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Contributor Archives: Dan Vergano

“Why’s this so good?” No. 20: Mr. Weschler’s magic cabinet

Magic and writing tricks differ in at least one happy way: A writing trick’s delights only increase once you see through the sleight of hand. In “Inhaling the Spore,” writing about a visit to a very peculiar museum, Lawrence Weschler hides his prestidigitation in plain sight, like every good magician. His 1994 Harper’s showpiece makes the [...]