“The Tapestry: Past and Possibility in the History of Magic” presented by Anders


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  • The Tapestry: Past and Possibility in the History of Magic



  • This paper presents The Tapestry, a mapping of the history of magic.  It describes a system that lets users create lifelines and map them using GoogleEarth. Each lifeline, or thread, is laid over the globe, showing the trace of the person’s historical travels, locations, and activities.  By successively laying these threads over one another, users can see points of intersection, suggesting historic interactions and influence. It is hoped that such graphic presentation and users’ pattern recognition will lead to discovery of previously unsuspected influences in magic’s historical development.