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Dasha K.

on 21 March 2013

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Transcript of Magic

MAGIC Did you know that

used magic? Did you know that the first known magician cut off the heads of animals and then them? restored cavemen What if someone could your mind? read What if someone could from a sealed container and survive? escape I chose this topic because I think are the coolest thing ever. Someone just cut that woman in half! How in the world is that possible? magic tricks All that I knew of this topic were a few and that nothing in magic is as it seems. I knew I needed to learn more and I knew that this topic would interest me...because it's the thing ever, right? tricks ever coolest Open-ended Questions My open-ended started out as 4 questions that would make you and don't just have one . questions think answer But, then they started to ... grow into questions, thoughts, and ideas. So, they ended up like... bigger bigger bigger When and where did magic tricks originate? What is some of the history of magic? Who came up with the idea of magic and why? What are the types of magic? Who were the best magicians and what were their best tricks? Is it easy to learn magic tricks? Can anyone do it? What are some easy tricks you can do? 1 2 3 4 Let's find out... The first known magician was Dedi of Dedsnefu, who was written about in the Westcar Papyrus. He liked to cut off the heads of animals and then put them back on. He did this to a pelican, a duck, and to some other animals, too. The Stoneage Cavemen's drawings and carvings are a form of magic. Hunters would probably draw animals or hunting scenes before going on hunting trips, believing that the drawings would come to life while they were gone. Ancient Egypt Ancient Greece
and Rome Ancient Egyptians used amulets, magic figures, and rites as their magic, believing that it would provide them with crop, punishments, and rewards, and keeping the pharaoh happy (also, Dedi cut off and restored heads of some animals). Ancient Greeks and Romans tried to tell the future through dreams and crystal balls and consulted priests to get information from their gods. In Greece, men put three small cups on a table, then moved pebbles one by one under the cups, and then made them appear under one cup, and showed them in his mouth. Middle Ages Almost all Europeans believed in magic, but also thought it was sinful. Alchemists (chemists) searched for two very valuable substances, the philosopher's stone (believed to change iron, lead, and other metals into gold) and the elixir of life (a miraculous substance that could cure diseases and lengthen life). 1500s-1700s Sir Isaac Newton studied alchemy. People believed you could tell a person’s character in many ways, such as studying a person’s hand, facial features, or even the moles on their skin. After about 1600, magic lost our attention because of scientific advances. Scientists began to reveal that magic was not real, it was our mind playing tricks. India “Indian Rope Trick” - a magician suspends a rope in an outdoor clearing and a boy climbs the rope and disappears. As the boy is calling down insults, the magician grabs a sword, follows him and disappears, too. The audience hears screams as body parts fall to the ground, then the magician reappears, climbs down, throws the bloody parts into a basket and shakes it. The boy steps out of the basket unhurt. Europe First Europeans to make a living off of magic were the French “jongleurs” (jugglers) who swallowed swords, ate fire, sang and danced, and probably performed the cups and balls trick for anyone that wagered against them. People were accused of witchcraft when doing magic tricks until Reginald Scot wrote a book telling how magicians used quick movements and rigged objects to perform tricks, not witch powers. Today Superstitions - such as a lucky penny or a rabbit’s foot. Some still believe in magic and magical powers while others do not. Now, magic is mostly used as entertainment. http://tinyurl.com/3vhjqtd No one really knows who created the idea of magic, only that it was used as far as cavemen and ancient Egypt. Types of Magic Appearance (an object appears)
Vanishing (an object is gone)
Escape (magician is placed in sealed container [box, milk can, etc.] and then escapes to safety unharmed)
Transposition (two objects switch places, or an object moves to another place)
Transformation (an object changes in appearance, or composition) Penetration (a solid object passes through another object)
Restoration (an object is destroyed and put back together)
Extraordinary feats (displays of either intelligence and memory, or of strength and dangerous behavior)
Telekinesis (an object levitates or becomes animated)
Extrasensory perception {"knowing" secret information; telepathy ("reading" someone's mind); "telling" the future; mental control ("controlling" someone's mind)} Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin http://tinyurl.com/3dpxce7 He blindfolded his 14-year-old son, Emile, and borrowed personal items from the audience so that Emile could identify them. Emile knew what an object was by the exact wording of his father's question. When more “strange” objects were brought, Houdin attached an electric telegraph to a metal plate beneath Emile's feet and an offstage assistant spelled the object's name in Morse code on the telegraph. 1805-1871 Harry
Houdini 1874-1926 He named himself after Robert-Houdin and is a master of escape. One of his best tricks was the "Chinese Water Torture Cell", where a casket-shaped container was filled with water. Handcuffed-Houdini was lowered head first into the cell and left floating with his feet fastened to the lid. Houdini was able to breathe by contorting his body upward and inserting his head into a band of air hidden by the thick metal frame along the top of the cell. He, then, escaped and survived. Alexander
Herrmann 1843-1896 He did tricks like removing his assistant's head, conversing with it, and then replacing it. One of his more famous tricks was “Bullet Catch”, where either he replaced the bullet with a fake one or quickly removed the actual bullet and then caught it. 1905-1871 One of his most famous tricks was the “Buzz Saw Illusion”, where he used a huge buzz saw to cut his 17-year-old assistant in half. After he cut her, he placed a steel plate between the two sides of her body to prove she had been divided, and then "put her back together". This trick has been recreated a lot, but the secret to this trick has never been revealed, what do you think? P.C
Sorcar http://tinyurl.com/63mjr2r http://tinyurl.com/6ewazga 1913-1971 http://tinyurl.com/3zjw3uy & yes no Easy tricks that require no skill or “specially-made” objects can be done by anyone. Hard tricks that require skill and “specially-made” objects can be done by anyone, but it takes time, patience, and hard work to accomplish. "Can Anyone Do It?" Would you consider me as an "anyone?" >:D What I learned about being a researcher is that I like book sources more than anything else. I just like flipping through pages and pages of information and I like looking at something that's physically in front of me. I also learned that researching isn't as hard as I thought it would be. When analyzing the work that I did, I'm pretty sure that I did what was needed. I also noticed that when I have a question that is very difficult to find an answer to, I either broaden what the question is asking for or add a similar question. Some questions in my research were not fully answered, but I did learn that it is okay to have unanswered questions. Now, let's see some magic. Card Tricks Mind Tricks "Hocus Pocus"
"Face Value" "Human Calculator"
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