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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I find fascination in what people say, and phrases people use.  One of the sets of phrases I find interesting are as follows:

  • “The truth is”
  • “To tell you the truth”
  • “To be honest”
  • etc

The thing about these statements is that they seem to imply that the person speaking might usually lie when they speak, but in this one instance, they’re ready to be honest in what they say.  It’s a useless addition to any conversation, but I guess people use it to attempt to make a point.  Usually, people use this as part of a response to a question – but if I asked you a question, I expect to get the truth.

Anyway, I just hate the use of it.  People, please stop.  I mean, honestly…

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