Many years back, I've watched this controversial TV series which revealed the secrets of magic tricks which magicians have sworn to protect and never reveal to the public. That show is called Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed
. Thanks to YouTube, I get to watch all of those episodes again, both the original 1997 miniseries and the 2008 renewal, as well as the 2002 special. And also the special Secrets of Street Magicians Finally Revealed
Understandably, magicians everywhere are angry. I mean, what would you do when these magic secrets that you've sworn to protect over the centuries got revealed out in the public? While I admit that I did enjoy these shows and got interested with how these tricks were done -- when I was young, I used to be very fascinated with magic tricks and even learned some few magic tricks to wow my friends and family with -- at the same time, I also felt that these shows were done in a poor taste. Part of what makes magic tricks so awesome and entertaining is the look of awe and puzzlement within the audience. We all know that magics can't be real. That's normal; it is human nature to be skeptical. And the next fun part is to try to guess and figure out how they did it.
Then suddenly, this documentary series shows-up and immediately informs the public that, you're right, it's all just an illusion and here's what they're really
doing behind the scenes. They didn't call this series "Breaking the Magician's Code" for nothing. Some of the most well-known tricks were revealed, such as Harry Houdini's milk can escape, David Copperfield's phasing through the Great Wall of China, etc. practically every trick done by famous magicians, even Criss Angel's levitation and water walk.
While they did satisfy my curiosity on how these magic tricks were done, I also feel a little bad about it... I mean, remember that magicians have gone to great lengths to keep their magic secrets what they are: secrets. We all know that they're frauds; enough said. People who really
want to know how these magic tricks were done can look-up to any book store and look for books that teach readers how they, too, can do magic tricks on their own. Once you know how a magic trick was done, you don't feel mystified by the trick anymore. It's now all same old, same old. On the very first episode, the narrator did mention that part of the intention of the TV show was to encourage magicians to come up with even more original tricks than the same old ones they've been doing over the years.
What do you think? Are you just as enraged as these magicians?
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