Smoke and Mirrors Day
Also known as
Festival of Smoke and Mirrors Day
annually on March 29th
Smoke and Mirrors Day, also known as Festival of Smoke and Mirrors Day, is dedicated to illusions and celebrates things that really aren't as they appear. Smoke and mirrors were originally used to make it appear as if something was hovering in space. A beam from a hidden projector, which was known as a magic lantern, would reflect off a mirror and onto a cloud of smoke, and an image would appear on the smoke. This illusion was first documented in 1770, and was popularized by Johann Georg Schrepfer. It became a big part of nineteenth-century phantasmagoria shows. Afterwards, smoke and mirrors became associated with acts of illusion, as they were used to distract audiences when people or things were made to disappear or appear. When people can't figure out how illusionists and magicians are doing a trick, they may say, "It's all smoke and mirrors." The phrase may also be used figuratively when people try to hide something by being cunning or using deception.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by picking up some books and getting started learning some magic tricks, or go see a magic show that uses smoke and mirrors. You should also spend the day being as cunning and deceitful in your speech as possible. Try to trick many people with the smoke and mirrors of your words!