Christian & Katalina

Magic Castle in Hollywood California

We were at the Magic Castle in Hollywood California in November. We performed in the Palace of Mystery with some other wonderful performers. Oscar Munoz is a friend and we were thrilled to be working with him. He was our MC for the week and we had a lot of fun with him. David Charvet performed stage […]

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Parents Deserve Mind-Tripping Dates

The nagging question remained,” writes Teri Celtina in CNN’s Living Personal, “How could we nurture our marriage — the relationship that created these beautiful children to begin with — and still manage to be good parents? It often felt like an impossible balancing act. My husband, Greg, and I sure felt a big shift,” she […]

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Reality Tricks Our Brains

Have you ever seen faces in the clouds or the outlines of animals on rocks? Of course. This is perfectly normal, says Rolf Dobelli in The Art of Thinking Clearly. The human brain, he explains, seeks patterns and rules, and, if it finds no patterns, it invents some. At the Mind Tripping team, we’re very […]

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Mind-Tripping in the International Arena

Even as you’re reading this Mind Tripping blog post, our very own Midwest master entertainers Christian and Katalina are in Rimini, Italy, competing in the World Championships of Magic. Every three years, I learned, the Federation International des Societes Magiques ( or FISM) organizes this “Olympic”- level event. More than 3,000 magicians from across the […]

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The 450th Time is a Charm

We’ve all heard the proverb “Third time’s a charm”, meaning that the third time you try to do something, it will work.  But will it work the 450th time?  It sure did for our mind reading duo Christian and Katalina, who have just performed their four hundred and fiftieth Mind Tripping Show at the downtown Hilton Indianapolis Hotel […]

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Your Mind is the Trip

Our brains have three layers of knowledge, they say: 1.    Known knowns – these are things we know that we know. (I know my name, telephone number, and address, for instance, and I’m fully aware that I have this knowledge.) 2.   Known unknowns – these are things we don’t know, and we are aware that […]

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I’ll Mind-Trip If I Want To

As she was being seated at the Indianapolis Repertory Theater    one evening a few years back, real estate entrepreneur Linda Cohen was sure she recognized the couple sitting next to her. Turned out her fellow theater-goers were none other than Christian and Katalina, the performers Linda had so enjoyed at a Fringe Festival event […]

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You Can’t Trust Your Senses

Cari Nierenberg, a reporter for ABC News Medical Unit, may have coined the perfect definition of an optical illusion:  “When Your Brain Can’t Believe Your Eyes”. Everything that enters the senses, after all, needs to be interpreted through the brain — and these interpretations occasionally go wrong, Nierenberg adds. “Seeing stars” after a hard blow […]

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Young and Old Share the Surprise

One of the most well-known optical illusions of all time is this old lady/young lady picture. Which do you see first – the old one or the young?  They’re both there. Hint: the necklace of the young woman is the mouth of the old one; the nose of the old lady is the chin of […]

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