Okay, this is the epitome of everything I have worked on in this journalism class. This is intense, and I hope you can feel the excitement as much as I can, because this is gonna be crazy.
My main hobby is magic. No, not the trading card game or the type of witchcraft. I’m talking David Copperfield magic. And I have been given the greatest task the Journalism Boss has ever given me: to create my very own story, no restrictions. I am hyped up to an uncontrollable extent. And so, without further interruption, I give you my story.
The Return of the Luxor Mummy.
New York’s Morbid Anatomy Museum is presenting a famous relic from Rory Feldman’s collection, the Luxor Mummy, last seen on stage in the 1930’s, as part of a new exhibit, “Do the Spirits Return?: From Dark Arts to Sleight of Hand in Early 20th Century Stage Magic.”
The Luxor Mummy has a very interesting reputation, although most magicians understand that it is simply a trick, like any other stage illusion or act of mentalism. The effect is very simple, and yet astonishing beyond belief. People ask the Mummy questions, and then an ancient voice speaks from the box, answering the question in the language of the listeners. It is an old effect that has been confusing people for more than a century.
Other effects can also be seen on this exhibit, including Howard Thurston’s “Sword of Damocles,” in which a volunteer or assistant is placed in a box, which is impaled by several swords. The swords are removed, and the volunteer/assistant exits unscathed. This is a very popular effect still being used today by the pros up on stage, and will probably continue for years to come.
You can see both props at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, New York.