GOP chairman introduces bill recognizing magic as a ‘national treasure’

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Some lawmakers think magic should be considered a “rare and valuable art form and national treasure” under a new bill introduced in the House.

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) introduced a resolution this week to advance efforts to grant magic an official art status that would make it easier for magicians to apply for grants. 

Sessions is the chairman of the House Rules Committee, which determines how legislation is considered on the floor. His office explained that he introduced the measure to assist the efforts of a constituent, Eric Hogue, the mayor of Wylie, Texas, a former magician who has led efforts to grant magic an official art status.

{mosads}The 711-word resolution attracted mockery on social media for its lengthy praise of magic. 

According to the resolution, magic “enables people to experience the impossible”; “is used to inspire and bring wonder and happiness to others”; “is an art that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary”; and “is timeless in appeal and requires only the capacity to dream.”

It further notes magic’s influence on modern cinema, as well as its use in therapy for children with physical, psychological and social disabilities. 

The resolution gives a shoutout to Hogue: “Mayor Eric Hogue, who learned the art of magic as a child, continues to use those skills to teach elementary school students about the different roles and responsibilities of local government,” the text states. 

So far, the resolution has six co-sponsors, all of whom are Republicans.

Lawmakers frequently introduce symbolic resolutions that usually don’t make it to the House floor for votes. In December, for instance, a group of House Republicans filed a resolution defending Christmas.


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