Empathy: A Job Skill

February 6, 2010

I have been doing corporate speaking engagements for quite some years, using what I call “Magical Metaphors” that utilize magic in original ways to visually and memorably illustrate principles of, for example, creativity, brainstorming, risk management and more. (You can find out more about this work on my website.) In recent years I have created […]

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A Serious Man

January 26, 2010

[WARNING: This is a serious spoiler alert. If you haven’t yet seen A Serious Man, your enjoyment when you do see it will be significantly compromised if you read this essay now. I’ll just tell you for the time being that I think it’s the best film the Coen brothers have made in close to […]

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EG: The Entertainment Gathering

January 26, 2010

You’ve probably never been to a conference quite like The EG, aka, the Entertainment Gathering, unless perhaps you were around in the early days of TED, before it became a phenomenon too big for Monterey, and that seats a secondary group of attendees in a video screening room. The two conferences do have some things […]

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The Honest Liar Debuts!

January 25, 2010

And so we begin: the debut podcast of For Good Reason, hosted by D.J. Grothe, the new President of the James Randi Educational Foundation, and previously the host of the Point of Inquiry podcast. And I am very excited to be contributing a weekly feature to For Good Reason entitled “The Honest Liar.” The program […]

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“Let the Right One In”

May 21, 2009

I haven’t posted much about movies, but this little Norwegian film, an original and provocative take on the vampire genre, is one of the best things I’ve seen in a while. Let the Right One In is now available for rental from Netflix. The beauty of this film is that it is a horror flick […]

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Jamy on CBS “48 Hours”

May 21, 2009

In 1993, the Times Square Business Investment District started a campaign to clean the Three-Card Monte operators out of Times Square, and they retained me to serve as Monte demonstrator at the press conference, which in turn was picked up as an AP wire story with my photo accompanying it around the country. Producers at […]

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A party for Angels and Ages

March 30, 2009

What a treat! Recently I was invited to attend a dinner party celebrating the release of Adam Gopnik’s new book, Angels and Ages, a superb read about Lincoln and Darwin. The gathering was held at the Manhattan home of Tina Brown (now of The Daily Beast, and former editor of Vanity Fair and The New […]

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Psychokinesis?

March 30, 2009

This is a performance shot in London some years ago. I also performed this on PBS Nova, “Secrets of the Psychics,” an episode featuring James Randi, in 1993.

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The Oscars

February 24, 2009

Yup, I admit it. I’m an Oscars junkie. I love the Oscars, even when I hate the show. I am a cinephile, I love cinema as a powerful contemporary art form. And I love the movies, and the tradition and history and glitz and glamour of movies and their stars. And the Oscars invariably represents […]

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Monday Night Dinner

February 24, 2009

So I made a long night of it tonight, a multi-course Italian feast for Kandace and myself.  Began with a cheese course, including  tallegio, gorgonzola dolce, parmigiano regiano, and La Tur, a mixed cow/sheep/goat’s milk cheese from the Piedmont region.  There are remarkably few outlets with decent cheese selections in San Diego, the difference as […]

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