Author Archives: jculpepper

Aura

Aura is phenomenal. This is a must-see, immersive light and sound show at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. The venue is an already-exquisite, 19th-century church. The spectacle of state-of-the art projection mapping created by The Moment Factory to animate the basilica’s interior propels its spectators into a special state of ecstasy. The show is a fascinating example of […]

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Enchantment — #ThrowbackThursday

Enchantment — #ThrowbackThursday

So many projects happened so quickly this winter that I haven’t had time to properly blog about them. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be catching up by posting articles with the tag #ThrowbackThursday to share some special moments. What is enchantment? According to the Oxford English Dictionary it’s “the action or process of enchanting, … of employing […]

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A Magic Lantern Show — Before Cinema at McGill’s Moyse Hall Theatre

I’d been waiting for ten years to see a real magic lantern performance. Last night, thanks to the organizers of Montreal’s Cinema in the Eye of the Collector conference, I got my wish. Here is Deborah Borton with the British, double-projecting magic lantern from the 1890s that they used to entertain us for 90-minutes: The two lenses […]

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With Magic Historian Dr. Edwin Dawes at the 44th Annual MCW

I’ve learned and continue to learn from Dr. Edwin Dawes. Today in the McCord Museum, he gave an inspiring talk on the three Cs of magic history: Collect, Collate and Communicate. Also, cite and share your source information widely. I was honoured to have my name mentioned among others who have written doctoral dissertations on conjuring: […]

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CFP: The Golden Age of Stage Conjuring, 1880-1930 — Early Popular Visual Culture

This is a call for papers for special issue 16.3 (August 2018) of Early Popular Visual Culture that I’ll be editing with Matthew Solomon (University of Michigan). Please circulate it widely: The Golden Age of Stage Conjuring, 1880-1930 The Golden Age of Stage Conjuring (1880-1930) in North America and Western Europe encompasses a period of […]

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Doctoring Magic at the 44th Annual Magic Collector’s Weekend — Montreal

It’s strange, but there are actually people out there who collect dissertations on magic. I’m excited to present a talk tomorrow afternoon called “Doctoring Magic” for the attendees of the 44th annual Magic Collectors Weekend (MCW). As you can see above, I’ll have 52 signed and numbered copies for purchase by those who want them […]

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A good, foggy day for writing

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Magic in Santa Cruz — Apricity Gallery Residency

We’re driving to beautiful Santa Cruz, California. This photo of its Del Mar theater captures some of the deep magic that I feel there. I took it while wandering downtown in the early 2000s, another wide-eyed UCSC college kid dreaming about the future. Fifteen years and many countries later, it fills me with joy to […]

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Performance at the Edwardian Ball, San Francisco — January 20-21st

I’ll be performing an illusion as Mr. Dark at the World Famous Edwardian Ball in San Francisco this weekend. Check out the promo codes for friends below: The Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author and illustrator Edward Gorey. […]

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An American in Châlons-en-Champagne

What a thrill to be here for the Illusions festival in Châlons-en-Champagne where the CNAC is celebrating 10-years of magie nouvelle. I would like to thank Gérard Fasoli, Cyril Thomas, Barbara Appert-Raulin, Jeanne Vasseur and the entire CNAC team for making my participation at this international event possible. Pascal Jacob, Christian William and the CNAC resource centre curated […]

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