Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Broken Wand Ceremony

A broken wand ceremony is a ritual performed at the funeral of a magician, in which a wand—either the wand which the magician used in performances, or a ceremonial one—is broken, indicating that with the magician's death, the wand has lost its magic.
The first broken wand ceremony was held in 1926, after the death of Harry Houdini; the Society of American Magicians continues to hold an annual ceremony at Houdini's grave.

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