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The Magic of Magic, The Comedy of the Universe strikes again

By José Luis Mendoza

Since time immemorial man has been fascinated by anything occult, esoteric and magical. Giving it a prominent place in society sorcerers, shamans and magicians.

The Magic of Magic
By the Comedy of the Universe
Fri, Dec 6, 7pm
El Sindicato
Recreo 4
50 pesos

The word “Magic” comes from Magi, which was a religious element used by magicians in ancient Babylon. There were magicians in Rome, Greece, and most of the ancient world, both Europe and East Asia. In ancient times the magic was related more to initiation rites, for fertility or religious reasons. It was thought that the Shaman or wizard was knowledgeable about the invisible world of spirits.

In Greece and Rome the soothsayers and magicians had nothing to do with the priests. During the Middle Ages in Europe, magic was associated with alchemy and astrology. Now, none of the major religions accept magic, and in regard to the Judeo-Christian beliefs in particular, there are negative references in the Old and New Testament.

In the Middle Ages, the public in small towns and villages had access to magic, thanks to street magicians who traveled within a group of performing arts (circus or theater) or independently as street magicians.

These wanderers roamed the muddy and dusty roads bringing magic to the public. Games, such as the broken and glued back rope were already represented in the squares as were the famous goblets represented by jugglers and puppeteers from China.

Hence we take a quantum leap to modern times. The demystified magic invades the stage with now mythical characters such as Houdini, David Copperfield, or Criss Angel, or the fabulous Mexican magician Beto El Boticario (The Apothecary).

El Sindicato presents (during the Theater Festival “Teatral”)  Jose Luis Mendoza as the great Wizard of the East of the city, Sudhar Al Chambíar (Sweats While He Works) and Gina Acosta as the extraordinary Wizard of the Nautla plains of Chamacuero, “Rascahr Urticar” (Scratching Itching), in a fun combination of magic, comedy, and farce for all ages, but especially for kids at heart. Mostly pantomime for all languages.

This show will be presented as part of the celebration of the Biblioteca’s 59th anniversary, this Friday, December 6, at 7pm, at El Sindicato, Recreo 4 in Centro. Tickets 50 pesos, children under 8 years free. Phone: 152-0131


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