Making Magic

June 30, 2013
(was 09.23.2012)

Magic is an art, a philosophy, and a way of seeing the world.  In this hour, we learn magic tricks from a stage magician, travel to India's last magician's colony, explore shamanic magic, and talk with magical novelists Erin Morgenstern (Night Circus) and Deborah Harkness (Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night).  

  1. Erin Morgenstern on Night Circus

    Novelist Erin Morgenstern has written a dark fairy tale for adults.  At the center of the novel is a magical circus.

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  2. Alex Stone on Magic Tricks

    Alex Stone is a magician with a degree in physics.  He performs a magic trick over the radio and explains how it works.

     

    To hear one of Alex Stone's favorite bar tricks, listen here.

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  3. Jim Goldblum and Adam Weber on India's last magician's colony

    A portrait of Kathputli, India's last remaining magician's colony.

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  4. David Abram on Magic

    In traditional cultures, magic can be a way of seeing the world.  Philosopher and ecologist David Abram has spent a lot of time with traditional shamans.  He talks about reclaiming animism.

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  5. Deborah Harkness on Alchemy

    Historian Deborah Harkness has transmuted her expertise in early alchemy and Elizabethan magic into a pair of best-selling novels, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night.  We talk with her about the connections between magic and science.

    To hear an EXTENDED interview with Deborah Harkness, LISTEN HERE.

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  6. Richard Dawkins on the Magic of Reality

    Evolutionary biologist and outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins attempts to redefine "magic" as rational and non-supernatural.

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