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Revealing the Secrets Inside the Magic Castle

When you think, “castle dedicated to the magical arts,” you probably think Hogwarts. But long before there was a school of witchcraft and wizardry, …

Los Angeles

Magic Tricks for Kids to Learn and Perform

Among the many easy magic tricks that I teach here on The Spruce, there are many that I feel are particularly good for young kids to learn and …

These awesome vintage magician posters are no illusion

Posters

Magic Tricks - The 22 Essential Sleights

Magic Tricks: 22 Essential Sleights and Your Complete Card Magic Blueprint<p>Lovers of great <b>magic tricks</b> were thrilled with our <i></i><i>Easy Card Tricks</i> post. To …

Find the dead spots in your Wi-Fi network with NetSpot

Free Mac app NetSpot lets you build a heatmap of your wireless network so you can find out where your Wi-Fi signal is strong and the areas where it's weak.<p>I invested in two power line adapters earlier this year to extend the range of my Wi-Fi network at home. I put one in the kitchen and the other …

Home Automation

Rooting your phone? A few things to think about - Android customization

Our Android customization series has, sometimes painstakingly, dedicated itself to non-root tools, tips and tricks to get the most out of your Android device. Today that changes. Last week we showed you how to replace a worn out USB port or headphone jack on a Nexus 7 tablet. That same tablet has …

Android News

What magicians, con-artists, and scammers can teach us about humility and humanity

<i>This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses. Get 80 percent off Your Deceptive Mind taught by neurologist Steven Novella along with many</i> …

6 TED Talks About Illusion That Will Make You Doubt Your Own Brain

How did David Blaine hold his breath for 17 minutes? Answers to this and other magical mysteries.<p>Is seeing really believing? How sure are you that the things you think you see are real? What about the thoughts in your mind? Did you think them up on your own, or could they have been planted there by …

11 Couples That Met on Reality TV and Are Still Together

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jionni LaValle (<i>Jersey Shore</i>)<p>Hopeless romantic Snooks finally met her dream gorilla on the shore. We thought for sure …

This magician stumped Penn & Teller with the most beautiful magic trick we’ve ever seen

During a recent airing of <i>Fool Us</i>, seasoned magicians Penn and Teller were positively blown away by a magician who executed some of the best sleight …

Banks racing to ward off mobile competition from Apple and Google

No wonder the big banks look at smartphones with a mix of optimism and apprehension: The banks drove consumers toward ABMs, telephones and computers, but mobile banking is now putting consumers in the driver's seat.<p>"Customer expectations are high," said Jeff Marshall, Bank of Nova Scotia's …

Britain's Got Talent's Jamie Raven's greatest optical illusions revealed

How DID they do that? As Jamie Raven's lemon trick on Britain's Got Talent is rumbled, the secrets behind magicians' greatest optical illusions …

David Copperfield

Google Unveils The Gmail Of Photos We’ve Been Wanting For Years

Google Photos is as magical as apps get. Here’s why.<p>A couple weeks ago, Yahoo unveiled a new update to Flickr that made Flickr worth taking seriously again. But, as often happens in the world of tech, it only took two weeks for someone to release a photo service that makes Flickr’s update look old …

Europe's Mobile Carriers Are Plotting An Internet Hold-Up Of Google

The major European mobile operators are weighing up a blanket ban on mobile advertising, enforced through ad-blocking software installed at the carrier level, according to the Financial Times.<p>Such a move would have a potentially calamitous impact on both apps and websites funded by mobile …

Magicians manifest mayhem in new trailer for BBC's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Susanna Clarke's long and lush best-selling novel, <i>Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell</i>, is being manifested as a seven-part prestige series for BBC One …

Meet the Magician Who’s Worked with Kanye West, David Copperfield, and Taco Bell

Dan White’s stylish new show at the NoMad Hotel features iPhone magic, levitation, and instrumental Drake.<p>Dan White does a magic trick that goes something like this: he asks a member of the audience to come to the stage, and hands them his wallet. Then six other people guess a number between 1 and …

David Copperfield

What Magicians Can Teach Us About The Art Of Manipulation

When Jay Olson was a 5-year-old living in Vancouver, British Columbia, a magician pulled a coin from his ear and sparked a lifelong fascination with magic.<p>Now a 28-year-old professional magician and a psychiatry graduate student at McGill University, Olson has recently conducted experiments using …

Killer Magic: Meet the magicians

BBC3's new magic challenge features some weird and wonderful young conjurors, from burlesque dancer Jasz Vegas to rock 'n' roll mystic Dee …

Horror Movies

An Honest Liar: Recovering Magician Turns Rationalist

For people of a certain age, these names may act as a time machine back to the 1970s: The Amazing Randi, Uri Geller, Peter Popoff. All come tumbling …

Seattle

The Six Grand Illusions That Keep Us Enslaved to “The Matrix”

by Conspiracy Club<p><b>“In prison, illusions can offer comfort.” – Nelson Mandela</b><p><i>Maintaining the suspension of disbelief in the illusion, however, is</i> …

Abra Cadabra! The science of how magicians influence decision-making

Pick a card, any card, says the magician. Though seemingly offered a choice to pick whichever card you want, in a majority of cases your brain has …

Consciousness

Magic trick choices aren't as random as they seem - Futurity

Magicians influence their audience's decisions, such as which cards they pick, while maintaining the illusion of free choice.