Dubuque magician turns skeptics into believers during National Magic Week

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- This week marks National Magic Week across the country.

It's a 90-year tradition marked by the death of legendary magician Harry Houdini, who eerily enough died on Halloween in 1926. In less than a year after his death, a National Magic Day was proposed for October 31.

Over time, it has transitioned into National Magic Week, officially recognized by many across the country.

Magicians can turn skeptics into believers because many tricks can seem legitimately unfathomable.

John Greene, a magician, mentalist, and hypnotist in the Dubuque area said learning magic was a door to learn more about topics you can't necessarily go to class and expect to study.

"There are things that I've learned from doing magic as far as physics, psychology, that you can't learn in school that they just don't teach you in school and the only way to learn them is through real-life experience. And magic gives you that ability," Greene said.

Greene had a strong argument against those who don't necessarily believe in magic.

"You don't have to believe in gravity either, but it's still going to work," he said. "Same thing with hypnosis, people say 'I don't believe in hypnosis,' then they end up getting hypnotized at my shows."

Greene performed multiple tricks at our KCRG-TV9 Dubuque Bureau. Our Dubuque morning reporter Aaron Scheinblum agreed to be hypnotized if Greene could pull off some unbelievable tricks.

Watch the live shots from the morning show to see!