According to Merriam Webster art is “something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or expresses important ideas or feelings” (Merriam-Webster, 2014). Magic is a form of art that has been practiced for over a century. Earlier this year, Pete Sessions of Texas in the House of Representatives stated “I rise today on behalf of one of my constituents, Dal Sanders, National President of the Society of American Magicians to recognize magic as an art”. Webster defines magic as an art form, Representative Sessions defines magic as an art form and lay people around the world have been mesmerized by the skill, mystery and sheer beauty of this craft.
Ask any person on the street to name famous magicians and they will undoubtedly recite names that are synonymous with images of prestidigitation in our culture such as, David Copperfield, Lance Burton, David Blaine or even Criss Angel. The names of male magicians lauded for their practice of this art form is seemingly endless in both ancient and modern times.
The list of famous female magicians is all but non-existent and not because of the lack of females in the industry. The unfortunate truth is that women in magic have been relegated to the position of “assistant”, always just outside of the spotlight. The Women in Magic Art exhibit will change that perspective by providing the purveyor a firsthand experience of these women as they exist in the spotlight.
The truth is there are countless women in magic all around the country, even the world and their way was paved by the brave women who wowed audiences the world over at a time when it seemed more a taboo than an expression of art. Famous women such as the Queen of Magic Celeste Evans (1931-) , Ionia the Enchantress (1888-1973) and the World’s Leading Lady Magician Dell O’Dell (1902-1962) will be prominently featured using displays of photographs, playbills, props and even costumes. The goal of this exhibit is to ensure that women are recognized as the professionals they were then and are now in the world of Magic.
WOMEN IN THE ART OF MAGIC