The treacherous Puritan card trick

The treacherous Puritan card trick
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The box that concealed a man – a fugitive slave

The box that concealed a man - a fugitive slave
Engraving of the box in which Henry Box Brown escaped from slavery in Richmond, Va. 

"The box that arrived in Philadelphia that day was the plain-looking sort typically used to transport dry goods. Continue reading

Tell the naked truth, and be ruthless

"I am convinced that anyone can be a great writer … if he can only … tell the naked truth about himself and other people. That, a little technique with words and the willingness to bare heart, soul and body are all it takes. But few people know the truth, and fewer have the artistic intent and perhaps ruthlessness to tell it."
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Should I worry about this warped optical illusion?

Should I worry about this warped optical illusion?I don’t like a lot of optical illusions because they always seem one-dimensional to me, and I don’t mean that in the topological sense. Continue reading

Penn of Penn & Teller – Should magicians be lying so much?

Penn of Penn & Teller - Should magicians be lying so much?
"My wife coming out of a magic show thinking people can do things they can’t is wrong…" – Penn Gillette
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Your sloppy Swedish uncle does a card trick

Your sloppy Swedish uncle does a card trickHere’s a snap of Uncle Lennie. Where’s his glass of beer? Continue reading

Your prank sucks and here’s why

Your prank sucks and here's why
During a Ranger’s hockey game on Valentine’s Day, the Gardenvision screen showed a woman rejecting a marriage proposal and walking out on her disheartened man. Continue reading

William Mumler, the first spirit photographer

William Mumler, the first spirit photographer William Mumler’s famous image of Mary Todd Lincoln and her dead husband, Abraham. Continue reading

Why nude photos of Julia Roberts are fake

Why nude photos of Julia Roberts are fake
I love this quote by actress Julia Roberts:
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Where to go for all your professional fake bug needs

Where to go for all your professional fake bug needsThis Hexagenia Limbata,* with optional fishing hook attachment, is completely handmade
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