When online security is literally a roll of the dice, which dice do you use?

My search for an easy way to generate strong passwords and passphrases led me to the "Diceware" method Cory wrote about on Boing Boing. This was no game. I needed serious dice.

Watch this guy solve a 7x7 Rubik's cube in record-breaking time

Australian speedsolver Feliks Zemdegs beat the existing world record.

Bicycle Nautic White Playing Cards


This modern reinterpretation of Bicycle's classic #55 Nautic deck is quite lovely.

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Magicians prank news reporter (UPDATE: Staged)


Young & Strange, the magic double act of comedy magicians Richard Young and Sam Strange, hijacked a live Sky News broadcast with Ashish Joshi in Westminster.

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Magic ball and vase


This classic, $5 trick earns amazing reactions.

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Astounding card magic from Penn and Teller's Fool Us

Magicpeacelove writes, "I've been in magic over 40 years and I can count on one hand (maybe with fingers left over) the number of times an act has completely blown me away. This is one of them." Read the rest

Review: Skull card deck by Bicycle

As skulls are a beloved design motif at Boing Boing, it is no wonder this deck quickly became a favorite!

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Andrew Mayne: magician, maker, and the author of five bestselling mystery and thriller novels


Our guest on the Cool Tools Show this week is Andrew Mayne. He is a magician, maker, and the author of five bestselling mystery and thriller novels. He’s the star of A&E's magic reality show Don't Trust Andrew Mayne, and he’s worked for David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, and David Blaine. His latest book is a thriller titled Name of the Devil.

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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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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.

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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


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

Bicycle's Tragic Royalty playing cards


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

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

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

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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