YES, THERE IS A PATRON SAINT OF MAGIC!
Friday is St. Patrick's Day, honoring the patron saint of Ireland.
But did you know that there is a patron saint of MAGIC?
Saint John Bosco was an Italian priest who served the poor in the last part of the 1800s.
Blessed with tremendous natural gifts, including a wonderful sense of humor, Bosco overcame overwhelming obstacles to help deprived children find a better life.
Juggler, magician and acrobat, he used all of these skills in public magic shows to spread his message of tolerance, patience and love of God.
According to legend, a prayer was the price of admission to his shows.
During his shows, he used tricks like Linking Ropes to explain the mystery of the Trinity, production boxes to surprise the children with bounties of candy from piles of pebbles, and other effects you are familiar with.
In January 2002, hundreds of European and American magicians presented a petition to Pope St. John Paul II asking him to declare St. John Bosco their patron saint.
January 31 is now St. John Bosco Day in the litergical calendar- and it is also International Magic Day.