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Magic trick that broke record brought together 1,573 Arab and Israeli kids

The “Haifa Magic for Peace in Israel” event was launched as part of an initiative to foster dialogue and coexistence between Jewish and Arab communities

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Israeli magician Cagliostro on Saturday stood in front of a crowd of more than 1,500 children from every ethnic and religious community in the city of Haifa, including Jews, Muslims, Christians, Bahais and Druze, to break a record for the world’s largest ever magic lesson.

The “Haifa Magic for Peace in Israel” event was launched as part of an initiative to foster dialogue and coexistence between Jewish and Arab communities.

The magician’s card trick used a specially prepared deck which bore the words “peace” and “coexistence” among others in both Hebrew and Arabic.

Among the attendees was Mayor of Haifa, Yona Yahav. In comments carried by the Daily Mail, Yahav addressed the crowd, saying: “It is vital that Haifa Magic for Peace breaks the Guinness World Record.

“Around the world, people are unaware that here in Haifa, we have been living together in peace for over a century,” Yahav added.

Meanwhile, Cagliostro was quoted as saying: “This is not just any magic lesson, this is a magic lesson with representatives of every faith and community in Haifa, this is Haifa Magic for Peace.

“It wasn’t just about teaching a trick or breaking a record, it was about bringing people together to speak and get to know each other,” the conjurer added.