Thursday, June 30, 2005

Crappy Restaurant

Pagliacci is one of my favorite blogs to read. Just my kinda' humor and in-your-face truth telling the magic community needs to hear, whether they like it or not. So, in his tradition of "Crappy" tag lines:

Crappy Restaurant

A brand spanking new restaurant in the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung seats diners on toilets rather than ordinary chairs. "YOU EAT, YOU GO!" The actual meals at The Martun ("toilet" in Chinese) are presented in toilet bowls of both Western and Asian styles.

From Reuters:

Manager Hung Lin-wen said the original inspiration came from a toilet-shaped spaceship in a Japanese cartoon. The theme has attracted droves of novelty-seeking young people who come to play with their food and gross out their friends...But no matter how delicious, a few customers still find the combination a little hard to swallow."The taste is good, but I still feel disgusted when I look at it," said diner Lin Yu-may.



Insane Genius

They say that behind every genius there is a little bit of insanity. I can attest to that and apparently, so can Steve Fearson.

Check out Steve's newest venture here.



Tip Of The Hat to Xeni Jardin:

The Pacific University's Asian Studied program has compiled this gallery of WWII anti-Japanese US propaganda posters.



My Favorite Quotes

And now it's time for a brand new segment on the Magic Mafia: My Favorite Quotes. Enjoy!

"You ever taken a dump that made you feel like you just slept for eight hours?" -- played by one of the greatest actors of our time, but a real fruit loop, Al Pacino


Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Review: McBride's Candle

This is the best Goddamned cigar lighter I have ever purchased. Highly recommended! Right, Bill?


Our Future

You absolutely cannot make up stupidity like this:



So, You Wanna Know, Eh?

"Mallusionist is proud to present the so-called secrets behind the card tricks, illusions, street magic, and mentalism effects performed by the worst magicians in the world. Ready to mystify yourself? You've come to the right place!"

Magic Mafia is proud to present the so-called wanna-be magicians revealing the so-called secrets behind real magic. They are:

Hank Houdini had some cards,
The first card was the ace of clubs
With an ace, ace here
And a club, club there
Here an ace,
There a club,
Everywhere an ace of clubs,
Hank Houdini had some cards,

And don't forget the ever-popular:

"For reasons too complex to go into here, it is suggested that the cups and balls not be performed with clear plastic cups."

Although I've known about this site for quite some time, these containers of douche juice should be punched in the face and be forced to eat Rosanne's ass in a steam room!



Oswald's Speakeasy

Harry Anderson has just opened Oswald's Speakeasy (1331 Decatur) in New Orleans where he will be performing nightly with his one-man show "Wise Guy," provided he doesn't drink his dinner.

Shows will run Wednesday through Sunday evenings at 9:30pm with the doors opening at 8pm. The night club was purchased by Anderson in 2003 and is now open after extensive renovations and vodka tonics. In addition to the show patrons will be able to enjoy a "fine selection of wines and brews, as well as a unique variety of cocktails (go figure)."

Tickets are only $20 per person and are available by phoning: 504-218-5954 or by picking them up at Anderson's Sideshow curiosity shop on Chartres in the French Quarter.


USDA Still Mystified by Roy's Tiger Attack

Entertainer Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy waves to a Las Vegas crowd in April, 18 months after a near-fatal tiger mauling during a performance left him partially paralyzed.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal investigators still do not know what led a Bengal tiger to attack illusionist Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy during a performance nearly two years ago.

The tiger-was-hungry theory was ruled out. And there was no proof that the animal was deliberately provoked by someone in the audience, or that a terrorist sprayed it with a behavior-altering scent, or that it was unhinged by a woman with a beehive hairdo.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's final report — dated Sept. 28, and consisting of the Mirage hotel-casino's internal investigation, a Las Vegas police probe and witness statements — was obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request. The case was finally closed late last year with no official determination of what set off the animal, named Montecore.

The 380-pound white tiger sank its teeth into Horn's neck and dragged him off stage in front of a horrified audience Oct. 3, 2003, at the Mirage. The animal damaged an artery carrying oxygen to the magician's brain and crushed his windpipe.

