A wonderful magic birthday in Carnoustie

By |June 21st, 2010|Magic musings|

On Saturday I drove up to the rather splendid Carnoustie Golf Hotel in Scotland for a surprise 50th birthday party for Derek. His wife had planned a full weekend with eighteen of their closest friends, and I was asked along to perform some magic for them.

I arrived and had to hide in the car park until they were all in the restaurant before I could take my stuff up to the Hogan suite (more on that later), get ready and come back down for the close up magic session. I approached the table, said hello to Derek and quickly lost the […]

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A new thunk about the Edinburgh Fringe

By |June 16th, 2010|Edinburgh Fringe|

Since the Fringe is about the land on the city like a huge alien robot foot crushing hapless National Guardsmen in a 1950s horror movie I seem to be spending some time mulling over the last couple of decades, and how things have changed in recent years.

One of the more quoted facts about the Fringe in general (apart from it being the largest arts festival and how good the ticket system is now) is that anyone can take part. While this is true in principle, the reality is a long way off.

Yes, if you can stump up the three hundred […]

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Website woes

By |June 11th, 2010|Uncategorized|

As may be apparent, there are a couple of new pages on the site, including this blog. A few months ago I bought a website from Jonathan Levitt at – the first time I’d done such a thing. For years I used to write all my web pages in Notepad, and damn, didn’t it show.

I wanted to have a news page, and somewhere to show videos. This meant looking at Jonathan’s code (with his blessing, natch) and trying to replicate what he had done. This was not easy, but I think I made a decent stab at it. […]

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Well, it’s up now

By |June 10th, 2010|Uncategorized|

It’s six months since I installed this blog (as you can see from the dates) and I finally got round to linking to it and getting the relevant web pages uploaded. More interesting information should follow shortly.

And yes, that could mean more information that is interesting, or information that is more interesting than this. Either way I think it’s likely.

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Hello world!

By |January 3rd, 2010|Random musings, Uncategorized|

This is the traditional first blog post. Dull in the extreme, it’s the kind of thing that people type when they are getting the hang of using some new software (in this case, blogging software). On the plus side, at least it’s not the default post.

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