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Why Is the One Percent So Obsessed With Magic?

Why Is the One Percent So Obsessed With Magic?

In the Rarities bar, a private lounge in a tucked-away corner of the Lotte New York Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue, Steve Cohen is adjusting his gold-button blazer and wire-rimmed glasses. As he

Pompeii’s Unearthed Stash of Ancient Charms and Amulets

When Pompeii met its sudden end more than 2,000 years ago, the city was buried with many treasures intact. With every archaeological dig there, remarkable insight into Roman life is revealed. A recent
Maggie Gyllenhaal on “The Deuce,” and the Illusionist Derren Brown

Maggie Gyllenhaal on “The Deuce,” and the Illusionist Derren Brown

On The New Yorker Radio Hour, Maggie Gyllenhaal discusses her “The Deuce” character’s journey from street walker to director. Plus, Derren Brown reveals the secrets to his success as a magic
Summer Camp Island's Take on Time Travel Is Charmingly Clever

Summer Camp Island's Take on Time Travel Is Charmingly Clever

Between blockbusters like Avengers: Endgame and small-screen oddballs like FX’s Legion, it’s been an interesting year for stories featuring time travel, a plot device whose potential for greatness is
Entertaining Reddit Thread On What Magical Animals Would Be In The Discount Section Of A Magical Pet Store

Entertaining Reddit Thread On What Magical Animals Would Be In The Discount Section Of A Magical Pet Store

User, u/blockbu, asked an interesting question on AskReddit, "A magical pet store is open, but the good pets are too expensive, what magical pets you find in the discount section?" and the response
Read Your Kid's Mind With This Magic Trick

Read Your Kid's Mind With This Magic Trick

You can’t read your kid’s mind. If you could, you would know that his new favorite color just became turquoise, even though you just bought him a cup that is blue, his favorite color from three hours
Penn Jillette Performed a Séance at a Steven Spielberg Party

Penn Jillette Performed a Séance at a Steven Spielberg Party

Then the 'E.T.' director came really close to screwing it up.

Footage of Houdini preparing for a straight jacket escape

Wild About Houdini shares the details of Houdini's suspended straight jacket escape in Los Angeles. For years I've been trying to uncover details of Houdini's first suspended straitjacket escape in

Watch these cars and motorcycles drive into another dimension

Traffic disappears into a higher dimension, on this bridge. Witchcraft. https://t.co/9jXxSFjXv6 pic.twitter.com/yO9MaGokHy— Cliff Pickover (@pickover) August 5, 2019 Where they're going, they don't
More Proof That Cats Are Pure Magic, For All The Non-Believers Out There

More Proof That Cats Are Pure Magic, For All The Non-Believers Out There

As most of you are aware, cats are magical. There's no real way to explain the joy they bring, or how meaningful it is when they show you their love and affection. It's. Just. Pure. Magic. If you need
Penn Jillette remarks on (mostly phony) magic tricks in pop culture

Penn Jillette remarks on (mostly phony) magic tricks in pop culture

"But remember, I lie." In this video, legendary magician Penn Jillette watches clips from TV and movies that feature magic tricks of one kind or another, and then gives his honest opinion about
The Story Universe of Magic: The Gathering Is Expanding

The Story Universe of Magic: The Gathering Is Expanding

Can a complicated, nerdy card game turn into a cross-media story? Maybe it already is one.
When a Picture Says More Than Just a Thousand Words

When a Picture Says More Than Just a Thousand Words

Sometimes, there are simply not enough words that can capture the beauty of animals and the joys they bring to our lives, and the world. And more often than not, no words are even needed to

Watch: Magician performs close-up tricks at a maximum security prison

In the latest episode of Scam Nation, magician Nate Staniforth went to Anamosa State Penitentiary in Iowa to perform magic for the inmates. Image: YouTube

AI is like a magic trick: amazing until it goes wrong, then revealed as a cheap and brittle effect

I used to be on the program committee for the O'Reilly Emerging Technology conferences; one year we decided to make the theme "magic" -- all the ways that new technologies were doing things that
Bill Gates goes Harry Potter when talking about Steve Jobs

Bill Gates goes Harry Potter when talking about Steve Jobs

In an unusually fantastical interview, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates gives away Apple's magical secrets.

iPad magician breaks new ground with robot assistant

We’ve seen magician Simon Pierro do things with an iPad that would amaze the smartest of Apple’s engineers. Now he has a robot called Pepper in on the act. Like all magicians, Pierro will not explain
Fake Magic: The Gathering Card Names Are Fantastic

Fake Magic: The Gathering Card Names Are Fantastic

Jason Rohrer (Passage, Sleep Is Death) thought it’d be fun to train an AI to create fake Magic: The Gathering card names. It was a good hunch. Read more...