— design, strategy, technology, and common sense. [more inside]
Online booster drafts at Le Bestiaire Here you can draft (the) Magic the Gathering game by selecting the editions of the virtual boosters you want to open. This Magic Draft website simulates other players of the draft which allows you to play against 'bots'.
From rarities like Arabian Nights
, The Bestiary
's monsters are not merely beautiful paper tigers
guided by gestalt player logic
into a compelling simulation of the Magic booster draft
game. With over 15 years of cards to admire and miser over, in French
, and more. Have fun drafting Ali from Cairo.
He invented or popularized
a startling array of the fundamental elements of film: the dissolve, the fade-in and fade-out, slow motion, fast motion, stop motion, double exposures and multiple exposures, miniatures, the in-camera matte, time-lapse photography, color film (albeit hand-painted), artificial film lighting, production sketches and storyboards, and the whole idea of narrative film.
By 1897, in a studio of his own design and construction – the first complete movie studio – his hand forged virtually everything on his screen. Norman McLaren writes, "He was not only his own producer, ideas man, script writer, but he was his own set-builder, scene painter, choreographer, deviser of mechanical contrivances, special effects man, costume designer, model maker, actor, multiple actor, editor and distributor." Also, his own cinematographer, and the inventor of cameras to suit his special conceptions. Not even auteur directors such as Charles Chaplin, Orson Welles, John Cassavetes, and Stanley Kubrick would personally author so many aspects of their films."
Inside: 57 films by Georges Méliès, the Grandfather of Visual Effects
. [more inside]
“We got a bit excited because we realized that people have collected
lots of dybbuk
stories, but our fragment
describes a real event, where you see how they come together and pray in order to exorcise the ghost from a widow,” [more inside]
In 1992, CBS released a Christmas special directed by Bill Meléndez
and produced by Lorne Michaels
(a more current link
), the cast included John Goodman
in the title role, Jonathan Winters
, Jan Hooks
, Andrea Martin
, Brian Doyle-Murray
, and a young Elisabeth Moss
as Holly. Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
. How could this go wrong?
, in an abbreviated version, but really more than you need to see. [more inside]
Sixteen years ago, Dungeons and Dragons aficionado Dr. Richard Garfield
had an idea for a game. He mocked up a few black and white cards and then he and a friend played the very first game of Magic: The Gathering
. The first modern collectible card game, Magic was a runaway success and within five years Wizards of the Coast
, a company with Magic as almost its sole product, purchased TSR Inc
, the publisher of Dungeons and Dragons. [more inside]
Albinos often face mistrust and discrimination, perhaps because they tend to be portrayed as evil in popular culture
. But in Tanzania and Burundi, weird delusions that albinos have magical powers mean that they are actually being hunted down, murdered and dismembered
to harvest their supposedly magical body parts
. One group of albino kids are trying to spread some sense by forming their own "magic" sports team
Machu Picchu Post
. Cute animation about an air mail pilot in the Andes and his strange encounter with a boy and his llama. [Via]
"Necronomicons: The Scariest Book in the World"
- A talk given by Daniel Harms
, author of the Encyclopedia Cthulhiana
, on the history of the Necronomicon(s)
- taking in Abdul Alhazred, John Dee, assorted aquaintences of HP Lovecraft, some rather dodgy sounding occultists from the 70s and a man known only as Simon
She did it again.
The Orlando Magic took no chances as they extended their undefeated record at home in the playoffs. The Magic remain undefeated when Gina Marie Incandela
sings the national anthem
(YT). Since first singing the national anthem for them in February, the team has won every game she sings at. Five years ago she was diagnosed with PDD-NOS autism
and she now is a poster child for early intervention
(YT). Not to get in a rut singing only the national anthem
, Gina has released a CD single
Dai Vernon chased down card cheats and swindlers to make him a better magician.
It paid off. One of the best magicians of the twentieth century, Dai first made his name in 1919 when he became The Man Who Fooled Houdini
. Watch his version of the classic routines the cups and balls
and the linking rings
. Vernon also mentored many magicians throughout his life, including Ricky Jay
. Vernon died at the age of 98
after years as the Magician in Residence at Hollywood's Magic Castle.
Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt, Available in Various Sizes She told me she liked the wolves on my shirt, I told her I wanted to howl at her moon. She offered me a swig from her mountain dew, and I drove my scooter, with her shuffling along side out the door and into the rest of our lives. Thank you wolf shirt ... There is one thing, though, and that is that whenever I wear the wolf shirt I have a lot less issues with involuntary urination ... You are the wolf pack leader ... If you like it then you better put a wolf shirt on ... If you are planning on spending exactly $9.14 on yourself this year, this better be the purchase ... Unfortunately I already had this exact picture tattooed on my chest, but this shirt is very useful in colder weather.
conjures up the great Slydini. Part 1.
, Part 2.
"It was like seeing a man walk up a wall. Nothing prepared you for it. Right at the start, a solid, heavy silver dollar, held before my eyes, vanished into thinnest air. And by no method I knew of. Certainly no sleeves. The two hours flew too quickly."
