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2014-07-07 16:22:57

BRANSON, Mo., July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Magic, the performance art, is dying and modern technology is killing it. Television, DVRs and the Internet make the secrets of magic readily available. Knowing the secret of an effect reduces a majestic work of art to a simple stunt and its prestige is lost. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140707/124776 Hagerman, The Last Great Wizard, calls himself the "world's most secretive magician" because he doesn't allow his original magic to...

Explaining The Science Behind Penn & Teller's Ball And Cups Magic Routine
2013-02-12 13:54:10

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists: They just can´t leave well enough alone. It´s difficult for them to let certain things about life go unexplained and allow themselves to be amazed from time to time. Instead, they have to dissect, to find the truth, no matter how elusive it may be. For instance, scientists from the Barrow Neurological Institute have dug deep into neuroscience in order to explain how a certain magic trick performed by famous...

2006-08-03 09:10:00

By Simon Johnson STOCKHOLM -- Magicians are flocking to the Swedish capital this week to test their skill at changing people into birds, producing playing cards from unlikely places -- and devising new ways of cutting a woman in half. Around 2,500 magicians in town for the World Championships of Magic will see 150 top exponents of the art compete for the Grand Prix -- a two-week contract in Las Vegas or performances in Paris, Monte Carlo or London. One illusionist even planned to cut a woman...

2005-07-19 04:49:38

By Mimi Turner LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - Three years ago, British "psychological illusionist" Derren Brown put a gun to his head in a live television special for Channel Four, using only his mind-reading powers to identify which of the gun's chambers had been loaded by a hand-picked volunteer. The stunt made for gripping television -- predictably drawing howls of outrage from newspaper commentators. It also propelled 32-year old Brown onto newspaper front pages and into the media...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.