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Ways of Not Seeing

About 10 years ago, I was lucky enough to study coin magic with the magician Al Schneider who has a singular approach to magic theory and practice. Al studied physics at University and he tells a story of performing a trick for two fellow physics students. Al picked a coin up from the bed he[…]

Political Magic

Recently, as part of a performance at HOME in Manchester, I succeeded in identifying the cards that two people were thinking of by listening carefully while they shouted the names of other random cards at me, the audience repeatedly chanted “FAKE NEWS!!! FAKE NEWS!!!”, and a band onstage with me played a rousing version of[…]

The Magic Squirrel

The central secret of conjuring is a manipulation of interest. – Henry Hay I’m reading the neuroscientist Michael Graziano. He tells this story of a patient of a psychiatrist friend of his… This patient was delusional: he thought that he had a squirrel in his head. Odd delusions of this nature do occur, and this patient[…]