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Research Plan Progress October 17-24/ Plan for October 24-October30

These are the results for my research goals for this week:

 

1A.  Put Louisville Magic Club visit on Google Calendar for November 13.  http://www.lmcmagic.com/ ; Try to rearrange Chinese class for that night.

 

1. Some of thse engines were helpful: Bing, EBSCOhost.  Some weren't:  Topsy and Lexis/Nexis. I think I need to continue working toward finding connections between magic and education.  In fact every item that I will scoop this week will be seen in part through how cognitive science can be used in the classroom then connecting to magic tricks.  I want to connect my two card tricks into a presentation draft for next week.

 

2.I have begun my first card trick, but my dental problems last week kept me from doing much there.  I will practice the trick at least five times a day for the next seven days. And I still need to buy some playing cards, too. I wonder where I can get some good Bicycle cards for a reasonable price.

 

3. I still have not found teacher/magicians.  Frankly, I haven't looked very hard.  I guess I need to make this a priority this week. I must email them as well.  Maybe I need to look also at why the

 

4. I think I will begin to look for a third trick.  That will be all that I do for this semester--three tricks pony.  That's me.

 

5. I am going to read half the Perconis book on magic. I will look for three useful justifications for magic in the classroom.  I need to create a googledoc or a hackpad/spark list that will amount to the beginning of my work on an 'act'.

 

6. I haven't quite gotten five cognitive-magic links this week, but  I am going to research a little more deeply the cognitive connection to magic and then consider how that connects to learning. I will have at least three more scoops on this next week.

 

7. I learned the second set of hand exercises but I have not internalized them. I will really learn a second set of hand exercises and I will start on a third set.

 

8.  I will begin writing up some of the "Search" part of my I-Search that lines up with the I-Search I like the most in the book.  I liked "The Sound of My Life"  (192) and "Could I Be a Disk Jockey" and will begin to model my work after some of the 'tactics' in those I-Searches.

 

9.  Find some inspirational card trick videos.

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Order of I-Search

1.  What I have already written

2. The Search

    a. The video

    b. The tricks

    c.  Connections to cognition

        Magic books

                  Diaconis

                  Stone

    d. Interviewing teacher/magicians

    e. My Act

 

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Magic Tricks Reveal Inner Workings of the Brain | Wired Science | Wired.com

Magic Tricks Reveal Inner Workings of the Brain | Wired Science | Wired.com | CardMagic | Scoop.it

This article breaks down how magicians bend the laws of perception to me 'magical'.  I can see how these various categories might be nice little folders for all kinds of tricks as they apply to teaching.  For example, with physical misdirection, a writer can start in the middle or tell a seemingly unrelated story that miraculously ties in at the end.

 

I could use this to develop an act that ties together magic and writing.  I am also reminded that 'mentalism' might be another magic way to go along with cards.

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Special Symposium - ASSC2007

Here is a symposium on magic and cognitive science that I should explore.  Why is magic a good tool for any kind of learning and any kind of teaching?  I hope this might begin to unveil some secrets.

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Screencasting Toolkit – The Best Tools for Recording Demo Videos

Screencasting Toolkit – The Best Tools for Recording Demo Videos | CardMagic | Scoop.it
This detailed screencasting guide features some of the best software tools, web apps and audio-video recording devices that you may use to create professional-quality screencasts.

 

Terry says:  there is a Windows orientation here, but the consideration is complete insofar as it provides a way into screencasting that gets you going in ways that are cheap or free (except Camtasia Studio).  If you try these tools, you will begin to screencast.  You might start out like I did with doing screencasts about your favorite links of the week.  Here is one I did using SnagIt (Camtasia's little brother), Draggo (a link storage platform), and YouTube for storage:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3YY9qSh8Vk&feature=share&list=UUjkVYnTMrKLTBwms0Tzt2AA

 

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Something I realize

I am finding as I watch videos that some of the tricks are so beyond me they are kinda depressing.  However, every once in awhile I am seeing a trick where I find myself saying to myself, "Hey, I can do that.  That is pretty cool."  I just found a three card trick that does just that.

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The Society of American Magicians – S.A.M | The Society of American Magicians – S.A.M

The Society of American Magicians – S.A.M | The Society of American Magicians – S.A.M | CardMagic | Scoop.it

Magicians have their own societies.  Perhaps I can find some mentors locally.

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3 Easy Magic Tricks

3 Easy Magic Tricks | CardMagic | Scoop.it

One of the things I realize as I review simple magic tricks is how much it depends on simple composition tricks--conflicts, narrative, dialogue, misdirection. They have a lot in common.Neat.

