Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Magicians the help Children

(Via Newindpress.com)

I found this article via a South India news site, and I'm quite pleased- it's about a magician named Gopinath Muthukad who speaks to children and teaches them about confidence, by way of relating his experiences as a magician. In fact, it's for summer classes for the State Child Welfare Council.

It's nothing short of magical when magicians use their craft to enrich the lives of children. Something as simple as putting on a magic show can change a child's life.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Countdown to the Deathly Hallows

Some of you may have noticed I put a widget in the bottom right of the blog counting down to the next Harry Potter book and movie... well, it's true. Despite my finer literary tastes, I also enjoy J.K. Rowling's humorous storytelling. I've read every book so far, and seen every movie, but I'm a little bit rusty, so I'm thinking I'm going to go back and re-read the previous books while I have the chance. I'll write some brief reviews and post them here with my personal reflections.

This upcoming novel will be the 7th and final book in the series, and should feature Harry's ultimate confrontation with Voldemort. Keep in mind that (as the story goes), J.K. Rowling has had the last chapter of this book written since roughly book one. Seriously. She has apparently had it locked in a safe-deposit box, after repeated break-ins by crazed fans.

It still doesn't cease to amaze me that BOTH the new book and movie are going to be out the same month- I figure it's going to be a tidal wave of Harry Potter fever, so I'm going to get started now.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Magical Medium with a Message

(Via Carroll County Times)

Time and again we see examples of how magic can be turned into something beneficial, and a voice for expressing personal values. For instance, corporate illusionist/magician Wayne Alan has been voicing his concerns about the dangers of long-term smoking, by integrating his talents. Alan tours regularly with his show called "Make Smoking Disappear", which involves magic and detailed descriptions about the long-term effects of tobacco. Rather than appealing to his typical corporate audience, he now appeals to the younger generation at schools and libraries. He does about 100 magic shows a year on the subject.

This is a fascinating form of magic that I see a lot of here at Philip and Henry, and it never ceases to amaze me. Shows like this speak volumes about the unique and individual character of each magician.

The article

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Harry Potter Cover Revealed

In an attempt to whet the appetites of crazed Harry Potter fans (like me), publishers have released both the child and adult covers for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, to be released July 21st (see countdown below).

I, for one, can't wait. Will the boy magician, er, WIZARD die in the last book?

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Age is no issue when you've got magic

(Via Google News)

He's four years old, and already he can do magic tricks and play the ukulele- which is more than I can do. ;) his name is Liam Reid and he travels around New Zealand with parents Bill and Mandy, participating in their magic shows.

Apparently, Liam has been willingly been performing magic since he was 22 months old.

I really wish this article had a video attached.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Magical Moments in the Lives of Children

Kindness works a magic of its own, especially if the one performing it is truly invested in the act itself. I found an interesting article via Google news today.

Basketball coach Flip Saunders from the Detroit Pistons showed off his skills as a magician Monday, as part of the renovation program "Live, Learn and Play Center" at Eton Academy in Birmingham. Eton itself is a private school (kindergarten through high school) for students with learning difficulties such as dyslexia or ADHD. The Pistons-Palace Foundation renovated four rooms of the school with new learning facilities suited to the students' special needs, and had a number of small festivities to honour the occasion. Saunders did some simple vanishing tricks and spun a basketball on his finger, amazing his young audience.

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