Should magic be considered an art form?


Original Houdini books.
Original Houdini books. Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner

A Texan wants the United States to be a bit more magical.

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, introduced a resolution to that effect in the U.S. House of Representatives this week. He and a few co-sponsors want magic to be considered an art form to be “preserved, understood, and promulgated.”

Before you try to find Harry Potter’s Hogwarts or lock yourself in a church, Sessions is talking about the magic of a different Harry.

The resolution seeks to have the art of illusion, made famous in the U.S. by Harry Houdini, considered an art form like theater and dance.

Sessions, whose district covers northeast Dallas, Garland and Wylie, made sure to name-drop magic greats like magicians David Copperfield and filmmaker George Méliès.

Wylie, Texas, has already embraced the art of magic with summer programs and a National Magic Week.

It might seem silly for the U.S. House to spend time on magic, but the resolution does have merit.

Magic should be considered art to be preserved.