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The mark of the unicorn

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted, but hopefully, there are still one or two of you out there who understand the value of a good RSS feed. I’m back to write about a book I’m enjoying, with the following cryptic title: 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 If this line of BASIC code […]

The Spinning Oracle

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

The Spinning Oracle is a magic trick derived from my Wheel of Lunch project that wlil give you about 60 seconds of amusement. The effectiveness of magic is greatly reduced when tricks are performed more than once — so try to resist the temptation to view the trick twice. Instead, share it with a friend!

Max Maven at CFI

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

I had a great time seeing Max Maven last night at the Center for Inquiry West. Maven is one of the rare performing magicians who bills himself as a mentalist, a once common specialty that has vanished in recent decades. An intimidating presence in black suit and goatee, Maven is a master of the eye […]

Presto!

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

From my post on Geek Dad: Doing magic with your kids is one of the more excellent things you can do as a father. For one thing, kids are a truly appreciative audience, and if you’re an amateur like me, probably the only truly appreciative audience you will ever actually get! Also, kids can be […]

Holy Crap! It’s MINDPOWER!!

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

MINDPOWER is a brand new self-working magic trick I made, in which the computer actually reads your mind, using subtle hints from the way you move the mouse, as well as the little-known but very useful ESP opcode in the Intel instruction set. Using these techniques, the computer is able to not only guess your […]