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Yann Frisch. Vivement dimanche, Le Plus Grand Cabaret Du Monde, Champion du Monde de Magie.
posted by twoleftfeet on Sep 14, 2014 - 5 comments

The Millionaire's Magician

Most people have probably never seen the magic of Steve Cohen, who for 14 years has held court in a private suite at the Waldorf-Astoria, to sold-out crowds of "celebrities, royalty, government officials, and other VIPs." But bits of his "Chamber Magic" show are available online to marvel at. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 10, 2014 - 31 comments

"My heroes have always been pocket cowboys."

Please enjoy six minutes of Willie Nelson performing a card trick.
posted by Atom Eyes on Aug 18, 2014 - 27 comments

Playing Magic with Geek Friends

So all of your friends have either just started playing Magic: the Gathering or have picked it up again or else admitted to having played it continually for twenty years now, and eyes are glazing over as they discuss bomb rares and 2-for-1s and mana flooding and drafting. You're not sure if you actually want to immerse yourself in this but you can't know for sure without, well, immersing yourself in it. We've all been there. Thankfully, Felicia Day's Geek & Sundry channel has a show for you - Spellslingers! [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Aug 17, 2014 - 71 comments

The Incorrigible Reprobate of Twentieth Century Publishing

L. W. De Laurence has been called "the incorrigible reprobate of twentieth century publishing" but his extensive and well-written catalog, and the books he offered on subjects ranging from mind-control to Hindoo magic, had an immense influence over American voodoo and hoodoo, as well as Jamaican obeah. The general hatred for De Laurence seems to stem primarily from his plagiarizing of magic-related texts by other famous authors. While this sort of act was frowned upon, at the time that he was operating it was all perfectly legal; the only thing he did that was not, was the actual selling of occult products by mail. Carolyn Morrow Long's book Spiritual Merchants contains excerpts from the trial. The lawsuit didn't seem to stop the De Laurence company, however. They continued going strong for many years, even outlasting the companies that manufactured most of their original perfumes and incenses. The De Laurence Company is still in business but no longer produces the fancy catalog and appears to have turned its 21st century focus toward jewelry making.
posted by Peregrine Pickle on Aug 16, 2014 - 3 comments

Orchestrate Illusions (Superpermuter)

The Minimal Superpermutation Problem - Imagine that there is a TV series that you want to watch. The series consists of n episodes, with each episode on a single DVD. Unfortunately, however, the DVDs have become mixed up and the order of the episodes is in no way marked (and furthermore, the episodes of the TV show are not connected by any continuous storyline – there is no way to determine the order of the episodes just from watching them). Suppose that you want to watch the episodes of the TV series, consecutively, in the correct order. The question is: how many episodes must you watch in order to do this? [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog on Aug 10, 2014 - 34 comments

The Norwegian for 'Museum Filter' might be 'Museum Filter'

Norway seems to be particularly good at making interesting museums. If you're touring, the museum of magic is spell-binding. The museum of knitting is a real purl. The petroleum museum is a gas. The Lofoten Stockfish museum is off the hook. And the Norsk Hermetickk-museum is about the history of sealing things in cans. [more inside]
posted by Joeruckus on Jul 25, 2014 - 9 comments

Real or Magic

Sometimes the best thing about David Blaine's magic tricks are the reactions he elicits. A rather Regarding Henry-ish Harrison Ford: "Get the fuck outta my house." A predictably overwrought Ricky Gervais: "Oh for fuck's sake!" Or maybe you just enjoy seeing someone manhandling George W. Bush while the President maintains a look of childlike wonder.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jul 16, 2014 - 63 comments

The Fox, The Madien, The River, And The Witch

Leigh Bardugo writes haunting, Eastern-European inspired fairy tales (Previously) often highlighting the experience of women in a unfair world. Tor.com presents two new stories, the somber "The Too-Clever Fox" and the subversive "Little Knife."
posted by The Whelk on Jul 1, 2014 - 8 comments

How an Austronesian Concept Became a Video Game Mechanic

"The concept is a staple of the global culture of fantasy novels and video games, many of which feature a blue bar of magical energy called 'mana.' "But how did this happen? How did a concept from Pago Pago become part of global gaming culture? How did an Austronesian spiritual force come on board the Exodar, and become part of the life of my draenei shaman?" A lengthy look at the history of "mana," from Pacific Islanders to RPGs and trading card games.
posted by jbickers on Jun 17, 2014 - 66 comments

Nathan for You

Nathan Fielder's Ingenious Dumb Humor - "How the star of Comedy Central's 'Nathan for You' makes the most of uncomfortable moments." (via; previously 1,2,3)
posted by kliuless on Jun 14, 2014 - 10 comments

Stop it! Stop making kittens!

MagiCATastrophe, in which a birthday party magician discovers his secret power.
posted by desjardins on May 29, 2014 - 28 comments

and, with a quaint device, the feast vanishes.

