Archive for the 'Technology' Category

Computer Magic!

Posted by Michael on August 14th, 2017

From the Computer Science For Fun website comes this video of Peter McOwan talking about magic and computers. We mentioned the IEEE Spectrum article focusing on some of Peter’s work earlier this morning and thought we’d share this extended look at his marriage of AI and magic.

Jaquet-Droz Automaton Workshop

Posted by Michael on June 9th, 2017

It has been a big Video Friday with lots of different magic, but mentioning the upcoming giant robot fight got us thinking about how closely magic was once tied to automatons, which are kind of the first robots. Here is a a feature on the automaton work of Jaquet-Droz, a 18th century watchmaker, from The Watches (because watchmakers often doubled as automaton and magic prop designers/builders).

Enjoy and have a great (and of course safe) weekend!

Mario the Magician’s Mr. Lamp

Posted by Michael on June 2nd, 2017

Part magic trick, part robot… Mario the Magician presents Mr. Lamp. You can see more of Mario’s magic and madcap creations on his YouTube page.

Marco Tempest And His Little Friends

Posted by Michael on April 21st, 2017

Here is a longer, slightly different version of the Marco Tempest’s latest quadcopter routine that he posted on his Vimeo account just yesterday. As Marco pushes the boundaries between technology and magic (and openly discusses exactly what he is doing), I wonder how all you iTricksters feel about what he is doing. Are we coming to a time that sees the magic industry considering Seeed Studio and Raspberry Pi suppliers like Vernet and Goshman?

Creepy Magician Automaton

Posted by Michael on April 20th, 2017

Normally I find automatons very interesting and even charming. As the headline states, though, this one kind of creeps me out. It seems like something that would be trying to kill Doctor Who. This circa 1900 piece is one of several being auctioned by Auction Team Breker in Koeln, Germany next month. Get more details on their website.

Jason Bird’s High Tech New Assistant

Posted by Michael on March 20th, 2017

This new video from Jason Bird shows an effect he created with Dallas Fueston which they titled (at least in the video) Drone Stab. You an see more of Jason on his official website.

It’s Pi Day 2017!

Posted by Michael on March 14th, 2017

It is Pi Day… because it is 3/14. But in addition to being a day to celebrate the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter (that is what the mathematical constant pi is… I wasn’t always a magic reporter; I first majored in physics originally) people are celebrating other versions of pi(e). Check your local news for deals on pizza pies or apple pies. But around iTricks Tower Midwest our favorite pi is the Raspberry Pi, the ultra low cost single board computer that can be used for a wide variety of rad projects. If you aspire to be what the hip kids call “a maker,” then you should familiarize yourself with the Raspberry Pi. We have picked up versions (the very functional Pi Zero) for as low as $5! And this is how Raspberry Pi celebrated their anniversary.