This fortnight’s Magic Lab was all about the freaky and spooky. A slight detour from the main project, but that’s OK as it’s Halloween! We looked at the fine art of needle swallowing, hammering six-inch nails in our heads and sticking large pointy things into (and out of) our skin). We moved on to the more gentle art of the ideomotor response, and looked more generally at framing magic(k) in a more darker tradition.
All of this was a pre-cursor to my Research Seminar on Performing Séance. And a big ‘thank you’ to all that attended. It was great to be able to finally ‘air’ the material.
And a extra big ‘thank you’ to Ashton Carter who stepped up to the mark and provided an impromptu demo of some of the material.*
Next week we’ll move back to the main project, and as a contrast, this means getting the playing cards out!
*Ashton Carter will be presenting our next Research Seminar on Immersive Horror Events: Immersion and Bizarre Magic on a Large Scale. You don’t want to miss that!