“Putting magic at the center of a play about a magician doesn’t seem like that radical a choice,” explained Teller’s  co-director and co-adapter Aaron Posner. "But in the history, at least the modern history of producing 'The Tempest', it is a radical choice."

posted by divabat on May 15, 2014 - 24 comments

now you smell it... now you don't!

Magic for Dogs by Jose Ahonen
posted by moonmilk on Mar 21, 2014 - 48 comments

I'd Rather Be Burned As A Witch Than Never Be Burned At All

A montage of famous witches set to Eartha Kitt
posted by The Whelk on Mar 7, 2014 - 9 comments

Suffer A Witch To Live!

Witchsona Week is a week for artists, doodlers, webcomicers, and more to draw themselves as witches.
posted by The Whelk on Jan 30, 2014 - 20 comments

"Whoa! That was crazy!"

Through the power of clever editing, forced perspective and some other subtle tricks, Zack King has a "magic" Vine compilation that is excellently entertaining. [slyt]
posted by quin on Jan 16, 2014 - 21 comments

P.L Travers, Walt Disney and the "Brand Deposit"

Is Saving Mr. Banks, Disney's retelling of the events surrounding the adaptation of Mary Poppins a corporate, borderline-sexist spoonful of lies which throws author P. L. Travers under the bus?
posted by Artw on Dec 18, 2013 - 69 comments

Chicago's Magic Piano

A little bit of Christmas joy in Chicago's Union Station, courtesy of Amtrak.
posted by pjern on Dec 14, 2013 - 23 comments

Puppeteer. 2U. 1/2. U, T: You may tap or untap target creature.

Magic: The Musical: A Magic: The Gathering Puppet Musical [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Nov 29, 2013 - 7 comments

Planespotters Replaced By Machines!

British Airways #lookup Watching this makes me feel like I am in the future. Enjoy!
posted by the young rope-rider on Nov 24, 2013 - 23 comments

Simon Says: "Cthulhu fhtagn"

The Cult of Cthulhu: A Real Prayer For a Fake Tentacle
posted by empath on Nov 14, 2013 - 42 comments

Card tricks...

...to leave a smile on your face, by Helder Guimarães: Individual vs Crowd | Chaos | Freedom | Trick [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 8, 2013 - 12 comments

The Lady with the Fairy Fingers

Cliff Edwards (possibly) serenades "one of the half-dozen best manipulators in the history of magic", Suzy Wandas. [via] [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Oct 24, 2013 - 3 comments

I Need To Find Roy! This Is The Life Of My Story!

“Las Vegas implodes everything,” Siegfried says as he cups a cigarette in his right hand, smoke seeping mysteriously from his grip as if he’s performing a sleight-of-hand illusion. “But here, we keep building. We will not be knocked down.”
posted by chavenet on Oct 21, 2013 - 10 comments

Swan Hill, by Laura Michet

Your brother sighs and takes his pipe out of his jacket. "It's good to be home," he says, and fills the bowl. "A light?" You put your hand out. snap your fingers. There's the sharp stab familiar prickle comfortable ache in your wrist, among the bones. A flame leaps from your fingertips.
[more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Oct 20, 2013 - 13 comments

Card Hunter

Take some old school D&D nerdery, mix in some Magic: The Gathering and Final Fantasy Tactics, and you have Card Hunter.
posted by chunking express on Oct 18, 2013 - 44 comments

Genii's MagicPedia, preserving the history and techniques of magic

Genii, the conjurer's magazine is the longest-running independent magazine devoted to magic and magicians in the history of the art. Their website has a bit of information for the public including some lively forums, but the real treasure trove is MagicPedia. There, you can find over three thousand biographies, information on almost 1,700 books of and about magic, nearly 200 magic organizations, and so much more. The current featured article is on the American Civil War, and the role numerous magicians played at that time.
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 11, 2013 - 12 comments

Now available in 3D!

"We introduce an interactive technique for modelling 3D man-made objects by extracting them from a single photograph." 3-Sweep: Extracting Editable Objects from a Single Photo, SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 (SLYT)
posted by oulipian on Sep 9, 2013 - 18 comments

This man is incredibly big in Sweden.

Magic for Beginners. SLYT
posted by Lutoslawski on Aug 27, 2013 - 19 comments

Hellfire, Damnation and Benjamin Franklin

Dead men tell some tales - a visit to the Hellfire Caves, home of one of the most infamous Hellfire Clubs.
posted by Artw on Jun 17, 2013 - 9 comments

“More,” you moan, “More pizza! More future!”

Cecil Crowninshield, resident mystical defender of Salem Massachusetts, has put down his Lumurian Quartz topped wand and picked up the keyboard to help keep his neighbors informed of goings-on around town via a series of local news columns - Impress your date! - The Top Five Salem Sandwiches and the ghosts who stole them! - Magick On A Budgetk! When not writing his regular column, Cecil enjoys commenting on others. [via mefi projects]
posted by The Whelk on May 28, 2013 - 13 comments

Do we have wormsign?

