Former stage magician and skeptic of pseudoscience James Randi offered $1,000,000 to anyone who could prove their paranormal abilities under agreed-upon testing criteria. Over 1,000 people tried, and 0 were successful. It was discontinued in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
Magician Harry Houdini took a year off from his performance career during WWI to promote the war effort including teaching soldiers how to get out of handcuffs. houdini.org/interest.html
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
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Aleister Crowley was intrigued by the rise of Nazism in Germany, but later lambasted Hitler as a black magician. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
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…
It's illegal to own a rabbit in Queensland, Australia, unless you are a magician couriermail.com.au/news/q…
James "The Amazing" Randi, a magician, debunker & skeptic, was accused multiple times of having actual psychic powers... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
It’s illegal to own a rabbit in Queensland without having a magicians license or being a scientist daf.qld.gov.au/__data/ass…
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…
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/…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
Raymond Teller (from Penn and Teller) once sued a YouTube magician for selling the secrets behind one of his acts. hollywoodreporter.com/thr…
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…
In 2005 a magician sued David Copperfield for stealing his godly powers ihsvoice.com/features/201…
An 18th century German named Matthew Birchinger, aka "the little man of Nuremberg," played instruments, was a calligrapher and a famous magician. He performed tricks that have never been explained. Yet he had no hands, legs, or thighs, and was less than 29 inches tall. newstatesman.com/culture/…
The Westcar Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian document has the first known account of magic. In it, King Khufu asks for a magician called Dedi. Dedi pulls the heads off a goose, a duck and an ox and then restores them to life. It might actually be β€˜the oldest trick in the book’. qi.com/infocloud/magic-tr…
Ziconotide, a pain reliever 1,000 times as powerful as morphine, was initially developed from the venom of the magician cone snail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Today I learned that the word β€œmagi” (or the singular β€œmagus”) refers to followers of Zoroastrianism, an ancient Persian religion whose modern-day adherents included Freddie Mercury. β€œMagi” also gave rise to the β€œmagic” and β€œmagician,” as Zoroastrians were known to practice astrology and alchemy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Pet rabbits are highly illegal in Queensland Australia. Owners can be fined $44,000, although magicians can apply for a special exemption. daf.qld.gov.au/__data/ass…
There is disagreement about the order of the Narnia books - some sets order the books by publication date (lion, witch, wardrobe first) while others order the books by the internal chronology (magicians nephew first) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Amazing Randi (James Randi), while debunking a psychic who bent silverware, was accused of being a fraud. Twice he was accused of using actual psychic powers to pretend he was just a magician. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Today I learned of James Randi a psychic debunker and former magician that carries and will give a check of $1,000,000 (one million dollars) to anyone that can demonstrates any form of psychic, supernatural, or paranormal ability under satisfactory observation. web.randi.org/the-million…
Today I learned of P.C. Sorcar Jr., a famous Indian magician, who β€˜vanished’ the Taj Mahal for 2 minutes. He also made the Victoria Memorial disappear on the 300th anniversary of Calcutta, and vanished a train full of passengers before a large crowd at Bardhaman Junction, West Bengal in 1992. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._…
Jason Alexander (George Costanza) is a practicing magician, and only switched to acting as a career when he realized that he was unlikely to succeed as a magician. penguinmagic.com/p/6430
China's Emperor Qin sent his magician to find the elixir of life. The magician sailed away with the "sacrifice" of 6000 boys and girls, lots of wheat, and never returned. Some believe that he settled in Japan and became their first emperor. chinatownology.com/empero…
At the 1988 magic championships a magician was disqualified because his performance was so astounding the other magician judges thought he must be cheating. He performed the same act three years later, (letting the judges shuffle the cards) and won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
Magician Dai Vernon once challenged Harry Houdini to solve one of his card tricks, the latter boasting he could solve any trick after three tries. After seven times, Houdini still couldn't solve it and Vernon came to be known as "The Man Who Fooled Houdini." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai…
There is a "mansion" in Hartford, CT that is 90' long but only 18' deep. The house's builder was a magician and wanted the house to look like an illusion. damnedct.com/austin-house…
David Copperfield and two assistants were robbed at gunpoint in 2006. The renowned magician was able to employ sleight of hand to conceal his possessions when the thieves turned to him. He was quoted as calling his spontaneous illusion β€œ...reverse pickpocketing.” people.com/people/article…
The CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception, written by a magician, included instructions such as signaling other spies by tying their shoelaces a particular way news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world…
Ching Ling Foo and Chung Ling Soo were two magicians from the early 20th century who were bitter rivals. While Ching Ling Foo was genuinely Chinese, Chung Ling Soo was actually a New Yorker named William Robinson. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Apollo Robbins, a pickpocket magician, struck up a conversation with Jimmy Carter and Secret Service agents. Within a few minutes he emptied the agents' pockets of everything except their guns. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Today I learned of Ralf Bialla, a German magician who was famous for performing the "bullet catch," using his teeth. He was seriously injured nine times, which caused constant dizziness, which eventually led to his death when he fell off of a cliff. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bul…
Intellectual property law doesn't cover magic tricks. An amazing, original trick can be stolen from a magician and there's nothing he can do about it. techdirt.com/articles/200…
The Duke of Montague bet that he could fill a theatre by promising the public the impossible. A newspaper advertised a magician who could turn into any person, dead or alive. The theatre was full and the audience then informed that the magician couldn't come. historyextra.com/article/…
The CIA hired a magician to train agents in sleight of hand techniques for use in their mickey-slipping LSD experiments... boston.com/bostonglobe/id…
A manuel found in an Aum facility contained the lyrics for a song entitled "Song of Sarin, the Magician" fas.org/irp/congress/1995…
