Magic: Tricks, puzzles, or illusions?
Software development is one large puzzle – how do I make my computer do this task, using that software. Luckily, we can Google for the answer to our problems. Magicians can't. The secrets to magic aren't readily available in any format, making study and search very difficult. In this talk, the speaker, who is a magician, discusses some of the history of secrets and magic, and covers the problems of creating searchable taxonomies for magic, cases of IP law (which have surprising parallels to software), and even performs a few routines to keep you on your toes! The magician might even explain a few of the tricks...
James Merlin is a London-based magician and mind reader. As a magician he entertains with cards, coins, little red boxes and tin cans! As a mind reader (or mentalist) he entertains with pieces of paper, cardboard, and that other 2-dimensional prop - his brain!