Monthly Archives: October 2014

Tonight! Frenchy and the Punk with Pop Haydn!


Lindsey Stirling’s new Western Steampunk music video “Roundtable Rival”!

Frenchy and the Punk with Pop Haydn at C.I.A. Wednesday!


Did IBM kill Steampunk’s 15 minutes of fame?


Photo and article by John Collins

According to Google Statistics, Steampunk made a steady rise in popularity from 2007 to the end of 2012. On January 14, 2013, IBM announced that, “‘steampunk,’ a sub-genre inspired by the clothing, technology and social mores of Victorian society, will be a major trend to bubble up, and take hold, of the retail industry. Major fashion labels, accessories providers and jewelry makers are expected to integrate a steampunk aesthetic into their designs in the coming year.”

Many of the Steampunk fans who took note of IBM’s statements were excited that it was poised to permeate the art and fashion of our modern society. However that does not seem to be the case.

For those who like statistics and watch charts, if you look at the Google chart showing interest in the topic based on the Google Statistics, it appears that interest in Steampunk peaked out in October of 2012 and only reached that same peak once in October of 2013. Looking at the chart today, October 9, 2014, it is at 91% of its peak. It looks as though it may not reach the peak that it hit the two previous Octobers.

When watching the charts for buying and selling stocks it is advisable to buy when it is low and sell when it is high and one might think that IBM picked up on the peak of Steampunk and “bought into” it then when it was at its peak and it was just a poor understanding of the charts.

Alternatively, in this case the observer may well have effected the results based on their prediction. They may well have been correct in predicting that the fashion world was about to embrace the Steampunk art and fashion but when they announced it as fact, they may have adversely impacted the trend.

How could IBM impact a social, art, and fashion trend? To be quite blunt, IBM is known for its innovations in technology, not fashion. Fashionistas create the trends and for them to be “predicted” would not set well with them…


Only Seven Seats Left for School for Scoundrels!



Register Here:

Saturday and Sunday November 22-23 at the Magic Castle

Taught in the Magic University classroom, from 11:00 am — 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm each day. This is the entire eight-hour course we have taught at the Magic Castle for eighteen years.

Normally we teach a two hour class each week for four weeks. This year, we are doing the whole course in one weekend so that more people from out of the area might attend.

Three-Card Monte, The Shell Game and Fast and Loose–their history, psychology, moves, ruses and application to magic.

Perfect for the historian, steampunker, gambler, lawyer or police officer as well as the magician, this course gives you the inside information.

Find out how the games actually work on the street, and learn about their fascinating history.

At the Magic Castle! Registration, $250.

Taught by Bob Sheets, Chef Anton and Pop Haydn!

Eight hours of instruction and hands on workshop. No prior knowledge or experience necessary. You don’t have to be a member of the Magic Castle. Special rates on rooms at the Magic Hotel available. Brunch each day available at special price.

Only twenty seats available!

Only seven left!

%d bloggers like this: