Magic Is An Effective Growth Agent for the Curious-Deficient

by | Jan 27, 2009

Beer and Blog put together “End Joblessness: A mini job fair” on Saturday in Beaverton. The event took place at the offices of Oregon Technology Business Center, which is a non-profit incubator for tech startups.

I walked in, grabbed a Deschutes Mirror Pond and began to mingle. I spoke with Web designers, a researcher for a tech recruiter (whose boss wants him “to Twitter and blog”). I also met Steve Morris, the Executive Director of OTBC and the co-host of the event, along with Beer and Blog’s Justin Kirstner.

What I didn’t expect was Magic Seth. He approached me directly and asked if we’d met before. I said no. He said next time we will have. He then drew me and two iPhone App developers into a magic trick. He asked me to pull a card from a deck. I did. It was the 8 of Hearts. He asked one of the developers to pull up a card site up on his iPhone. He did. He then chose the 10 of Diamonds from that digital deck. Magic Seth said we could look at each others choices. I won’t tell the rest, ’cause it’s magic, but suffice it to say all three of us were alerted to the quirky but powerful intelligence in our midst.

So, it’s now a few days later and I have Magic Seth’s business card here on the side table. Naturally, I Google the man. It appears that Magic Seth has a degree from Hampshire College and another one from MIT. He wrote an academic paper titled, “Interactive Visualizations for Text Exploration: Using SVG to navigate large collections of unstructured documents”. In other words, chaos isn’t frightening to Magic Seth.

Here’s some video, if you feel like investing deeper in the Magic Seth story:

Turns out, Magic Seth leads half day to three day intensive seminars in “doing the impossible.” It’s possible that he’s licensing proprietary technology to multinationals on the side. Anyway, I didn’t find work on Saturday, but I did encounter some mid-afternoon brain food.