magic

Seeing Is Believing

That Time the CIA Investigated a Magician to See if Magic Was Real

A video with illusionist Uri Geller spawned dozens of pages of follow-up reports in the CIA about whether magic was real, and if so, how to harness it for espionage.
Michael Best
5.10.17
kickstarter

How This Fine Art Occultist Makes Four-Dimensional Glyphs

Eliza Gauger explains her process for creating Problem Glyphs.
Leigh Alexander
11.6.16
California

A Labour Revolt Inside ‘Magic: The Gathering’ is Tearing the Community Apart

Lawsuits and fights over fair pay threaten to derail tournaments.
Bryson Masse
4.28.16
magic

A Fellow Magician Tricked Me At My Own Birthday Party

While magicians frequently try to fool one another with cleverness, it’s much more rare for a fellow performer to go full force and refuse to admit any form of trickery.
Noah Levine
4.1.16
magic

We Talked to a Witch Who Casts Viruses Out of Computers With Magic

It sounds like a hoax, but Silicon Valley is taking her seriously.
Tracy Chabala
1.12.16
Internet

This Santa Claus Browser Plugin Stops Curious Kids from Learning the Truth

Keep Believing in Santa blocks search results and posts revealing the truth about Saint Nick.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.11.15
magic

Before DRM, There Were Mesopotamian Boundary Stones

A huge copyright nerd visits the British Museum.
Sarah Jeong
11.30.15
All in Your Head

The Skeptical Psychic

The magician Nicholas Wallace hosts a live show about séances, but doesn't believe in ghosts—and he doesn't think you should, either.
Zack Kotzer
10.27.15
magic

In the Future, Furniture Will Be Drones

These furniture whisperers make flying tables and lamps.
Emiko Jozuka
10.9.15
magic

A 'Golden Key' for Encryption Is Mythical Nonsense

A backdoor to encryption, even if euphemistically rebranded as a “front door” or a “golden key,” is by definition a vulnerability.
Sarah Jeong
7.21.15
Internet

Etsy Explains Why It Banned Magic Spells

Etsy is cracking down on sales of "metaphysical" services.
Roisin Kiberd
6.24.15
death

Technology Isn't Magic—It's Haunted

An upcoming conference discusses the perils of calling technology “magic.”
Victoria Turk
2.18.15
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