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Magic Monday ~ If You Were a Magician, What Would You Read?

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I like Mondays. I also like magic. 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.

Via One Grand’s Desert Island Book series, magician David Copperfield shares ten of his favorite books. Included: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Carrie by Stephen King, Making Movies by Sidney Lumet and How to Be a Ventriloquist by Paul Winchell.

Anna Karenina Carrie Making Movies

Check out the whole list at The New York Times or One Grand. (source, @SAMMAGICIANS)

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years Moby-Dick In Calabria

This week I’m reading Writing on the Wall: Social Media – The First 2,000 Years by Tom Standage, maybe In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle if I need some fiction, and I’ll be pacing my way through Moby-Dick all month long. I’m also reading from my Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy subscription. My Deal Me In story for the week is “The House of Aunts” by Zen Cho.

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Date!

Deal Me In, Week 41 ~ “Eagle”

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Hosted by Jay @ Bibliophilopolis

“Eagle” by David Copperfield

Card picked: Ace of Hearts

From: David Copperfield’s Beyond Imagination

Thoughts: Each of the Copperfield anthologies opens with a story by the man himself. After starting both anthologies in January for Deal Me In, it’s taken me *this* long to end up reading one!

Adam is a loner. While other third-graders are playing kickball and other sports, Adam is content to make up stories and build things. A favorite among the others is the tale of Adam’s invisible eagle. To avoid being overly teased, Adam tells a lie: The invisible eagle is real. Now all Adam has to do is prove it to them.

While Adam isn’t labeled as such, this is sort of a quintessential magician story. Magicians tell the lie and then make it seem true, whether it’s making cards appear and disappear or devising ways to make an invisible eagle seem real.

The other question, of course, is did David Copperfield really write the story? I’m going to say ‘yes.’ It’s short and simply told. In his intro to the story, Copperfield admits that the story is very much like what happened to him as a kid. If it wasn’t written by David Copperfield, the illusion is pretty good.

Is This Your Card?

I figured it was appropriate to linked up Copperfield’s version of the four aces. I believe I’ve included Ricky Jay’s four queens in the past, but I’m not sure about Copperfield’s aces. In any case, this performance includes a bit about Copperfield’s childhood which dovetails nicely with the story.

Deal Me In, Week 25 ~ “The Sepia Postcard”

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Hosted by Jay @ Bibliophilopolis

“The Sepia Postcard” by Steven Millhauser

Card picked: Four of Diamonds

From: The Barnum Museum

Review:

Sometimes, I rather adore Steven Millhauser with his dreamy stream-of-detail “narratives.” Sometimes, not so much. Maybe I only really like his stories when they cross paths with the things I have a particular love for, like magicians and semi-fantastical museums. (I’m looking forward to a story entitled “The Invention of Robert Herendeen.”) Or maybe I just need to read him when my situation is more concrete and less dreamy than a Millhauser story.

Our narrator, in the midst of having problems with his significant other, retreats to a sea-side town named Broome. It’s the off-season and rainy. Bored, he visits Broome’s shops and, at Plumshaw’s Rare Books, buys the titular sepia postcard. The scene in the postcard seems to subtly change in alarming ways each time our narrator looks at it. Having satisfied his need to “get away,” our narrator leaves Broome. “The Sepia Postcard” is an okay story, but is very light on plot and a little muddled in timeline.  The town of Broome is very much like any little touristy town you might find yourself in, and the events played out in the postcard isn’t very surprising. As a story, it’s just sort of there.

Is This Your Card?

One of the few David Copperfield clips I have and it’s for a non-Copperfield-anthology story!

The music in the background is from the Young Sherlock Holmes soundtrack, composed by Bruce Broughton.