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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin
on Oct 20, 2013 -
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.
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 -
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 -
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
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 3, 2012 -
"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 -