Visit a mansion filled with magical machines

Visit a mansion filled with magical machines
An automaton devil

This short film is about Richard Garriott:

"…pioneering game developer, explorer, adventurer, award-winning
entrepreneur, and global ambassador for space travel privatization."

But most importantly, he’s also a magician who’s amassed a large collection of magical oddities, including 400-500 automata. Continue reading “Visit a mansion filled with magical machines”

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The magical film that restores Jacques Tati to life

The magical film that restores Jacques Tati to life

The Illusionist by Sylvain Chomet

I haven’t seen this film – I don’t think it’s been in the US yet – but I liked director Sylvain Chomet’s Triplets of Belleville, and I admire the playful subtlety of the films of Jacques Tati, who wrote this unproduced screenplay years ago as a live-action film for he and his daughter, Sophie Tatischeff. Continue reading “The magical film that restores Jacques Tati to life”

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Magical deception explored by Penn and Teller, Ray Hyman, Jamy Ian Swiss and James Randi

Magical deception explored by Penn and Teller, Ray Hyman, Jamy Ian Swiss and James Randi
A discussion on skepticism and magic

The video below is from a panel discussion at The Amazing Meeting 7, a conference on critical thinking held in Las Vegas during the summer of 2009, sponsored by the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). Continue reading “Magical deception explored by Penn and Teller, Ray Hyman, Jamy Ian Swiss and James Randi”

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