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Https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-cong......642/text


114th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. RES. 642

Recognizing magic as a rare and valuable art form and national treasure.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 14, 2016
Mr. Sessions (for himself, Mr. Stivers, Mr. Meehan, Mr. Donovan, Mr. Dent, Mr. Simpson, and Mr. Buck) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

RESOLUTION
Recognizing magic as a rare and valuable art form and national treasure.

Whereas magic is an art form with the unique power and potential to impact the lives of all people;

Whereas magic enables people to experience the impossible;

Whereas magic is used to inspire and bring wonder and happiness to others;

Whereas magic has had a significant impact on other art forms;

Whereas magic, like the great art forms of dance, literature, theater, film, and the visual arts, allows people to experience something that transcends the written word;

Whereas many technological advances can be directly traced to the influential work of magicians;

Whereas futurist Arthur C. Clarke claimed that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic;

Whereas one of the greatest artists of all time, Leonardo da Vinci, was inspired by magic and co-wrote one of the very first books on magic in the late 15th century;

Whereas modern cinema would not exist today without the innovative work of the accomplished magician Georges Méliès;

Whereas magicians are visual storytellers who seamlessly interweave elements of mystery, wonder, emotion, and expression;

Whereas magic is an outstanding artistic model of individual expression;

Whereas magic fulfills some of the highest ideals and aspirations of our country by encouraging people to question what they believe and see;

Whereas magic is a unifying force across cultural, religious, ethnic, and age differences in our diverse Nation;

Whereas magic is an art that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary;

Whereas the American magicians Harry Houdini and David Copperfield have been the most successful magicians of the past two centuries;

Whereas David Copperfield, introduced to magic as a boy growing up in New Jersey, has been named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress;

Whereas David Copperfield, with 21 Emmy Awards, 11 Guinness World Records, and over four billion dollars in ticket sales, has impacted every aspect of the global entertainment industry;

Whereas David Copperfield, through his magic, inspires great positive change in the lives of Americans;

Whereas people consistently leave David Copperfield’s live magic show with a different perspective than when they entered;

Whereas Rebecca Brown of Portland, Oregon, left a David Copperfield magic show with a newfound inspiration to pursue her lifelong, unfulfilled passion for dance;

Whereas three months after Rebecca Brown attended the David Copperfield magic show, she performed her first choreographed recital in Portland, Oregon’s Pioneer Square;

Whereas programs such as Project Magic, created by David Copperfield, use magic as a form of therapy for children with physical, psychological, and social disabilities;

Whereas learning magic through programs such as Project Magic can help these children improve their physical and mental dexterity and increase their confidence;

Whereas learning magic through programs such as Project Magic helps these children realize that they are no longer less able than their peers;

Whereas programs such as Project Magic teach these children that they are more capable and have a newfound ability to do what others cannot;

Whereas cities such as Wylie, Texas, and its mayor, Eric Hogue, recognize and promote the art of magic with official proclamations, summer educational programs, and the first festival dedicated to the art of magic in the State of Texas;

Whereas Mayor Eric Hogue, who learned the art of magic as a child, continues to use those skills to teach elementary school students about the different roles and responsibilities of local government;

Whereas magic is timeless in appeal and requires only the capacity to dream;

Whereas magic transcends any barrier of race, religion, language, or culture;

Whereas magic has not been properly recognized as a great American art form, nor has it been accorded the institutional status on a national level commensurate with its value and importance;

Whereas there is not an effective national effort to support and preserve magic;

Whereas documentation and archival support required by such a great art form has yet to be systematically applied to the field of magic; and

Whereas it is in the best interest of the national welfare to preserve and celebrate the unique art form of magic: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) recognizes magic as a rare and valuable art form and national treasure; and

(2) supports efforts to make certain that magic is preserved, understood, and promulgated.
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If you ever have done a job search, the government list a Magician as a career choice in their list of job searches and careers.
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Another example of our taxes hard at work. Smile
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Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Anybody who teaches any sort of magic program through a school or another institution, such as a city parks and recreation program, or who performs at places such as local libraries, should find that an extra level of legitimacy can't hurt.
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This has just been introduced so far; it has not passed.
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Agreed that this is a positive development toward our art form being taken more seriously.

It could also open up opportunities to access arts funding for scholarly research on magic history, preservation of rare materials, etc.
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Fast forward to 5:20 in this interview and they mention it towards the end.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/video/why-can......807.html
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I wonder if this means that collectors and archivists can now apply for government funding?
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DC has shared a website for those who want to add their name to a petition which he will take to congress! https://hr642.com
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On Mar 28, 2016, Peter Goldfield wrote:
DC has shared a website for those who want to add their name to a petition which he will take to congress! https://hr642.com


Thanks for that link!
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Write to your congressperson to have this resolution passed:

https://hr642.com/
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On Mar 28, 2016, Peter Goldfield wrote:
DC has shared a website for those who want to add their name to a petition which he will take to congress! https://hr642.com


Thanks for that link!



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Will do!
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Not to be a dark cloud - but if Magic was regarded as an "official" art form by the US Government - could that lead to some sort of regulation/restrictions?

I am just asking so what are your thoughts?
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A better way to get magic accepted as an Art is for magicians to start treating it as if it was one.

You can't make something an "Art" through legislation.
"America's Foremost Satirical Magician" -- Jeff McBride.
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I think this legislation is more so a way to honor those who have already treated magic as an art form, those who currently continue to do so, and to the many who will follow in the future.
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I agree with Payne. I'll further add that in order to think this means anything you would have to grant that the government decides what is and isn't art. I don't care what a bunch of legislators think is art.
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I agree as well. I just thought it was interesting that someone proposed it. It doesn't change anything for us. It's like if someone decided to recognize the world was round instead of flat - the world would keep being round regardless. I'm guessing the person who introduced this piece of legislation did so with good intent - maybe they or someone they know is a magician.
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On Apr 4, 2016, RC wrote:
...I'm guessing the person who introduced this piece of legislation did so with good intent - maybe they or someone they know is a magician.


good guess
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community......hall.ece
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Great article. That definitely sheds light on how & why this came about. Thanks for sharing!
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