GOP Lawmaker Pushes Pro-Magic Legislation

He wants magic classified as a national treasure
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 15, 2016 6:45 PM CDT
FILE- In this file photo dated December 5, 1987, the lights were turned down low as British actor Christopher Lee performs as magician in the act "The Floating Virgin" with German actress Marie-Theres...   (AP Photo/Uwe Lein, FILE)

(Newser) – Do you believe in magic? Republican Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas does. The AP reports Sessions is hoping the House will pass his resolution, introduced this week, recognizing magic as a "rare and valuable art form." One of Sessions' constituents, Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue, declared National Magic Week in his town. Hogue has worked to achieve "art status" for magic and has touted its therapeutic benefits.

If passed, the House resolution would not only recognize magic as a natural treasure, it would reinforce that the House supports "efforts to make certain that magic is preserved, understood, and promulgated." The resolution says that "magic is a unifying force across cultural, religious, ethnic, and age differences in our diverse nation," and adds that "magic is timeless in appeal and requires only the capacity to dream." (Read more magic stories.)

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