Author Archives: Max Wolf

Childrens Magic Trick: The Disappearing Bracelet Knot

Background: The performance is a magic trick, a form of slight of hand that uses a hair scrunchie or similarly elastic bracelet, the informant (RW) learned it on the playground from one of her friends. RW: It’s so cool! MW: What do you like about it? RW: When you do it right everyone gets really… Continue Reading »

The Ghosts of Cheesman Park: Haunting in Colorado

Background: CW Originally heard the story from their father and once from their grandmother, positioning the story as fairly old within the history of Cheesman. CW Then looked it up on google to confirm it. CW Finds the story interesting and “Kind of messed up, to be honest” it matters to them because they lived… Continue Reading »

Get on the plane with your right foot: travel superstition

Context: AW sits with her daughter preparing for the second night of her Passover Seder, the room is bustling with activity as people get food prepared for AW’s many relatives. AW’s Daughter chimes in every so often to ask questions —————————————————————————————————————– Performance: M: You have a very particular travel superstition is that true? AW: Yes,… Continue Reading »

Afikoman: Jewish Holiday Folk Game

Context: AW sits with her daughter preparing for the second night of her Passover Seder, the room is bustling with activity as people get food prepared for AW’s many relatives. AW’s Daughter chimes in every so often to ask questions ——————————————————————————————————————— Performance: MW: So what do you know about the Afikoman? AW: The Matzah, the… Continue Reading »

Peruvian New Years Tradition: 8 Grapes on Years

AS is a USC game design major who’s family hails from Peru, she enjoys spreadsheets, Dungeons and Dragons, and spreadsheets about Dungeons and Dragons. ——————————————————————————————————————— Interviewer(MW): So you mentioned earlier that in Peru some holidays are celebrated differently? AS: okay so I guess I’ll start off with New Year’s so there’s like two weird holidays… Continue Reading »