It is hard to live a magical life in a world that disdains and rejects all that I experience and feel on a daily basis as an aberration, a fantasy or even as non-existent.

So many great artists - musicians, authors, painters, and just great spirits - choose to drown themselves in addiction or leave completely, because the over industrialized and cerebral world that we live in cannot - and more importantly, will not - support the idea of magical humans living in a magical world.

Magical people leave because it is almost as if there is no oxygen left on this planet that they can breathe. It is too alien and harsh to live in a world of Muggles, when you know how it feels to fly amongst the stars and commune with the Divine.

Of course I need to add the challenges of parenting in such a world… how do we preserve the magic for our children while also preparing them for a world which will not respect it?

Russell Brand asked this important question when writing about Robin Williams this week: “What does it say about our society when our brightest lights are extinguishing themselves?”

I do not know what the answer is. But I do know that I want to find one, that I want to continue to create more and greater art and community that nourishes and nurtures brilliance and magic and otherworldly vision. I do not know what form that can, will, or should take, but I know I want to find it. And maybe, just maybe, some of the more adventurous Muggles will join us.

Our very existence may depend upon it.

Kathleen McGowan

I sent this paper to JK Rowling explaining how the wizarding gene could be singular, autosomal, and dominant despite the protests of a bunch of fans who stopped learning genetics after Punnett squares in 4th grade. Warning: contains science and is not approved for Creationists.





Fan culture is an amazing thing. A fan scientist figuring out plausible Potterverse wizarding genetics is even more amazing.


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Your Brain on a Magic Trick


Alex Stone sets up the magic trick like so:

Pinch a coin at its edge between the thumb and first fingers of your right hand and begin to place it in your left palm, without letting go. Begin to close the fingers of the left hand. The instant the coin is out of sight, extend the last three digits of your right hand and secretly retract the coin. Make a fist with your left — as if holding the coin — as your right hand palms the coin and drops to the side.

Your brain’s inability to sense small changes, its desire for constancy, your inherent desire to feel like you are in control of unconscious decisions … this is the neuroscience that illusionists take advantage of. Fascinating read.


Absolutely fascinating and the best part? Real. The Official (Declassified) C.I.A. Manual of Trickery and Deception 

“At the height of the Cold War, the Central Intelligence Agency paid $3,000 to renowned magician John Mulholland to write a manual on misdirection, concealment, and stagecraft. All known copies of the document — and a related paper, on conveying hidden signals — were believed to be destroyed in 1973. But recently, the manuals resurfaced, and have now been published as “The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception.” Topics include working a clandestine partner, slipping a pill into the drink of the unsuspecting, and ‘surreptitious removal of objects by women.’”

- Wired: CIA’s Lost Magic Manual Resurfaces

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