The Washington Symposium on Magic History is coming up. It takes place April 25-27 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda, MD 20852. Here's the link to the conference webpage.
Speakers include Bill Kalush, John McLaughlin, Darwin Ortiz, Dale Salwak, David Saltman, Will Given, Shreeyash Palshikar, James Hamilton, Diego Domingo, Bruce MacNab, and Dean Arnold. Ken Trombly, the conference organizer, says topics for the conference range from espionage and magic to famous magicians such as Alexander Herrmann and Houdini to the magic of North Korea and India. Sounds both educational and entertaining. Ken tells me space is still available, so if you want to attend the conference, don't delay--sign up now. Another plus: DC should be beautiful in late April.
This article, prepared for the Dean's Symposium in the University of Toledo Law Review, includes a curriculum vitae for Albus Dumbledore, the greatest wizard of the modern age, along with seven pieces of advice for law deans, culled from Dumbledore's words of wisdom and actions in the Harry Potter series.
Ken Trombly recommends this video of Orson Welles discussing Houdini. Excellent, although I'm not sure I agree with his gendered theory of magic. "Magic is not for the ladies. They don't like to be fooled." Most women don't like to be fooled by men. A lot of them like magicians just fine.