David Kwong: Two nerdy obsessions meet -- and it's magic
David Kwong - Cruciverbalist
David Kwong creates illusions for films and TV, and makes verbal magic as a crossword puzzle maker for the New York Times. Full bio
Scrabble matches in the cafeteria
their signature puzzles as well.
Raise your hands if you've read "Don Quixote."
a round of applause, make her feel welcome.
drawing of some farm animals.
David Kwong: Cobalt, yes. Cobalt.
and place it on the table,
an emerald rooster, a silver ox,
coincidence, don't you think?
first letters of the clues down,
About the speaker:David Kwong - Cruciverbalist
David Kwong creates illusions for films and TV, and makes verbal magic as a crossword puzzle maker for the New York Times.
Why you should listen
As a magician and crossword puzzle constructor, David Kwong mixes puzzles and prestidigitation. With a background in film (and a Harvard degree in the history of magic), he's the founder of the Misdirectors Guild, an elite group of magicians that specialize in illusion for film, television and theater (they're working right now on Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man). Kwong created the illusions for the 2013 hit film Now You See Me, about a gang of street magicians caught up in a crime caper.
He is a frequent crossword writer for the New York Times, often collaborating with his friend Kevan Choset. His puzzles are marked by clever, outside-the-grid thinking -- and sometimes a dash of magic.
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