What are magic tricks? A little from the history of magic tricks
history focusovillusionary art (tricks) have attracted the attention of mankind for more than four and a half thousand years. What is the reason for such a steady popularity of magic tricks? The answer is simple-a person always strives for something unusual, fantastic, dreams of floating in the air like a bird, disappearing and appearing in any place and doing it with various objects. A person wants to believe in a miracle and that is why magic tricks and illusionary art are so popular.
Magic in translation from ancient Greek means magic, sorcery.”Magos” means the astrologer, predskazatel, magician, wizard, illusionist.
What is the focus? In the Middle ages, it was believed that tricks and tricks – this is something diabolical. Traveling magicians, demonstrating their tricks to the audience, tried their best to show the divine origin of their tricks, for which they made the sign of the cross and called on the name of Jesus Christ. Ancient magicians used a phrase that was usually uttered in the Temple during the removal of the Holy gifts: “hoc est corpus meum” – “This is my body”.
Over the years, the meaning of this phrase was forgotten and “hawk est corpus meum” turned into “hokus-Pokus”. In Russia the “Hokusai” turned into “focus”.
Vladimir Dal in his dictionary gives the following definition: Hocus-pocus-buffoonery, a JOKE, a hassle, a diversion, an incomprehensible phenomenon based on art and pretense. Magician – the magician or mountebank”.
Dahl, who is familiar with the tricks and tricks of show magicians and salon magic, pointed out the main rule in the work of magicians – “eye diversion”, i.e. distraction. In the modern world, illusionism is a demonstration of tricks using various apparatuses, the unexpected appearance and disappearance of large objects, people, etc. Manipulation-tricks with small objects: balls, handkerchiefs, cards.
The main principle of a magician is to say the opposite of what you are doing. This rule was invented by ancient magicians and magicians. A person can’t keep track of two actions at the same time. It follows that the magician must be able to make several uncoordinated separate movements at the same time. Many people talk about the” elusive movements ” of the magician. This is not true. All the movements of the magician should be visible to the audience, they just direct the audience’s attention in the other direction.
There are many magicians in the world now. Illusion shows awaken the viewer’s imagination, make them dream and believe in miracles. Every encounter with magic tricks brings a person delight and surprise.