We'll dance until morning 'til there's just you and me
And maybe, if the music is right
I'll meet you tomorrow, sort of late at night
And we'll go dancing, baby, then you'll see
How the magic's in the music and the music's in me"
John Sebastian and the Lovin' Spoonful. Rain on the Roof. Summer in the City. They made some of the music of my generation that moved us Boomers to dance and sing and kiss the girl.
I believed in good feelings and good music.
Magic. Music. The stuff of hot summer nights in the days of my youth.
Magic is now apparently thematic in the scientific community these days. Al Gore magically becomes a climatologist, for instance. Proof of man-made global warming magically appears but then goes *poof* away whenever you try to actually inspect it.
Two recent movies with magic and magicians as themes were released at about the same time. The Illusionist (2006) starred two of my favorite actors (Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti), had a plot with a few nice twists and turns and if I say much more I will begin to give something away. It would be a nice popcorn-and-movie-night choice. But so would the other...
The Prestige (2006) had at least as much star power with actors like Hugh Jackman and Michael Caine and a David Bowie interpretation of Nikolas Tesla. The two movies played within the world of the magician, yet they were in no way similar. What seems to be happening at first glance may not be real. Or, what appears to be false is actually real.
I love movies. They aren't real life.
From Magic Tricks and You
"Now that you’ve got a handle on it, simplify your movements. Chances are, your drawing too much attention to your hands and not luring the audiences attention away from what you’re doing. If you were to go attempt the trick and fumble, exposing exactly what you meant to hide, you’d probably end up fairly discouraged, which is never a good thing."
Magic is largely a matter of getting your audience to pay attention to one thing while you do something else. Magicians incorporate props and gimmicks and spend countless hours working on their sleight-of-hand, their presentation. It is all a charade. However, it is a convincing charade if well done. Some people make millions of dollars at it. Ask David Copperfield.
Easy Magic Tricks
"The solutions to many easy magic tricks and secrets of illusions and sleight of hand are explained in easy lessons.
Find the answers and secrets to many a good magic trick. Easy card sleight of hand and for sleights for beginners are explained in a clear and fun to learn style."
I spend a lot of my time exposing magic tricks. Only the tricks I expose are the naturalistic materialistic scientific community's idea of science. For instance, let us consider the idea of anthropogenic global warming. It appears that the Obama administration is intent upon taking drastic and economy-threatening measures to keep man from making the Earth too warm. Meanwhile, we are experiencing one of the coldest winter seasons of my lifetime. In fact, around the globe the weather itself is telling us that the Earth is cooling rather than warming.
In Australia they are dealing with summer rather than winter, but it appears that cooling is taking place all over the planet.
Read the entire article here. Suffice it to say that global warming scientists have been spectacularly wrong about what is going on in the Southern Hemisphere.
How about the Northern Hemisphere? Well, the Midwest has been hit with major snow and ice storms, the East was crippled by early ice storms that caused thousands of homes and businesses to lose their power. The Northwest was slammed by an historic blizzard that, among other things, imprisoned those travelers stuck at the SeaTac airport and for the police to ban any non-four wheel drive vehicle from even attempting the roads other than front wheel drive cars with chains.
I posted earlier that over 430 all-time records for lowest temperature were achieved during a six day period in early November. Allow me to present a post from Dennis Avery, posted on the Canada Free Press:
I like that statement. It should be SOP for all scientists. If it was, climatologists would be suggesting that the Earth was likely entering a period of cooling and that future plans concerning energy consumption and crop plantings would be impacted thereby. But we prefer to believe that by some magic the Al Gores of this world are right, evidences to the contrary.
Evolutionists would abandon their hypotheses. They postulate that evolution magically happened despite the fact that it never happens. They believe life came from non-life although this has never been observed to happen. If they simply believed that statement in bold above then scientists who did not believe in God might well give up the whole evolution thing and go back to the drawing board. Or look for a cancer cure or something else useful.
Me? I don't believe in magic, I believe in miracles. I believe that there is not only a natural and created world, but a supernatural God who created it. It is a world created wonderfully well, surrounded by a massive and glorious Universe to astound and inspire the inhabitants. Our world is ruled by natural laws that are comprehensible. But any action directly taken by the Creator could well violate those laws, thus comprising a miracle. A miracle like the Son of God coming to Earth as a man to save men from their sins, for instance.
A New It's A Wonderful Life - I can see it in my mind's eye right now - Scientists running down the street while the snow flurries fall, crying out "hello, you good old church and belief system" while running headlong back into a science that follows the evidences and doesn't refuse to include the supernatural when considering options. But it is more likely that Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens would jump into the water and drag Clarence down with them rather than agree that there just might actually be a Creator. If George Bailey had been a Darwinist, he would have thrown his integrity into the water and drowned it there. He would have cooked the books, sent Uncle Billy to the State Pen and sold the Building & Loan to Potter for a small profit and a large kickback, then run for State Senate with Potter's backing.
Merry Christmas, you old readers and friends!