Category Archives: Magic

TOUCH OF EVIL Opening Scene

According to Wikipedia many critics considered Orson Welles’ three-minute, twenty-second tracking shot in TOUCH OF EVIL as one of the greatest shots in cinematic history, especially considering that it’s the opening scene. Here’s the synopsis. On the U.S.-Mexico border, a man plants a time bomb in a car. A man and woman enter the vehicle […]

Elephant Magic Trick for Thai Love

Elephants have long memories. Mostly because they have long lives. I have met 100 year-old elephants in Thailand. Not in Africa since poachers killed the pachyderms for their tusks. You would have thought somewhere along the line these ivory hunters would have invested in an elephant dentist, although I doubt elephants are very tractable for […]

Old Black Magic of Siam

O Four years my friend, Pi-Noi, brought his work crew down from Ban Nok to install an air-conditioning system in a Pattaya bar. The 400-kilometer drive gave them a healthy thirst and Pi-noy was happy to be away from his harridan of a wife. The shrew never had a good word for him and like […]

Old Black Magic of Siam

Four years my friend, Pi-Noi brought his work crew down from Ban Nok to install an air-conditioning system in a Pattaya bar. The 400-kilometer drive gave them a healthy thirst and that night under my mango tree we drank a case of Chang Beer. Nearing midnight the bottles were empty, but the out-of-towners wanted more […]

If Only I Could

If only I could go back in time, it wouldn’t be to see Rome at its might or right all my wrongs. My destination would be wherever Charlotte Rampling was in this photo. Heaven or hell wouldn’t matter to me. She was an angel.