Magic City Casino wants to make Miami’s nickname go ‘poof’ from other company names

He said the name dates back to Henry Flagler, the pioneering developer and railroad baron, who once asked a writer to pen a magazine story to help woo northerners to the swampy, mosquito-ridden region under development. It was the article that first referred to Miami as the “Magic City,” although the name was believed to have been “borrowed” from Birmingham, which called itself the Magic City of the South.