Smoke and Mirrors Day is an American holiday dedicated to the secrets of magic. Magicians use numerous tricks and stratagems to make their audience believe what is happening. The basis for the celebration was the smoke and mirrors trick, which we will tell you about in a moment! The holiday is celebrated annually on March 29.
Magic has been in the history of its development for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptian rock drawings have been uncovered that pointed to the holding of the “cups and balls” trick. For this reason we can confidently say that illusionists have come a long way from ancient times to modern times.
For years, magicians were endowed with magical powers, but gradually everyone realized that this was just “sleight of hand,” which was inaccessible to the audience at the performance. Therefore, even simple tricks are perceived as magic.
Smoke and mirrors were first used in his speech in 1770 by J.G. Schrepfer. Through the use of a concealed projector, the light reflected from the mirrors and through the veil of smoke drew amazing images that the charlatan passed off as ghosts from his invocation/spiritual ritual.
- The concept of “smoke and mirrors” is used in the field of law when lawyers use confusing language overloaded with narrow terms. This ensures the safety of their communication with each other, avoiding the leakage of information.
- The oldest written source that mentions tricks and magic is the ancient Egyptian Westcar papyrus.
- The most popular trick, according to most people, is getting the rabbit out of the cylinder. In fact, it was very rarely used. Its probable creator is considered to be D.G. Anderson, who showed it in the 1830s.
How to celebrate
Attend magician performances at Smoke and Mirrors Day. Learn the secrets of many tricks on the Internet. If you want, you can learn how to perform a couple of tricks and surprise your family and friends.
Spread the word on social media. Ask users what tricks they remember the most?
When is Smoke and Mirrors Day celebrated in 2024?
Smoke and Mirrors Day is observed on March 29 each year.