Arts Centre Melbourne: Rare flowers and golden butterflies

I read the announcement about this digital exhibit at a scraper site and spent ten frustrating minutes trying to track down the original. No luck, so I’ll take you straight to Arts Centre Melbourne and tell you to check out Rare flowers and golden butterflies. “Tucked away in the archives of the Australian Performing Arts Collection at the Arts Centre Melbourne are the stories of three women – Esme Levante, Myrtle Roberts and Moi-Yo Miller – who all contributed to the development of magic performance at a time when the art form was predominately seen as a male affair. Each with their own story to tell, they deserve their time in the spotlight.”

Las Vegas Sun: Las Vegas magicians get creative on social media

Las Vegas Sun: Las Vegas magicians get creative on social media. “The classic ‘Ambitious Card’ trick became extra ambitious, even viral, on March 31. Penn Jillette kicks off a nearly 20-minute video featuring many magicians from around the world — including Vegas performers Mat Franco, Jen Kramer, Matt Donnelly, Xavier Mortimer, Piff the Magic Dragon, Mac King, David Copperfield’s right-hand man Chris Kenner, and of course Teller, plus Penn’s daughter Moxie Jillette — passing along a virtual deck of cards and flashing some sleight-of-hand skills. That video, viewed more than 85,000 times, is just one example of our local illusionist community keeping busy during the Vegas shutdown and sharing the fun online.”

Smithsonian Magazine: Chicago Library Seeks Help Transcribing Magical Manuscripts

Smithsonian Magazine: Chicago Library Seeks Help Transcribing Magical Manuscripts. “The Newberry Library in Chicago is home to some 80,000 documents pertaining to religion during the early modern period, a time of sweeping social, political, and cultural change spanning the late Middle Ages to the start of the Industrial Revolution. Among the library’s collection of rare Bibles and Christian devotional texts are a series of manuscripts that would have scandalized the religious establishment. These texts deal with magic—from casting charms to conjuring spirits—and the Newberry is asking for help translating and transcribing them.”