Daily Archives: December 8, 2014

Magic Monday ~ Happy Birthday, Georges Méliès

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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.

My interest in magic is directly related to my fascination with movie special effects. Indeed, my early frustration with magic was that there was no “making-of” videos of David Copperfield’s performances like there was of the Star Wars movies.

So, of course, I have a soft spot in my heart for Georges Méliès. He was a successful stage magician before becoming enthralled by film technology. He used his talents as an illusionist to create some of the earliest special effects. The funny thing is, things don’t change much in 120 years. While Méliès made plenty of “serious” films, it’s the effects filled science fiction and horror films (similar in ingredients to the modern blockbusters) that we’ll remember most fondly.

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What Am I Reading?

Finished both Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography and Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming. I can’t think of two more different memoirs; both good in their own way. Off to a great start with Conversations with Spirits by E.O. Higgins.

What Am I Writing?

Will I get past In Need of Luck rewrites this week? …Maybe.