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August 19, 2004

When did the impossible become ordinary?

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This new book explores the demise of televised magic specials (i.e. David Copperfield). I suggest you read this very interesting review.

My own two cents is that at least part of this is because nobody really knows how anything works anymore. When I was a kid, we could take apart my dad's truck, fix it, and put it all back together again.

Now, everything works in inexplicable ways - computers most of all. We're so wowed and jaded by everything the world keeps throwing at us that real "magic" tricks aren't as special by half any more.

Posted by Dan at August 19, 2004 08:34 AM

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Comments

I agree with that. I think David Blaine is an exception, though. That guys does some crazy stuff.

Posted by: Rosemary's Baby at August 19, 2004 01:19 PM

I dunno. How many times can you watch a tiger disappear or lady get sawed in half? It gets stale pretty fast.

Posted by: Ralph at August 20, 2004 09:16 AM

Depends on the lady. I could watch Hillary Clinton get sawed in half at least a dozen times until it lost its newness.

Wait. Did I say that out loud?

Posted by: Big Dan at August 20, 2004 12:00 PM

Heh. Nice one, Dan. I think I could say the same for Ann Coulter . . . ;)

Posted by: Joel Caris at August 20, 2004 02:41 PM

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