Conjuring Asia

The promise of magic has always commanded the human imagination, but the story of industrial modernity is usually seen as a process of disenchantment. Drawing on the writings and performances of the so-called 'Golden Age Magicians' from the turn of the twentieth century, Chris Goto-Jones unveils the ways in which European and North American encounters with (and representations of) Asia - the fabled Mystic East - worked to re-enchant experiences of the modern world. Beginning with a reconceptualization Continue reading...

The Great La Follette

I began working on this book project in the early 1970's..probably around 1973. I have a letter from famed magician/historian Jay Marshall dated 1978. I had inquired to see if he had any 'quick change' material I could use for my research. I had basically given up on the project in late 1981 and put all my research in a box. Dishearted by the lack of awareness people had about this act. It seemed like I was one of maybe 50 people that knew what the 'Quick Change' act was. I just found this box Continue reading...

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BIG APPLE CIRCUS: CASH IS DWINDLING; AT RISK OF SHUTTING DOWN PERFORMANCE FOR GOOD! PLEASE HELP KEEP THIS AMAZING NEW YORK CIRCUS ALIVE!  New York, NY - The Big Apple Circus, which announced several weeks ago that it was in dire financial condition and launched a $2 million fundraising campaign to Save the Circus, said today that it is low on cash and that unless it receives a significant infusion of funds by Friday, it will have to Continue reading...

Gunther Gebel-Williams in parade

The elephants have left the circus and Gunther Gebel-Williams has left us too. BUT! We have this documentary about this life and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. The 1981 documentary produced by Kevin Eggers and Robert Elfstrom for Feld Entertainment, owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, features legendary animal trainer Gunther Gebel-Williams. This VHS capture was recorded off-air as broadcast by the NBC Television Network in 1985 on its weekday after-school Continue reading...

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Just as Susan Sontag did for photography and Marshall McLuhan did for television, Virginia Heffernan (called one of the “best living writers of English prose”) reveals the logic and aesthetics behind the Internet. Since its inception, the Internet has morphed from merely an extension of traditional media into its own full-fledged civilization. It is among mankind’s great masterpieces—a massive work of art. As an idea, it rivals monotheism. We all inhabit this fascinating place. But its Continue reading...

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First of all...there is this wonderful NY Times review! "Mr. Diamond himself plays Groucho, and he might as well be Groucho. Matt Roper’s Chico and Seth Shelden’s Harpo are also meticulous, and Matt Walters completes the quartet with the less well-known Zeppo, the male romantic lead in the story but certainly not the center of attention." Next..you better get tickets NOW before it is TOOO late! I was delighted at be able to photograph the show early in the run. I did the NY Fringe Festival Continue reading...

Geniia Pakrovskaya - Quick change Artist

Hosted by Keith Nelson at Dixon Place. A Variety Show for all kinds of acts! This month's show was Terrific! Kenwyn Dapo The Immaterialists Adam Auslander Harold Moeller and Rob Lok Geniia Pakrovskaya Maks Turner and Skyttle Kat Alexander Zero Boy Magic by Greg Dubin, aka The Great Dubiny Keith Nelson's 8 Bowl Finale!   Continue reading...

Eepybird

Ten years ago the internet was a new 'vision' of the future. Viral videos had just started to appear online. This one was one of the first to 'catch on fire'. Wonderful, playful and intelligent play! As the video description says: "What happens when you combine 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 Mentos mints? It's amazing and completely insane. The first part of this video demonstrates a simple geyser, and the second part shows just how extreme it can get. Over one hundred jets of soda fly into Continue reading...

I Celebarate Myself by Allen Ginsburg

In the first biography of Ginsberg since his death in 1997 and the only one to cover the entire span of his life, Ginsberg's archivist Bill Morgan draws on his deep knowledge of Ginsberg's largely unpublished private journals to give readers an unparalleled and finely detailed portrait of one of America's most famous poets. Morgan sheds new light on some of the pivotal aspects of Ginsberg's life, including the poet's associations with other members of the Beat Generation, his complex relationship Continue reading...

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~ ~ ~ ~ ~ "Fresh and intriguing, Hidden in Plain Sight offers a wealth of fascinating historical information on the myriad ways and contexts in which moving images have evoked experiences of wonder from audiences. Williamson’s interest in the material is infectious." Stephen Prince author of Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: The Seduction of Reality ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ "In answering questions that date back at least a century in movie-making, Williamson looks at how movie magic has inspired people Continue reading...