WBEZ | magic http://www.wbez.org/tags/magic Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Jews and Magic in Medici Florence: The Secret World of Benedetto Blanis http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/jews-and-magic-medici-florence-secret-world-benedetto-blanis-107165 <p><p>In the 17th century, Jews in Florence&rsquo;s tiny ghetto struggled to earn a living by any means possible, including loan-sharking, rag-picking, and second-hand dealing. They were often viewed as an uncanny people with rare supernatural powers. Historian <strong>Edward Goldberg</strong> shares how businessman and aspiring scholar Benedetto Blanis used this mystical misperception to his advantage, seeking a grand position at the Medici Court and winning the admiration of Don Giovanni de&rsquo; Medici.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/SI-webstory_3.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Spertus.&nbsp;</p><p>A copy of Mr. Goldberg&#39;s presentation can be downloaded as a PDF below.&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/jews-and-magic-medici-florence-secret-world-benedetto-blanis-107165 The Weekly Guide: Magician Clare T. Ashley pays tribute to Harry Potter http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-15/weekly-guide-magician-clare-t-ashley-pays-tribute-harry-potter-89196 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-15/090.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>There are plenty of cultural events happening this weekend - high and low. But some of Chicago's muggles are more in the mood for one last evening with the Harry, Hermoine and Ron. Yes, Harry Potter and the gang are back in the eigth and final film of the series--but that doesn’t mean the magic is goine. For some, magic is not just something that happens in books or movies but part of their nine-to-five life.<a href="http://www.balloonogram.com/page4.html" target="_blank"> Clare T. Ashley</a> is a magician in Chicago and she joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>&nbsp; to share some tricks and her ideas for the weekend as the latest <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/weeklyguide" target="_blank">Weekly Guide</a></em>.</p></p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-15/weekly-guide-magician-clare-t-ashley-pays-tribute-harry-potter-89196