Siegfried and Roy’s animal handler Chris ?Lawrence is talking about the duo’s tragic incident while performing with Mantacore in 2003 for the first time. You can read his story on The Hollywood Reporter website. Our lead off video of Siegfried and Roy is from a 1995 New Year’s Eve TV appearance.

3 Quarks Daily looks at a turn of the century explanation of the science behind magic from Norman Triplett.

Finally, if you will be in the Portland, Oregon area next week David Charvet will be presenting a lecture on the history of magic at the Oswego Heritage House; get all the information on the Portland Tribune website.