Still maintaining the time off time.
What you will find here are some photos of recent events with captions, and a few links of some good, recent blog things that have caught my attention. If you need something to read, check out some of these.
Photos to the right are actually two different photos with very subtle differences.
Today's shirt is the Pink KUDL 2013 shirt. I wanted to have pink as our team color this year but was beaten to it by Will Maddix and his color theft (as I like to tease him). The pink team won no games all season until they beat our Light Blue team by two points two weeks ago. Fitting and ironic.
THE TROUBLE WITH TROLLS
WHAT'S IT LIKE TO BE HYPNOTIZED?
DC COMICS: THE NEW 52 AT TWO
THE "I FULLY EXPECT ABUSE" GAMBIT
HOW WOLVERINE'S CLAWS WORK
Warren Ellis on DEAD PIG COLLECTOR
Warren Ellis Talks About His New Novella And Living In A Science Fiction Present
'Dead Pig Collector': Eight Questions With Author Warren Ellis [INTERVIEW]
Grading Robot rarely has a day off. A true day off. None of these days (Friday-Sunday, today) have been completely work free, but they have been more work free than usual. Today, Sunday, only a very little work needs to be done, and it is not the kind of work that will require powering up Grading Robot. The man-machine goes back online tomorrow (Monday).
In taking off as much time as possible from work and sort of taking off the weekend from the blog, I managed to attend Day Three of the Fab MagiCelebration in Colon, Michigan on Friday, and I rode about 20 miles of the Kal Haven Trail (about 10 out to Kendall and 10 back) with my friend Chris Dilley yesterday, Saturday. Two Bucket List items down.
BTW, there's a nice little old style general store right off the trail in Kendall. It's awesome. I recommend the ride to the general store and back. I should have taken a picture of the general store. Maybe next time.
Here's some photos (with comments and some captions)...
|Here's me posing with this handsome bunny in front the Fab Magic Shop,|
not to be confused with Abbott's.
|This is Abbott's or MECCA for magicians.|
It has not changed much in the last 30 some years.
|Here's a beautiful depiction of what's happening in Colon:|
Two different magic fests, two different companies,
two different weeks.
Silly, silly, SILLY. But it is more magic for people and more business into Colon, so it's not all bad.
For more, info: FAB MAGIC
ABBOTT'S MAGIC COMPANY
The Abbott's site has some You Tube clips and there's more on You Tube if you are interested.
ABBOTT'S GET TOGETHER - OFFICIAL SITE
ABBOTT'S GET TOGETHER - WIKIPEDIA
Find other Wiki links off the page above if interested.
Above you will see two different pictures, On the left, a very nice photo of Ivan and me taken by the helpful young man who showed us magic and sold us magic at Abbott's. This is an interior shot of Abbott's.
On the right is a poster display at the third magic shop in Colon: Sterlini, which is next door to Fab Magic on the main drag in Colon: State Street.
Close up of the Doug Henning costume from Broadway's The Magic Show. I did not ask if this is replica or the actual costume. Given its display and prominence, I suspect it may be the original, though there may have been more than one costume.
I am going to include all the Amazing Billini pictures even though some are blurred. Even the blurred ones give the effect of the startling magic taking place in the Fab Magic Shop for the free magic show on Friday August 2nd 2013 during the Fab MagiCelebration.
This is funny. Apparently, there is an Amazing Billini in England that is different than this Amazing Billini featured here. The Amazing Billini featured here does not have a web presence that I could find.
|Billini doing something amazing with tubes|
|Billini explaining his grandmother's spirit is|
in the book he's holding. Why does that guy have such a big hat on
that blocks my view? ASSHAT!
|Ye Olde milk jug trick, though a bit blurry. Probably because|
of the asshat with the huge HAT!!
I almost asked him to remove his hat.
|Billini did a good olde fashioned kid-centered magic show|
|Billini's Zombie illusion|
|Billini was very hot and had to wipe his head a lot|
Not that he's doing that in this picture,
but I wanted to mention it.
|Billini used many volunteers, which was nice to see.|
|Finale: Billini magically produced chocolates that he|
threw to the audience
Here's some of the most impressive magic we saw Friday night.
-chris tower - 1308.04 - 11:35