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Looking for kid-friendly videos about sleight-of-hand with cards.

My kids have become fascinated with card games lately, and more specifically, being able to handle the cards well and do stuff like shuffling, fanning them, flipping them domino-style, etc. I'd like to blow their minds with videos of people who are AMAZING with sleight of hand. But it needs to be clean and age-appropriate (ages span between 6 and 11). Basically, I'm looking for the Jackie Chan of card manipulation. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Mar 24, 2014 - 8 answers

 

Where are the doorways to magical worlds?

I need more examples of the ways that children get into magical worlds in books. [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Jan 21, 2014 - 56 answers

Can someone explain how this video was made?

Hi everyone. You may or may not have seen this popular "vine," called Turning Juice Into Candy. Here are a few more short clips by the same guy, using the same method: Time Change, Throwing Things Through Computers, Making Real Goldfish. I'm basically familiar with video editing software (I assume these were edited with Final Cut Pro or After Effects), but I can't quite figure out how the guy did this. He obviously filmed each shot twice (at least) and blended them together somehow, but the camera *seems* to be both moving and handheld in each shot, which *should* make the shots "unmatchable." But even when I slow them down and watch them frame-by-frame, the match seems exact and I can't figure out precisely how he did it. Can anyone who's familiar with video editing explain this? Thanks!
posted by priskyprisky on Jan 10, 2014 - 12 answers

Oh the fun you'll have!

Magical video of festive people speaking lines in rhyme about life and fun? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Nov 25, 2013 - 2 answers

Ancient magic?

What's the odd square in the middle of this? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker on Oct 23, 2013 - 17 answers

Which current Magic:The Gathering set is best for casual booster drafts?

I'd like to buy a booster box of M:tG to play drafts (and making crappy decks after that) with some friends. We're reasonably experienced players but haven't played seriously for about 5 years. Which set should I buy? [more inside]
posted by ripley_ on Jul 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Three-Card-Monte style swindle for someone inept with card tricks?

My bike gang (previously) is throwing a "Street Hustle" themed alleycat bicycle race. I need to play a simple hustler card game with 20-30 different people who will pass through my checkpoint. Three Card Monte would be perfect, except I doubt my ability to perform the actual sleight-of-hand. Is there a similar card game that is easier to perform? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jun 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Where to find Velvet Goldmine pendant?

Where can I find a replica of the green pendant from Velvet Goldmine? There's nothing like it on Etsy and my Googlefu is failing me.
posted by divabat on Jun 5, 2013 - 4 answers

105x74mm Index Cards

Where can I find 105x74mm index cards in the US? [more inside]
posted by pbh on Jun 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Magical childhood moments

For a short story I'm writing, my narrator/main character has an interaction with a sorceress that feels quite magical to her. I'm struggling to find the right child-sized (she's probably 5 or 6) language with which to describe the moment, so I thought I'd crowd-source this one. What are some magical things you remember happening to you as a child, and how did you describe them? How would you describe them now? (Alternately, if you can think of another writer who does this well, feel free to point me in that direction.) My story is present-day. I can say more about the magical incident, but I'd rather keep it vague and open at first unless you guys need more detail to be helpful. Thank you!
posted by mermaidcafe on Apr 9, 2013 - 18 answers

What Xbox games would a sneak enjoy?

I love games where I can employ stealth, magic, and/or unusual skills (or sometimes weapons) to move through the storyline. I really enjoyed Dishonored, Far Cry 3, Portal (especially 2), Warp, and both Bioshock games. What other Xbox games would I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Mar 5, 2013 - 23 answers

Novels of Dragons

Please recommend to me books prominently featuring dragons that will meet my rather high (and specific) standards. Lots of details to calibrate your suggestions inside. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on Jan 24, 2013 - 37 answers

Need a magic little Holiday spot in LA!

Looking for a little Holiday magic before a dinner date tomorrow in LA. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Dec 11, 2012 - 5 answers

What are other kinds of "magic" than the ones found in the West?

