As disciplines, magic and the law are usually considered to have little in common. One is mystical, otherworldly, associated with phenomena that reason can’t comprehend; the other is anchored in the affairs of this world and at least aspires to be governed by logic and principle. And yet, as literature shows us, if you want to dabble in magic safely and successfully, it helps to have the advice of a good attorney.
Hmmm. When I read passages like this one, they remind me that there are lots of people out there who still aren't convinced that law and magic are disciplines one can fruitfully compare. Maybe I should send Ms. Barker a copy of the law and magic book. Or at least a citation.
We could say that Mr. Cohen's use of magic to illustrate his points is just so much eye candy. But I think what he does here is first to get our attention, which is immensely valuable, and second, make his comments memorable, whie is even more valuable. Third, his illusions actually relate to his message. Using the red sponge bolls in the Key Discovery video to tie the message to the notion of RED (records and e-discovery) is clever, and it makes people remember the service. Makig the red sponge balls appear in his lovely assistant's hand and saying that it's like having two lawyers for the price of one brings home the idea that e-discovery is a valuable service (and worth the extra money). Clever and convincing for the client. i like it!
The CW has begun televisig episodes of the series Penn and Teller: Fool Us Wednesdays at 8 p.m, 7 Central time. More here. The show features really good magicians who perform their best illusions and attempt to deceive the famous duo. If they succeed, P&T invite them to appear at the Rio Penn & Teller Theater in Las Vegas.
Another magic series available on The CW is Masters of Illusion, broadcast Fridays at 8 p.m.,7 Central time.
We knew this story was out there somewhere, and it finally surfaced. The one about the witch doctor who put a curse on the terrific soccer (sorry, European football) player so he would (pick one) get injured, get sick, get stuck in an elevator before the crucial game and his team would lose.
As it turns out, the witch doctor, Nana Kwaku Bonsam, is from Ghana, and the player is Cristian Ronaldo, from Portugal. So far, the curse doesn't seem to be working its magic, because Mr. Ronaldo is having quite a World Cup. Even though he's having some problems (he is 29, after all and has been playing for years), he did help a teammate score that wonderful goal in the final seconds of the game on Sunday against the U.S. So, is that curse real? Or are Mr. Ronaldo's injuries just the luck of the game? More here from the New York Times, here from the Guardian.
Martha Blache & the Instituto "Felix Fernando Bernasconi, El curanderismo folklorico enfocado a traves de los procesos legales (Buenos Aires: Consejo Nacional de Educación, Instituto "Felix F. Bernasconi", Cátedra de Folklore de Argentino, 1962).
Discussion of the Argentinian legal system's treatment of traditional healers (curanderos).