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Should we do Magic?

The word MAGIC is perhaps the largest source of confusion. We can find at least two meanings for the word magic in the dictionary. First we find:

‘The art of producing effects by what are claimed to be SUPERHUMAN means via occult powers.’

Even a brief study of the Scriptures will clearly show what is given in this definition is forbidden by God. A second definition is:

‘The art of applying NATURAL causes, whose operation is secret, to produce a surprising effect.’

This defines what entertainers (called magicians or illusionists) do today. A careful study of every original Hebrew or Greek word in the Bible that has been translated wizard, sorcerer, etc. can only be defined by the first definition. It is important for Christians to realise at the outset of this discussion that the Bible does not categorically condemn magicians. Daniel, was a great prophet of God, yet his political position was that of Chief Magician in Nebuchadnezzar’s court (Daniel 5). The Greek word ‘magoi’ from which the word ‘magic’ is derived is literally translated ‘wise man’ and is used to describe the men of the east who brought gifts to the Christ Child.

Reprinted with permission of the author Toby Travis © 1995 TTM. Inc

How we do it

Members use natural principles to produce amazing effects.  Most will freely admit that what they perform are simply “tricks”.  Robert Houdin (a French magician, who Harry Houdini named himself after) once said “A magician is an actor playing the part of a magician”.  Nowadays, most people understand that what they are seeing is not “real”, but merely special effects.

So what skills do you need if you want to try Gospel Magic?  Well, probably not the ones that immediately spring to mind!  Perhaps the most important skills are “people skills” – being confident; being able to make eye contact; being able to communicate clearly.  You might take these for granted, but so many performers think it’s all about the trick, that they forget the primary purpose – to entertain, and (if appropriate) share the Gospel.

Some tricks can be learnt in minutes, others take years.  Most magic sets, or books on magic from the library, are aimed at beginners and focus on simple tricks that anyone can do. This is the best way to start. Each year we have a national conference (along with several regional events) which include lectures, hands on workshops and shows. Our quarterly magazine provides ideas to help members develop their magic and entertainment skills to enable them to share their faith through good magic.

Membership is open to Christian magicians of all denominations and it would be great to meet you sometime.