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Wheelchair Wisdom: To Thine Own Self Be True

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 08.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Linda Noble Topf

If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to laugh at himself. -- Charles...

Watch This Blue Demon-Thing Turn Into A Pretty Lady

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 07.07.2015 | Science

It's no blue dress, but it's pretty freaky all the same. We're currently obsessed with this optical illusion, which comes to us by way of the Daily...

Four Rings. One Blindfold. Infinite Wonder.

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts

When French juggler and illusionist extraordinaire Lindzee Poi's "amelymeloptical illusion" video first went viral, we were completely taken by it. Hi...

Mathematics, Magic and Mystery

Colm Mulcahy | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Colm Mulcahy

Mathematics is all about numbers and number crunching, right? Actually, no, only part of it is. It's more about curiosity, logic, patterns and beauty, and also has its share of delicious surprise, wonder, intrigue, paradox, mystery and magic.

This Juggler Created An Utterly Mesmerizing Optical Illusion With Just Four Rings

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Arts

French juggler and illusionist Lindzee Poi has released this video titled "Amelymeloptical illusion" involving just four rings and a whole lot of visu...

MOMIX Re-Mix

Christopher Atamian | Posted 03.01.2014 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

MOMIX delights in all that is illusory in the world -- a butterfly from a chrysalis, a flower from a bud.

Paper Dragon Illusion: Mind-boggling

Bryan Farha | Posted 03.01.2014 | Arts
Bryan Farha

It is simply a paper cutout from complex angles that are joined together to create this wonderful sensory stimulation. Enjoy.

WATCH: The Time David Blaine And Michael Jackson Snuck Into Parliament

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.18.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Illusionist David Blaine has taken part in his fair share of antics, but his most memorable stunt wasn't magic-related. He told HuffPost Live host Ric...

'Dolphins In The Sky' Makes All Your Worries Wash Away

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green

If you're looking for something soothing to see that happens to involve dolphins and a wonderful visual illusion caused by reflection, then you have c...

Know Why You're Here: The Point of Human Existence

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

My friend, you did not show up to be a pastor or a lawyer, journalist, or missionary, or a mechanic or server at Waffle House. You are here instead to awaken out of all illusions. The illusions cause the suffering.

The Tragic and the Metaphysical

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Robert D. Stolorow

It is my view that the lamentable, endlessly recurring cycle of atrocity and counter-atrocity that has been so characteristic of human history derives significantly from the turning to metaphysical illusion in the effort to evade the traumatizing impact of human finitude.

Tweets From the Cosmos: Tune In

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

When Twitter first appeared, I responded to their idealistic side, which aimed to form a global community that could create change beyond national bou...

I Want to Believe

James Koole | Posted 06.08.2013 | TED Weekends
James Koole

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIf he says he held his breath underwater for 17 minutes and four seconds, and that he did it through intense training and a deep understanding of the physiology of his own body, then that should be good enough. I should take him at his word. I want to believe.

WATCH: How David Blaine Held His Breath For 17 Minutes

David Blaine | Posted 06.07.2013 | TED Weekends
David Blaine

2013-06-07-08062013davidblaineTED.jpgLearning to hold my breath for 17 minutes was an exciting challenge, but here, there was no block of ice, or coffin lid, or even a deck of cards separating me from the crowd.

Why We Should Tell the Truth (Even When It's Risky)

Nancy Colier | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

All friendships have limitations and boundaries, some more extreme than others. We can and do choose to happily reside within such limitations. When we are honest about what we need, the response forces us to look at the truth of the friendship, its limitlessness as well as its limits.

Can Reality Set Us Free? The Puzzle of Complementarity (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Reality has gone into a strange, dark place -- quite literally. Historically, quantum physics and the theory of relativity are responsible for demolishing the familiar world presented to us by the five senses.

Can Reality Set Us Free? The Puzzle of Complementarity

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Our compromise with the five senses keeps in place a wrap-around, twenty-four seven, three-dimensional illusion. This is the real Matrix.

'America Sucks!'

Steve McSwain | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Those were the words written on the subway wall. Disappointment. Frustration. Fearfulness. Sums up the "state of affairs" in America, huh?

The Facebook Status Everyone Should Read

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Lammersen

We forget. We forget that there is something greater that dwells amidst the accolades, the trips and the fancy meals -- the every day of life. This understanding has become lost as social networking sites become our primary source of communication. We deliberately try to set ourselves apart, to be seen, to be happier than the update before us.

Superhero Photo Challenge

Brittany Binowski | Posted 04.05.2013 | Arts

This week's featured photo is from @exhibitjuliet on Instagram. She writes: I came home from vacation last night to one of the MOST amazing things ...

This Illusion Will Blow Your Mind!

Posted 04.02.2013 | Arts

For the last few weeks while everyone geared up for a return to the magical realm of "Game of Thrones," an Argentine magician was quickly getting atte...

Photo Challenge: Op Art

Brittany Binowski | Posted 03.28.2013 | Arts

This week's featured photo is from Yoni Mayeri, a California-based photographer and visual artist. The photo below is a digital drawing inspired by sc...

The Trick That Fooled Einstein

Alex Stone | Posted 09.11.2012 | Science
Alex Stone

A lot of people don't like magic because it make them feel stupid, but getting fooled by magic tricks says little about your intelligence. Indeed, the annals of science are replete with accounts of brilliant professors taken in by dime-store swindles.

Water From Elephants: Elephant Room at St. Ann's Warehouse

Bess Rowen | Posted 06.02.2012 | Arts
Bess Rowen

I've always been a fan of secret societies like fraternities, sororities, Freemasons, Illuminati, and... The Elephant Room Society? In a magical "room" propped up on cinder blocks at St. Ann's Warehouse, a secret society comes to the audience Elephant Room.

Piercing The Romantic Illusion

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 05.01.2012 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

If romantic ecstasy is what it appears to be, why does it, in almost every case, turn out to be transient, impermanent and ephemeral?