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Magic With a Capital M: A Modern Day Christmas Miracle

Caroline Catlin | Posted 12.24.2014 | Good News
Caroline Catlin

Material goods, the constant hurry of people buying and shopping for things people didn't need, the ridiculous rush of Black Friday, the loss of the myth of a magic man who delivered presents -- all of it, slowly, but surely, began to fade.

Listen To 2014's Top Hits In Two And A Half Minutes

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 12.03.2014 | Entertainment

Mashing together 12 of 2014's hottest hits, YouTube and Vine stars Us The Duo, comprised of Michael and Carissa Alvarado, recap the year's radio titan...

The Illusionists: Jeff Hobson, aka "The Trickster", Brings the Magic

Danny Groner | Posted 12.03.2014 | Entertainment
Danny Groner

Broadway audiences members will experience both magic and entertainment starting this Thursday, with the opening of The Illusionists.

Physical Magic Under the Big Top: Cirque du Soleil's Kurios in SF

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.19.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Who could fault the creators of Cirque du Soleil's visual extravaganzas for dressing each new show in some fresh and exotic guise? Novelty, after all, is an essential part of entertainment.

Behind the Scenes With One of Broadway's Biggest Magicians

Aimee Heckel | Posted 11.07.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

Nearly a decade ago, I'd found Trent's ad seeking a summer assistant on Craigslist. The main qualifications: small stature, not afraid of small spaces, able to dance. Not many people are claustrophiles, so I had an advantage.

At the Penn & Teller Show: 7 Questions With Teller

Lesley Nagy | Posted 11.10.2014 | Arts
Lesley Nagy

Teller broke his silence and told me all about magic, his successful career, why he's a master of the selfie and more.

What Witches Have in Common (Hint: It's Not the Hat)

Katherine Howe | Posted 10.29.2014 | Women
Katherine Howe

Witches are tricky. If I say the word "witch" to you, I suspect an immediate image comes to mind. It involves a broomstick, a hat, an ill-tempered fel...

13 Songs to Get Witchy to on Halloween

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

For me, experiencing the richness of this season entails brewing spicy teas, gathering with other nature spirituality practitioners, meditating and listening to lots of witchy music.

The Alice Tarot: More Than Just a Pack of Cards

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 12.22.2014 | Books
Stephen D. Winick

The Alice Tarot gets its distinctive lush look from the Baba team's unique approach to illustration. Each card is based on photographs of places, animals, objects, and costumed people, collaged into seamless tableaux and blended through skillful illustration.

The Glitz and Glamour Captured on Camera at the Friars Foundation Gala

Stacy Slotnick | Posted 12.16.2014 | Media
Stacy Slotnick

It was business as usual for those of us helping coordinate the Friars Foundation's annual gala at New York's epochal Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday, October 7.

This Kid Magician Will Wow You With His Mad Skills

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.15.2014 | Weird News

This is Moritz Mueller, and he has two silver coins. Or does he? Moritz is a young magician from Germany who's been wowing netizens this week ...

6 YA Witch Books to Read This Halloween

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Whether you're a fan of the "casters" found in Beautiful Creatures, or a witch in a modern fairy tale like Spellbound, this list has something for everyone and is sure to satisfy all your spooky needs this fall.

Meet My Good Fairy

Eve Beck | Posted 12.10.2014 | Fifty
Eve Beck

I awoke this morning at 5 a.m., with my Good Fairy nudging me... "Don't you think it's time to introduce me to all your new Huff Post 50 friends? No...

The Top 10 Workout Songs For October

Chris Lawhorn | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Chris Lawhorn

On the whole, Top 40 tracks dominate this month's list. But, there should also be enough alternate versions -- plus some crossover hits from upstarts like Kongos and Echosmith -- to keep things interesting.

Numinous Market -- Women of Color Creating a Healing Space in Pittsburgh

Sue Kerr | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Kerr

A friend in Pittsburgh has put together the first Numinous Magic Market and Healing Workshops -- an event created by people of color for people of color, featuring an array of workshops and vendors focused on a healing space.

The Mystical Magical Pendulum (That Loves Making Football Picks)

David Juskow | Posted 12.01.2014 | Weird News
David Juskow

My friend Irene has told me for years that she has a magical mysterious pendulum that picks football games. I laughed at her stupidity forever UNTIL I came face to face with the magical pendulum the entire month of September.

This is 11

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

You're 11 now. Things are going to change for you, but for now, 11 is still a magic number. For you and for me.

The Souvenirs You Buy in Africa Could Be Cursed

Aimee Heckel | Posted 11.22.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

I didn't know what I was looking for, just that I'd know when I saw it. I wanted something irreplaceable and perfect -- something to remind me of my work with refugees, and of the woman that this dirty, relentless and fulfilling work had made me.

Battle of the Sexists: 'Blurred Lines' VS. 'Rude'

Em & Lo | Posted 11.18.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

With "Blurred Lines," you know you're getting a sexed-up, sexist song -- there's no hiding it. With "Rude," its retro sexism is hidden under layers of romance and love, which makes it more insidious.

The I Ching of Magic and Enlightenment

William Horden | Posted 11.09.2014 | Books
William Horden

"The I Ching is the shortest path to two of the deepest of human desires." It was one of those monsoons that infrequently strike Southern California ...

Magic

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
John Roman, Ph.D.

The thing about loss is that it's not a dark, brooding presence. Not like in the movies. Not in reality. Loss hibernates.

Moonlight Shows Woody Still Has the 'Magic' Touch

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.20.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The dialogue, the skill of the actors, and the 1920s setting for the story all add to the emotional response drawn from the audience.

Uncovering Meaning Through Puzzles And Art

Blair Schulman | Posted 10.11.2014 | Home
Blair Schulman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhile Kwong may have been overly eager to show his hand to the audience, his points are valid. Humans enjoy both order and chaos of varying degrees. But it is the line between these poles that we really seem to desire; therein lies the journey of exploration and deciding what to do with this experience that really keeps us on our toes.

Why Do We Love Multitasking? Because We're Wired To Make Order Out Of Chaos

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.11.2014 | Home
Holly Robinson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgKwong is right: people are born puzzle solvers. I've been inspired by how enthusiastically my children have learned language, absorbed math, mastered technology, become skilled athletes, and fallen in love. Life for them--for all of us--is an infinite variety of puzzles about what it means to be human and live in this world successfully.

Watch This Magician's Mind-Bending Illusion Very Closely.. It Makes Order Out Of Chaos

TEDTalks | Posted 10.08.2014 | Home
TEDTalks

Magician and New York Times crossword puzzle wizard David Kwong says we're wired to solve puzzles and make order out of chaos -- and he's got a trick to prove it.