The Prestige

February 28, 2007





The Prestige


The Prestige

The magician’s notebook is very important. In it are drawings, and notes about the trick. (The Illusionist has a detail drawings of the ‘Orange Tree’ trick.) The use of the notebook visually in the film is a device.

Alfred and, I assume, most magicians writes theirs in a secret code. Robert, Alfred’s rival, tries to get the code to steal the trick. Later on Alfred gives Robert the code “TESLA”, which reveals that the notebook is actually a diary Alfred has been keeping about his affairs with the beautiful Oliver, Robert’s former assistant. A very cleaver form of deceit.

My wife and I watched this film. After wards, we talked about the intricacies of deceit.

My research into:


“The novel is structured essentially into two halves. Both are first-person accounts of the lives of the two protagonists, first Alfred Borden, then Robert Angier. There is also an interlude between the two sections, a prologue and an epilogue, which are all set in the modern day and involve a meeting between the only two remaining descendants of the characters.

The novel is epistolary in structure; that is, it purports to be a collection of real diaries that were kept by the protagonists and later collated”.

“Alfred Borden and Robert Angier rise to become world-renowned stage magicians. Early in their careers, they meet and a bitter feud develops as they constantly try to out-do, and even sabotage, the other’s acts. The frame story involves the great-grandchildren of Borden and Angier and their investigations into how their own lives have been affected by their ancestors’ conflict. The events of the past are revealed primarily through each of the magicians’ diaries.”


Toni Haye’s Epica

February 28, 2007

Journal 1

Originally uploaded by gadget8me2.
I absolutely love the Epica journals. I have maybe 50 journals altogether and it’s mostly a result of looking for that perfect one but having it never be quite right. Since I found the Epica journals though, they are all I use. I don’t write in anything else…..ever! My first one was the 6X9 extra thick (its the perfect size and feels like an old bible in your hands) I filled that one up and then I got the 8×10 handcut (it’s cut so the page ends are kind of staggered giving it that old world look). I use the 8×10 to write in notes on a book I’m researching. Then when I filled up the 6×9 book I got another one because I use these as a regular journal. You can really jam a lot of stuff into it without the spine breaking (granted you may need a band to keep it closed but the spine will not break) I advise against stuffing too much into the book though because it can become a monster and it will stretch! It just won’t break. I also have the smaller 6×8 handcut journal that I use strictly as a work journal. I work in a lab and I bought it on my first day of work and I write everything in it from office spats to what I’m doing in the lab that day. I usually write in it when I first get to work in the morning. Then lastly, I have the monster 4 inch thick 8×10 super thick handcut journal they just made. This thing was expensive and to be honest I haven’t really done anything with it yet but I had to have it!

The cost is rather expensive but for the 6×9 extra thick journals it’s about $90 and I would say that it’s worth every bit! It will last forever and you will be the envy of your friends. Buy that one and tell me you don’t love it! I know this is a lot but hey you asked! lol

-Toni Hayes

Check out her blog with ancient writing machines:

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Index card book marks

February 28, 2007

Index card book marks

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Index Card Book Marks. Great idea. good for taking notes as you go when you’re reading a book. For the Perservationist, the index cards allows you to write the page number of pertinant subjects that you would like to index.

Let’s bring back the whole index system. Let’s go retro and re instate the due date cards. That was a really handy tool to remind me when my books were over due.

Papa’s Diary

February 28, 2007

Yesterday, I found this page perusing through notebookism. It was buried deep in the annals of the blog. With Matt’s permission I post it here again. The some of the entries are like poems. I couldn’t stop reading it. There are reference and and place where Matt is trying to slove the mysteries of Dr. Thom, Zionist Club, and others. He has ask for anyone who knows anything about them to write to him.

Featured in NY Times


Since people seem interested in the physical diary my grandfather wrote in, I published a page all about it. I though you might like to know. It’s at:

Hope you like it.


Some related links:

telegraph news about war diary



February 27, 2007

Originally uploaded by ISphoto.

Iacopo Sassarini

took this picture with a phone cam, Sony Ericson K. I’ve looked at this photograph a few time. It has a candid capture atmosphere.

I asked Iacopo how he capture this image:

sure! I was traveling back home from office on my usual train. That guy was sitting in front of me and he was reading his book. I liked his posture and i liked the fact that i probably could be able to take an interesting image out of such a very common scene…so i started playing with my phone and I finally took that picture 🙂

Commonplace Book

February 26, 2007

pocket filofax

I’ve always wonder what is Commonplace book and how to keep one. This book has a lot of history packed into it. George’s small writing makes me want to peer close to the page. There are numbers, codes, and different color systems of text. What does the red line delineate?

update: 3/15/07

I am thinking about an electronic form of a commonplace book. It’ll be a blog with the ability to tag categories. Each entries will have a quotation with the appropriate category tag.

Update: 3/21/07 I’m thinking of using 3×5 or 4×6 cards to capture the quotes because usually, I don’t like to quote more then what can fit in a 4×6. I’ll use the Rollabind or Circa discs to organize the cards.

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    February 26, 2007

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    (above is a picture from Epica)

    Let’s go to Amalfi. I’m tired of the rainy Oregon weather. I like this photograph because it has a sense of adventure, travel, and luxury. When I first came across this, it took me by surprise as the general look of Epica is very traditional.

    Epica has a line of hand-made paper from the Italy region of Amalfi. I remember first time hearing about this region was in a GQ magazine. At the time, it was a great travel destination for the trend setters. It was their new “secret spot”. Little did I know that there is a great ancient tradition of paper making that dates back to the 14th century.

    “The Amalfi coast is famed for its production of Limoncello liqueur and home-made paper used throughout Italy for wedding invitations.”

    Since 1380, the Amalfi mills have produced paper from fine cottons; using the first developed methods from the Medieval Ages. Historically, Amalfi cost is renown as the finest paper mill in Europe. Today, there are only two such paper mills on the coast of Italy. Epica imports the paper and the pages are bound by hand. One of the first city in Italy, perhaps Europe, to make paper. The Museum of Paper is dedicated to the city’s craft.


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