century that magicians started using lighting, electromagnets, optical devices and other props in their performances.
More recently magic and magicians have evolved into four different groups. There is the close-up magic using sleight of hand, such as coin or card magic tricks. There are those magicians who mainly work in clubs, often using animals, lighting and some props to help their act. Stage magicians will use specially crafted props and machinery as well as special lighting effects. Often, club and stage magicians will have people placed in the audience where they are ‘randomly’ chosen to participate. Mentalism is where the magician appears to be able to ‘read the mind’ of an audience member, again usually someone planted there specifically.
Nowadays a magician is essentially an actor. His main aim is to divert the audience’s attention by various means so he can perform his sleight of hand or magic. By distracting the audience by means of misdirection, deception, props, or even collusion with a member of the audience, he is able to baffle or confuse them with what he does. This adds to the entertainment and fun by making the audience doubt their own eyes. Frequently, the deception occurred much earlier than the audience is aware of instead of right now, as the magician would have you believe.