Magic and Miracles: 100 Years of Moving Images Science & Technology Magic and Miracles: 100 Years of Moving Image Science and Technology is packed with an entertaining account and perspec- tive on technical developments over the last 100 years in the motion picture, television, and digital media industries. It is an excellent resource not just for those who are associ- ated with SMPTE but to students, educators, and enthusiasts alike. The best part about Magic and Miracles is that you don’t have to be “in the biz” to understand what has been written, as each section is filled with pictures and quotes from industry professionals providing first- hand accounts and deeper insight into what is, in some history books, just a listing of fac- tual information. Essays contributed by SMPTE members, allow the reader to easily follow the evolu- tion of the motion picture and television industries. Opening with earliest develop- ments in motion picture film, the book pro- gresses through the rise of modern-day cin- ema, television, production technology and 116 • Broadcast Beat Magazine • www.broadcastbeat.com techniques. If you are like me, you will find yourself engrossed in this book as it guides you through the industry, introducing you to innovators and innovations alike; a collec- tion of significant events within the motion picture and media industry for more than a century accented by the people who made it happen and correlated with world affairs. From Edison to Kodak, Bell to Gaumont, black and white to color, the magic of the motion picture industry through technical innovations has thrived. Divided into seven sections, this book pres- ents the technical history of the moving picture, television, and digital media and the substantial SMPTE membership. Each section is broken down into sub-sections, allowing the timeline to flow sharing how SMPTE has helped in the advancement of the industry; making it come to life as something more than significant events on a timeline. Although some who read this book may not be in the business, the stories within its cover make what may be considered by many to be a dull subject, even more interesting.