A New Take on Halloween: The Unofficial National Magic Day Awards
The people who brought you the Platinum PIAs Awards, held annually since 2010, are now engaged in shifting their focus to create a new magical entity that will be celebrated on Halloween and is called The National Magic Day Awards with its first ceremony occurring in 2020. This awards show shares a similar mission with the PIAs which is to recognize those who are living the American Dream and are making a difference in their communities. The National Magic Day Awards honors those with entrepreneurial leanings including MagicPreneurs, ArtisticPreneurs or any other kind of entrepreneur. The fact is that whether you are a magician or a small business, in order to be successful, you need to think like a businessperson. And one of the greatest entrepreneurs and marketers of all time was the legendary Harry Houdini himself.
National Magic Day is Born
“National Magic Day” started out by being called “Houdini Day,” the first celebration of which took place in the summer of 1927, less than one year after the death of Houdini on Halloween, 1926. In a ceremony, his widow Bess Houdini presented a trophy in honor of him, a ritual that that was then continued each year following. Then in 1938 a friend of the Houdini’s asked for and got permission from Mrs. Houdini to call October 31st National Magic Day in memory of her husband. The celebration of this day was to have free magic performances for shut-ins and the handicapped, who would otherwise not be able to go out and enjoy a show. And it wasn’t long after that, that National Magic Day was the culmination of National Magic Week that runs from October 25th to October 31st.
Houdini, the Role Model
All this was in honor of Houdini. And although he was not born in the United States, he always saw himself as living the American Dream as well as was someone who wanted to make a difference. Therefore, he is the perfect role model and figurehead for The National Magic Day Awards. And National Magic Week that leads to National Magic Day features conjurers from the Society of American Magicians, an organization that Harry Houdini was once president of from 1917 until his death in 1926.
Carrying on a Tradition
During National Magic Week, Prestidigitators from the S.A.M. will perform magic for those who may not be able to attend performances otherwise including kids at children’s hospitals and seniors at nursing homes. The idea is to help charities and to give back. And because ” Houdini Day” was the original name for National Magic Day, the website HoudiniDay.com was established to provide information on the new awards show. And the National Magic Day Awards proudly continues the tradition of honoring Houdini while simultaneously spotlighting those who are living their American Dream and making a difference.
An Unusual Happening
Additionally, to be featured in the National Magic Day Awards is an annual and unusual happening that dates back to 1927. This tradition is to hold a séance on October 31 to try to contact Houdini from beyond the grave. This will be done after the awards have been presented. Sound like fun? Did you know that you can nominate someone to be considered for a National Magic Day Awards “Houdini.” Just leave us a web link so that we can view either an article or video of your suggested nominee. Also, if you are interested in attending the event yourself, please send us an email and tell us why you want to be in attendance. See you soon at The National Magic Day Awards and maybe even on the website HoudiniDay.com.