There are people alive that do not have a heartbeat. A Texas heart surgeon (and amateur magician) invented a fake heart that continuously pushes blood through the heart instead of pumping it. popsci.com/science/articl…
Magicians Penn & Teller created a 8 hour long video game recreating the drive from Tucson, Arizona, to Las Vegas, Nevada. newyorker.com/tech/annals…
Pokemon hasn't printed a Kadabra card in 17 years out of fear of another lawsuit by magician Uri Geller. screenrant.com/kadabra-po…
Magician Uri Geller sued over the Pokemon Kadabra, claiming unauthorized identity appropriation due to Kadabra's Japanese name being similar to Geller's and the Pokemon being a psychic type with bent spoons. He banned production of the pokemon on cards in 2002, which he lifted recently. wikipedia.org/wiki/Uri_Ge…
That comedian/magician Penn Jillette holds a patent for the Jill-Jet, a hot tub jet specifically angled for female masturbation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Today I learned about Yoshie Shiratori also know as the prison break magician had escaped from 4 different prisons in 3 years and is also the only person to have escaped from Abashiri Prison till date youtu.be/oI8trlbCbU8
The city of Salem, MA has on Official Magician named by the Salem City Council and Massachusetts State Congress. officialmagicianofsalem.c…
Harry Houdini invited his friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the annual meeting of the Society of American Magicians in 1922. Doyle set up a projector and shocked them all with footage of live dinosaurs on screen. It was actually a clip from the upcoming 1925 film The Lost World based on his novel mcgill.ca/oss/article/his…
Saint John Bosco is popularly considered the patron saint of stage magicians en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 2006 muggers accosted magician David Copperfield, who promptly turned all of his pockets empty despite carrying his wallet, cell phone and passport cbsnews.com/news/david-co…
Change blindness is the phenomenon due to which a person observing a particular scene fails to detect large changes induced in the scene. Most common failure happens when we are distracted or inattentive. This trick is used by magicians and in nature. cse.iitk.ac.in/users/se36…
A comedian/magician Tommy Cooper died live on television in front of millions of viewers. The audience was laughing while he was having the heart attack - thinking it was part of his performance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Today I learned of Qin Shi Huang the 1st emperor of China. Obsessed with immortality he sent out quests for magicians & searched for powerful mountains to give him long life. Reportedly, he died from poisoning due to ingesting mercury pills, made by his physicians believing it to be an elixir of immortality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin…
'kahuna' is a Hawaiian word, defined as a respected person who has moral authority in society; a "priest, sorcerer, magician, wizard, minister, expert in any profession (whether male or female)". There are many different types of kahunas that represent all sectors of society and all skills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kah…
In 1988, to demonstrate that channeling was a bogus practice, magician James Randi recruited JosΓ© Alvarez, who pretended to channel a 2,000 year old spirit named Carlos, traveling the world and living like a celebrity. Alvarez continued the charade for years after 60 Minutes exposed them. skepdic.com/carlos.html
Today I learned of the Broken Wand Ceremony: A ritual performed at the funeral of a magician. The wand which the magician used in performances is broken, indicating that with the their death, the wand has lost its magic. The first broken wand ceremony was held in 1926, after the death of Harry Houdini sternbergclarke.co.uk/blo…
That magician Houdini took off a year during WWI to promote the war effort and taught soldiers how to get out of handcuffs giving away some of his magic secrets. houdini.org/interest.html
A 16th century Christian mystic/magician claimed to have come in contact with angels who shared with him the language spoken in the Garden of Eden. It has been called "Enochian" because Enoch was supposedly the last person to speak it, and it's used to cast spells in Enochian Magic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eno…
Today I learned about Matthew Buchinger who was born with no hands or feet and stood 29 inches tall. He became a remarkable artist, magician, calligrapher and was a marksman with a pistol. He was also married 4 times, and had 14 children by 8 different women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Richard Turner, world famous card mechanic won β€œClose-Up Magician of the Year” of 2014, fooled Penn & Teller on β€œFooled Us” in 2017 and has a black belt in karate, has been legally blind since childhood. *Dealt* is a documentary about his life, career, and coming to terms with his loss of sight richardturner52.com/about…
In Queensland, Australia, it's illegal to own a pet rabbit unless you're a magician. daf.qld.gov.au/__data/ass…
Magician duo Penn & Teller utilized the term "Bullsh*t!" because it legally protected the show from allegations of defamation/slander en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Henry "Box" Brown escaped slavery in the American south by mailing himself to freedom. He had friends pack him into a small box, and ship him as cargo from Richmond to Philadelphia. He survived, and went on to work as a magician biography.com/people/henr…
Today I learned about Richard Turner. He is one of the best card mechanics/ magicians in the world. He is a 2-time recipient of the Close-Up Magician of the Year award, while being blind after losing his eye sight at the age of 9 from scarlet fever. He also is a 5th degree karate black belt. good.is/features/richard-…
