October 25-31 is traditionally set aside as National Magic Week. It covers the seven days before Halloween, which is the day the great magician Harry Houdini died in 1927. By the way, if you live in or near Pennsylvania, you might want to celebrate by visiting the Harry Houdini museum in Scranton. You can take a look at their rather hokey website here.
National (or International) Magic Week has two specific purposes. The first is to celebrate magicians, specifically those who work on stage and do magic tricks to delight the audience. The second is for magicians to perform particularly for those who couldn’t get out to see a show, such as shut-ins. It is a time to celebrate the charitable work done by magicians throughout the year.
Of course in the last few years, there has been in increase in interest about magic because of the Harry Potter books for children and young adults – though many of us older folks liked them too. Also, one of my favorite series is the Dresden files, an urban fantasy series written by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden is known as the only practicing wizard in the Chicago phonebook. It is a well-realized world of various creatures living side by side with us mortal folks.
So whether you like your magic real, as in fantasy novels, or just on stage in a show, this is the week to celebrate it. Or just celebrate the magic of the natural world where seeds turn into plants and caterpillars into butterflies, where trees suddenly stop being green and turn so many beautiful colors, and such things as giraffes and platypuses exist. We do live in a magical world, after all!
Quotes about magic
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.–Roald Dah
I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.–J. K. Rowling
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.–W. B. Yeats
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.–Arthur C. Clarke
Children see magic because they look for it.–Christopher Moore
Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.–Nora Roberts
Magic’s just science that we don’t understand yet.–Arthur C. Clarke
That’s the thing about magic; you’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.–Charles de Lint
I am sure there is Magic in everything, only we have not sense enough to get hold of it and make it do things for us.–Frances Hodgson Burnett
Magic comes from what is inside you. It is a part of you. You can’t weave together a spell that you don’t believe in.–Jim Butcher
It’s all a matter of paying attention, being awake in the present moment, and not expecting a huge payoff. The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses.–Charles de Lint
There’s a flame of magic inside every stone & every flower, every bird that sings & every frog that croaks. There’s magic in the trees & the hills & the river & the rocks, in the sea & the stars & the wind, a deep, wild magic that’s as old as the world itself.–Kate Forsyth
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