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TEDxSalford - Paul Zenon - Security vs Reason

Paul Zenon is Britain's leading magician -- and funny with it. He has performed in around thirty countries in every conceivable location. He has literally hundreds of television appearances to his name including three top-rating hour-long one-man specials on Channel 4 and one on ITV. Paul has appeared in venues ranging from the Mirage, Luxor, Orleans and Tropicana Casinos, Las Vegas, to an aircraft carrier in the Adriatic, and a London Palladium Royal Variety Show to the back of a truck in a Bosnian war zone. Paul Zenon appears regularly in the media as an authority with regard to all things weird and wonderful, including the history of Variety and magic (with Houdini as a speciality), the paranormal (as a sceptic) and con-men, scams and hustles. Paul is a long-term favourite on the international comedy club and corporate circuits and in recent years has had recent sell-out appearances at festivals in Edinburgh, London, Brighton, Auckland, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, both with his own shows and as a regular in the Olivier Award-winning La Clique. Credits: Camerawork: Nathan Rae & Team - Post production: Elliott Wragg - Audio restoration : Jorge Polvorinos - Head of IT and Design Vlad Victor Jiman -

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September 30, 2011 marked the 76th anniversary of the dedication of Hoover Dam. The dam straddles the border of Arizona and Nevada in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River and was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. Rising 726.4 feet from its foundation, Hoover Dam was constructed in five years, beginning in [...]

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These remarkable photographs came to our attention after we published several postcards from a new book on the atomic age in a recent weekend edition, including one that featured a colorized version the atomic bomb test of shot Charlie that you see here. Mr. Verdooner sent us these images after seeing the vintage postcards published in the WSJ newspaper. We were struck by the beauty of the images, and were delighted when he agreed to be interviewed about his experience shooting them.

Sergeant Marcel Verdooner was 24 years old on April 22, 1952, when he witnessed an atomic bomb detonation reportedly 10 times more powerful than the one that hit Hiroshima. He was a member of the 301st Signal Photographic Company detachment of 21 photographers assigned to Yucca Flats, six of whom are still living today. Mr. Verdooner describes what he saw as shot Charlie was dropped, in his position about ten miles from ground zero: “The first photo here was taken after the initial fireball was burned out and the stem of the mushroom started to develop from the sand on surface of the desert. The colors in the fireball were indescribably beautiful. This image shows the shock wave traveling across the desert. After I took this photo I had to kneel down, turn my back to the shock wave and brace myself. The fireball was followed by the forming and rising of the mushroom cloud in the second photo. The vacuum created by the fireball sucked material inwards, which creates the mushroom shape.” Shot Charlie was the first public and televised atomic bomb test in the US.

At four miles from ground zero was Sergeant Irwin Gooen from the 301st Signal Photographic Company:
“The day the bomb was dropped, I was up at dawn cleaning my camera. A number of us were in two-person trenches about four miles from ground zero. That was the closest, at the time, that human beings were placed. They had sheep tied up at Ground Zero! We were told that the shock wouldn’t reach us for 20 seconds after the blast. The officer with me and I stuck our heads deep down as the time approached. At the moment of the blast, it was as if someone had triggered a large flash bulb in the trench. I counted to four and stood up to take a shot, as did my companion, and the shock wave hit us. I was knocked backward, and he fell into the trench, looking dead to me. I thought I was dead too, but I realized if all this was going through my thoughts and vision I couldn’t be too dead. Then he came out of shock, and I knew we were both OK. I blew the dust off my lens and took my shot. The picture was not of a mushroom cloud (you had to be pretty far away to get that view), but from underneath, mostly of a ring of fire around us. The picture appeared in Life magazine, credited as a US Army Photograph.”

The photographic mission lasted six weeks and required the photographing of all the installations surrounding ground zero before, during and after the detonation. The installations included houses, tanks, guns, airplanes and more. Also included were animals such and sheep and cows. These were scattered throughout the test site, including at ground zero. The photographers documented the installations before and after, but were not allowed to keep any of the photographs. The Army photographers wore radiation badges that were meant to measure the levels of radiation they were exposed to. Mr. Verdooner notes that these badges were lost by the army after the test at Yucca Flats.

Shot Charlie, Yucca Flats, NV, April 22, 1952. Marcel Verdooner/U.S. Army Photograph

Shot Charlie, Yucca Flats, NV, April 22, 1952. Marcel Verdooner/U.S. Army Photograph

This image shows a scan of the back of the print of the previous photograph of Charlie.

Viewers and members of the press at “News Nob”, Yucca Flats, NV, April 22, 1952. Marcel Verdooner/U.S. Army Photograph

Newspaper page reporting on Charlie, the first public and televised atom bomb drop in the US– the article reports that technical problems with the television broadcast made the explosion very hard to see.

Shot Charlie, Yucca Flats, NV, April 22, 1952. Irwin Gooen/U.S. Army Photograph

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