Penn and Teller have been refused membership in The Magic Circle, the most prestigious group of magicians in the world, despite the Circle having asked them to donate items to their museum and write opinion pieces for their newsletter. magicdaily.co.uk/news/pen…
Famous Magician David Copperfield was forced to reveal the secret to his famous "Lucky 13" illusion, in open court, after being sued by a participant time.com/5247771/david-co…
Alan Moore, the author behind Batman: The Killing Joke, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman and Watchmen became a ceremonial magician on his 40th birthday, believing it to be "a logical end step to my career as a writer." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
It's illegal in Queensland (Australia) to own a pet rabbit unless you can prove that you're a magician. couriermail.com.au/news/q…
The 1989 NFL halftime show featured magician/Elvis impersonator "Elvis Presto" performing "the world's largest card trick" broadcast in 3-D. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Aleister Crowley was intrigued by the rise of Nazism in Germany, but later lambasted Hitler as a black magician. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
It's illegal to own a rabbit in Queensland, Australia, unless you are a magician couriermail.com.au/news/q…
Today I learned about Matthias Buchinger: Born without hands and legs, he was an artist, magician, calligrapher and expert marksman at 74 cm body size en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
James "The Amazing" Randi, a magician, debunker & skeptic, was accused multiple times of having actual psychic powers... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
In the 1950s the CIA employed John Mulholland, a magician, to teach spies how to misdirect and deceive like a magician. He created a top secret manual (with pictures) called "The Official C.I.A. Manual of Trickery and Deception". abcnews.go.com/Technology…
Why magician Penn Jillette paints one of his fingernails. It began when his mom advised him to clean/manicure his nails, since people would be staring at his hands during close up magic. This was initially done in a joking act of defiance, which evolved into the tribute it is today. blog.withings.com/2016/05…
An American magician in the 1900's acted as a Chinese man for his show and never broke character in public, even using a translator when speaking to journalists. he died on stage after a trick went wrong, his last words were "Oh my God. Something's happened. Lower the curtain." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Psychologists are interested in magicians because they've been doing experiments for centuries and built a lot of techniques. Tricks rely on manipulating expectations, misdirecting, and can influence decision-making – all things that intrigue psychologists. spring.org.uk/2008/08/psy…
During the 2013 elections in The Maldives, a coconut was detained on the suspicion of 'vote-rigging' through the use of black magic. A magician was called in and established that the coconut was innocent. theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned about the "Magic Circle", a fight-club styled secretive group that shuns any magician that is found to reveal their "magic" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 2013, police in the Maldives detained a suspect for loitering near an election polling place on suspicion of black magic. The suspect in question was a coconut. A magician summoned by police established that the coconut was innocent. No arrests were made. theguardian.com/world/201…
It’s illegal to own a rabbit in Queensland without having a magicians license or being a scientist daf.qld.gov.au/__data/ass…
Today I learned about Eddie Chapman, Nazi Germany's only double agent in the UK - who faked an explosion of a plane factory with the help of a magician youtu.be/9SozU789B-M
Lennart Green, world champion close-up card magician was disqualified from the 1988 competition when the magician judges thought he must have been using stooges to shuffle the cards. He performed the same trick 3 years later, asking the judges to do the shuffling and won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
Today I learned of Eunus, a slave-magician who joked on stage that he planned to overthrow Roman rule and become king of Sicily. Then he led a huge slave uprising, and kept his promises to spare the lives of those who had left him tips. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
In 1956, a magician was performing the "cut a person in half" trick using his wife for a televised performance. Immediately after she was divided, the host ended the show. People were horrified, thinking she had been killed, but time had just run out on the broadcast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saw…
The Amazing Randi, the magician who debunks supernatural claims has stated upon his death, "I want to be cremated, and I want my ashes blown in Uri Geller's eyes.". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Raymond Teller (from Penn and Teller) once sued a YouTube magician for selling the secrets behind one of his acts. hollywoodreporter.com/thr…
World champion magician Lennart Green was DQ'd in 1988 FISM convention because judges could not believe he did not use stooges. Her performed the same trick again in 1991 and won, after judges first shuffled his cards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
Magician Jean EugΓ¨ne Robert-Houdin went to French controlled Algeria in 1856 to show the power of French magic. He lifted a metal box in front of a crowd, then had a warrior that he had made "as weak as a woman" try. Turning on electromagnets in the ground, he made the metal box unliftable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Today I learned about Doug Henning, a Canadian-born master magician who incorporated comedy and rock music in his magic shows, while he performs his acts wearing tie-dye shirts and jumpsuits. britannica.com/biography/…

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