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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Ghosts are always a subject that can instantly create controversy between skeptics and believers.

Almost 45 percent of all people in America believe in the possibility of ghosts and that the dead can communicate with the living in the right circumstances. Die-hard skeptics believe there is no such thing as a spirit world and that ghosts are figments of the imagination, citing lack of solid evidence.

Believers argue that no evidence will ever be good enough to quash the skepticism of a "nonbeliever."

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Technology is a wonderful thing. Cellphones have so many wonderful gadgets and devices contained in that small piece of technology that allow them to scan documents, translate texts, detect magnetic fields, use a compass, track inventory, instantly receive messages and pages as well as make phone calls.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

There has been no shortage of magic on television since August. On CW we have "Masters of Illusion" and "Penn and Teller: Fool Us," the History Channel has had some magic-related specials including the miniseries "Houdini," which I mentioned last week.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The resurgence of magic continued this week with the Houdini miniseries that ran on the History Channel this past Monday and Tuesday evenings. This version of Houdini's life stars Academy Award winning actor Adrien Brody as the master showman and arguably the most famous magician in the modern era of magic.

Houdini is one of the few stars who is recognized solely by his stage surname and probably most closely associated with the art of magic, even though his most prolific claims to fame were more escapes and dangerous stunts as well as his relentless attacks on spiritualism.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Time flies so fast that we do not realize it until we reach milestones that remind us of the flowing river we all travel together. It was almost seven years ago my wife, Katie, and I greeted a little baby girl named Kathryn in the hospital when the nurse placed her in her mother's loving arms.

This week we reached another milestone as my now almost 7-year-old little girl went to first grade for her first day of school. It was wonderful to be able to see this milestone in person, and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

This summer has been great for magic and magicians in general. Several are still in the running on "America's Got Talent" for the top prize, having auditioned with some mind-blowing magical effects ranging from the smallest close-up effects to the largest stage illusions, along with at least one "unique" magic act. Four of these acts broke into the top 48 talent acts on the show.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I did not think the loss of beloved celebrities could get any worse this year, but Monday evening was stunning for America and for me to learn of the death of multitalented, Oscar award winning actor and comic genius Robin Williams. He was not just an actor. He was a force of nature. His body of work ranged from rip-roaring comedy to highly emotional drama. He was able to take command of any situation and bring a smile to people's faces. For 38 years, Williams has been a part of our lives first on television and then making his mark in films.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Time really flies when you are not paying attention. It was 12 years ago that I self-published a collection of ghost stories and folklore about my hometown, Summit Hill.

Now scores of investigations and many new experiences later, I am in the midst of revising my original pamphlet to make it a richer and more full book about Summit Hill and the part of our history that is rarely recorded, the folklore and oral histories of the town that help to create its atmosphere.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Remember the Mayan apocalypse? The one that did not happen, at least not in any way we noticed in 2012. According to a news story reported on various sites online and attributed to CBS News, we may have been a lot closer to an apocalypse of sorts than we originally thought.

The doomsday prophecy could have been fulfilled six months earlier on July 23, 2012, but fortunately the Earth was one week ahead of a solar storm that released the largest and most destructive solar flare in 150 years.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

This past weekend was extremely gratifying cinematically as I was fortunate enough to find a few hours to screen "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." If you are into science fiction fantasy films, this one passes expectations.