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Brewer's: Magic Rings

This superstition arose from the belief that magicians had the power of imprisoning demons in rings. The power was supposed to prevail in Asia, and subsequently in Salamanca, Toledo, and It…

The Chinese Zodiac

The twelve animal signs of the Chinese calendar by Elizabeth Olson Related Links Chinese New Year Quiz New! Chinese New YearChina | Map The Chinese CalendarChinese New Y…

The Chinese Calendar

The Chinese lunisolar calendar is divided into 12 months of 29 or 30 days. The calendar is adjusted to the length of the solar year by the addition of extra mont…

Chinese Box

DirectorWayne WangWritersWayne Wang, Jean-Claude Carrière, Larry Gross and Paul TherouxDirector of Photography:Vilko FilacEditor:Christopher TellefsenMusic:Graeme RevellProduction Designe…

Magic Johnson

Name at birth: Earvin Johnson, Jr.Earvin "Magic" Johnson led the Los Angeles Lakers to five national championships in the 1980s, then abruptly retired from basketball in 1991 after announcing that he …

Rough Magic

Director: Clare PeploeWriters: Robert Mundy, William Brookfield and Clare PeploeDirector of Photography:John J. CampbellEditor:Suzanne FennMusic:Richard HartleyProduction Designer:Waldemar Kal…

Practical Magic

Director:Griffin DunneWriters:Robin Swicord, Akiva Goldsman and Adam BrooksWarner Bros.; PG-13; 105 minutesRelease:10/98Cast:Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Dianne Wiest, Stockard Channing, Aid…

Motown Magic

Detroit coach Scotty Bowman hoists the Stanley Cup after his Red Wings completed a four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1997 Cup Finals.Wide World Photos The drought is finally ov…

Orlando Magic

Orlando “Tubby” Smith, the first black head coach ever of Kentucky basketball, did what no other Kentucky head coach could. Not Adolph Rupp, not Smith's predecessor Rick Pitino, o…

Chinese New Year Dates

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festiv…