Magic! Prepare to be dazzled

February 12, 2010

The Great Moscow State Circus, 2008
Creative Commons License photo credit: dirkjanranzijn

Who isn’t totally amazed by magic? A seemingly empty hat, a rope cut to pieces and a magician handcuffed and locked in a trunk. And…


Suddenly, the empty hat has a cute, fluffy bunny; the rope is whole and solid; and a magician appears to open the trunk and reveal a confused, bound assistant locked inside.

These tricks inspire a sense of wonder, even in adults. We know its not “real” magic, or sorcery…there is illusion, deception and misdirection behind every performance. Still – that knowledge doesn’t make it any less spectacular, or any less mysterious. Magicians can make the seemingly impossible, real.

Though their methods are enshrouded in secrecy, magicians combine the art of performance with a variety of scientific disciplines, including math, physics and psychology, to create their dazzling effects and fascinating illusions.

And the countdown is on! Just two weeks from today, you too can experience the wonder of magic, up close, in our new exhibit, Magic! opening February 26, 2010. This exhibit has it all, with over 100 artifacts and relics from the incredibly rich history of magic. See the water trunk that Houdini escaped from, a rapping hand that answered audiences questions, and much, much more. Be astonished by live performances and magicians who wander through the exhibit.

Looking for even more? Join us for our distinguished adult lectures, come to our VIP night, or take a hands-on class in magic!

Scott Cervine, guest curator of the exhibit, explains how he started down the road of being a magician in his first post in an ongoing series on Magic. In the days leading up to the opening and throughout the run of the exhibit check back here for exclusive videos and descriptions of the unique items on display.

You can buy tickets in advance here; grab them quick, before they all disappear!

Having trouble seeing the video? Click here.

Authored By Steven Cowan

Steven never dreamed his first job out of college would be in public relations, and on top of that working for one of the top museums in the country. After all, he majored in History at Vassar College. Within three months of graduation, he landed a spot in the PR department and has not looked back since. He is fast becoming a communications fanatic, spending a tremendous amount of his time promoting the museum and all it has to offer.

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