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For those of you not in the know, I went to college for film production. I wanted to make movies, but while in the Hollywood environment, and while I started to (re)learn magic, I discovered what I really wanted to do was entertain people. But that’s not the purpose of this post, I wanted to note that I really love movies so there’s a point of reference. The thing is, lately I’ve found a certain level of dislike which stems from something akin to an inability to work with my willing suspension of disbelief, or something similar to that.

A willing suspension of disbelief is where you go into watching a movie, or reading a book or playing a video game, and you know that what you see isn’t real, but you’re willing to suspend the disbelief and “go with it”. So, bottom line is that I am completely able to do that – I get into Sci-Fi, and Horror, and Fantasy. But lately while watching all this movie magic, I start seeing things that don’t make logical sense and that starts to ruin it for me. Of course, as I type this, no good example comes to mind. But say it’s something like someone goes left, when they have no reason to, and logically it would have made more sense to go right. To me, it shows a lack of attention from the writers and/or director.

Anyway, sometimes I might be really picky (Oh, what about when people from foreign countries speak to each other in English with horrible accents – can’t they just speak their native tongue?), but it seems that all these little logical “errors” slowly erode my like for any particular movie. But the truth of the matter is that the less problems a movie (or TV show, or whatever) has, the more it is likable. At least if you notice all these “errors”.

But how does this relate to magic, you might ask? Well I’ve been trying to be active in seeking out new tricks to learn and I realized that logical progression of a trick is something that makes me like or dislike it. It relates to those extra kicker endings that I complained about in a previous post. I remember reading a magician ask essentially “why do we go through the deck to find the Aces [not in a magical manner], then go through the process of losing them again, only to find them in a magical way”. What’s the point of “finding” them to begin with? It makes no sense. I saw a trick the other day where a guy showed a trick with 4 aces and 4 kings, and displayed the cards I think 3 times before going into the trick (the aces and kings were each of one suit, which I thought degraded the effect slightly, but that’s another issue), essentially over-proving, which is illogical in a performance.

I also like it when a trick, performed with sleights, mimics what might happen if a “normal” person were handling the cards, and things were to actually happen magically (for real, yo). If a move doesn’t seem natural (or, logical) to me, then either I have to find a way to make it become natural, or find a different way to do it, or just chuck the whole thing. Admittedly, I will learn a trick if I find that it progresses smoothly and logically, and uses an interesting move. But only if it “makes sense”.

So overall, I find I like less and less movies (but then, with the Hollywood drivel, it’s understandable), and I’m more and more picky about the magic I like.

Thoughts?




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.




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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.




Good news. As little as I’ve been updating my site with this initial launch (apologies, I promise to get better), I now have a higher than 1,000,000 Alexa rank as of today. I’m actually 977,878. I know, it’s still ridiculously high compared to Google (which has an Alexa rank of 1), but I’ll get closer with time. Thanks to all of you for reading and viewing and hopefully bookmarking.

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As of July 3rd, I’ve owned my current vehicle (the lovely Hyundai Tiburon) for one year. When I bought the car, I got gap insurance and the woman filling out the paperwork asked me how many miles I might I would be driving a year (I’m not entirely sure what this had to do with gap insurance, but it did), and I told her “I don’t know, 7,000 miles” and she scoffed at it and said that’s not likely, and so I changed my mind to 10,000 which sounded more “normal”. Before I went out for the day on the 4th of July, I had just under 7,000 miles – not sure exactly, as I just noted now that I have 7,064 miles, which includes a round trip to Somerset and one way to my parents.

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No, I’m not moving (…yet). But I helped a friend move today. Actually, I helped a friend move some things into the garage of his future wife’s future house (they’re not closing until just before the 11th), and in 2 weeks I’m likely helping him move the stuff from the garage into the house. I’m not a big fan of helping people move, because I’m not a big fan of asking people to break their backs to help me move – I plan for movers, these days putting money aside for just that purpose. Anyway moving makes me think of past moving. So, as it’s been a few days since my last post, I thought I’d share with you my moving history. I know, you’re excited.

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You know how they say that someone’s handwriting tells you something about them? Well, how about how someone writes out their phone number? I was just going through and updating my contacts, some of whom are on Facebook, and I realized how many different ways there are to write a phone number:


This is how I write phone numbers, the “proper” method as I like to call it:
(555) 123-4567


The no separation method:
5551234567


The spaces for separation method:
555 123 4567


The all dashes method:
555-123-4567


The periods method:
555.123.4567


And not to confuse things, but don’t forget those that add the 1 before the area code (and not to mention people outside of the US who have a whole slew of numbers we don’t want to mess with).


That’s pretty much the lot of them – which kind of person are you?



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