Archive for January, 2010


I was out with a singles group through meetup.com recently and a guy I was talking to asked me if it was my first meetup, and I said no, but it was my first with that group and that I ran my own group. He asked what group, and I told him the boardgame group and his response was something akin to recognition (“Oh, right”). Now, I know I have the only real & successful boardgame group in the area, but he doesn’t belong to it, and I doubt he was truly familiar with it (because the name of the group isn’t boardgames). But I found it interested that he seems to feign recognition, probably to help with our male bonding or something.

A few nights ago, I was out with some friends and one of them was describing some place she used to go to to another friend who apparently lived close to there. Anyway, the description got to a point where the friend receiving the description agreed she knew where something being described was. Yet, I don’t think she did know. But I believe that in doing so, she “moved the story along”. Otherwise, there would have been this continued “you know where that X is, you know, behind X shop” [on a side note, if you lived in Rhode Island, you tend to give directions based on where something used to be].

Anyway, just found it interesting how people simple want to admit being in the know on something, even if their not. I’ll have to pay attention the next time someone asks me something similar and I don’t really know what they’re talking about.




[flv width=”400″ height=”270″]http://www.lessonsinmagic.com/vids/20100317/GhostKings.flv[/flv]

This is more a demonstration of skill, and it looks quiet deceptive from the angle you’re watching it. I haven’t tested it to see what angles would work best,but there’s also a telltale sound that kind of gives it away. This is a marketed trick, so I won’t likely be showing how it’s done. Sorry.




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I started this blog about 6 months ago with an intent to post regularly, but time got short and I found other things to do. But with recent circumstances I’ve found that I need to write my thoughts down in a central location.

My younger cat, Ollie is close to dying. He has cancer is the current theory. Basically he’s losing weight and is becoming weaker. It’s likely he won’t last the week. It’s a very sad thing to see him whither away like that.

But death makes you think of life. Where you are and where you want to be. And as I don’t believe in an afterlife, it also has now made me think about the mark I’m leaving on the world

And that’s where the writing comes in. I want to tell my story. Maybe not all of it, but the parts that need remembering. And in that mix, I want to talk about magic.

And to show my commitment, I did this first “re-entry” back into the blog.

Thanks Ollie for being a cat whose only thought was to give love, I will miss you. This post is for you.




[flv width=”400″ height=”270″]http://www.lessonsinmagic.com/vids/20100317/GeminiTwins.flv[/flv]

I love this trick – it’s got a max amount of magic packed into 4 cards. Yes, it does only use 4 cards, and you can use a borrowed deck – I usually run through the cards and collect them before doing the trick (I’ll show you how to set up in the explanation).




The password is my current cat’s name (Capitalization counts)?






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