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Quotes of the Day for 31 October 2003 – Magic

Ehrich Weiss, better known by his stage name Harry Houdini, died in a Detroit hospital on this day in 1926. After a lecture at Montreal's McGill University ten days before, a student there asked Houdini if it was true that he could accept blows to the stomach without harm. Houdini answered in the affirmative, and the student punched him in the abdomen before Houdini could prepare himself, rupturing Houdini's appendix. Although in pain, Houdini refused to take time to go to the hospital. At his Detroit show he collapsed in pain on stage, and died later that night. Today is observed as National Magic Day in his honor.

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The quotes:

Watching foreign affairs is sometimes like watching a magician; the eye is drawn to the hand performing the dramatic flourishes, leaving the other hand - the one doing the important job - unnoticed.
     - David K. Shipler

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
     - Eden Phillpotts

Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice.
     - Nora Roberts

What use is magic if it can't save a unicorn?
     - Peter S. Beagle

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
     - Thomas Szasz

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
     - Tom Robbins

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