-This word/mind trick has gone viral over the last week or so. For the few people that missed it, here’s one of the versions I’ve seen floating around:
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-Quick programming note: The weekly magic updates/loose ends have been phased out due to miniscule traffic numbers. People don’t really care about obscure magic trivia. That said, brilliant magic finds and info WILL continue to be posted here regularly.
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Was out of town for most of the week, enjoying fresh air and nature in the woods in Pennsylvania. It’s my retreat away from technology, which is the reason for the lack of blog posts this week.
One of may favorite activities out there is to do my most dramatic martial arts training impression by standing on a tree stump and practicing card flourishes for hours. I call it… magical martial arts. Sure it’s not technically a martial art, but if you see me doing it, in all likelihood you will die of laughter.
So what goodies does uncle Vlad have for us on this holiday week?
-Inspired by my stay in the woodlands, video of the week is a very mystical, earthy performance by the Ukrainian performer Galena. Click here to watch.
-Mind trick: which of these two is larger?
You may be tempted to choose the bottom figure, but in fact they are both the same exact size. This is because the “depth cues” in the image make it appear as if the top image is larger, but that simply isn’t the case! We often see a similar phenomenon with the moon: sometimes you look up and it is huge, while usually it’s a small, familiar orb in the sky. This has nothing to do with size or even distance from the earth. The moon appears larger when it is lower over the horizon, because we have a visual context to look at it, when it never actually changes size.
-Crazy card fact: I recently learned that during WWII, the British government provided some soldiers with special playing cards that, when wet, could be peeled to show hidden maps on the inner card layers. Brilliant!
And so ends another week in magic. Some bits and bobs to wrap things up:
-Made a bunch of additions to my photo galleries, so check out that page. Click here. Going to work on the art page next week hopefully.
-Video of the week is one of the most innovative magic routines I’ve ever seen from one of my personal favorite magicians, Jason Latimer. Click to watch his Laser Routine.
-Strange card facts: In standard pack of playing cards, there are 52 pasteboards, just as there are 52 weeks in a year; there are 4 suits in a deck, just as there are 4 seasons in a year; there are 13 cards per suit and 13 lunar cycles in a year. If you add up the value of each card, the total will be 365. No one knows the exact origin of this strange coincidence.
-More card stuff: We know that the Ace of Spades is the ‘Death Card’ and that the King of Hearts is also called the ‘suicide king’ (look at one and you’ll see why…deep…), but were you aware that the 9 of Diamonds is called the ‘Curse of Scotland’? Or that the 4 of Clubs is called the ‘Devil’s Bedpost’? No one really knows the exact origins of the latter two.
-And finally, another word trick I found on a cheesy website (seriously, try this one!):
Count every ” F ” in the following text:
FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE
SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTI
FIC STUDY COMBINED WITH
THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS…
HOW MANY ? 3?
WRONG, THERE ARE 6 — no joke.
READ IT AGAIN !
Really, go Back and Try to find the 6 F’s before you scroll down.
The reasoning behind is further down.
The brain cannot process “OF”.