Abracadabra! It’s Smoke and Mirrors Day!


LEARN some magic and celebrate Smoke and Mirrors Day today, 29 March.

In some countries 29 March is Smoke and Mirrors Day – a celebration of magic and illusions.

Like many English words, ‘magic’ comes from a Greek word ‘mageia’.

For all the Harry Potter fans out there, it is a day to pretend magic really exists and live like a student of Hogwarts.

Why not celebrate the day by learning a magic trick?

Read: Magic pictures and optical illusions

Or you could read a novel or watch a movie about it.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis:

A classic children’s book about four siblings who travel to a secret world called Narnia through a magic wardrobe. This fantasy about magic features a collection of interesting and unusual creatures.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling:

The eponymous first Harry Potter follows Harry as he learns about being a magician and the legacy of the scar on his head.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman:

This is one for adults. It tells the story of Quentin Coldwater who enters the world of magic at a hidden college in New York called Brakebills. It features mature content and even takes on issues of mental disorders.

GIF: Abracadabra


The Prestige:

Set in the early 1900s, this PG 13 mystery is movie about two magicians embroiled in a rivalry which may or may not revolve around a murder.

Now You See Me:

Follow a group of illusionists who lead the FBI on a chase after stealing money from a wealthy man and donating it to the crowd during a live show.

Practical Magic:

Sisters, Sally and Gillian are witches who have to hide their magic from the world for fear of persecution. Watch as they learn to overcome a curse on the family that kills off the men they fall in love with.


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Erin Hanekom

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