"A wonderful brain interprets something differently from what it actually is, but it doesn't mean it's made a mistake. It took the information it had and did it's best job
." Those are but two tricks from Jerry Andrus
(1918-2007), self-taught magician and illusionist, and one of great renown
amongst other magicians
. But he was more than a slight-of-hand man: he was also a poet, philosopher, inventor, humanist, agnostic, and skeptic
. There are an impressive number of videos of him online, these are but a few to get you started down the rabbit hole: Jerry Andrus is visual poetry
(Google video / YT
, 28 minutes) :: Jerry Andrus at the Magic Castle
(G.vid, 49 min), Jerry Andrus at 83 his Optical Illusions
(G.vid, 41 min) :: Jerry Andrus and Ray Hyman on Uri Geller
(YT, 26 min) :: James Randi on Jerry Andrus
(YT, 5 min) :: James Randi - who was Jerry Andrus?
:: James Randi describes Jerry Andrus
. The last two clips are from Rex Young
, a young illusionist who has recreated many of Andrus' illusions on his YouTube channel
, and made some of his own
posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 12, 2011 -
The house in Amityville with the fan-shaped windows making an inhuman face is the Godzilla
of haunted house movies. The town and current owner of the house where the DeFeo family was murdered try to downplay
(registration required) its signficance. The trademark windows in the original have been replaced to disguise its identity, and lawsuits force studios to use a house-double. Although latest remake claims the status of "true story," the case has been widely dismissed as a hoax
and the 2005 film has even rased the ire of George Lutz
for how he is portrayed as the haunted father-figure. Other people involved in the case including convicted murder DeFeo are unhappy
with the new attention. Still, the story has its true believers
who argue the debunkers have their own agenda. Then again, Texas Chainsaw Massacre
was also claimed by the same production company to be "inspired by a true story."
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Apr 15, 2005 -
I attacked and took over two countries...
Friday Debunking Fun! It's been popping up all over
in the past month. The problem is, none of its claims are referenced. I challenge my fellow MeFites to come up with the links to debunk or support the charges filed in the Presidential Confession. What's true? What isn't? What's relevant to the election?
posted by badstone
on Sep 26, 2003 -