Has anyone ever attempted to realistically and fully work out what the economic and/or sociological implications of a world where dungeons and dragons or lord of the ring-style magic exists? For example, how it would impact the feudal system and so on. In any form, essay, fiction or otherwise.
posted by empath
on Jul 12, 2014 -
I need help finding a video I saw a year or two ago. In it, you were told to focus on a magic trick, but the real trick was that everything in the background was changing (the presenter's shirt, the tablecloth, the painting on the wall, etc.) At the end, they went back through and showed you how they did it. Help!
posted by mikeweeney
on May 3, 2014 -
I'm curious how a particular flavour of magic trick is done. A participant who seems unlikely to be a stooge (eg a noted celebrity) is invited to draw or think of something, from an almost unlimited set of options, and the mentalist successfully picks what they've come up with. Here's an example
. Here's Derren Brown doing even more impressive versions of the trick with David Frost
and Iain M Banks.
. The "it's just advanced psychology" explanation is misdirection, so what's the real answer?
posted by dontjumplarry
on Apr 28, 2014 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Looking for a little Holiday magic before a dinner date tomorrow in LA. [more inside]
posted by GilloD
on Dec 11, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -