Because of the popularity of Criss Angel and David Blaine--so-called street magicians who thrive on doing their illusions in front of passersby in public, presumably unrigged spots--my son and his friends, as well as my students (I teach middle school), have become simply enthralled with "magic." They just can't get enough. They're learning and practicing card and coin tricks and aspiring to even grander illusions. It's a far cry from the old "pull a rabbit out of a hat" stage stuff of old, but there seems to be a neverending appeal to whatever elicits a headshaking "Wow! How did he do that?!?"