Halloween. And Magic. A pair probably only surpassed by peanut butter and jelly as a perfect twosome. As a professional magician I can tell you it’s easily one of the busiest times of the year for me. There’s big Halloween stage magic shows. There’s strolling (also known as roaming) magic. I also do a spooky mentalism and mind reading presentation. I’ve also created a creepy character called “The Haunted Traveler” who brings impossibilities right to your home – very popular this month. And I’ve even done custom-designed entertainment that was worked around a movie presentation.
So even though it seems like a no-brainer, one could wonder why this is so. I mean, we don’t see a huge amount of magic on Valentine’s Day! So is it just the “Boo” factor? Or maybe that the holiday has more mystery built into it than, say, Christmas? Possibly. But I feel Halloween is special because it itself is a day of magic and transformation. .
Hmmm… who is that?
Sure, there’s the “spooky” element; ghosts and goblins seem a close cousin to the man up on stage creating stunning miracles out of thin air. But I think there’s another intangible element… something else not immediately apparent. When you are watching Magic (good Magic, anyway), there is a certain element of letting go. You release your rigid grasp on the laws of physics, gravity and sometimes even reality. This creates a sense of wonder, amazement and a solid feeling of enjoyment. You just let go and enjoy it. And I feel there is the same sense of “letting go” at Halloween too. A lot of us choose to don costumes, to be someone (or some thing) else. We go to parties and sometimes act very different than how we normally do. We “let go” of who we really are to act the happy charade of being a totally different being. Scary, humorous, famous; from the distant past, or yesterday’s headlines; heroes and villains, movie stars and criminals, lovers and scoundrels. And last but not least, so many characters of this holiday are associated with having magical powers: witches and warlocks, sorcerers and elves, mutants and monsters… and more.
Renaissance Magician for Custom Halloween Show
(By the way, did you know Harry Houdini, who many consider to be the most famous magician of all time, died on October 31st, 1926? Unfortunately this is another fact (albeit, darker) that mix up conjuring and All Hallow’s Eve together.)
This Man Is… Haunted.
So all of the above are certainly strong reasons for Halloween and Magic being such a splendid mix. But I think it boils down to one overriding thought: On Halloween night we are really open to entering another world, to accept something different than our normal reality. And let’s face it: that’s a perfect recipe for a conjuror to create for his audience an amazing world of illusion and wonder. I certainly hope one day I get to create that for you!