Quick hits: Brown faces pay cut, Cavett and Slydini, magic and neuroscience, embossed playing cards

March 30th, 2009 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General


They are quick, and they hit. Not hard, like a two-card monte, but like a click-thru on a Web site. You’re welcome, all you lucky site owners listed below. To the bullet points:
Quick hits: Brown faces pay cut, Cavett and Slydini, magic and neuroscience, embossed playing cards

  • Mentalist Derren Brown is among a number of British TV stars facing a pay cut because of the current economic toilet-flush, according to a Mirror report. Columnist Polly Hudson inserts so much snark that we’re amazed she doesn’t joke about the “mindreader” not seeing this coming.
  • The New York Times offered some incredible magic memories of Dick Cavett, the former TV talk show host who is also a magician. This blog post tells the story of how Cavett met the great Tony Slydini, and also has a link to almost half an hour of Slydini’s work. Cavett also makes a case for why magic is the greatest hobby for a kid: “It’s all-consuming. Get your problem child interested in it. The first time your kid masters a trick and performs it — and an adult, genuinely amazed, says, ‘How in heck did you do that?’ — your potential juvenile delinquent will be hooked and too absorbed in the new hobby to steal hubcaps.”
  • There’s a reason a lot of scientific-minded people turn to magic: There’s a lot to learn about psychology. Scientific American points out how magic can also aid the field of neuroscience: Specifically, how magicians affect perception and change memory. Interesting read.
  • The folks at the PokerNews Cup Alpine are geeking out over some new cards manufactured by Angel Playing Cards of Japan. These new cards are embossed, which “therefore creating space between the cards that helps prevent them from sticking to one another.” Willi, a dealer at the event, is quite enamored with them, as you’ll see in the video below. But how will they work for magic? Are we witnessing the next great card technology? It would have been nice if the report mentioned if these new hotties were paper or plastic.

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