Sunday, September 22, 2013
We saw a magic show last evening. Perhaps better said - we saw a magician perform. This is an ancient art. In the millenia before the current era the magician oversaw blessing, exorcism, cleansing, purification and forecast. Magic entailed ritual which wrapped the viewer in awe and belief. Magic was not different from what we call religion - a relation between priest and supplicant mediated by a catechism The magi were special, chosen at birth, born in strange circumstance. They were astrologers - hence the magi who saw the great star of Bethlehem and divined supernatural meaning. Throughout the ages, the magician transcended the known world and offered glimpses beyond to mere mortals. Only with the luxury and leisure of the industrial revolution has the magicians morphed into pure entertainer. The puffs of black smoke and sleights of hand are all just tricks put on to amuse. We watch, we gasp and laugh. We clap and beg for more. The long cord that is pulled through a knot into two separate cords is really an illusion. The rabbit was in the hat all along. Or, not. Go to a magic show soon. See for yourself.