The art of magic has enjoyed increasing visibility and a resurgence of interest, as demonstrated by the rising popularity of magicians, such as David Blaine, Hans Klok, Franz Harary, David Copperfield, and the production of two major motion pictures within a single year â€“ The Prestige and The Illusionist. With his number one-rated cable television show and his recent ten-year contract for a major Vegas show with Cirque de Soleil at the Luxor, Criss Angel personifies the modern-day magician who is at the forefront of the magic renaissance. This paper attempts to examine the rhetorical potency of magic by analyzing the first season of Criss Angelâ€™s award-winning television show, Mindfreak. By using Kenneth Burkeâ€™s concepts of symbolic action and identification, this paper explores the symbolic, albeit persuasive, dimension to magic as exemplified by Criss Angel.
MindÂ ReadingsÂ An Anthology for WritersÂ by Gary Colombo is a new composition text for first-year college students.Â Mind ReadingsÂ explores cognition, the thinking process, composition and the writing process through various readings and writing activities. Gary Colombo has written two other composition textbooks:Â Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and WritingÂ andÂ Framework: Culture, Storytelling, and College Writing.Â Mind ReadingsÂ was formed out […]