This resolution recognizes magic — as in, supernatural forces and magic tricks — as a “rare and valuable art form and national treasure.”
The resolution, introduced by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), contains 33 arguments as to the importance of magic, including that it:
“Is an art form with the unique power and potential to impact the lives of all people,"
“Enables people to experience the impossible,”
“Fulfills some of the highest ideals and aspirations of our country,” and
“Is timeless in appeal and requires only the capacity to dream.”
The bill further claims that “many technological advances can be directly traced to the influential work of magicians.”
The legislation credits magic with inspiring a wide variety of individuals, from artist Leonardo da Vinci to Eric Hogue, the clown-turned-mayor of Wylie, Texas. (Hogue, incidentally, brought the issue of magic’s under-acknowledgement to Rep. Sessions’ attention.) The bill also praises magician David Copperfield — another supporter of the legislation — and his therapeutic magic training program.Finally, the resolution asserts that “magic has not been properly recognized as a great American art form,” and that it should be supported and preserved through a national effort.