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Daniel Martin Diaz's new art show inspired by science and magic opens in San Francisco tonight

Daniel Martin Diaz’s new art show inspired by science and magic opens in San Francisco tonight / Boing Boing My friend Daniel Martin Diaz‘s exquisite paintings lie at the intersection of science, art, and magic to provoke questions about technology, physics, theories of mind, and the nature of reality. He has an exhibition of spectacular new works opening in San Francisco today at the …

How to make your own magic "forcing pad"

The Svenpad is a hugely successful magic prop: it’s a “Svengali pad,” that, like a Svengali deck of cards, selectively shaves down alternating leaves so that a performer can seemingly riffle all the pages but only display every second page. There are a lot of effects you can produce with a Svengali pad — riffle the pages one way and they’re all blank, …

Using card tricks to find the truth about Trump

Magicpeacelove writes, “Magician Ben Seidman wields his cards with elan to nail down the facts about why Trump would be such a great leader.” report this ad A day after describing half of Donald Trump’s supporters as “deplorables,” Hillary Clinton is apologizing, reports the BBC. US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has apologised for calling half of Donald Trump’s supporters “deplorable” people. But the …

The spores of club moss have magical powers

Lycopodium powder, made from dry spores of clubmoss plants, is used by magicians and special effects artists as flash powder (aka “dragon’s breath”), as a lubricant on latex gloves and condoms, and of course to do the impressive science experiments seen in the video above. “In physics experiments and demonstrations, lycopodium powder is used to make sound waves in air visible for observation …

Iceland's powerful Elf Lobby wins fight to unearth Elfin Lady Stone buried by construction workers

Bowing to intense pressure from elves and the people who believe in them, the government of Iceland will unearth a purportedly magical “Elfin Lady Stone” buried by highway workers by mistake. The inadvertent burial of their sacred site seriously pissed off the mythical creatures, according to reports. Angry Icelandic elves incensed by the offensive construction site error are blamed of causing a series of …

Handless magician fools Penn & Teller

MagicPeaceLove writes, “The word ‘inspiring’ gets thrown around a lot but my pal Mahdi Gilbert (previously) really deserves it. “Born without hands, Mahdi decided to devote his life to sleight-of-hand card magic, a task that seemed self-evidently ridiculous until he started inventing his own technology from scratch…and fooling some top cardmen. I’ve watched with joy and amazement these last five years as …