Manipulation in the Moonlight

By Morgan Weinstein…..Woody Allen recently directed and released a film called Magic in the Moonlight. The film features famous British actor Collin Firth and the ever-so-charming actress Emma Stone. Stone plays a quirky clairvoyant who travels to assist affluent, and ultimately clueless, grieving widows by hosting séances.

Baseball Magic and the Curse of the Billy Goat

By Sam Moore…..George Gmelch, a professor at the University of San Francisco, is well known for his essay entitled, Baseball Magic. Because there is a high element of chance when both hitting and pitching a ball in this game, he points out, it may force one to take rather extraordinary measures to deal with improbable circumstances.

Soccer Magic

By Emily Franty In Gmelch’s “Baseball Magic” he explains the magical practices done by professional baseball players. Gmelch himself played in the MLB and now works as an anthropologist. According to Gmelch, some baseball players insist on waking up at the same time, eating the same meal, and arriving at the stadium in the same […]

Examination Magic and Intuition

By Anthony Okpagu Daniel Albas and Cheryl Albas, in their study “Modern Magic: The Case of Examination,” explore the role that student magic plays in exam success. They examine how the use of material items or certain behaviors create student magic that aids college students in taking examinations. The Albas’ define magic as an action […]

Lizards and Lawsuits: Conspiracy Theorist Pays Libel Settlement

By Joe Laycock…..Earlier this month it was announced that conspiracy theorist David Icke has paid human rights attorney Richard Warman $210,000 CDN in damages and court fees after Icke claimed that Warman works for a cabal of shape-shifting reptilians that secretly runs the world. The events that led up to this case raise important questions about conspiracy theories and the changing face of Anti-Semitism.

Golf Magic?

  By Evan Burdzinski In Baseball Magic, by George Gmelch, magic is defined as a behavior associated with bringing about a certain outcome without that behavior having any logical correlation to the outcome at all. Gmelch separates “Baseball Magic” into three separate parts: good luck rituals, actions believed to bring a positive result to the […]

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  • Religion, Lately: Christian Swingers, Raelians Come to Florida Schools, and Atheist Spirituality

    Religion, Lately: Christian Swingers, Raelians Come to Florida Schools, and Atheist Spirituality

     By Kenny Smith (2-3 minute read) In Florida, religious experiments of all kinds it seems. Determined to bring the Gospel to other married couples looking to “hook up,” a body-building Florida couple have created a website, fitnessswingers.com, to help other swingers “find Christ.” After evangelical Christian groups were allowed to distribute Bibles in Florida’s public […]

  • DIY Christian Bar Mitzvahs

    DIY Christian Bar Mitzvahs

    By Brandon Logan……..According to Craig Hill, “there is something on the inside of every person that longs for blessing from parents” and a failure to fulfill this need has led to many of the ills plaguing modern Western society (1). Hill combines this sentiment with a belief that the West is tragically deficient in rite of passage ceremonies. The result is a populace left rudderless, constantly seeking the affirmation that should have been provided to them as they transitioned into adulthood. These individuals fail to develop a sufficient amount of emotional maturity, since for those who fail to receive a “proper release into manhood or womanhood” there remains “in the heart a lingering feeling of childhood.”

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  • Manipulation in the Moonlight

    Manipulation in the Moonlight

    By Morgan Weinstein…..Woody Allen recently directed and released a film called Magic in the Moonlight. The film features famous British actor Collin Firth and the ever-so-charming actress Emma Stone. Stone plays a quirky clairvoyant who travels to assist affluent, and ultimately clueless, grieving widows by hosting séances.

  • Lizards and Lawsuits: Conspiracy Theorist Pays Libel Settlement

    Lizards and Lawsuits: Conspiracy Theorist Pays Libel Settlement

    By Joe Laycock…..Earlier this month it was announced that conspiracy theorist David Icke has paid human rights attorney Richard Warman $210,000 CDN in damages and court fees after Icke claimed that Warman works for a cabal of shape-shifting reptilians that secretly runs the world. The events that led up to this case raise important questions about conspiracy theories and the changing face of Anti-Semitism.

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  • What Goes Around Comes Around (College Acceptance Edition)

    What Goes Around Comes Around (College Acceptance Edition)

    By Taylor Wainer Applying to colleges can be a stressful process. After working so hard for so long to build up an impressive resume, fate solely rests in the hands of college administrators. This can be a frightening thought, for this is your future and you never know what can happen. This became a reality […]

  • Who Gets to Define Magic?

    Who Gets to Define Magic?

    By Sarah Strausser Throughout his essay, Explaining Magic: Earliest Christianity as a Test Case, Istvan Czachesz proposes an explanation for magic by relating it to cognitive science and by using early Christianity as a “test case”. Czachesz states that his theory of magic is “[t]he illusory manipulation of visible or invisible realities: magic assumedly changes […]

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  • Who Gets to Define Magic?

    Who Gets to Define Magic?

    By Sarah Strausser Throughout his essay, Explaining Magic: Earliest Christianity as a Test Case, Istvan Czachesz proposes an explanation for magic by relating it to cognitive science and by using early Christianity as a “test case”. Czachesz states that his theory of magic is “[t]he illusory manipulation of visible or invisible realities: magic assumedly changes […]

  • The Secret Gypsy

    The Secret Gypsy

    By Zoe Ravina I spill salt and within seconds I’ve grabbed a pinch and thrown it over my shoulder. Most people ignore this superstitious act, some crack a slight smile, but I’ve never been questioned or harassed for my behavior. However, when I tell people that my mother’s gypsy grandfather taught her to create a […]

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