'Gospel Illusionists' Tricked Out for Jesus

Saving souls with sleight of hand
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2008 5:52 AM CDT
Though the Bible frowns on magic, faithful practitioners call their art "sleight of hand."   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Though the Bible places strictures on the “magic arts,” a group of faithful tricksters are using sleight of hand to convert the wayward, Mother Jones reports. Weslyan University recently hosted the annual convention of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians, where performers were more likely to quote scripture and deliver Bible lessons than jokes.

“A lot of folks want the supernatural—they want something special,” said one magician. “They want to believe in something. You put the right thing in front of them and they will.” Another illusionist simply asked: “Why should the devil have all the good entertainment?” (Read more Christians stories.)