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I’ve heard it said the you should learn 3 tricks extremely well rather than learn many tricks well enough.  I suppose this depends on what you want to do with your magic.


I don’t own an iPhone, I own one of the Android phones.  I like my phone and will continue to work with the Android platform.  Nothing against iPhones, it’s just not my thing.  Anyway, there are a number of “magic tricks” available for the iPhone (or so I’ve seen), but there’s nothing similar (yet) for the Android device.  The question is, are the  worth it?

When you tell people you’re a magician, you get a multitude of reactions, one of which is “I hate magic”. It usually shocks some magicians that some people out there dislike magic. But it’s not because these people don’t want to be entertained, it stems for a variety of reasons.


When I was in college, I watched an amazing short french film called La jetée,which is the basis for the film 12 Monkeys. The film was made in 1962, was in black and white, and was actually just a series of still photos put into a film. The amazing thing is that years later, I remembered it as being an actual motion picture film, not simply still images. When I watched it again recently, I was somewhat surprised by the stills – almost thinking it was the wrong film.

And as I was thinking about writing this post, I again misremembered the movie as not just simple still images, but containing some motion, where the film pans around the still or zooms in. But I am wrong again.

The amazing thing was that my mind seems to fill in the blanks, adds motion where there wasn’t any. Who is to blame for that? Is it the director who tells such a compelling tale? Was it the actual story, which is quite interesting to begin with, or was it just me, prompted with gaps (lack of motion) that needed to be filled in, and so I filled them in for myself. Really, it’s a combination of the above things – good story, excellent direction, and a fertile imagination.

All of these things not only make a motion picture an excellent vehicle for entertainment, but for magic. You can’t simply do a trick and hope people like it. There are numerous tricks that are self working (for example, Neither Blind Nor Stupid, which I’ll be teaching later), but doing them as is does nothing to enhance the effect. But telling a story about the cards, or building up the suspense, or using the proper form of misdirection, and you can create miracles in the minds of spectators.Do you have real life example of the above?

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First, there’s no such thing as negative calorie foods.

In my usual web searches, I found the following blog post:

Although there is no such thing as a food that takes more calories to eat than it contains, there are foods that do take enough calories that it reduces the amount of calories your taking in. Below is the list of those foods:

  • Asparagus
  • Beet Root
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chicory
  • Hot Chilies
  • Cucumber
  • Garden cress
  • Garlic
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Turnip
  • Zucchini
  • Fruits
    • Apple
    • Blueberries
    • Cantaloupe
    • Cranberry
    • Grapefruit
    • Honeydew
    • Lemon/Lime
    • Mango
    • Orange
    • Papaya
    • Peach
    • Pineapple
    • Raspberry
    • Strawberry
    • Tomato
    • Tangerine
    • Turnip
    • Watermelon

The good news is that there are number of things on there that I not only like, but can eat without having to make a meal (particularly fruits). But I could mix and match a few for a basic salad or snack, and reduce my calorie intake for snacks. I’ve already started doing that with the previously mentioned fruits. For somethings that I might generally eat plain (blueberries/rasberries for example), I could add splenda, still keeping the calorie intake down. Or combine that with a high fiber cereal (instead of buying the cereals with the dried fruits, although those are pretty good)..

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