In 1997, Last Unicorn gave Zug the chance at recreating Frank Herbert's 'Dune' through a new trading card series. He was originally told to base his work off of David Lynch's film, but after complications with licensing, "they told me to avoid similarity to Lynch's visuals" says Mark Zug. Mark Zug's Dune trading cards.
posted by Artw on May 24, 2013 - 49 comments

Beat the Cheat

Nicholas J. Johnson is a no good dirty rotten cheat. So when he invites you to play an incredible new game that he’s invented, you probably shouldn’t come…
posted by filthy light thief on May 17, 2013 - 18 comments

The first days of the screensaver: Magic and Flying Toasters

In the beginning there was Windows 2.0 its screen, and it was either on or off, but never was it "saved." The developers at Dynamic Karma said "let's make some pretty graphics while your computer is idle" or something of that sort, and lo, they made Magic, and it was good. The people rejoiced, and asked, "why for are you giving this away, when we would happily pay for it?" And then they united with software engineers at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and they brought forth Flying Toasters, after figuring out how to build the screen saver structure on the Mac. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 4, 2013 - 57 comments

I Hate Magic

"Magic loses its mystique if you're just popping 'round to the chemist to pick up some enchanted swords and spiritual Gatorade." Robert Rath explains what's wrong with magic in games and how it can be fixed.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on May 1, 2013 - 93 comments

The Magic Box

The Magic Box [SLYT] (via BoingBoing). Is it dusty here or is it just me?
posted by Joe in Australia on Apr 29, 2013 - 15 comments

Little Witch Academia is the best way to spend half an hour

Little Witch Academia is an accessible and gorgeous original anime about students learning magic and believing in yourself, available offically on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla on Apr 20, 2013 - 16 comments

Abbot to Zimmerman

The faces and brief histories of several hundred magicians.
posted by Iridic on Mar 1, 2013 - 12 comments

iDon't Believe It

A German store hires an ace salesman to sell its iPads (SLYT)
posted by MuffinMan on Jan 29, 2013 - 32 comments

"Any sufficiently advanced juggling is indistinguishable from magic."

Street performer showing off some amazing skills with a soccer/ football.
posted by quin on Jan 7, 2013 - 12 comments

“So your wallet is in your pocket?”

Apollo Robbins is a spectacular pickpocket whose work extends to neuroscience, the military and magic.
posted by xowie on Dec 31, 2012 - 27 comments

Yann Frisch can't get a break

Sleight of hand from French magician Yann Frisch (SLYT)
posted by OmieWise on Dec 11, 2012 - 35 comments

Ex Libris Houdini

Ehrich Weisz may not have had much formal education, but he grew up to be Harry Houdini, self-educated stunt performer, escape artist, and owner of "one of the largest libraries in the world on psychic phenomena, Spiritualism, magic, witchcraft, demonology, evil spirits, etc., some of the material going back as far as 1489." Houdini bequeathed much of his collection to the Library of Congress, which received 3,988 volumes from his collection in 1927, including a number of magic books inscribed or annotated by well-known magicians. Archive.org has more of the Harry Houdini Collection online. He also put a great deal of research into his tricks, as seen in his letter to Dr. W. J. McConnell, a physiologist at the U.S. Bureau of Mines, written up after Houdini's watery grave stunt in 1926.
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 3, 2012 - 5 comments

Only the kitty is real

Anamorphic illusions of items on a desk is the latest of many interesting original visual illusions, tricks, and fun science experiments by Brusspup on Youtube (previously). For handy viewing: Anamorphic playlist; Illusions playlist; Science experiments playlist, plus more, including a playlist of how-to videos for various tricks and activities . [more inside]
posted by taz on Nov 30, 2012 - 9 comments

Secret Weapons

Secret Weapons. "David Cronenberg's seldom seen 1972 made-for-TV movie, 'Secret Weapons'. It is six years into a future American civil war. A man has created a drug that enhances fighting skills. But will he give it to the theocratic government, or the rebels?" [Via]
posted by homunculus on Nov 11, 2012 - 4 comments

Magic: The Gathering: Armageddon

Magic: The Gathering: Armageddon was a 1997 prototype arcade game by Acclaim, of which there are between 4 and 5 known extant copies (Ctrl/⌘+F "arcade"). It is not currently emulated, and no footage of the gameplay existed until Halalah on the ASSEMblergames forums obtained a copy of the board and posted a video.
posted by griphus on Nov 1, 2012 - 17 comments

Research In Progress

Things about the research in progress.
posted by Blasdelb on Oct 27, 2012 - 12 comments

Area man sneezes...

Magician Rich Ferguson doing a Halloween head drop trick on the streets of his home town San Luis Obispo.
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Oct 25, 2012 - 29 comments

Magic

real good magic
posted by eggtooth on Sep 30, 2012 - 44 comments

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