The Guardian visits Enchantments, New York's long-establsihed witchcraft store, and delves into the source of its success. Owner Stacy Rapp says part of the shop's attraction is due to the balance between "male and female energies." I might not be a customer for other items Enchantments offers but I am a big beliveer in balance between men and women. We''re all in this adventure together. If we can make it more of an enchantment, I'm for that.
An Alberta (Canada) court heard the case of Matthew De Grood, who killed five young people attending a party in 2014. Mr. De Grood claims that at the time he believed the people he killed were werewolves, and his duty was to rid the world of them. Is he criminally responsible for their deaths? Or, at the time that he committed the crimes, did he suffer from a mental defect that should absolve him from responsibility? More here on the trial from the Washington Post.
Today (May 25, 2016), the judge found Mr. De Grood not criminally responsible for the deaths (National Post).
He will now be assessed and the authorities will make a decision concerning his treatment. More here from Global News.
Matthew De Grood's statement on his acts here, from the Calgary Sun.
Slate's' Ben Mathis-Lilley notes that the New York City Subway twitter account tweeted that "witch problems" caused problems on a line today. Of course it was "switch problems," but witch problems conjures up all kinds of wonderful images of black-clad denizens flitting about, casting spells on the metro. Nothing like a little otherworldly interference from those on broomsticks with official transportation. Does this give a new meaning to the phrase "Damn Yankees"?
According to the Independent, the magical caper film Now You See Me is getting not one but two sequels, both to be directed by Jon M. Chu. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine are all returning for the films. Lizzy Caplan is replacing Isla Fisher. The original film, released in 2013, was a box office hit, but received rather lukewarm reviews (I liked it, though!)
Recap: four magicians, played by Mr. Eisenberg, Mr. Harrrelson, Mr. Franco, and Ms. Fisher, are hired to carry out a number of amazing feats, including an amazing bank robbery. An FBI agent (Mr. Ruffalo) tries to crack the case with the assistance of an agent from INTERPOL (Melanie Laurent) and a magician who reveals other magicians' tricks (Mr. Freeman). The ending reveals the true reason for the magicians' motives and the real intent behind the agent's pursuit of the conjurors.
Now You See Me 2 is due in theaters June 10, 2016.