JD HancockRep. Pete Sessions, (R-Tex.), wants Congress to adopt a resolution recognizing magic “as a rare and valuable art form and national treasure.”
The conservative’s proposal drops names like Harry Houdini, David Copperfield, futurist Arthur C.
Clarke, and even artist Leonardo da Vinci.
Getting Congress to agree on anything usually takes a little magic (maybe a magic bag of cash?).
So why should lawmakers approve this non-binding resolution known as H.RES.642.? The resolution’s text says it all:
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;
Most important, the resolution says that “magic is timeless in appeal and requires only the capacity to dream.”
Sessions has pushed a similar resolution like this before, to no avail.
The measure was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The Society of American Magicians has recognized Sessions in the past, and the group has been lobbying Congress for decades to recognize magic as an art form.