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Following is our collection of super amazing and curious facts and details explaining Magic Tricks. This list is intended for research in school, for college students or just to feed your brain with. Possible use cases are in quizzes, differences, homework facts legend, cover facts, and many more. But nevertheless learn why is Magic Tricks so important!

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Top 10 Magic Tricks facts that will blow your mind.

  1. In the middle ages Christian priests would recite "hoc est corpus", meaning "this is the body", during mass when turning bread into the body of Christ. Since nobody spoke or understood Latin, this chant was garbled into "hocus pocus", which we still use when performing magic tricks today.

  2. Hugh Jackman worked as a birthday clown named 'Coco' and made just 50 bucks. Jackman admits that he had no magic tricks and was even told off by a 6 year old that he is terrible.

  3. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini knew each other personally and were good friends until they had a falling out when Houdini failed to prove to Doyle that his magic tricks were illusions. Doyle refused to accept this as he believed Houdini actually had supernatural powers.

  4. The Westcar Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian document has the first known account of magic. In it, King Khufu asks for a magician called Dedi. Dedi pulls the heads off a goose, a duck and an ox and then restores them to life. It might actually be ‘the oldest trick in the book’.

  5. A magician with the name of Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, who was asked by Louis-Napoleon to suppress a possible rebellion in French-controlled Algeria using his magic tricks and he succeed in doing so.

  6. The Tupac "hologram" was actually just the same sixteenth century magic trick Disneyland has used in The Haunted Mansion for over 50 years.

  7. As a child Woody liked to play the clarinet and perform magic tricks.

  8. Arthur Conan Doyle author of Sherlock Holmes was convinced Harry Houdini had supernatural powers even as Houdini performed his illusions in front of Doyle and subsequently tried to convince him he was only doing magic tricks.

  9. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes author) became heavily into Spiritualism and had a falling out with Harry Houdini because he refused to believe that Houdini's magic tricks were just illusions.

  10. Foreigners should not practice "magic tricks" in the Congo as spirits, magic, and sorcery are all taken very seriously by locals who believe in animism and witchcraft. Many street kids in Congo become homeless because their families thought they were sorcerers

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Growing up, Steve Martin worked at Disneyland first selling guidebooks and lassos before working in Merlin's Magic Shop. He used the lassos tricks he picked up in the film, Three Amigos.

Orson Welles spent the last nine years of his life working on a TV special where he did magic tricks with guests such as Angie Dickinson. After his death in 1985, the footage was given to the Munich Film Museum, which made a 27-minute cut that was shown at festivals but never released on video.

Penn and Teller performed magic tricks in Run DMC's "It's Tricky" video

The earliest known example of a manufactured prop used in a magic trick is the blow book. Popularised after the invention of the printing press, these "magic" coloring books were used in the 16th century to refute the existence of witchcraft.

Super Bowl XXIII's halftime show was 3D magic tricks performed by an Elvis impersonator.

Teller is the only magician to successfully sue someone for copying his magic trick

According to a recent study, babies actually learn from watching magic tricks due to a natural born understanding of how objects are supposed to behave.

In the 18th century illusionists used magic lanterns to trick people into thinking that they had summoned up spirits of people. Many people thought the projections were real dreams, visions, apparitions, ghosts, and the devil.

James Randi and Ed Lu performed a magic trick in space

The word "woo:" a term used by skeptics to denote pseudo-scientific descriptions and is "believed to have come from the onomatopoeia "woooooo!" as a reaction to dimmed lights or magic tricks."