This month's Wired magazine dedicates its entire issue to "Mystery," and is guest-edited by a master of Surprise, the ridiculously over-talented creator/producer/director J.J. Abrams.
As all FOPs know, Mystery is part of the Surprise family; a first cousin, I believe, if my family tree diagram is correct. One sets the stage, while the other delivers what usually hits one, well, right between the eyes.
That said, not only has the theme brought a swift current of buzz to a moribund medium (a magazine printed on paper!), oft-dismissed of having one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel, but obviously vindicates a lot of the ramblings that have filled this space for 701 posts now.
Here are two quotes from the issue that I happen to adore. The first is from an article about the psychology of magic, featuring a very intellectually-verbose Teller, the usual silent partner of the Penn & Teller team:
"The magic show is a competition," he says. The audience is trying to figure you out. They aren't suspending their disbelief, they're trying to expose you as a scam artist."
And this from the piece penned by Jacobs himself, talking about the ultra-secretive film trailer to the Surprise hit Cloverfield:
"That was the point: The intended effect was to make a teaser trailer that actually teased. It worked like gangbusters, all because we hadn't prepublicized the film on entertainment shows and in magazines.
"It was a small experiment that proved what most everyone knows: Having all the information isn't always better."