Saturday, October 26, 2013
One of the first questions asked of a magician when given an opportunity is how did you learn to perform magic? Since I have been studying magic since I have been old enough to read, my education has been through a variety of sources from the first magic sets I owned to recent DVDs.
Of all the formats and mediums I have studied through the years, I think the best source of my education was books.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
It's really hard to believe that it is October again. It seems like just yesterday the leaves were fresh and green, the birds were singing and the geese were returning to Canada and points north. Where did the time go? Once again it is fall and the daytime is ebbing away more quickly with each cycle of the clock. This week we celebrated Kathryn's 6th birthday. Six years has passed in the blink of an eye and our little baby girl is now in kindergarten.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
There have been some interesting stories making the rounds in the news again and it's been a while since I shared some so without further delay, here are some not so bright criminals and con artists which continues to prove that crime doesn't pay, although it might make the police laugh once in a while:
We begin in the town of Iowa City where Daniel P. Noehl decided to start a new sideline business selling prescription medicine to anyone who would want to buy it. He supposedly made a deal with someone he thought was a friend to sell three bottles full of pills.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
In 1996, legendary comedian the late George Burns who entertained audiences from the age of 10 until his 99th year was scheduled to play the Palladium. Unfortunately a fall in his bathtub ended this legend's opportunity to perform as Burns never did recover. He had to cancel his centenary gig at the famous London venue and passed soon after his 100th birthday.
He once joked, "I can't die before my 100th birthday as I'm booked," but his accident robbed him of that farewell performance.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Spy craft was a fundamental part of the Revolutionary War just like any other conflict in the history of our society. Any military campaign's success relies on gaining as much knowledge about enemy plans and movements while hiding yours.
Yet if spies are successful, then we never know much about their accomplishments as their goal is to hide in plain sight with their messages and missives never seeing the light of day.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
I was performing a card trick for an activities person I met at a resort earlier this year. Basically I pulled out three cards and had him shuffle a deck and deal a pile onto the table. When he stopped, I had him pick up that pile of cards and to deal them into three piles. When he finished, we turned over the top card of each pile and as he exposed the cards, I turned over the predictions and each matched in color and suit.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
I have many interests in my life sometimes but besides magic, two of my favorite hobbies are game designing and puzzle crafting. Game designing at this point is not something I have actively pursued recently but more of an academic interest. I love reading books on game design especially board games.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Well the official summer season has ended with the celebration of Labor Day last weekend. I want to apologize to those of you who were looking for my column last weekend but a technical glitch caused by a gremlin caused it to not make it in the newspaper.
In the words of that lovable squirrel Rocky, "And now here's something we hope you really like…"
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Do you believe in angels?
They are not confined to the Bible as some ancient beings that were here at some point but now are gone.
Many of us still do this day believe that angels watch over us, protect us if we wish and act in the affairs of humanity when needed. An Associated Press poll conducted in 2011 showed at that time that 8 in 10 people believe in angels. That's 80% of our population and while one might think that is skewed by religion, four out of ten non-religious folks also believe.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
I have been thinking about several things this past week and it occurred to me how far gone from integrity and honesty we have really fallen in this country as a whole. No, this is not a surprise nor a revelation that I just discovered in the past few days, but it is an evolution over the past several years that has brought us to this place in time.