Magic! was on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science from Feb. 26 through Sept. 26, 2010.
Magic-illusory feats of wonder that dazzle the eye and confound expectations-has fascinated humanity for centuries. Mesmerized by the masters of illusion who perform this mysterious craft, we're drawn to the spectacle, curious to discover "How did he do that?"
Though their methods are enshrouded in secrecy, magicians combine the art of performance with a variety of scientific disciplines, including math, physics and psychology, to create their dazzling effects and fascinating illusions.
With a touch of hocus-pocus and a dash of abracadabra, the Houston Museum of Natural Science pulled a spectacular new exhibition out of its hat. Magic! examined how science and magic are intertwined, tapping into our universal desire to know "How does that work?" It's the perfect subject to inspire people of all ages-especially kids to learn about the world around them.
Presenting an array of artifacts connected with legendary performers of the past and present, the exhibition also featured film and video clips of famous magicians, as well as guest illusionists performing live in the exhibition daily.
Among the many intriguing artifacts were torches for fire eating; magic lanterns and automatons; Harry Houdini's trademark milk can and water escape trunk; Harry Blackstone's "Zig Zag Girl" prop; Mike Caveney's linking coat hangers; and items from the acts of Doug Henning, Penn & Teller, and other superstars of magic.