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Magician Andrew Mayne discusses and signs his novel, Name of the Devil

Magician, author, and inventor Andrew Mayne, star of A&E's magic reality show Don't Trust Andrew Mayne will be one of our featured guests/workshop runners at our Weekend of Wonder extravaganza (Sept. 18-20 in Riverside, CA). He's also going to discuss and sign his new thriller, Name of the Devil: A Jessica Blackwood Novel on Tuesday, July 7th at 6:30pm at Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood, California.

In this electrifying sequel to the crowd-pleasing thriller Angel Killer (4.5 stars with 276 reviews on Amazon), magician-turned-FBI agent Jessica Blackwood must once again draw on her past to go up against a brutal murderer desperate for revenge at any price. After playing a pivotal role in the capture of the Warlock, a seemingly supernatural serial killer -- and saving the FBI's reputation in the process -- agent Jessica Blackwood can no longer ignore the world she left behind. Formerly a prodigy in a family dynasty of illusionists, her talent and experience endow her with a unique understanding of the power and potential of deception, as well as a knack for knowing when things are not always as they appear to be.

When a church congregation vanishes under mysterious circumstances in rural Appalachia, the bizarre trail of carnage indicates the Devil's hand at work. But Satan can't be the suspect, so FBI consultant Dr. Ailes and Jessica's boss on the Warlock case, Agent Knoll, turn to the ace up their sleeve: Jessica. She's convinced that an old cassette tape holds the key to the mystery, and unraveling the recorded events reveals a troubling act with far-reaching implications. The evil at work is human, and Jessica must follow the trail from West Virginia to Mexico, Miami, and even the hallowed halls of the Vatican. Can she stop a cold-blooded killer obsessed by a mortal sin -- or will she become the next target in a twisted, diabolical game of hunter and prey?

Would you like to learn from Andrew how to invent and make cool stuff? You can! Register here to join us at Boing Boing's Weekend of Wonder.

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A $5 magnetic ring for magicians

Strong Magnetic Ring

For $5 this simple ring, with some elvish-style script, is a pretty strong magnet!

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"I do magic tricks and hammer nails up my nose" - the life of a magician/sideshow performer

magic"There was a whole line of women in my dating life who refused to date me because I was a magician."

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Bicycle's Tragic Royalty playing cards

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The delightfully expressive, quasi-macabre faces on Bicycle's Tragic Royalty deck also glow under blacklight.

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Purple Bicycle Riderback 808s with a double backer

Bicycle Rider Back The Purple Deck with Gaff Cards for Magic

Because purple is an awfully great color.

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The Haunted Key, repeatable magic

The Haunted Key is one of the few tricks I can perform over and over without getting caught.

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Telekinetic nut-off-bolt trick

Magic Nut and Bolt

Amaze your friends and confound your children! Use the battery-assisted power of your mind to twist the nut off this bolt!

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Bicycle Spectrum deck

Spectrum deck

The beautiful Spectrum deck, by Bicycle, with 52 different colored backs, is wonderful for magicians and terrible for card games.

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Magic trick: The Bite Out Quarter

Impress your friends by taking a bite out of a normal seeming US Quarter! This simple trick is such fun!

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Gentleman juggler Mat Ricardo at London's South Bank Centre

Mat Ricardo sez, "Completely thrilled to announce that, in what must surely be some kind of administrative error, my one man show 'Showman' will have a three night run at The Purcell Room in London's South Bank Centre on the 19th, 20th & 21st of January."

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Turn a balloon into a phone case in seconds

Woosung An demonstrates an excellent technique for adding a layer of rubber protection to your phone in seconds, by deflating a balloon around it.

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Beautiful brain images take over Times Square

Brain City, this beautiful film by Noah Hutton made from neuroimagery collected at leading brain science labs, will screen in New York City just before midnight on Times Square's massive electronic billboards every night this month.

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Teller's latest video about living in a zombie world

Since 2008 Teller (Penn's partner) has been making a video show about living in a zombie infested world. His latest episode, the fifth in the series, was posted today.

Our Magic: Documentary about magic, by magicians

Our Magic is a feature documentary that pays homage to an ancient and mostly underground performing art, piercing through the thick layer of commonly held stereotypes. By Ferdinando BuscemaRead the rest

History of the Ouija Board

In 1891, Kennard Novelty Company, makers of the first commercial talking board, needed a name for their product, so they asked the board to name itself. Smithsonian's Linda Rodriguez McRobbie looks at "The Strange and Mysterious History of the Ouija Board." Above, my favorite Ouija Board moment in film. From Smithsonian:

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Contrary to popular belief, “Ouija” is not a combination of the French for “yes,” oui, and the German ja. (Ouija historian Robert) Murch says, based on his research, it was (Kennard Novelty Company co-founder) Elijah Bond’s sister-in-law, Helen Peters (who was, Bond said, a “strong medium”), who supplied the now instantly recognizable handle. Sitting around the table, they asked the board what they should call it; the name “Ouija” came through and, when they asked what that meant, the board replied, “Good luck.” Eerie and cryptic—but for the fact that Peters acknowledged that she was wearing a locket bearing the picture of a woman, the name “Ouija” above her head. That’s the story that emerged from the Ouija founders’ letters; it’s very possible that the woman in the locket was famous author and popular women’s rights activist Ouida, whom Peters admired, and that “Ouija” was just a misreading of that.

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Video: fantastic playing card flourishes

Captivating montage of playing card flourishes recorded in Singapore.

Video: Ferdinando Buscema on "The Magic of Breaking Ideas"

At the recent TEDxCaFoscariU in Venice, our co-conspirator Ferdinando Buscema, magician/author/engineer, explores "The Magic of Breaking Ideas." And don't miss Ferdinando's Boing Boing feature, "The Magic of Hacking Reality!"