We’re at week 6 of our SRC. Our theme is the human body & senses.

Every since I say this post on Bryce Don’t Play Illusionology, I wanted to do this program. This was the perfect time  for it.

I began the program by sharing some cool trivia:

Magic & Magician Trivia

The most dangerous trick:

The effect known as the Bullet Catch has claimed the lives of at least 15 magicians who were killed in connection with this potentially lethal trick.

In this effect, a bullet is fired directly at the performer, and he (or she) catches the bullet in the teeth. There are a number of ways to perform this trick, and those that perform it are definitely inviting disaster.

The most famous bullet-catching death was that of Chung Ling Soo (William Robinson), shot on stage in 1918. Rumors persisted that his death was not an accident caused by equipment malfunction, but was a murder motivated by jealousy.

Magicians successfully performing the trick have included Philip Astley (also credited with creating the first circus as we know it today), John Henry Anderson, Robert-Houdin, Alexander Herrmann, Adelaide Herrmann, Ted Annemann, Rooklyn, Jean Hugard, Milbourne Christopher, Paul Fogel, Dorothy Dietrich and Paul Daniels.

Magician Trivia

Houdini served as president of the Society of American Magicians from 1917 until his death in 1926; no other person has served for more than one year to this day.

Eliaser Bamberg, Holland’s court magician and great-great grandfather of Theo Bamberg, was considered to be a most incredible magician, performing seemingly impossible miracles. The truth was that he had lost a leg in a war, and had his artificial limb fitted with secret compartments, allowing him to perform amazing magic effects.

Pulling a rabbit from a hat is a classic symbol of magic, yet in truth has rarely been a part of any magician’s show. By some accounts, the idea of pulling a rabbit from a hat was part of a publicity stunt. Created by a British magician, the effect capitalized on the public’s interest in a woman who claimed to have given birth to a litter of rabbits.

Magic World Records

Highest Paid Magical Performer – David Copperfield

Fastest Magician – Eldon D. Wigton (“Dr. Eldoonie”)Performed 225 different tricks in 2 minutes in Kilbourne, OH on April 21, 1991

Most Rabbits Pulled Out of a Hat- Walter Rolfo and Piero Ustignani (aka Jabba) 300 rabbits in 30 minutes, May 17, 2008 at the Magic Congress in Aosta, Italy

Largest Card Fan – Ralf Laue                                                                                        Held 326 standard playing cards in a fan in one hand, so that the value and color of each one was visible, in Leipzig, Germany, on March 18, 1994

Farthest Card Toss – Rick Smith                                                                                  Threw a standard playing card 216 feet, 4 inches at Cleveland State Convocation Center, Cleveland OH on March 21, 2002

Tallest House of Cards – Bryan Berg                                                                         Built a card house 120 stories high (each story being the length of one card) in Las Vegas

Longest Memorized Card Sequence – Dominic O’ Brien                           Memorized with a single sighting a random sequence of 40 separate decks of cards (2080 cards in all) that had been shuffled together, with only one mistake, at the BBC studios, Elstree, England on November 26, 1993

Longest Memorized Card Sequence- US Record – Frost McKee               Memorized with a single sighting a random sequence of 36 separate decks of cards (1872 cards in all) that had been shuffled together, with only eight mistakes, at the Ramada Inn, Georgetown, TX on October 17-18, 1992

Fastest Deck Memorization – Tom Groves                                                            Memorized the order of single deck of cards in 42.01 seconds, Jesus College, Cambridge, England, On November 3rd, 1994

Most Expensive Deck of Cards – The highest price paid for a deck of cards is $143,352 purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City at Sotheby’s in London, on December 6, 1983. The cards, circa 1470-85, are believed to be the oldest known complete hand-painted deck.

Most Expensive Single Playing Card – The highest price paid for a single card is $7450 for a card dated 1717, which was used as currency in Canada. It was sold by dealer Yasha Beresiner to Lars Karlson (Sweden) in October 1990.

After that, I used two of the projects from Bryce’s program. We started with the Clock trick which can be found in the book of the same name.

It was on to card tricks next. I showed them three very basic card tricks they can show to their friends and family.

Lastly, I brought down various optical illusion books and after looking at some, they made their own optical illusions. I did have something from a book on how to do it, but I let the kids make their own.

They had a great time doing the tricks and were planning on trying them out on family after they left.



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