For Magicians Who Die on Stage

On sleight of hand and believing spectacular people

jayy dodd.
Sep 4, 2019 · 8 min read
Illustration by Johnalynn Holland

For anyone open to amusement, the appeal of up-close magic is a reliable joy. Whether elaborate or gestural, sleight of hand is an easy way to garner simple reactionary awe, if not outright amazement, from an audience. Prestidigitation, translated directly to mean dexterous handwork, is an entry-level introduction to magic…