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Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby P.T.Widdle » May 19th, 2014, 8:42 am

Boing Boing, a widely read blog, has traditionally been a fan of magic, with items appearing pretty regularly. However, to my knowledge, I've never seen them run an exposure. I could be wrong. I know this piece will have zero effect on magic and its secrets, but it made me squirm a little, nonetheless.

http://boingboing.net/2014/05/19/perfor ... d-rea.html

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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Jonathan Townsend » May 19th, 2014, 9:57 am

Takes us right back to Seneca's letter about quibbles and trivia.

If you want mysteries ... chose the audience side of the proscenium arch. It's all preparation and hard work on the performer's side.
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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 19th, 2014, 10:05 am

It's mentalism using a stooge, so who gives a crap.
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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Gordon Meyer » May 19th, 2014, 10:07 am

I don't think this is the first time, and it's less surprising when you notice that it's written by an editor of MAKE, which has published numerous magic tricks for people who aren't interested in magic.

This is pretty much just method-porn, as hardly any magician will bother to learn a two-peson code, let alone a web surfer who was hoping to see the latest cat videos.

The part I enjoyed the most was the comment section where non-magicians immediately jump in to improve the method. Hey, maybe they're magicians after all.

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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Bill Mullins » May 19th, 2014, 10:18 am

When Boing Boing does a magic post, it's usually written by Mark Frauenfelder, who is a magic enthusiast.
He did a BB post that exposed Jim Steinmeyer's Nine Card trick, and also recently did a Cool Tools post that mentioned Erdnase.

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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Travis » May 19th, 2014, 2:13 pm

While, technically, it constitutes using a confederate, Richard, it's clearly a 2-person code act. I'm not sure Glenn or Francis would have appreciated being referred to as 'stooges'.

This is a brilliant system, and was later used for playing cards by Alan Wakeling in his Numerology act, as detailed by Jim Steinmeyer in his book about Alan.

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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Timothy Hyde » May 19th, 2014, 7:15 pm

This was the first Mental effect I ever performed
(hmmm ... 50 odd years ago)
learning it from the '63 Book of Magic

a fairly influential moment for me
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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 19th, 2014, 8:12 pm

I may have read it too quickly, but either way, who gives a poop.
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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Bill Mullins » May 20th, 2014, 12:37 am

And today Card College got linked on Boing Boing.

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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby P.T.Widdle » May 20th, 2014, 8:24 am

Bill Mullins wrote:And today Card College got linked on Boing Boing.



See, now that softens the blow for me. A trick with an explanation here, a link to a great book there, some history, context, etc. Instead of just "method porn."
How magic is represented in media other than Genii is important. Boing Boing has a huge "cool" audience. It's nice to see their posts reflect genuine admiration and respect. I take back my initial reaction to the mentalism post. Seen through a wider lens it is a good thing. I'd hate to think that the (U.S) public's perception of magic consists solely of Blaine TV specials, an Angel cable show, and occasional crappy magic movies.

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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Jonathan Townsend » May 20th, 2014, 9:04 am

What folks think about magic is effected by what you do and how you come across doing it.

There's a magic plate on the wall which, when flicked in just the right way, causes invisible things made far away to make the room as if the sun were shining. It works as advertised making a significant impression even when the sun has set. Per the instructions no moons, mirrors or special alignment of the planets is required once the apparatus is properly installed in the working theater. Not a single magi has yet duplicated the means or apparatus needed to perform this illuminating feat. The portable orb of wonder shines on for years if handled properly.
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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Jim Riser » May 20th, 2014, 12:16 pm

Actually, I appreciate the Boing Boing post for what it is - a respectful reference to a great code system. The individual poster has obviously given no little thought to bringing the system up to date. Following the suggestions given could lead a new breed of "mentalists" on their way to fame.

I consider this "good exposure".
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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 20th, 2014, 12:21 pm

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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

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Houdini project on Boing Boing

Postby Jonathan Townsend » May 28th, 2014, 7:49 am

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/67473

any inside information on this project?
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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Jonathan Townsend » May 28th, 2014, 9:19 pm

From Houdini to Cognitive Bias ...

http://boingboing.net/2014/05/28/cognit ... -lice.html

:)

They seem to like magic over there - even Cory Doctorow - in this item on the Greenwald book: "...He may linger a little over the personal sleights he's received..." using sleights in place of slights.
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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Gordon Meyer » May 29th, 2014, 7:20 pm

And more magic on BoingBoing. This time, in their "Gadgets" podcast they cover Mind Control.

http://boingboing.net/2014/05/29/pizza- ... -game.html

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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Jonathan Townsend » June 6th, 2014, 11:33 am

They seem to like magic

from today: http://boingboing.net/2014/06/06/magic- ... death.html

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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby PapaG » June 6th, 2014, 12:05 pm

Jonathan Townsend wrote:They seem to like magic

from today: http://boingboing.net/2014/06/06/magic- ... death.html

:)



Maybe a touch over-egged, but still very nice. Amazing how some thoughtful patter can transform a simple trick into a piece of entertainment.

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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Jonathan Townsend » June 6th, 2014, 8:21 pm

indirect link to more magic - http://www.hackcircus.com/what/

a bridge to build?
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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Jonathan Townsend » July 30th, 2014, 12:32 pm

Magic gets another boost on BoingBoing

http://boingboing.net/2014/07/30/the-ma ... ality.html
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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby Bill Mullins » March 11th, 2015, 8:26 pm

The Boingboing version of Real Secrets.

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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby P.T.Widdle » March 11th, 2015, 8:50 pm

Bill Mullins wrote:The Boingboing version of Real Secrets.


Kind of a weird unboxing - just showing the apparatus and packaging. No exposure, but also only hints at what the effects are. A longer version with demos of the tricks might of have been more interesting for the lay viewer, maybe not.

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Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Postby NCMarsh » March 12th, 2015, 2:43 am

P.T.Widdle wrote:No exposure, but also only hints at what the effects are. A longer version with demos of the tricks might of have been more interesting for the lay viewer, maybe not.


Ah, but that presupposes that the person selling the tricks is capable of performing them...


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