Todd Landman Academic Magician
Essays on Magic, Mentalism, and Mystery Entertainment

The Magiculum

Step into The Magiculum, a virtual and physical space for all things magic and mystery!
May 22, 2024 | Author: Todd Landman
Cards and Statistics
Playing cards provide an excellent tool for teaching about samples and statistical inference.
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May 19, 2024 | Author: Todd Landman
The Precarious Status of Truth
A magical and mysterious exploration of the precarious status of truth.
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February 3, 2024 | Author: Todd Landman
Magic and Truth
Thoughts on truth, fiction, magic, and deception.
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May 8, 2023 | Author: Todd Landman
The Power of the Unconscious Mind
Testing the power of the unconscious mind.
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March 21, 2023 | Author: Todd Landman
Ann Craft Trust
Magic as light relief and a form of communication
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January 14, 2023 | Author: Todd Landman
The Magic of Family
The turn of the new year is always a time for reflection and contemplation. This season, I had the good […]
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October 19, 2022 | Author: Todd Landman
The Magic of Malaysia
My thoughts on a recent trip to Malaysia, full of magic and meaning.
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September 10, 2022 | Author: Todd Landman
Magic in Eastbourne
As part of the 84th Annual Convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), I was delighted to perform in […]
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June 18, 2022 | Author: Todd Landman
Politics, Magic, and Jazz
A magical exploration of politics, magic and jazz.
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May 8, 2022 | Author: Todd Landman
Magic and Dignity
Short account of an extraordinary magical event with an Afghan community.
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April 16, 2022 | Author: Todd Landman
Susceptibility tests and mind to mind communication.
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December 12, 2021 | Author: Todd Landman
Object Permanence
'...magicians have traded on some sense of object permanence to produce what appear to be impossible demonstrations using a wide range of objects, such as cups, balls, coins, and cards.'
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November 16, 2021 | Author: Todd Landman
The Magic of Bergen
'In walking the cobblestone streets, looking up at the mountains, and breathing in the Nordic air, one feels this history and this magic, which whispers mystery through the city if only one stops to listen to it.'
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October 13, 2021 | Author: Todd Landman
The Curious Cabaret
Some say that history is simply 'one thing after another' or that the great books of history feature 'famous people and the consequences of their actions,' but what we explored at The Curious Cabaret is that history is about so much more. It lives in us, through us, and involves many lost voices.
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October 10, 2021 | Author: Todd Landman
Celebrating The Magiculum
The Magiculum was thus founded in 2012 with a small group of magicians who wanted to come together to discuss their own influences, their journeys into magic, and the style of magic that they perform.
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September 13, 2021 | Author: Todd Landman
Magic in the Park
The fire was lit in the sitting room, victuals and libations were shared, and as the night grew dark, we gathered for an evening of Academic Magic.
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August 31, 2021 | Author: Todd Landman
Hybrid Magic
On 30 August 2021 I had the pleasure to perform Tales from the Magiculum for the Annual General Conference of […]
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Mahi Ramakrihnan
April 12, 2021 | Author: Todd Landman
Performance for Good
Reflections on how the creative arts and performance can be used to promote social justice.
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Todd Landman performing
December 16, 2020 | Author: Todd Landman
Academic Magic Thrives
Reflections on magic and the challenges of life on lockdown in 2020.
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March 29, 2017 | Author: Todd Landman
Crafting Confidence in a Challenging World
On the eve of the Prime Minister sending the letter that invokes Article 50 to the Council of the European […]
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November 26, 2016 | Author: Todd Landman
SUBVERSION: Politics, Magic and Jazz
  This week has seen a fascinating array of my own public engagement. My week began with my lecture on […]
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August 7, 2016 | Author: Todd Landman
Orientalism, Magic, and Subversion
Western performance magic has long had an historical fascination with the Middle and Far East. The most ancient magic demonstration […]
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March 18, 2016 | Author: Todd Landman
Magic Professor: magicians tap into what it means to be human
Todd Landman, University of Nottingham British magician Paul Daniels, who died this week aged 77, is most famously known for […]
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March 11, 2016 | Author: Todd Landman
Reflections at 50
Today is a remarkable day. I am 50 and very pleased with it as well. I have my health, three […]
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December 7, 2015 | Author: Todd Landman
An Evening of Mindful Magic
  I am absolutely delighted to have crafted a new show entitled An Evening of Mindful Magic. As an Academic […]
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August 24, 2015 | Author: Todd Landman
The Magic of Wales
For my transition from my 22 years at the University of Essex to my new role at the University of […]
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July 5, 2015 | Author: Todd Landman
Moving on from Essex
After 22 years at the University of Essex, I have decided to move on to pastures anew. I am excited […]
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November 9, 2014 | Author: Todd Landman
Magic Menagerie
I am really excited for my new show, which draws on my lifelong love of magic and my deep appreciation […]
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October 22, 2014 | Author: Todd Landman
The Emotive Power of Magic
During a performance this past Sunday, I sat with a guest during an interval and discussed her interest in magic. […]
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September 14, 2014 | Author: Todd Landman
Academic Magic comes to life!
