21 February 2013
Close-up card tricks
It doesn't matter how many card tricks you've seen or how jaded you are; these will knock your socks off. I find close-up magic to be so much more enjoyable and satisfying than the big-stage elaborate-equipment showpieces usually seen at casinos and TV shows.
This performance is by Lennart Green, world champion magician, at a TED conference in 2005. The resolution is good enough to enjoy full-screen viewing.
Reposted from 2008.
Addendum: A hat tip to reader wickershaw for noting that the young lady who assists in the video is Zoe, a daughter of Chris Anderson, TED's curator. She died of carbon monoxide poisoning in 2010; here is a tribute to her.
p.s. - probably no more blogging for a day or two; we have ~6 inches of snow arriving tonight.