: well-dressed, colored-mohawk-wearing Japanese mime-magic-comedy duo. They may even fight crime, too.
"Some day we'll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers, and me."
In 1979, Paul Williams
and Kenneth Ascher
composed "The Rainbow Connection
" [midi] which served as a radio hit and song for the The Muppet Movie
. It was nominated for an Academy Award and reviewed
in the allmusic guide as a song in which "Kermit the Frog sings with all the dreamy wistfulness of a short green Judy Garland." Enclosed are some performances of it I hope you enjoy. [more inside]
are a bunch of crazy German software engineers known best for making Melodyne, a family of top of the line pitch correction tools. Apparently they've recently figured out how to do what they do with polyphonic audio.
I can't begin to explain how cool this is. Just watch the video.
Today on Penn Jillette's video blog
he mentions a hilarious crew of Koreans
have ripped off an old Penn and Teller trick
contains much fascinating information about the (here, mainly British and Irish) folk magic practice of concealing objects in buildings for ritual protection purposes. Yes, mummified Ceiling Cat
is averting your evil. One aspect of the practice, the deliberate concealment of garments
, has provided us with insight into ordinary costume of bygone days.
Lightning calculator and "mathemagician" Art Benjamin
goes through his paces in a 15 minute video.
, classic British comedy (Youtubed: 1
) [more inside]
Panties for Peace
"This is a way for women around the world to express their outrage."
is a self-replicating rapid prototype machine
) using fused deposition modelling
. You can build one
, although I'm not sure why you'd need to....
Comedian Jason Byrne expertly demonstrates a classic trick. (swearing) (lots of it).
How do you fit Fred "Rerun" Berry, Shaun Cassidy, Howard Cosell, Kate Jackson, Hal Linden, Penny Marhsall, Kristy McNichol, Donny & Marie, Parker Stevenson, Dick Van Patten, Adam Rich, Abe Vigoda, and Cindy Williams all into a single 48 minute TV show? It would take a magician like David Copperfield, in his first television special in 1977.
You want to waste as much time as possible before going back to work Monday morning, right? So, stay up late and watch 6 episodes of The Unpleasant World of Penn and Teller
, their mid-90s show on British TV. Don't have time for all that right now? Then jump right to a card trick with John Cleese
, or their unique version of the Card Stab trick
. At the very least, you owe it to yourself to prepare for tomorrow's coffee break
Want to learn some coin tricks? There are six fundamental tricks
you need to learn: the coin spin
, one-finger spin
, the walk down
, the edge walk
, the coin flip
, and the coin roll
. Once you have these mastered, you can do some amazing tricks with the videos and instructions at Coin Manipulation
and from Expert Village
Bay Area Yuri's Night 2007
Bay Area Yuri's Night 2007 Yuri's Night Bay Area will be held at Moffett Field in the NASA Ames Research Center's
massive SOFIA hangar
, home to the world's largest aerial observatory. Our host for the evening is pioneering space traveler Anousheh Anasari
, the first privately funded female to reach orbit. She is joined by Dr. Chris McKay
, world renowned expert in astrobiology and terraformation with the Space Science Division of NASA Ames Research Center, as they welcome you to a dazzling array of interactive art installations and science demos, interwoven with musical and acrobatic performances by some of the world's finest entertainers. Complete write up. Partially via MeFi's own lannanh.
Everybody loves Zombies. Everybody loves killing Zombies. Nobody wants to suddenly wake up surrounded by Zombies. Not when you thought you were just playing a video game
House of Deception
is dedicated to the history of the deceptive arts, including magic
, carnival sideshows
and pro wrestling
Mr. Magic's Rap Attack.
An important figure in the world of hip-hop radio, Mr. Magic
debuted in 1983 on WBLS-FM in New York City with the first exclusive rap radio show to be aired on a major station. Billing itself as Rap Attack
, Magic's show featured Marley Marl
as the DJ and Tyrone "Fly Ty" Williams as the show's co-producer. You can get down on it via this classic episode
(realmedia) from December 1986, courtesy of WFMU's Aircheck archives
The Magic of NSFW.
has been discussed here
before, but I searched for, and failed to find, the first link (google video).
The Ecology of Magic
is the abbreviated first chapter of David Abram
's Spell of the Sensuous
. Abram explores the intersection of phenomenology
to discover the magic of the alphabet
, the sacred winds
, and ultimately, the root of animism
. Abram finds the locus of these superstitions not in an imagined metaphysical sphere, but rooted in our sensuous experience of the world around us. He attributes much of our cavalier attitude towards our environment to our separation from our own experience, and ultimately, our loss of magic. "The fate of the earth depends on a return to our senses."
who practice magic are usually accused of being a witch, which may
or may not
be true. Some are young girls
and some are funny
. One is all of these
Illusions for sale
: The Audience Dis*Member
. The Ultimate Levitation
. The Wakeling Sawing
. The Classic Zig
. And many
, many more
. If you can't conjure up that kind of scratch
, you don't feel lucky
, and your celebrity
friends can't help, you could always try the Magic Auctions
. Just watch out for that beautiful assistant