Leading off this comment, what are some good sources about magic in the Renaissance? The Roman Era? Ancient China? Egypt? Mesopotamia? Ancient India? Pre-Colombian civilizations? How did they differ from the "dark age" concept of magic?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 10, 2012 - 13 answers

As a non-hobbyist with not a lot of time, what's the best place to sell my old, rare Magic Cards and get a fair price?

As a non-hobbyist with not a lot of time, what's the best place to sell my old, rare Magic Cards and get a fair price? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Nov 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Stop my ass from ghostwriting!

Is there a case that can hold both my Apple Bluetooth Keyboard and not allow buttons to be pressed? I carry this around with me and use it habitually in tandem with my laptop and magic trackpad because they save me considerable finger, neck, and wrist pain. However, because of how I store the keyboard in my Timbuk2 Command size medium messenger bag (in the red sleeve flush against my laptop), the buttons get pressed, and the battery degrades when it isn't in use (by me). Does anybody have suggestions for how to get past this?
posted by oceanjesse on Oct 29, 2012 - 5 answers

i must win at magic!

Help me beat a friend at magic: the gathering. Money is on the line. I'm a noob. [more inside]
posted by efalk on Oct 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Household Magic

What modern products and technologies work "like magic"? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Aug 31, 2012 - 58 answers

What is this mystery language?

What language is this in, and what does it say? [more inside]
posted by Devoidoid on Aug 2, 2012 - 12 answers

The Science of Magic

I'm looking for examples of stories that feature magic depicted as a science. [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine on Jun 11, 2012 - 42 answers

Help me name fairies please!

Creative Mefites, please help me name some fairies with light-themed names. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Feb 8, 2012 - 23 answers

Atheist Christianity Instruction

Secular, but socially sensitive, ways to teach five-year-old about Christianity? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Dec 19, 2011 - 28 answers

Looking for instructions for a magic trick/puzzle involving rope, tube, & washers.

Can you help me find instructions for a magic trick or illusion that involves 2 or more ropes going through a large tube? (I believe the ropes are linked by washers inside, and so by discreet pinching, the user can produce baffling effects when a mark pulls on a rope.) [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y on Dec 3, 2011 - 3 answers

How did your parents make Santa real for you?

How did your parents make Santa Claus real for you? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Nov 21, 2011 - 53 answers

How to capture and recreate a specific scent?

A friend and I are trying to create a product with a very particular scent. Our Google skills have failed. Is there a company that does this? More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Oct 28, 2011 - 7 answers

So little to go on

I have the vaguest of memories of a TV movie I may have seen around the mid-80s, possibly on public television. Could have been British, or at least set in the UK. It was somewhat creepy, at least it was to young me at the time. It was about a family wherein one of the boys had magic powers. My only real memory is a shot of this boy putting his hands into a kitchen counter as if the kitchen counter were soft clay or a portal to another dimension, drawing some material out of it, and making a little sculpture of an animal (lion?) Young me found that special effect surprisingly unnerving. I thought it might be a WonderWorks production but none of the titles seem to match. Ring any bells for anyone?
posted by doift on Oct 23, 2011 - 2 answers

Where'd my mojo go?

How do I make life magic again? [more inside]
posted by henryaj on Sep 30, 2011 - 31 answers

Play with Your Food (and cutlery, dinnerware, tablecloth, salt shakers....)

My sister brings her nephews over for dinner on the weekends. While they're waiting for the food to be served, I want to entertain them. What are some fun stunts that you can do at the dinner table? I'm looking for quick tricks that can be done with minimal preparation/practice. Cool, entertaining stuff involving the typical things you would find at a table during meal times.
posted by storybored on Sep 7, 2011 - 25 answers

Necromancers, please hope me!

We've got two months - help me put together the most badass creepy halloween seance ever! [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Aug 25, 2011 - 7 answers

What skills should a jester possess?

