The Magic Story Table by JD Beltran + Scott Minneman has been traveling all over the world, creating portraits of cities through the stories told by their inhabitants. It debuted its Cleveland version at the IngenuityFest New Media Festival in July 2009 in downtown Cleveland. Visitors were able to 'fly' over Cleveland by tilting the table and then, upon coming upon a location with an icon indicating a story, urban legend, or secret find, they could 'zoom' into that locale by turning the table clockwise like a giant dial, whereupon the story would appear, told in the voice of the storyteller.
Beltran and Minneman have been commissioned to travel to these cities, spend time collecting stories from the inhabitants, and then create these story portraits to be experienced on the Magic Story Table. Thus far, the Magic Story Table has traveled to San Francisco, California, Cleveland, Ohio, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Bishkek, Krygyzstan. Future venues in the works include Sydney, Australia, Toronto, Canada, and New York, New York.