There Is a Real Bill in Congress Now to Recognize Magic as ‘National Treasure’
There is a real, actual piece of legislation in the House of Representatives right now to recognize magic as a great art form and national treasure.
No, seriously, Congressman Pete Sessions introduced a bill yesterday to not only do the above, but to support “efforts to make certain that magic is preserved, understood, and promulgated.”
And the whole legislation is kind of amazing. Behold actual text from the bill:
Whereas magic is an art form with the unique power and potential to impact the lives of all people;
Whereas magic enables people to experience the impossible;
Whereas magic is used to inspire and bring wonder and happiness to others;
Whereas the American magicians Harry Houdini and David Copperfield have been the most successful magicians of the past two centuries;
Whereas David Copperfield, introduced to magic as a boy growing up in New Jersey, has been named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress;
Whereas David Copperfield, with 21 Emmy Awards, 11 Guinness World Records, and over four billion dollars in ticket sales, has impacted every aspect of the global entertainment industry;
Whereas David Copperfield, through his magic, inspires great positive change in the lives of Americans;
(That’s only half of the ones that mention Copperfield.)
Whereas magic is timeless in appeal and requires only the capacity to dream;
Whereas magic transcends any barrier of race, religion, language, or culture;
Whereas magic has not been properly recognized as a great American art form, nor has it been accorded the institutional status on a national level commensurate with its value and importance;
The bill already has six co-sponsors, and presumably more will be pulled out of a hat in coming weeks.
Maybe this is all just stealth marketing for JK Rowling‘s new tales about magic in America and the Magical Congress of the United States. Though frankly, the only thing magical about this Congress is that their approval rating is somehow above zero.
Correction: An earlier version of this post identified the sponsor of the bill as Jeff Sessions, a senator, not Congressman Pete Sessions.
[h/t ABC News]
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