Austin area magician reveals own trick

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Outspoken Genii forum member Brad Henderson has this fascinating public video calling card. Brad reveals, via an "Explaination," the optical illusion behind his business card.

I find this curious as Brad apparently does not like it when others share interesting magical effects with the intent of driving interest in the art. I guess it is ok when it helps you book a gig?

If you are in the Austin area, we encourage you to see Brad perform! If his routine is half as passionate as his trolling, you are in for a great time!

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The Genii Forums, where magicians keep magic secret in public

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There is a fantastic thread running on Genii about Boing Boing's enthusiasm for magic!

Internet forums are the source of all truth! Genii is an awesome resource for magicians, new and old, and the participants in their forums are incredibly well versed. The conversation they've had, minus the obligatory mention of German National-Socialist leadership, is fantastic and we are paying attention!

They also have a ton of amazing tricks and secrets revealed in the forums. I don't think you need to log in. I like my dancing cane post. Read the rest

Watch David Blaine do magic for Kanye, Woody Harrelson, Bryan Cranston, and Will Smith's family

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"If he fails, I'm going to leave extremely shortly after," says Kanye. Read the rest

Watch this ice cream vendor in Turkey blow tourists' minds with magic

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This sidewalk sweets vendor in Istanbul loves playing tricks on customers. Watch one of them turn the tables on him.

Video: the occultism of Robert Anton Wilson

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Fortean journalist Cat Vincent have a presentation at London's Treadwell's esoteric bookshop about the strange mysticism of bOING bOING patron saint Robert Anton Wilson, author of The Illuminatus! Trilogy, Prometheus Rising, and Cosmic Trigger, a book that changed my life in weird and wonderful ways.

Watch child ruin magician's trick on television, and his return 20 years later

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What a twerp. Read the rest

Watch this mesmerizing floating cards magic

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"Floating Cards" by Zach Mueller. Read the rest

Bicycle Eco Edition Playing Cards

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The classic Rider Back deck, recyclable with organic finish and inks!

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Using magician's thread to make a dancing cane

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I wanted to make my own dancing cane. All you need is a drill, some magicians thread, and a far lighter cane than mine.

Making a dancing cane is pretty simple. As the video above says, just drill a tiny hole about 1/2" above the balance point of your cane and tie on a piece of high strength, nearly invisible magician's thread. Make a loop on the other end of the thread for your thumb, and let the fun begin.

I tried this on a regular walking cane. It is far too heavy to manipulate without lots of practice, and will bruise or break things when mistakes are made. I suggest making your own from doweling, as suggested in the video.

Making the loop slightly over-sized makes changing hands easier.

The wax that comes with this magician's thread is useful for making other, very light objects dance. Like a dollar bill!

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Some of our favorite monsters from “Compendium Of Demonology and Magic” (ca. 1775)

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A most bizarre book from the late 18th century.

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

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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

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Australian speedsolver Feliks Zemdegs beat the existing world record.

Bicycle Nautic White Playing Cards

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

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Magicians prank news reporter (UPDATE: Staged)

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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

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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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