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Willie Nelson Does a Card Trick

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In this oddly enchanting video, Willie Nelson performs a card trick known as Sam the Bellhop. In Willie's version, Sam is a nameless porter, but that doesn't matter—Willie's got the routine down cold. Watch, relax, and be amazed:

This comes to me courtesy of MetaFilter, which includes a comment thread explaining the trick. I think you can mostly figure it out on your own, if you noodle on it for a bit. Oh, and that's Bobbie Nelson on the right.

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7 Essential Secrets of Magicians
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It has often been said that a good magician never reveals their secrets, but in WIRED’s video below, illusionist David Kwong does just that. He outlines seven important tricks of the trade as he performs a card stunt, showcases the sleight of hand behind feats like making a spoon “bend,” and demonstrates how subtle actions like controlling an audience's center of attention can toy with their perception of reality.

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Can You See the Parallel Stripes in This Optical Illusion?
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Magical entertainer and illusionist Victoria Skye makes the impossible seem possible for a living. There aren’t any smoke and mirrors involved in her latest trick: Her “cafe wall” optical illusion is the result of some clever design.

In the image above, the darker blue horizontal stripes appear to lay at zig-zagging angles across the frame. In reality, they’re perfectly parallel to one another. The slanted effect is created by the use of alternating patterns (in the top row, the interior pattern is drawn to lean slightly to the left while the one beneath it leans slightly to the right, and so on).

The alternating colors also contribute to the illusion. As The Telegraph points out, the illusion was inspired by a tiled wall that can be found in Bristol, England. The staggered nature of the white squares against the green makes it seem as if the parallel rows were built at different angles. Though the Bristol wall is the original, there are plenty of examples of cafe walls around the world if you’re looking for more illusions to make your head spin.

Cafe wall in Bristol, UK.

[h/t The Telegraph]

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