A Brief History of Playing Cards

Debated Origins The origin of playing cards is still unknown. However, one of the earliest references to playing cards occurs in Chinese literature, of the 10th century but with no indication of their markings or the games played with them. Then, playing cards first appeared in Europe in the 1370s, either as imports or possessions of merchants from the Islamic …

Escaping Magic with Photography

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I’m almost sure it’s December, only because November just ended. These two months are the busiest for me in terms of private events. Last week I was starting to feel like an automaton. Going through the motions, getting to the gigs, doing the performances.

Mind-Reader vs. Himself ?

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If you missed this post, I began telling the story that took place before the first performance of Magic Mystery Cabaret. In short, there was a  lady who was convinced she was right, when she was in fact very wrong. I offered to do something kind, in order to get on with my night. Why the hell was I being …

Back after a Break from the Blog

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Dear readers, Thank you for being here. I want to apologize first and foremost for having been away for 4 months. I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog, and even more about why I haven’t done anything to carry it on more actively and more consistently. It turns out, my over-thinking led to inaction, which in turn resulted in …

Three Ways Life Got Better Doing Magic for Millionaires

Time is money, right? Wrong. In case you’re new here, I preceded this piece with two others. I wrote about what I have learned performing magic for millionaires, in short, the first thing is the importance of being generous and the second is do the thing. Here’s the third most important thing I learned from spending time with some moneyed magnates. Time is invaluable. …

16-Week Magic Course Proposal

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If you were the newly appointed chair for the study of conjuring arts, where would you begin? Here is the 16-week course proposal I sent to Carleton University in my application package. If you missed the article that outlined why this mattered to me, you can read it here. Given that I think the greatest challenge in any curriculum is …

Carleton University Seeks Chair for the Study of the Conjuring Arts

On February 21st 2018, Carleton University invited applications, nominations and expressions of interest for the Allan Slaight Chair for the Study of the Conjuring Arts. That’s right, Carleton U is looking for a magic studies professor. On March 14th, 2018 – I applied. Completely under-qualified, yet hopeful. Today I share why.