I have occasionally encountered groups that did not want to see magic entertainment due to religious reasons. On the other extreme, I know that many magicians perform a brand of conjuring known as "gospel magic" to present a message through a magic trick. This is why I was fascinated by a recent article about magician and Catholic priest Father Jim Blantz, who was recently profiled in an article. Father Blantz regularly performs magic in his ministry.
"At first glance his career paths may seem divinely mismatched, but Blantz insists that the callings actually bless each other quite perfectly, even if he doesn't sneak a joke or sight gag into a sermon very often, says the story. "Sometimes, the magic isn't an illusion at all. It's a miracle taking place, and Blantz gives God credit for doing the work."
"'My magic gives something to people," says Blantz in the story. "If I can make you forget about your troubles for that hour that I entertain you, then it's worth my time and effort."
You can read the story here.