A Brief History of Magic Wands

Vintage illustration of a cigar box label for Wizard tobacco in the 1920s. Source: (Photo by Found Image Press/Corbis via Getty Images)

Magicians, wizards, witches, sorcerers, and fairies all know that to give their magical powers a boost, they need a magic wand. These thin, hand-held devices were said to be the source of magic or, at the very least, served as a distraction away from a sleight-of-hand. It may be tempting to credit JK Rowling for the invention of the magic wand, but in fact, this power stick has a long and diverse background. Let’s look at the brief history of magic wands.