 

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The Magical Mind of Persi Diaconis - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Magical Mind of Persi Diaconis - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | CardMagic | Scoop.it

 

 

Terry says, this is an inspiring article about how magic can be used for learning.

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How Magicians Know Which Card You're Thinking About

How Magicians Know Which Card You're Thinking About | CardMagic | Scoop.it

This is valuable to educators because it is a justification for doing magic in the classroom.

 

 

By Jay Olson Think of a playing card. Got one in mind? Although it may have felt like a free choice, think again: Most people choose one of only four cards, out of a deck of 52.


Via Kevin Friery
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Holy Meta, Batman! Posting about Podcasting then Podcasting the Posting about Podcasting | Impedagogy

Holy Meta, Batman! Posting about Podcasting then Podcasting the Posting about Podcasting | Impedagogy | CardMagic | Scoop.it
Terence Elliott's insight:

Podcasting is on the rise.  All hail the podcast.

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Terry Elliott's curator insight, December 28, 2014 11:29 AM

A post prompted by a strong desire to be a part of the resurgence in podcasting.  

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Make a Business Card Disappear - Wired How-To Wiki

Make a Business Card Disappear - Wired How-To Wiki | CardMagic | Scoop.it

Neat little trick.  Maybe a second one to learn?

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Research Plan 10-17 to 10/24

These are my research goals for this week:

1. Begin looking on research engines that I have not been using--Bing, Topsy, Facebook, EBSCOhost, LexisNexis and at least two more--to look further for educational uses for card magic.

2. I am going to begin practicing my first card trick and trying to figure out how to connect it to teaching and learning in the writing classroom. I need to buy some playing cards, too.

3. I am going to find some teacher magicians to speak with and email.

4. I am going to find a second trick to begin working. I will begin pulling them from YouTube and Vimeo.

5. I am going to read the Perconis book on magic. I will look for three useful justifications for magic in the classroom

6. I am going to research a little more deeply the cognitive connection to magic and then consider how that connects to learning. I will have at least five scoops on this.

7. I will learn a second set of hand exercises to strengthen my hands and improve their dexterity.

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Magic in mind--Mindhacks

Magic in mind--Mindhacks | CardMagic | Scoop.it

This article opens up the idea of magic as a legitimate subject for study in academia.  There are two articles I need to read in this.

 

1. http://www.nature.com/nrn/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nrn2473.html

This article was written by both cognitive scientists and renowned magicians.  Here are some highlights that the bostonglobe summed up:  http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2008/08/03/how_magicians_control_your_mind/?page=full

 

2. http://www.dur.ac.uk/gustav.kuhn/papers/ScienceOfMagic-final.pdf

 

The author describes a classic persistence of vision effect.  Now...how to apply some of these larger tricks to the composition classroom.

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Learning Begins With Wonder - Teaching with magic

Looking for justfications  to use magic in the classroom?  Here are lots of them and research-based, too. 

 

 

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Top 10 Magic Instruction DVD's And Websites!

Top 10 Magic Instruction DVD's And Websites! | CardMagic | Scoop.it

Another squidoo site tha points to some neat DVD's and also argues that I should learn coin magic first.

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The Magic Cafe Forums - Recommended books for beginners

The Magic Cafe Forums - Recommended books for beginners | CardMagic | Scoop.it
The Magic Café - Visit us to discuss with others the wonderful world of magic and illusion.

 

I really need to get involved with some forums like this one that touts itself as 'magicians helping magicians'.

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The Society of American Magicians – S.A.M | 215 – MAC KING ASSEMBLY

Closest S.A.M. chapter.  Need to get in touch.

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How to Do a Simple Card Magic Trick

How to Do a Simple Card Magic Trick | CardMagic | Scoop.it

Now I see why almost all of my resources are YouTube videos--the directions here suck.  I really need to find a local magic mentor or club.

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Revealing the Psychology of Playing Card Magic: Scientific American

Revealing the Psychology of Playing Card Magic: Scientific American | CardMagic | Scoop.it
A psychology researcher (and magician) explains what happens after you hear “think of a card”...

 

Might be useful to look at cognitive side of magic and learning.

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Hand Exercises

I have bought the hand exercise video and am working on dexerity and strength.  They are a bit goofy, but I am already sensing better keyboarding and an easing of an arthritis problem in my left index knuckle.  Neat.  Makes me feel like I know a great secret.  Reminds me of when my daughter showed my the pains od foam rolling.

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