Wired Magazine is having a magic contest...!

Discussions of new films, books, television shows, and media indirectly related to magic and magicians. For example, there may be a book on mnemonics or theatrical technique we should know or at least know about.

Postby Michel Asselin » 01/21/09 11:29 AM

A lot of people claim that the future of magic is not Chris Angel... or Derren Brown... or that kid at the local club. We all have a take on what magic is not. But what will magic be like tomorrow?

Now here is a chance to air your own vision, rather than being an armchair critic. Got to:

http://www.wired.com/culture/culturerev ... found_1702

and submit!

I am curious to see what the entries will consist of. Actually, it is a tall order to fullfill, since magic as I see it is the twisting of reality - performed with the current objects of daily life.

And so much of the stuff that we do will not be the same in a couple of years. Already, tricks with newspaper threaten to go the way of the Dodo bird. Coins and currency may soon only be in museums. Matches - that staple of impromptu magic - are getting rarer than public smokers. Osterlind coin in bottle is just about impossible to perform. In France, the minitel replaced the White Pages long ago. Australian bills are tear-resistant. These are hard times, folks. (Thank God for the increase of popularity of Texas Hold-em in the past decade - it extended the life of card tricks immensely. And people know how to shuffle, again.)

What will be the magic of the future? The color-changing android? The multiplying debit cards? The torn and restored hologram? A demure David Acer?

What is your take?
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 01/21/09 12:02 PM

Someone chanted something unintelligible and a trillion dollars appeared. What's next? Maybe million dollar coins? Kindly don't waste time asking about selected cards or thought pushing - the future is stranger than we can imagine. ;)

Poof - folks are learning to read.
Poof - folks stop trying to fool themselves.

it's magic.
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