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How to throw cards (deliberately) with Rick Smith Jr.

Throwing cards is a vital skill. Impress your friends, annoy your family, blind your enemies.  For legal reasons I have to remind you that blinding people with playing cards is illegal, not to mention impolite, so don’t do that. In the video above, Brian and Jason of The Modern Rogue are joined by magician and […]

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Amazeballs: where experimental magic flourishes

While many of New York’s newest magic shows are shiny and polished, some underground shows trade in buzzwords like “experiential” and “immersive” for the experimental and the intentionally imperfect. As a professional mind-reader and a comedian based in New York, Eric Dittelman wanted a way to test out and refine new material in front of […]

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Vinyl magic: How Tristan Duke makes holograms dance on spinning records

When Tristan Duke talked to Jack White about putting a hologram on a record, Duke told him that there wasn’t a guarantee it could be done. Record engineers were also telling Duke that it wouldn’t work. “Though I wasn’t sure and I couldn’t guarantee, I had an intuitive feeling…I was pretty sure it was going […]

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Six things every magician should know about US copyright law

No one likes seeing their work stolen, and thanks to the open, often Wild West-like nature of the internet, copyright infringement seems easier than ever. Places like YouTube make it so easy to upload content that just when you think you’ve beaten back one copyright claim, five others can take its place. So what is […]

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Is magic a major or minor art? I don’t care and neither should you

When I was writing about video games for a living, there was one question that plagued literally every publication I worked at: “Are video games art?” The question was as pointless as it was pervasive. Discussions on the topic would go round in circles for weeks. Feelings would be hurt. Very few people in the […]

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Quality Magic: The life and legacy of inventor Floyd Thayer

A seemingly ordinary block passes effortlessly through glass. Billiard balls change colors and multiply with a flick of the wrist. An assistant climbs into a box where steel rods are forced through each side, yet somehow miraculously survives. These are all well-known illusions today, but during the 20th century these magic tricks stunned audiences and […]

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How David Copperfield is fighting to fix magic’s muddled legal status

In almost every aspect of the entertainment industry, there are clearly-defined laws in place to protect intellectual property. You won’t see an up-and-coming musician with a library of YouTube videos performing a previously-recorded song and passing it off as their own on a talk show; it just doesn’t happen. And yet, in the realm of […]

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