Magic Monday ~ Diminishing Cards

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I like Mondays. On Monday, I am refreshed from the weekend and exhilarated by the possibilities of the week ahead. I also like magic. I like its history, its intersection with technology, and its crafty use of human nature.  I figured I’d combine the two and make a Monday feature that is truly me: a little bit of magic and a look at the week ahead.

Last week was one of those weeks where I started out a little tired of words. I didn’t feel like reading and let myself easily be distracted from writing. Chris paid us an unexpected visit Tues-Thurs. League registration opened on Thursday as well. (Fall league registration. There are two other leagues opening soon too.) By Saturday, I simply cut my losses and worked on finishing the rug I’m crocheting out of old T-Shirts. I blame summer.

That’s fine, Katherine. Where’s the Magic?

No movement on the duck automaton article. Instead, a quick, pleasurable jaunt: two of my favorite sets of hands. In this performance, Cardini does the majority of his card manipulation *while wearing gloves.*

Zabrecky’s version of the Diminishing Cards, which Cardini does at about the 2:00 mark in the above video.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that I enjoy different interpretations of a trick. I’m fascinated by the differences in translated works and the changes that occur when books are adapted for stage/screen (and vice versa).  What is it about looking at iterations that pushes my brain’s curiosity buttons?

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What Am I Reading?

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  • Magic And Mystery: The Incredible Psychic Investigations Of Houdini And Dunninger
  • More Steven MillHauser coming up for Deal Me In. With two stories left in the anthology, I’m tempted to “cheat” and finish it off.

What Am I Writing?

It’s all In Need of Luck. Also I’ll be setting up my very first countdown deal via KDP Select.

On the Blog

I make no promises this week. Probably will have a Bout of Books post at some point.

So, what are you reading? Any magic to share?

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2 thoughts on “Magic Monday ~ Diminishing Cards

  1. What do you think of “Kavalier and Clay”? I read it a couple of years ago and liked it. Interesting seeing history of the US via history of comic books. I enjoyed Chabon’s style, but for some reason haven’t read much of his work since then. I think “K & C” was the first book I blogged about.

    1. I’m only 70 pages in, but I’m enjoying it so far. With, the Golem of Prague, magicians & escape artists, and comic books, there is little chance that this book will do wrong by me. Previously, I’ve only read The Final Solution, which is quite good.

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