Now You See Me, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Ruffalo, portrays a team of magicians who use their talent to rob banks and shower their audiences with money. The unbelievable illusions might leave you wondering exactly what it takes to be a magician.
Discover the art of distraction, step into the world of an escapist, and see if Houdini’s brother reveals any secrets. Hear the story of Nevil Maskelyne, a magician who hacked technology centuries before the film was made. You even have the chance to play the magician; learn the tricks behind the movie from expert David Kwong, who worked with the actors and successfully hypnotized some. Now you’ve got the magic.
David Kwong is one of a new breed of magicians associated with “alt-magic,” a performance scene emerging in Los Angeles, New York, Madrid, and Tokyo. “We’re not wearing the sparkly suits anymore,” Kwong tells Kurt Andersen. “The scene is rooting everything in sleight of hand ...
Hackers frequently release insecure information to demonstrate the vulnerability of new technologies. It's a novel approach, but certainly not new. Bob talks to New Scientist's Paul Marks, who tells the story of Nevil Maskelyne, and magician and inventor who, in the interest of exposing the technology's insecurity, hacked Guglielmo Marconi's first demonstration of the wireless telegraph.
Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Laura Sullivan talks to female magician, Dorothy Dietrich, on the struggles of being a female in a male dominated magic world.