Friday, March 20, 2009

Neil Patrick Harris' Mind Magic!

Every time Neil Patrick Harris stops by the Ellen Degeneres Show, he brings a new magic trick with him that never disappoints! Watch as Neil uses his mental strength to bend a spoon and make a light bulb break -- all on its own!

The effect is light bulb effect is a combination of two effects Lightning and Big Bang and are best sellers!

Neil Patrick Harris, 35, is an American Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actor and magician. Prominent roles in his career include the title character of Doogie Howser, M.D., the womanizing Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother, Col. Carl Jenkins in Starship Troopers, Dr. Horrible of the original web series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and as a fictionalized version of himself in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and its sequel Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.

Harris is a fan of magic, and a magician himself, like his character on How I Met Your Mother. He serves on the Board of Directors of Hollywood's Magic Castle. Harris won the Tannen's Magic Louis Award in 2006 and hosted the 2008 World Magic Awards on October 11, 2008.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Boxing with Royal Vale Heath

Royal Vale Heath was an American Magician and puzzle enthusiast. Every effect he performed or taught utilized mathematical properties. Tricks with serial numbers, Magic Squares and dice were his specialty.

He contributed a full chapter to Hilliards' Greater Magic book (out of print) in 1938 on various number oddities. His own book Mathemagic: Magic, Puzzles and Games with Numbers is considered a classic.

Here he is shown performing his own favorite rendition of the Magic Square in which all numbers add to the same number even when turned upside down!

Photo courtesy of the Doug Edwards Collection.