Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Forthcoming Documentary - Our Magic

R. Paul Wilson has been working with Dan and Dave Buck to produce a documentary about magic for the public. Here is the trailer for the finished film.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Mysteries of Life Revealed

From BoingBoing.com comes this post on the mysteries of life that transcend experience as revealed through magic.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Master Class

I live close to where they broadcast the weekly Penguin Magic Live lectures.

Last night, I was able to be in the audience for a lecture by Dani Daortiz.

What an honor.

This is a clip from a Spanish language television appearance with Lennart Green, one of Daortiz's influences.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Protecting Big Idears

From BoingBoing.net comes this post about magic and intellectual property.

One of the interesting takeaways from Jim Steinmeyer's Hiding the Elephant is the extent to which magicians preyed and continue to prey on one another's intellectual property.  The traditional model of protecting such creations through copyright is contradictory to the magician's code of secrecy in that the effect must be described in sufficient detail to distinguish it from other effects and, in so doing, its secret becomes available to anyone who might care to visit a patent office or make an online search.

The post contains a link to a legal paper that argues that the apparent lack of protections for the creator actually has benefits for the art form as a whole.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cups, Balls and SCIENCE!

From InsideScience.org comes this post about yet more research into the neuroscience of magic and the classic cups and balls effect.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Society of Magicians - Pt. 3

This article from ThisIsPlymouth.co.uk features another British-based magic club.  The Magic Circle of Plymouth has seen their membership dwindle to 8.

Not content to simply disappear, the club is actively trying to recruit new members.

First they came for our magic shops and we said nothing....

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