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On March 14, 2016, U.S. Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) brought forward House Resolution 642, recognizing magic as a rare and valuable art form. The resolution is currently under review and consideration in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Magician David Copperfield and Mayor Eric Hogue brought the idea of the resolution to the attention of Congressman Sessions, who was willing to support an art form that has been overlooked for the past 50 years, while ballet, jazz, country music, gospel music and theater have been recognized by our government.
Previously, Mayor Hogue had worked with the Dallas Magic Clubs, the Society of American Magicians and Congressman Sessions' office to have magic listed as an art in the 113th Congressional record.
History has shown how magic and illusion has the ability to inspire people of all ages. It enables them to experience the impossible, whether on stage, television or feature films. Magic, like other great art-forms, allows people to experience that wonder and amazement.
Magic has also had a significant impact in our society with individuals like Leonardo da Vinci, Arthur C. Clark and Georges Méliès. It can be used as a tool that is a unifying force across cultural, religious, ethnic, and age boundaries within our nation and our world. Magicians are visual storytellers who can interweave elements of mystery, wonder, emotion, excitement and expression in their craft.
On June 9, 2016 David and Eric traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with members of the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage them to bring the resolution forward for a vote.
Please consider letting your U.S. Representative know that you support U.S. Resolution 642. Visit here, HR642, for more information.
Eric Hogue, David Copperfield and Congressman Pete Sessions in the House Republican Cloakroom in the U.S. Capitol.
David Copperfield and Eric Hogue being interviewed.
U.S. House Resolution 642
Eric Hogue and David Copperfield address members of the U.S. House of Representatives and their staffs about why magic is an art form.