Monday, July 12, 2010

It's magic

Saturday I took a day off boat work to go see the Magic exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Apparently the cup and ball tricks, which involve palming small balls or stones and moving them back and forth between three overturned cups, were the earliest recorded magic tricks. I found it interesting that one guy actually wrote a book explaining the difference between performance magic and witchcraft because uneducated villagers had a tendency to cry "witch" and kill traveling performers. It was also quite interesting to find out that Napoleon sent the French magician Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin to perform in Algeria for the dissenting tribes there. Apparently Houdin's magic scared them into falling back in order for the French.

I also got a close-up look at the Corpse Flower, Titan Arum, while we were there. They only bloom every 25 years or so, and this is the first one to bloom in Houston. Unfortunately, the bloom wasn't open yet. That may not have been so terrible since the flower apparently smell like rotting meat.

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