Yesterday I had the honour and privilege of performing my show Then and Now as part of the alumni weekend […]
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August 28, 2014 | Author: Todd Landman
Then and Now: A Magical Celebration of Essex University at 50!
    The University of Essex is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. The year launches on our Alumni Weekend […]
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August 23, 2014 | Author: Todd Landman
From Oz to Suffolk: Blog Hop on The Writing Process
Today's blog is the result of a wonderful invitation from science writer, spider expert, and magicienne Lynne Kelly, who among […]
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December 29, 2013 | Author: Todd Landman
Sentiments of the Solstice
  Regardless of your set of beliefs or metaphysical disposition, it is undeniable that the winter solstice period is a […]
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December 19, 2013 | Author: Todd Landman
2013: An Intense Year
Last year in December I was in Kiev working with a citizen group wishing to improve the quality of democracy […]
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December 14, 2013 | Author: Todd Landman
In the Comfort of Books
I am the first to adopt all sorts of new technology and have benefited greatly from working on-line, with large […]
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November 10, 2013 | Author: Todd Landman
In Praise of Christian Cagigal
He bustled into the chamber in his coat, hat, and scarf and carrying his tattered leather case. Evocative of the […]
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November 2, 2013 | Author: Todd Landman
Exploring the Outer Edges of the Mind
I had the good fortune last week of working with the School of Music, Humanities and Drama at the University […]
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October 5, 2013 | Author: Todd Landman
Transformational Education
This week I was asked to speak to our first year business students about what a transformational education means at […]
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August 7, 2013 | Author: Todd Landman
Philosophy and Magic
  This week I had the opportunity to be engaged in an examination of a doctoral thesis at Oxford University […]
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May 21, 2013 | Author: Todd Landman
Staging magic...
Holbein, The Prestige and Venice Over the years I have taken great pride in my magic stage sets for my […]
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December 31, 2012 | Author: Todd Landman
Reflecting on 2012 & Looking Forward
My year was topped and tailed by quality time with mother. In January I spent a week in Virginia with […]
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December 29, 2012 | Author: Todd Landman
Magic and Human Rights in Mexico
It is my honour and pleasure to have been invited to Mexico City to take part in two exciting activities. […]
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November 3, 2012 | Author: Todd Landman
Recapturing the Essence of Magic
I am delighted to have been appointed as Visiting Professor of Performance Magic at the University of Huddersfield. The post […]
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August 25, 2012 | Author: Todd Landman
Rational Intuition to be hosted in London
The 'Interesting Talks London' series organised by Matt Kendall through the Meetups network will host my talk Rational Intuition on […]
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April 28, 2012 | Author: Todd Landman
The New Magic is the Old Magic
In a recent article in Prospect Magazine (May Issue 194, pp. 79-82), Laura Marsh argues that the world is witnessing […]
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January 2, 2012 | Author: Todd Landman
A Year in Magic 2011
The past year has been a wonderful journey for my magical work. I continue to explore life's big questions through […]
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November 27, 2011 | Author: Todd Landman
Rational Intuition at the RSA
I am very excited for my lecture at the RSA on rational intuition on 1 December 2011. The lecture draws […]
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September 25, 2011 | Author: Todd Landman
The nights are closing in...
In the middle of a final summer heat wave (of sorts), the nights are closing in and the leaves are […]
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September 16, 2011 | Author: Todd Landman
Mountain Trust Ball: 7 October Cambridge
I am delighted and honoured to be the after-dinner mystery performer for the Mountain Trust Ball at Antsey Hall in […]
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August 16, 2011 | Author: Todd Landman
New University Vodcast
I am really pleased with the University's new vodcast programme and having been able to participate in the new line […]
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May 20, 2011 | Author: Todd Landman
Magic at Mission Lane
We had a great concidence of events on our road recently. My neighbour published her book, my other neighbour won […]
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April 29, 2011 | Author: Todd Landman
What an interesting week...
April has been a funny month with long school holidays, many bank holidays and a Royal Wedding to boot! This […]
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February 16, 2011 | Author: Todd Landman
Principles of Mentalism
A few years back, I was in hospital and had the good fortune to read Scott Grossberg's wonderful book Bauta, […]
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January 15, 2011 | Author: Todd Landman
Enchantment for Comic Relief 2011
I am delighted to be performing my show An Evening of Enchantment for Comic Relief 2011 at the New Cut Theatre […]
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December 30, 2010 | Author: Todd Landman
Magical Lessons from 2010
2010 has been the busiest magic year yet with a wider range of experiences than ever before. I took my […]
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October 9, 2010 | Author: Todd Landman
Clifftown Theatre
Last night found me in the new University of Essex Clifftown Theatre for a performance of my show Evening of […]
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August 29, 2010 | Author: Todd Landman
Welcome to my webpages! Here you will find my world of academia and magic. The style, feel, design and branding […]
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