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Levitating buildings and melting houses

British artist/designer Alex Chinneck is in the news again for levitating a building in Covent Garden http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/201410 ... ouses-melt
His website is http://www.alexchinneck.com
by Daniel Z
10/10/14 06:44 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Levitating buildings and melting houses
Replies: 0
Views: 206

Re: Five different palm readers

It's also available as a free audio book through Librivox

https://librivox.org/the-witches-of-new ... doesticks/
by Daniel Z
10/02/14 02:23 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Five different palm readers
Replies: 9
Views: 1326

Re: Five different palm readers

I should have said that Professor Truzzi thought that "cold reading" was often invoked as a pseudo-explanation. Of course it could be a perfectly reasonable explanation in some cases (as when magicians/mentalists give readings).
by Daniel Z
09/25/14 10:01 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Five different palm readers
Replies: 9
Views: 1326

Re: Five different palm readers

Towards the end of his life the late great Marcello Truzzi (http://www.tricksterbook.com/truzzi/) told me that he was working on a history of “cold reading” which, if I understood him correctly, he considered a pseudo-explanation. I believe, based on a series of very brief conversations that he woul...
by Daniel Z
09/25/14 09:58 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Five different palm readers
Replies: 9
Views: 1326

Re: Houdini movies in development

Today Worldscreen posted video of an interview with GW Abrams and COO Sandra Stern of Lionsgate discussing the upcoming 4hr Houdini miniseries.
http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/45741
by Daniel Z
07/08/14 01:50 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Houdini movies in development
Replies: 6
Views: 1421

Re: Gathering for Gardner

Hi Bill.
Please keep us posted if you have time. I haven't been there for a few years but they were always extraordinary events.
by Daniel Z
03/20/14 10:03 PM
 
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Gathering for Gardner
Replies: 4
Views: 803

Re: Penn & Teller's cups and ball analyzed (sort of)

Hello Tom.
Quite right. I knew the paper had been discussed but I didn't realize that the announcement regarding the online discussion with the researchers had been previously posted. I must have missed that.
best,
Daniel
by Daniel Z
12/17/13 10:14 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Penn & Teller's cups and ball analyzed (sort of)
Replies: 3
Views: 610

Penn & Teller's cups and ball analyzed (sort of)

According to a current Scientific American blog entry http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/illusion-chasers/2013/12/16/ask-me-anything/ Tomorrow (Tue 16th Dec at 8 am PST) the journal PeerJ will host an online live ‘Ask Me Anything’ session with scientists studying Penn & Teller’s ‘cups and balls...
by Daniel Z
12/16/13 08:56 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Penn & Teller's cups and ball analyzed (sort of)
Replies: 3
Views: 610

Re: Sachs and Sack's

I can't resist seconding (the always astute) Mr. Mullin's comment about Bob Sheets. I learned the routine as a kid but never new what a wonderful piece of magic it could be until I saw Bob do it (as we walked down the street). Amazing and very, very funny.
Daniel
by Daniel Z
08/13/13 07:19 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sachs and Sack's
Replies: 14
Views: 1898

Magic and Warfare

It's not the War Magician but PBS is apparently going to air a documentary called The Ghost Army dealing with how the US army deceived the German army through trickery and illusion. They claim that in 1944 the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops landed in France with inflatable tanks, and trucks etc. t...
by Daniel Z
02/12/13 01:02 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic and Warfare
Replies: 0
Views: 178

Re: Impromptu Mental Epic

Hello Ariel.
Yes I'm that Daniel.
best,
by Daniel Z
11/25/12 04:21 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Impromptu Mental Epic
Replies: 30
Views: 2319

Re: Impromptu Mental Epic

Hello Ariel.
If it used business cards (rather than billets), and a clever mis-numbering it could be Cicardi's 3 Card Epic which was published in 1974 in issue 95 of Bascom Jones' Magick.
best,
Daniel
by Daniel Z
11/25/12 01:34 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Impromptu Mental Epic
Replies: 30
Views: 2319

Re: David Blaine

Perhaps it is less a question of popularity vs quality than an example of Sturgeons Law (aka Sturgeons Revelation). This example of the Pareto Principle (you can always Max Maven for more details) was coined as a response to the claim that 90% of science fiction was crap. A notion to which back in t...
by Daniel Z
10/11/12 04:11 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Blaine
Replies: 22
Views: 1889

Re: Source for Belly Strippers?

Thanks JMD. That worked.
by Daniel Z
02/08/12 08:47 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Source for Belly Strippers?
Replies: 15
Views: 1313

Re: Source for Belly Strippers?

Hello Mr Sands. The link takes me to your store but the listing of the item (either the image of the deck or the text) only lead to a blank page. Is the problem on my end?
best,
by Daniel Z
02/07/12 08:30 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Source for Belly Strippers?
Replies: 15
Views: 1313

Re: The Invisible Man

If you like that you might find this of interest. It is Verushka (?) from the 70s
http://www.hive1.com/nucards/bodypaint/flage/index.htm
best,
Daniel
by Daniel Z
01/31/11 06:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Invisible Man
Replies: 2
Views: 434

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