I'm back from performing magic for the primitive people of the South Pacific, and man, do I have a story to tell.
I will be writing it up, and hope that Richard will publish it.
Just a couple tidbits:
I visited a traditional Vanuatu village, with black Melanesian people in grass skirts and war paint on, engaged in a fertility dance with 300 of them devoted to increasing the yam crop (you could so feel their bare feet stomping the earth!), and then performed a show for those 300, doing sponge balls, Jumping Knot of Pakistan, and Ashes on the Palm with their own bright blue warpaint. Freaked them out, man!
They believe, man, they believe....
Did you know that if you boil a black cat alive, take one of their bones, and put it in your mouth, you can walk around invisible? That's what they believe. I'll try to publish the full workings in my next lecture notes <g>....
The native people of Vanuatu (formerly the New Hebrides) believe in the literal world popularly described in Harry Potter. In their cosmology, people can fly, transfigure into animals, put curses on people, kill them by chanting their name, you name it.
Three weeks ago, a man was put on trial on the island of Espiritu Santu for killing three people by placing curses on them. They are dead. He is in jail, awaiting trial. And here's the best part: He has confessed!
The judicial system considers such happenings as fact! I've found other court cases involving magic, as well.
I've got eyewitness accounts of real magic happening, even from Westerners, one of whom is educated, highly logical, and has a B.S. in electrical engineering. Not that I believe....I wouldn't want to upset Richard in that way....
It's a helluva story, and I've already started writing it up for the mainstream media. I'll probably publish three or four different versions of the article for the mainstream media (mainly newspapers), and then reserve the best stuff for the magic media, stuff that's too thoughtful, honest, and raw to publish in a newspaper travel section.