Monday, May 29, 2017

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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.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

One of the most important qualities a magician needs to learn his craft is his ability to carefully translate and follow directions. Most magicians get their start by studying magic books, and I was no different.

I read and absorbed almost every magic book I could find. The older books required some translation and some thought because sometimes the authors would deliberately describe moves vaguely to make you work for the effect.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I want to thank all of you who stop me and discuss items in my columns and provide suggestions to me for new columns. It means a great deal to me that so many of you spend some of your Saturday mornings reading my work.

One of the questions that I have been asked repeatedly is how I develop my ideas for columns. This week I thought I would share how my muse works as well as answer some odds and ends that have been asked.

My interests normally lay in the world of magick, arcane related arts and paranormal phenomena as well as related fields of interest.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

This past week was an important and in some ways wondrous weekend in Summit Hill, even though for many of us who volunteer it was also quite tiring. I had the honor of being part of the program to rededicate Summit Hill's Ludlow Memorial Park.

As a former president of the Summit Hill Historical Society, my friend and colleague Dr. Lou Vermillion asked if I would give a brief history of the park. The ladies in the society emphasized the brief part good-humoredly because they all know how much I love to talk about our little community.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

I have always found archaeology to be a fascinating branch of science. Archaeology is the study of past human activity through the recovery and study of artifacts from the past.

We have been able to learn quite a bit from the study of archaeological digs both about past civilizations as well as extinct plants and animals and the related conditions of our planet through its history.

From time to time exciting discoveries are unearthed and shared in the news, but many times the work of archaeologists are just mentioned in passing.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The belief in ghosts is one of the most controversial topics in modern culture. A recent survey by the Huffington Post in conjunction with YouGov indicated that 45 percent of Americans believe in the existence of ghosts, yet 59 percent of the public believe they have never seen a ghost.

I am one of the 45 percent who do believe in ghosts, and from researching the paranormal and collecting anecdotes and incidents in the past 20 years, I think sometimes people do see ghosts without even knowing it.