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Episode Info: Recorded August 3rd. “The magical thinking of orphan boys.”  Batman the magician. [I finally get to do an episode about Batman, so it’s long.] Answers, insights, and commentary on: * I. Magic and Batman Tradition (25min) * Houdini the superman * Zatara in Acton Comics No. 1 * Stage Act similarity * Perfection of Self * Working Definition of Magic * Artful Performance * Of the Impossible * Trained by Giovanni Zatara * Batman’s performance * II. Magic of Movie Making (8min) * Georges Méliès * Robert Houdan * Larry Fong on the illusion of movies * Terrio, Nolan, Fong * Fong Super 8 Featurette * The Wizard * III. This Batman is a Magician (12min) * Beautiful Lie * Mozart of Deception * Lies and Child Development * Theory of Mind and Self Control * Orphan Boys and Magical Thinking * Many Magic Tricks of This Batman * Impossibility of Magic and Logic * It was always a trick * Disappearing in Belle Reeve * First and Last Batman scenes * Lex’s Magical Props * IV. Spellbound (40min) * Mind the Gap * Load Up * Write the Script * Control the Frame * Design Free Choice * Employ the Familiar * Conjure an Out * V. Force (20min) * Magic Words: Luck, Fake, Watching, Force * Two Meanings of Force * Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst * Accept the World or Force It… Recognize or Save It * Free Will and Force, Martha * Batman Transformed and Self-Deprecating * The Silent Accusation * Superman returns * VI. End Notes (15min) * Miscellaneous To learn more: Beyond Magic | David Blaine It’s A Trap! | Justice League Action Houdini, Tarzan, and the Perfect Man | John Kasson Secret Life of Houdini | Kalush & SlomanRead more »

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