Browsing All posts tagged under »magic«

Unwavering Ambivalence

July 6, 2014

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There was a time, when I was a teenager and therefore remarkably witless, that I fell for every crackpot idea that crossed my path. I was certain I had extrasensory perception, could move objects with my mind and see the future, and would eventually figure out how to walk through walls. I believed in ghosts, […]

Pick a Career, any Career

June 10, 2014

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I’ve always wanted to be a magician. I’m not talking about one of those big-name Las Vegas stage performers with the three-year contracts and the expensive haircuts. Those guys are masters of melodrama, and a little too impressed with themselves, if you ask me. Besides, they make aircraft carriers disappear from parking lots, and I […]

Where Has All the Magic Gone?

April 5, 2013

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Someone sends me a link to a video. I click on it, and within seconds I’m watching a man who seems to be striding on foot across the surface of the Thames River. Onlookers in the video are leaning over railings and peering from windows, pointing at him, astonished at the sight. I ignore the […]

More Movie Questions

June 23, 2010

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In a recent post, Rated C, for Confusing, I mentioned a few film genres I tend to avoid because of my inability to understand the plot. They included spy movies, psychological thrillers, and anything about drug lords, corrupt Supreme Court justices, or the CIA. I listed those because they are the ones that confuse me. But […]