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Interview: Ricky Jay

"There are people who react strangely. I've had people who will clutch rosary beads or throw glasses."
Magic man
By JON GARELICK  |  March 31, 2009

Not-so-sure guys

It’s a few days after Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, and Rebecca Watson is posted up at the Asgard, a popular bar down the road from MIT, passing out leaflets promoting an upcoming “Skeptics in the Pub” event.
Pseudoscience debunkers and original thinkers unite in their lack of faith
By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  March 18, 2009

Great escape

Writing about the dance troupe Momix is as tricky as describing effervescence
Momix bring their best to FirstWorks
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 04, 2008

Witch way

After visualizing “financial security,” I readied for Ed McMahon’s knock. No such luck — but the next morning, tucked in a pocket, I found seven dollars !  
In honor of Halloween, I run a spell-check
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 22, 2008

Spelling lessons

A number of college students are turning to Wicca.  
Campus witches have no brooms, no bleeding goats. Just cookies. Sorry.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 20, 2008

The illusionist

Kapoor’s work looks like nothing in reproduction; you have to experience it in person to get it.
Anish Kapoor at the ICA
By GREG COOK  |  June 03, 2008


A look back

“Integrity” is the word that comes to mind while walking through the Lois Dodd show at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport.
A longtime Maine artist gets a mini-retrospective
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  May 07, 2008

Scoring points

A tap-dancer, a magician, and an eight-piece horn section. According to a recent Web-site missive from Tiger Saw, the latest incarnation of the Newburyport-based indie collective includes all three.
Tiger Saw show some animation
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 06, 2008

Rough magic

The cupboards of Irish dramaturgy are crammed with ghosts.
Shining City at the Huntington; ASP’s The Tempest
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2008

A philosopher in bunny ears

Martin’s new memoir, Born Standing Up , grants us our best access yet to this remote and brilliant figure — the cool architect of the comedy.
Steve Martin’s new memoir unlocks the freaky logic of his comedy
By JAMES PARKER  |  December 31, 2007

Urban cheek

There are several meanings to the word popular, and BalletRox’s The Urban Nutcracker satisfies the truest of them.
BalletRox's Nutcracker
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 11, 2007


Holy war

Clive Barker doesn’t do subtlety.
No salvation for Clive Barker’s   Jericho
By MITCH KRPATA  |  October 30, 2007

Hello, Boombazi

Boombazi have performed one of the more difficult music magic tricks: They’ve managed to create a funk-heavy sound that isn’t at all dated and actually moves the genre forward.
“Dear Momma, can you say, ‘Revolution’”
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 03, 2007

Do you believe in Magic?

On Magic (Columbia), Bruce Springsteen’s first album with the E Street Band in five years, not everything is what it seems.
Bruce Springsteen returns to the E Street Band
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 01, 2007

Kundalini conjuror

Lines upon reading that Britney Spears may recently have spent the night with the heavy-metal illusionist Criss “Mindfreak” Angel
Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 23, 2007

Square dancing

Somerville’s annual ArtBeat festival operates under the idealistic philosophy that kids and adults can have fun together.
From ArtBeast to Hogwarts Square
By IAN SANDS  |  July 30, 2007


The last Potter

The end is never easy, is it?
What does the end mean for Harry’s strange Boston disciples?
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 24, 2007

Prisoners’ guru to speak in Maine

Mainers will get a chance to discuss prison life with Bo Lozoff.
Human kindness
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 18, 2007

Jaglom dreams on

For his shaky, pretentious first film, A Safe Place , Henry Jaglom conned Orson Welles into playing a magician.
And psychiatry gets The Treatment
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 22, 2007

Ah, youth!

This imaginative and flawlessly performed staging of The Fantasticks  sets off every spark in this fireworks celebration of youth.
Trinity Rep’s spirited The Fantasticks
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 10, 2007

Sleight of hand

Ricky Jay laughs when I tell him he reminds me of Fred Astaire.
Ricky Jay releases an album
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 20, 2007


The Illusionist

What is it about magicians that they’re able to conjure the most stunningly attractive women, only to have them disappear? Watch the trailer for The Illusionist   (Quicktime)
A not so magical story
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 20, 2007

The Prestige

Postmodern turns out to have been the wrong word, and world, for the Nolan brothers (director Christopher and screenwriter Jonathan) of Memento fame. Watch the trailer for The Prestige  (QuickTime)
A movie with a few tricks of it own
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  February 20, 2007

Never mind the Citgo

For all the complaints that Boston is losing its character, there’s still a lot to this old, weird city. It’s just a matter of taking a closer look.
Beyond the clichés and picture postcards, Boston hangs on to its character
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 05, 2006


These New York dance-rock dudes almost certainly formed a band to seduce babes.
Black Magic Show  | Kemado/Hollywood
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 17, 2006

ID Check: HumanKind

Pick a three-digit number.
Ghost-rock street hustlers
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  March 02, 2006


Everyday magic

Expect no flash from Stephen Fisher, no canvases of dead insects, no frontal nudity, no puns, no effort to exaggerate, shock, disarm, or confront.
Drawing takes flight at the Pepper Gallery  
By CHRISTOPHER MILLIS  |  February 18, 2006