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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

More proof that math trickery can be used for good or evil.

Amaze Your Friends, Solve World Hunger; How to Create Chocolate out of Nothing! [slyt]
posted by quin on Oct 4, 2013 - 22 comments

"I've never been angry enough at a phonebook..."

Impress your friends, coworkers, and random people on the street! How to Rip a Phone Book in Half!
posted by quin on Sep 3, 2013 - 31 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

Calm Yourself With A Tiny Mouse Doing Tiny Mouse Things

Brain Storm - "The smartest mouse in the world", runs through an intricate home-made agility course.
posted by The Whelk on May 6, 2012 - 56 comments

color-changing card trick

A color-changing card trick. (Related to this old favorite.)
posted by Upton O'Good on Apr 22, 2010 - 25 comments

Gained in Translation?

Adam & Eve recorded live during a radio performance. Of course, all singer/songwriters have a first song, and a latest offering. In the not-quite-eighteen months that have passed between her first and latest posts, seventeen-year-old One Trick Pony has offered her unique musings on cannibalism, an American ex-president, infanticide?, human beings, and original sin (original version). She has also written over 20 other songs, received third place in a national youth talent competition, and begun getting some press. There are free downloads of some of her songs on last.fm. Blog in English. [more inside]
posted by secondhand on Dec 13, 2008 - 2 comments

Algorithms for dumb security questions

Algorithms for dumb security questions
posted by nthdegx on Nov 18, 2007 - 19 comments

Trick-shot bowling

Trick-shot bowling
posted by ijoshua on Apr 6, 2007 - 39 comments

It takes about a half a day to get there...

Spanish Castle Magic. Stare at the dot in the center of the image for 30 seconds, then mouseover the picture. Don't shift your glance, because until you do the picture will appear to be in color, despite the fact that it's in black & white.
posted by jonson on Jun 7, 2006 - 67 comments

This explains so much.

Truly mind blowing! First, you must follow the rules. Watch this short video. You are only allowed to watch it once. Seriously, do not cheat! In the video you will see a group of basketball players, some in white and some in black passing two balls around. Your goal is to count how many times the ball is passed by those wearing white shirts. It’s that simple. Remember, count just the passes of the ball by those wearing white. Once the movie is over, write down the number of passes you have counted, Do not watch the video again-- proceed to step two. (via)
posted by limitedpie on Nov 14, 2004 - 131 comments

How Houdini's escape trick worked

The secret of Harry Houdini's signature "Metamorphosis" escape trick is out of the bag. Do not visit that page if you don't want to know how he did it.
posted by riffola on Jun 6, 2004 - 25 comments

Copperfield's Card Trick

Copperfield's Card Trick
Pick a card without clicking it or selecting it and the image of David Copperfield will remove that card from the six cards.

How does this work? I've tried it four or five times and it gets it right everytime.
posted by fenriq on Dec 15, 2003 - 32 comments

Q209354 - HOWTO

Q209354 - HOWTO Semi-comic relief. Found on newsgroup.
posted by bjgeiger on Jan 27, 2002 - 6 comments

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