Read about the history of magic and how it has evolved through the years. Find out why people used to believe the word abracadabra was important. View photographs of cups and balls that were used to perform an old illusion. There are links to eThemes Resources on famous magicians and magic tricks.
Learn what ancient people thought about magic, how tarot cards are used, why the word abracadabra was important, and more. Includes a quiz.
ThinkQuest: History of Magic
This student-created website offers a glimpse at magic throughout the ages.
ThinkQuest: History of Magic Tricks
Here is a short timeline detailing the history of magic.
TheMiddleAges.net: History of Magic
This sites includes a history of magic in early times through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Phil Jay: Magicians and the History of Magic
This professional magician's site gives an overview of the history of magicians and magic, types of illusions, types of performances, and techniques. NOTE: This is a commercial site.
Magic: The Science of Illusion
Read a brief history of magic. Includes information about ancient magic all the way up to the type of magic used today.
Martinka and Co.: Museum of Magic History
This site shows items that deal with the history of magic. Click on "Magic Sets" to see old magic sets and to read the descriptions. Click on the arrow to advance to a new photograph. NOTE: This is a commercial site.
eThemes Resource: Magic: Tricks and Illusions
These fun sites feature many online optical illusions. Students can try to unravel the mystery behind these illusions. Learn how to perform many magic tricks, including how to make a quarter disappear and how to float above the ground. There are links to eThemes Resources on famous magicians, the history of magic, and tessellations.
eThemes Resource: Famous People: Magicians
Learn about famous magicians and the tricks that made them popular. Includes biographies of Harry Houdini, David Copperfield, Siegfried and Roy, Lance Burton, and more. Watch videos of their performances and read about the secrets behind their tricks. There are links to eThemes Resources on the history of magic and magic tricks.
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