National Magic Day

National Magic Day is a holiday that falls on October 31st, the same day as Halloween. It’s a holiday where amateur and professional magicians alike can harness the mystical powers of nature and put on a good show for their audiences. It’s also a good day to consider the history of stage magic and to recognize the achievements of one of the most famous magicians of all time: Harry Houdini. So grab your top hat and your magic wand and enjoy a holiday that’s full of magical possibilities.

The History Of National Magic Day

National Magic Day goes all the way back to 1938. This is when the Society of American Magicians sought the permission of Mrs. Houdini to celebrate a day of magic in her husband’s honor. She green-lit the request, and Houdini Day was born. October 31st was chosen as the most appropriate date for this holiday. Over time, this holiday would also become known as National Magic Day and International Magic Day as well.

Facts About Magic

If you need a little bit of magic-related trivia, then we have pulled out quite a few factoids from our magical hat. We think that the following fun facts will be enjoyed by everyone who enjoys magic.

  • The word magic comes from the Greek word “Mageia.”
  • The oldest magical organization is the Society of American Magicians.
  • The oldest magical organization is the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
  • David Copperfield was the richest magician in the world in 2015. He had a net worth of $800 million.
  • The word magician has been replaced in the modern world with the term illusionist.
  • The magical phrase “Hocus Pocus” comes from the name Ochus Bochus—an name of a sorcerer in Norse mythology.
  • The magical word “Abracadabra” comes from an Aramaic phrase “Avra Kadavra.” This means “it will be created in my words.”
  • Harry Houdini died on Halloween of 1926.
  • Harry Houdini died in Detroit, Michigan.
  • During the 4th century, magicians were outlawed, and some were condemned to death.
  • The first notable magicians were Persian priests known as Magi.

Observing National Magic Day

National Magic Day is observed by magicians and those who like to watch magicians ply their trade. If you’re a magician, you can hold a performance on this day. If you’re only a fan of magic, you can take the time to learn more about Harry Houdini, go to a magic performance, or learn a little bit of magic yourself. While you’re enjoying the magical arts, don’t forget to use the hashtag #NationalMagicDay or #HarryHoudiniDay to spread the word about this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 31 Thursday
Next year (2025)
October 31 Friday
Last year (2023)
October 31 Tuesday
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