Magic Exhibitions in London

Speaking of magic exhibitions: “Staging Magic” has opened in London and promises to tell “the story behind the illusion.” It will be enhanced by special events and film screenings. You can see it at the Senate House Library, which is part of the University of London, until June 15th.

Staging Magic London

Another exhibition, “Smoke and Mirrors”, will open April 11th at the Wellcome Collection in London and run until September 15th. On that occasion, a new book on magic will be published: “Spectacle of Illusion” by Matthew Tompkins, who, according to the site, “recently became the first member of the Magic Circle to be admitted on the basis of a peer-reviewed scientific publication.”

Spec of Illusion


 

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We blinded them with science

Recent years have seen a surge in scientific research around the hidden forces of deception. Names like Kuhn, Wiseman, Fraps, Martinez-Conde and Machnik come to mind. Soon, another book by Dr. Kuhn will appear on our bookshelf:

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Read more about it here.

BTW, the next Science of Magic Conference will be held in Chicago in July, more details to be found here.

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Woooooooooowwwww!!!!!

Simply amazing: My birthday’s coming up, and this book is coming out! Finally, after years and years and decades of waiting: 600 pages of pure insight and wisdom (I guess), by magic’s biggest treasure alive and our most beloved Maestro, Mr. Juan Tamariz.

Screw those flying unicorns; I want THIS rainbow!

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Update: Got mine! About 100 pages in, and I find myself nodding and nodding again… Transcendental lucidity!


 

New Directions (4): Some Weird Magic Books and Movies and Songs

Books

Some books probably only magicians would like to read:

  1. Woofle Dust Memories by Woody Allen
  2. Harry’s Potter Index by Jon Racherbaumer
  3. Gone With the Wind: A Loose Encyclopedia of Outdoor Silk Magic by Asi Wind
Movies

Some movies surely only majishuns would go see at their local theater:

  1. B’Waveheart starring Mel Gibson and Max Maven
  2. Card Rebel Without a Case with James Dean and Dean Dill (and without Justin Case)
  3. Card Wars featuring Darth Sadowitz and Richard Skywalker
Songs

Some pop songs probably only magicians would enjoy:

  1. “Anniversary Waltzing Matilda” (Tom Waits)
  2. “Sultans of Swing Cuts” (Dire Straits)
  3. “Shine On You Crazy Ace of Diamond” (Pink Floyd)
  4. “Alive and Shuffling” (Simple Minds)
  5. “You’ve Lost That Pinkie Feelin'” (The Righteous Brothers)
  6. “I Still Haven’t Found (The Card I Was Looking For)” (U2)
  7. “All You Zombies Hide Your Traces” (The Hooters)

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New Directions: The Books & DVD Department

Geniial and untiring columnist Jon Drachenbaumer briefly suffered from acute bookitis and had had an appendix removed. He’s doing better now, as he writes and wrings in his latest ebook tome of 16 pages, Onward Journées.

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As the electronic mentalism craze is dwindling, rumour has it that master mentalists Luke Warm and Richard Osterhas are joining forces on the next big thing: a groundbreaking 5 DVD set, Feather Flowers and Balloon Animals in Mentalism.

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We are also eagerly awaiting the colorful autobiography of New York City’s own Meshug A. Klutz, Fun, Games, and Schnitzels: 30 Years of Cutting Edge at My Mitzvah Magic Bar.