Feathered Illusionists

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.
Jonathan Townsend
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Feathered Illusionists

Postby Jonathan Townsend » January 20th, 2012, 8:40 am

Seems some species of birds set up their own theaters and magic shows...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/neuro ... 2/jan/19/1
Mundus vult decipi -per Caleb Carr's story Killing Time

Lisa Cousins
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Re: Feathered Illusionists

Postby Lisa Cousins » January 23rd, 2012, 1:30 pm

It's funny how we use the term "bird-brain" to mean stupid, and how birds appear to us to embody the very essence of nonchalance ("free as a bird"), when these creatures are astonishing problem-solvers, architects, artists - and magicians, I guess.

I know that the author Robert Benchley was very, very freaked out by his keen sense of the intelligence of birds. He could barely stand hearing about a breed of quail who, as part of their mating ritual, marched in unison, in straight lines, both forward and backward. Although not sure if the report was true, he contended that "birds should not march backwards in unison - even in myth!"

I wonder what Benchley would have thought of these avian illusionists!

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Timothy Hyde
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Re: Feathered Illusionists

Postby Timothy Hyde » January 23rd, 2012, 4:23 pm

Thanks for the link Jonathan. I've seen most of the species of Australian Bower birds and their bowers never fail to amaze, with yes, their theatricality.


I wonder how many magicians are keen birdwatchers?
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