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Smoke & Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors Day, also known as Festival of Smoke and Mirrors Day, is dedicated to illusions and celebrates things that really aren't as they appear. Smoke and mirrors were originally used to make it appear as if something was hovering in space. A beam from a hidden projector, which was known as a magic lantern, would reflect off a mirror and onto a cloud of smoke, and an image would appear on the smoke. This illusion was first documented in 1770, and was popularized by Johann Georg Schrepfer. It became a big part of nineteenth-century phantasmagoria shows. Afterwards, smoke and mirrors became associated with acts of illusion, as they were used to distract audiences when people or things were made to disappear or appear. When people can't figure out how illusionists and magicians are doing a trick, they may say, "It's all smoke and mirrors." The phrase may also be used figuratively when people try to hide something by being cunning or using deception.

Celebrate the day by picking up some books and getting started learning some magic tricks, or go see a magic show that uses smoke and mirrors. You should also spend the day being as cunning and deceitful in your speech as possible. Try to trick many people with the smoke and mirrors of your words!
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From Checkiday I went to Wikipedia to see what else I could find out, the description there is nearly identical to the opening paragraph of Checkiday so I decided to check out one of the links there.

There are a dozen songs & music albums with this name and several books & other media as well. Check out the link to find out more.


The Professor used to do illusion magic and he continually surprises me with his talent for misdirection. He doesn't do magic any more but he can still talk people into circles and lead them to think what he wants them to think. Not me so much any more but lots of others.

Do you know someone who is good at misdirection?

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