There was a magician by the name Jasper Maskelyne who used "magic" to help against the nazis in WWII. He would hide tools and maps in everyday objects and fool the nazis by using illusions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
Alice Cooper hired magician James Randi to design the stage effects for the 1973 tour promoting the album "Billion Dollar Babies". Randi toured with the band as effects coordinator and even appeared as a character in the stage show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Arthur Conan Doyle strongly believed that magicians had supernatural powers. Illusionist and Anti-Spiritualist Harry Houdini once performed for him and assured Doyle that it was all a trick. Doyle did not believe him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
That there is a special ceremony that takes place at a magician's funeral where their magic wand is broken- upon the magician's death the wand loses its magic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Comedian/magician Penn Gillette created and patented a special placement of a hot tub jet which is aimed to arouse women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
There was a long-held superstition that Medieval Irish bards were close to magicians, able to raise blisters on the faces of their victims by the power of their satire, and even 'rhyme rats to death.' jstor.org/stable/20489774…
The magician Chung Ling Soo was actually a young British man named William Robinson. He kept the act of being Chinese all his life and never spoke English onstage until he was fatally shot in a trick gone wrong. bowesandbounds.org/m/blog…
Teller (of Penn and Teller) was a high school Latin and English teacher before turning professional as a magician. At the same high school Jon Stewart went to. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
Today I learned of James Randi a psychic debunker and former magician that carries and will give a check of $1,000,000 (one million dollars) to anyone that can demonstrates any form of psychic, supernatural, or paranormal ability under satisfactory observation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Zombie folklore originated in Haiti, when bokors ("black magicians") would poison victims with pufferfish neurotoxin, inducing a state of suspended animation from which the victim would awaken in a psychotic state under which they could be easily controlled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zom…
There is a theme park in China where professionally trained acrobats and magicians perform every single day, even when temperatures drop to below freezing and no one shows up to watch. youtu.be/lVNBLnQy71M?t=11…
The earliest known reference of Jesus was referred to as an "magician" nbcnews.com/id/26972493/n…
The Brittish army hired a magician during WWII to fool the Afrika Corps. It worked. civilianmilitaryintellige…
Matthias Buchinger was born without arms or lower legs and was famous magician, illustrator, and master engraver, and had 14 children by 8 wives with up to 70 mistresses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Swedish magician Lennart Green was disqualified from a large annual magic convention in 1988 because the judges accused him of using assistants in his act to shuffle the cards. 3 years later he performed the same act but instead had the judges shuffle the cards...he was awarded first place all-about-magicians.com/l…
After realizing an aspiring magician was actually in his twenties and had childlike handwriting due to a disability, David Copperfield founded Project Magic. A program that teaches people with disabilities how to do sleight of hand magic in order to enhance motor skills and gain self confidence projectmagic.org/
For years an American magician named William Robinson masqueraded as a Chinese performer named Chung Ling Soo. He never spoke English in public until he was fatally shot during a performance of his bullet catch trick. His only words on stage; "Oh my God. Something's happened. Lower the curtain.” history.com/videos/the-se…
When his dog died 4 days before the opening of his new show, the magician Sigmund Neuberger asked the local council for her to be buried in their cemetery. They accepted, only if he himself be buried there upon his death. Neuberger died 4 days later on opening night when the theatre burnt down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A University of Buffalo professor and a US Senator both believe noted magician/skeptic James Randi is a fraud for claiming NOT to have psychic powers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
It's illegal to keep rabbits as pets in Queensland. Unless you're a magician. dpi.qld.gov.au/documents/…
Richard Turner is a blind card magician. Of him it was said, "As one of the finest card technicians on the planet, Richard advances the science of card manipulation to heights never dreamed of." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
The magician Teller, of Penn and Teller, has no first name. On his driver's license it is marked NFN (no first name.) en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
Charles, Prince of Wales, is a member of the "Magic Circle", an exclusive club for magicians. He gained entry in 1975 with his "Cups and Balls" performance. This routine is considered by many to be a sign of an accomplished magician, as it uses many different techniques at once. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Jasper Maskelyne, a magician by trade, hid Alexandria harbor from Nazi bombings during WWII. warfarehistorynetwork.com…
You are not allowed to own a rabbit in Queensland, Australia unless you are a magician. burkesbackyard.com.au/fac…
Aleister Crowley, a ceremonial magician and founder of his own occultist religion, was voted the 73rd greatest Briton of all time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Magician and skeptic James Randi created an organization in that will give $1,000,000US to anyone who can demonstrate a paranormal ability. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Chris Pratt is a magician. youtube.com/watch?v=Fy3Mi…
Today I learned of a magician with the name of Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, who was asked by Louis-Napoleon to suppress a possible rebellion in French-controlled Algeria using his magic tricks and he succeed in doing so. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
There was a cartoon in the 1980's about the Rubik's Cube titled "Rubik the Amazing Cube." Rubik was a magical troll who would come to life only when the colored squares on his sides had been matched up. He helped a group of kids get out of sticky situations and avoid an evil magician. youtu.be/L3efpwOO4mw
In 1990 Amateur magician Joseph W. "Amazing Joe" Burrus, during an act, was handcuffed and shackled, placed in a plexiglass coffin of his own design, laid 6 feet underground, and buried under some seven tons of concrete. The coffin could not support the weight and Burrus was crushed to death. articles.latimes.com/1990…
The only people in Queensland, Australia who can legally own rabbits are professional magicians. ablis.business.gov.au/qld…
In medieval lore, Tempestarii were weather making magicians who dwelt amongst the common people and possessed the power to raise or prevent storms at will. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tem…

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