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The Art of Hustling: America's Got Talent's star mentalist on goals and persistence

Michael P. Owens | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
Michael P. Owens

Oz Pearlman has delighted audiences with jaw-dropping mind tricks and sleight of hand for over two decades, and his current run on America's Got Talent has sparked national interest in his gifts. Oz shares how he keeps his cool on live television and the hustle it takes to achieve any goals.

Single Moms, This One Is for You

Melanie Bishop | Posted 08.20.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I don't normally read much fantasy or science fiction, so I was pleasantly surprised by Wishful Thinking, Kamy Wicoff's debut novel, which contains a bit of both. And while I certainly know what it is to be way too busy, and to wish you could be in two places at one time, I'm not a mother and I don't even own a smart phone.

Memoir in Fantasia: Defining the Indefinable With Buck 65's Wicked and Weird Tales

Jaime Lubin | Posted 08.20.2015 | Books
Jaime Lubin

The acclaimed Canadian hip-hop artist, producer, and radio host is speaking to me via Skype about his new memoir Wicked and Weird: The Amazing Tales of Buck 65, unaware that he's just made the understatement of the century.

Why the World Needs Magic

Scott Alexander and Puck | Posted 08.11.2015 | Entertainment
Scott Alexander and Puck

Every trend in life tends to come in circles. The look or feel may change, but the underlying truth stays the same. This is the case with everything from fashion to entertainment. Being that we're magicians, we'd like to focus on entertainment, more specifically the art of magic.

Expectations -- Part 1: Attachment to Outcomes Kills Magic

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 08.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lulu Salavegsen

Life is so bizarrely beautiful. These are the little nudges of the universe and the divine intelligence that helps us move along our way. I love it ...

Sugary Drink Trick Helps Fight Obesity and Diabetes

Scott Alexander and Puck | Posted 07.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Scott Alexander and Puck

We all reach for sugary drinks from time to time. Some more than others. But who can blame us? They are discretionary calories that just taste so darn...

Momix's Alchemia Defies Reality

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 07.28.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Moses Pendleton has the humility and confidence to accept the existence of magic and repurpose it as his tool. In his latest work for Momix, he maneuvers the uneasiness of incredulity with earnestness and grace.

Facebook's Secret Project Could Run Errands For You

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 07.14.2015 | Technology

Rumor has it that Facebook is developing its own digital personal assistant.  Codenamed "Moneypenny" -- perhaps after the much-loved character M...

Penn & Teller on Broadway: The Magic Is Back

Danny Groner | Posted 07.14.2015 | New York
Danny Groner

You can't help but get excited about the prospect of magic's supreme duo Penn & Teller returning to Broadway for the first time in decades. And they're just as giddy as the audience and fans to bring a healthy helping of old and new tricks to theater's premiere stage.

Game of Thrones: Fantasy as a Force of Nature and God of the Gaps

Gil Kidron | Posted 07.08.2015 | Entertainment
Gil Kidron

If we actually think about it, Game of Thrones is more of a fictional historical show than it is straight-up fantasy. Sure, magic, dragons and White Walkers appear in the story, but these are not what drives the plot.

This Teenager Has Impressive Sleight-Of-Hand Skills

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 06.25.2015 | Weird News

Watch your pockets, folks. Moritz Mueller's sleight-of-hand skills are so good, he could probably walk off with Rudolph's red nose before Santa co...

"The Illusionists" Blends Impressive Magic With Great Showmanship at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 06.18.2015 | Entertainment
L. Steven Sieden

Since I first saw the Houdini biopic and read his biography as a kid, I've wanted to see Houdini's famous Chinese Water Torture escape performed live, and I finally got that opportunity last night at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.

A Spot-On Anthem For Parents Of Picky Eaters

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.12.2015 | Parents

A new parody music video tackles a common source of parental frustration: dealing with a picky eater. The ladies behind the YouTube channel Laughi...

Do Mormons Believe in Magic?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

In his early years before founding the Mormon church, Joseph Smith admitted that he sought after gold through magical means. Some might argue that his search for "magic" never ended, that the "golden plates" which he translated by use of seer stones in a hat were an extension of the same search.

A 'Muggle,' In The Muggle World, Once Referred To A Marijuana Cigarette

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts

"Its leaves can be dried, ground and rolled into cigarets [sic], which are bootlegged under the name of 'muggles,' 'reefers,' or 'Mary Warners,'" read...

Quirky New Web Series Tackles Yoga, Magic And Sexuality

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 06.01.2015 | Entertainment

On a freezing-cold day last winter, producer Anna Kerrigan walked into a New York City restaurant and immediately recognized the hostess. After chatti...

Space Is Where the Magic Happens

Nesrin Everett | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Nesrin Everett

Recently I had two afternoon meetings: a thirty minute meeting starting at 3pm and another at 5pm. Both were located within 15 minutes of each other.

Dear Fairy

Lynda Freeman | Posted 05.19.2015 | Good News
Lynda Freeman

In a park down by the Lake Ontario, in my neighborhood of Toronto affectionately named the Beach, is an old oak tree. I have walked by this tree many, many times as I've made my way from the boardwalk to the cafes and stores of Queen Street.

Some College Application Magic

Sam Johnson | Posted 05.19.2015 | College
Sam Johnson

This Chinese applicant (video below) took the "just go for it" approach in her video application essay and the results are... Um... My first inclination was that this was what the internet generation likes to call a "major fail."

Postmodern Magic

Dan Truong | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Dan Truong

This past summer, I read the novel Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. It details the story of one man, whose name happens to be Jonath...

New Stirrings at Spoutwood Farm

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.24.2015 | Travel
Stephen D. Winick

For three days each year, an organic farm in bucolic Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, transforms itself into Faerieland, and people of all ages come from far and near to frolic with the faeries.

Detroit-Born Magician Jeff Hobson Returns Home to Bring Wonder With 'The Illusionists'

Kelly Frazier | Posted 06.24.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

As you get older, the unknown can become scary as you question more and more things in the world, slowly losing that childlike innocence we all once had. Sometimes, we all love to take that escape from the daily rigmarole of life into some sort of fantasy.

Sasha Bronner

A Brief And Enchanting Visual History Of L.A.'s Iconic Magic Castle

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Bronner | Posted 04.25.2015 | Arts

A death-defying trick: Bill Larsen, Sr. enlists an audience members for a death-defying trick utilizing the Thayer head chopper, while Geraldine (in...

I'm With Stupid: You Have to Believe We Are Magic

Todd Hartley | Posted 06.09.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I've been on a bit of a rant for the past month here at "I'm With Stupid," and I think maybe it's not the best thing for my blood pressure. Thus, I've decided to take a week off from ranting to focus on more positive things.

Spring and the Undoing of the Inertia of Pain

Gahl Eden Sasson | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion
Gahl Eden Sasson

Over the years, I found two great definitions for mythology. The first was crafted by the man I call my rabbi, the late Joseph Campbell, who said, "My...