My friend is having a medieval themed wedding, and I have been asked to play the role of the jester. Other than juggling, what skills should I practice? [more inside]
posted by sicem07 on Jul 26, 2011 - 17 answers

Is this your card? Did you know you had a coin in your ear?

Is this your card? Did you know you had a coin in your ear? [more inside]
posted by darkgroove on Jul 25, 2011 - 11 answers

Slow cooking : science me please!

Can I reuse cooking sauce from last time when slow cooking? [more inside]
posted by travertina on Jul 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Trying to remember the name of this awesome book!!!

I am looking for a book I read a few years ago. It was a higher level science fiction and fantasy book that was somewhat reminiscent of the styles of both Haruki Murakami and William Gibson. All I can remember is the general plot and small bits of the book. I have included all the parts I can remember in the extended explanation. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by risaroni on Jun 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Faint memory of a kid's movie driving me crazy!

Kid's movie/T.V. show? Trying to rediscover some sort of kid's show or movie, possibly misremembered. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on May 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Twitter ranking for beginners

Help me rank Twitter users fast. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on May 23, 2011 - 2 answers

What trick is this?

At 2:02 in this video the guys on the left are holding paper coffee cups. What is the guy on the far left doing? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on May 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me remember the name of this magical movie

Help me to come up with the name of this movie. The world contained magic, and Michael Caine was a strong magician with an 'evil eye'. [more inside]
posted by eye of newt on Apr 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Carbon Fiber Vacuum Balloon!

Giant carbon fiber ball strong enough to be vacuum pumped. Is that possible? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 on Apr 7, 2011 - 32 answers

Protein Shakes 101

Protein Shakes 101: Give me your protein shake/smoothie tips, tricks, advice and recommendations, especially the best, most delicious recipes you have. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Jan 30, 2011 - 27 answers

Abracadabra! I give you something that you'll love, I hope, maybe... Please?

Any suggestions for magic/illusion related gifts for an 11 year old boy that is getting into / slightly interested in magic? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Jan 20, 2011 - 16 answers

A Fairy Field Guide, if you please.

I'm looking for books about fairies, elves, the wee folk, etc. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Jan 16, 2011 - 30 answers

I WANT MY MAGIC CINNAMON BUN RECIPE!

Help me recreate a cinnamon bun recipe from my childhood! [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Jan 12, 2011 - 11 answers

There was a magic substance and an English lady and, umm....

Can't-remember-book-filter: I read a preview in the back of another book but I can't remember the title or author of either one... [more inside]
posted by yggdrasil on Dec 16, 2010 - 6 answers

PDF links for dummies

Method to automatically print or download PDFs from a website. [more inside]
posted by signal on Dec 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Can't we just paint a pigeon blue?

I'm directing a high school play and need to make a bluebird fly away on stage, but using a real bird is out of the question. How can I create this effect? [more inside]
posted by MShades on Dec 9, 2010 - 17 answers

Arthur C. Clarke's idea taken to logical conclusion

Looking for examples and ideas relating to mimicking magic through technology in a fantasy setting, specifically World of Warcraft. [more inside]
posted by Zhai on Dec 4, 2010 - 7 answers

How to legalise an outlaw rabbit?

I'm seeking community advice on the legality and costs involved in keeping a pet rabbit in Brisbane, Australia. Perhaps ostensibly for use in magic acts. [more inside]
posted by chmmr on Nov 29, 2010 - 9 answers

Half-remembered fantasy movie seen in the 1980s.

Half-remembered movie: Two characters, at least one of them on horseback, meet in a desolated place (the Scottish Highlands?). They fight using some kind of magic that is represented by line animation overlaid of the screen (the movie is live action). [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Nov 28, 2010 - 5 answers

Pyramidding: Who Gains?

I'm trying to find accurate data on the viability of a pyramid distribution company. [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist on Nov 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Help Me Make My Mom Cry Happy Tears

Looking for an old children's book from the 1940's, about some kids who buy magic star-shaped cookies that, when thrown into the sky, provide a stairway to another world. Ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Nov 15, 2010 - 4 answers

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