Friday, April 20, 2012
Magic as Reassurance
A magician begins “doing incredible things with big silver hoops” for no less a purpose that to REASSURE a spectator. (This we learn in an intriguing illustration in The Saturday Evening Post, Nov. 12, 1904.) We don’t typically associate reassurance — the restoration of confidence — to tricksters; we all know that a “confidence man” is ironically named.
How exactly does the demonstration of a mystery serve to put a spectator’s mind at rest? See our article in Secret Art Journal: