Category Archives: Magic

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 […]

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 long takes 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 […]

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 […]

Never Can Say Good-Bye

Sam Royalle and I miss Don Muang Airport. The International Terminal was the scene of so many hellos and good-byes. The new Bangkok Airport doesn’t offer a third of the venues for tearful departures and joyous arrivals. Myth has it that many girls timed one boyfriend’s farewell to coincide with another’s hello. Don Muang was […]