The mauling left Horn, 60, partially paralyzed and ended the long-running "Siegfried & Roy" production, one of the most successful shows in Las Vegas history. "Detectives were unable to determine what caused Montecore to deviate" from the act, Las Vegas police said in its share of report. In its comprehensive account of the mauling, the 233-page report said the nearly 7-year-old tiger did indeed attack Horn. Nowhere do investigators conclude the tiger was trying to aid the entertainer after it knocked him down — despite the claims of Horn and others that the animal was only helping him.

Investigators explored a variety of other theories that were advanced by the casino and others. A veterinarian who examined Montecore after the mauling said the animal appeared normal, and the USDA report said the animal had been fed on schedule.

Detectives with the Las Vegas Police Department's homeland security unit were assigned to the case because some of the scenarios that were suggested — among them, that animal-rights activists provoked the attack, or that it was an act of economic terrorism against Las Vegas. MGM Mirage spokesman Alan Feldman said the resort wanted authorities to look at the possibility that someone deliberately distracted the tiger, since the animal had performed 2,000 times without incident.

He said the casino was flooded with e-mails such as this one the USDA included in its report: "If there is audio & video of the tiger attack it should be analyzed for far-UV and or high ultra sonics, as well as other triggers that might be the work of a terrorist aiming at a high profile GAY target."

Las Vegas police also said there was no proof a woman with a "beehive hairdo" distracted the tiger or it had been sprayed with a scent that drove the animal wild. "At the end of it all, we don't have a reason," Feldman said.

The manager of Horn and his show business partner, Siegfried Fischbacher, did not immediately return messages for comment. The USDA report provides new details about the sequence of events before and after the attack. It said that a show employee pulled the tiger's tail, jumped on the animal and grabbed it by the mouth to try to get it to release Horn. At the same time, another employee sprayed Montecore with a carbon dioxide canister. The tiger finally let go. In its final report, the USDA said the Siegfried & Roy show failed to protect the audience because it had no barrier separating the exotic animals from the crowd.

"The big cats could have easily jumped off the stage and into the audience," said USDA official Robert M. Gibbens, who attended an earlier performance. The USDA issued a letter of noncompliance to the illusionists' production company, S&R Productions, but the warning did not carry any penalties.

It is not clear why the USDA did not advise the company earlier about erecting a barrier. The agency conducted at least four routine inspections at the Mirage since mid-December 2002. The USDA did not immediately respond to an e-mail for comment.


Café Capers

Can you spot who's missing?

It will be interesting to see if the Sweet & Sour section returns to the Tragic Café after one of its most prominent advertisers has left.


Fetus in Indian Boy's Stomach

What's more interesting than the Hindu Rope Illusion? How about a motherfucking fetus in an Indian boy's stomach?

After a boy in Bangladesh complained of a stomach ache, doctors discovered a fetus in his abdomen. Apparently, the 4.5 pound fetus was 16-year-old Abu Raihan's undeveloped twin. Physicians at Bangabadnhu Medical University surgically removed it on Saturday. From the BBC News:

"Apart from the head, all other limbs of the baby were developed," (said Dr. MA Mazid).The condition is known as "foetus in foeto", or inclusion twin."In this case the foetus of the baby entered into the foetus of the boy and continued to grow like a tumour in the boy's abdomen," gynaecology specialists Nurun Nahar said.



Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Thanks, All Ye Faithful

Thanks to all the loyal Magic Mafia readers who have stayed with me and remained faithful readers through the debacle that closed the old site. After my "possible return" post, the stats went through the roof and the subscription ratio never faltered. It's obvious people still give a shit.

The Magic Mafia is back with a vengeance! Those who are easily offended and cannot take a goof or a good ribbing, turn back now!


A Return of the Mafia?

"To the future or the past..... from the present, from the time of the Thought Police, from a dead man. Greetings."

After watching all the anonymous and non-anonymous bloggers disappear from the blogosphere, perhaps it is time for the Magic Mafia to make a needed return... This is something I'll be seriously contemplating over the next few days as there are several things to consider. On a related note, I find it quite interesting that both Magic Whack and Magic Rants have decided to call it quits within 24 hours of one another.