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by Bob Farmer
April 30th, 2017, 8:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Probability Question
Replies: 11
Views: 270

Re: Probability Question

Wow. That's great. I have a card trick that has once chance in one trillion, 307 billion, 674 million, 368 thousand of being successful--however, the magician triumphs and is successful. It will be in a manuscript I'm working on entitled, "Tarodiction." This will include an extensive devel...
by Bob Farmer
April 30th, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Probability Question
Replies: 11
Views: 270

Re: Probability Question

Would that be 1,307,674,368,000 in the trillions? My math abilities are sadly deficient.

Is there an online calculator for factorials?
by Bob Farmer
April 30th, 2017, 2:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 17
Views: 660

Re: 3 Riddles

The wrestler is a woman who is pregnant.
by Bob Farmer
April 30th, 2017, 10:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Probability Question
Replies: 11
Views: 270

Re: Probability Question

Hi Jack:

Thank you. Please send me an email to trickmail@cogeco.ca.
by Bob Farmer
April 30th, 2017, 8:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Probability Question
Replies: 11
Views: 270

Probability Question

15 cards can be arranged in 307,674,368,000 ways (factorial 15, 15 X 14 X 13, etc.). What is the probability that if 15 cards consisting of a royal flush in spades, a royal flush in diamonds and the 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 in hearts will, after a random shuffle, end up in this order from top to bottom as the ...
by Bob Farmer
April 24th, 2017, 12:23 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 41
Views: 1335

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

I don't write short stories, other than the ad copy for some of my effects. Maybe when I retire. If you are going to use Tarot cards for magic, it can't be something like a four ace assembly or cards up the nose or something like that. You have to use the evil, occult vibe that the cards transmit. T...
by Bob Farmer
April 23rd, 2017, 11:07 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Rubik's Cube Routine Reference
Replies: 10
Views: 608

Re: Rubik's Cube Routine Reference

Thank you, Joe. This is all in aid of a analogous effect I'm working on using Tarot cards. There are 14 cards in a Tarot card suit (e.g., pentacles), Those cards can be arranged in 87,178,291,200 different ways, so, if for example, a spectator and a magician both mixed duplicate sets of 14 cards and...
by Bob Farmer
April 19th, 2017, 11:13 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 41
Views: 1335

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

I just received the Crowley deck and it is in bridge size, but here's the surprise: the Aquarian deck in the tin box, is also in bridge size and has white borders on the back.
by Bob Farmer
April 15th, 2017, 2:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cash Card Instructions
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Re: Cash Card Instructions

Yes, that's it. With that hint, I looked in my Shigeo Takagi file and found the instructions. Thank you!
by Bob Farmer
April 15th, 2017, 9:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cash Card Instructions
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Cash Card Instructions

Some time ago I decided to put props in one place and instructions in another. Bad idea. I can always find the props but never the instructions. I have what I recall was a Japanese effect, "Cash Card." At least, that's what it says on the five black plastic "envelopes" that came ...
by Bob Farmer
April 15th, 2017, 9:14 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 14
Views: 1136

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

I think this is the essence of having a "magic eye," similar to an ear for music: you see things that appear ordinary to others, but to you they offer a chance to create a magical effect.
by Bob Farmer
April 14th, 2017, 3:10 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 41
Views: 1335

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

This one is great:

http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/th ... t-edition/

https://www.usgamesinc.com/Pocket-Swiss ... arot-Deck/

And it has all those evil connotations that Crowley is associated with. I ordered three.
by Bob Farmer
April 14th, 2017, 8:15 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 41
Views: 1335

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Performer: what does the back design look like? Can you post a picture.
by Bob Farmer
April 13th, 2017, 8:20 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 14
Views: 1136

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

I came up with this by accident: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PGcSsObEqk However, my name is never connected with the effect. Here's what happened: Mel Stover was an eccentric Canadian magician. Back in the mists of time, Howard Lyons and Bob Weill used to have a small magic convention at a hote...
by Bob Farmer
April 13th, 2017, 11:18 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 41
Views: 1335

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Several years ago, when looking for the Esoterico Tarot deck, I located some in an occult shop in Toronto in one of the seedier neighborhoods. So I popped over there and went in to find a dark, smokey cave, populated by what appeared to be Rastafarians, all looking hooded, gloomy and dangerous. Ther...
by Bob Farmer
April 13th, 2017, 8:26 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Rubik's Cube Routine Reference
Replies: 10
Views: 608

Re: Rubik's Cube Routine Reference

Joe thank you--that's the routine!
by Bob Farmer
April 13th, 2017, 8:18 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 41
Views: 1335

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Thank you Performer. Excellent information. I've used the Aquarian Tarot deck. It's a little bigger 3" X 4.75" but the cards are manageable. Also, the back design is card marker's delight since there are dizzying combinations of swirls and angles. https://www.usgamesinc.com/Aquarian-tarot-...
by Bob Farmer
April 12th, 2017, 6:58 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Rubik's Cube Routine Reference
Replies: 10
Views: 608

Re: Rubik's Cube Routine Reference

Denis--typo--I meant to say the two scrambled cubes NOW match.

I've been told this might be an Asi Wind effect or it might be from a (French?) DVD.
by Bob Farmer
April 11th, 2017, 9:51 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Rubik's Cube Routine Reference
Replies: 10
Views: 608

Rubik's Cube Routine Reference

I'm looking for a reference/inventor/info on a Rubik's Cube routine I saw.

Two Cubes are shown: the spectator mixes one, the magician mixes the other.

The magician quickly solves his cube, then scrambles it.

Kicker: the magician's scrambled Cube not matches the spectator's scrambled Cube.
by Bob Farmer
April 10th, 2017, 7:03 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 101 Deck
Replies: 19
Views: 1483

Re: 101 Deck

Curtis, I'll check the Chelman reference out.
by Bob Farmer
April 9th, 2017, 9:01 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reverse Faro To Order Packet
Replies: 13
Views: 653

Re: Reverse Faro To Order Packet

Bill's solutions are just what I needed. Thank you Bill, will email you some interesting variations that don't use a strip-out.
by Bob Farmer
April 9th, 2017, 8:36 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reverse Faro To Order Packet
Replies: 13
Views: 653

Re: Reverse Faro To Order Packet

Bill: This is great--can hardly wait to try it out. See: http://www.timl.id.au/?p=23 Phase 1: Dealing Deal the first card from the deck face up on the table. This is the first pile. Take the next card from the deck. If it is smaller than the card in the first pile, place it on top of the first pile....
by Bob Farmer
April 8th, 2017, 5:25 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reverse Faro To Order Packet
Replies: 13
Views: 653

Re: Reverse Faro To Order Packet

Dave:

That's exactly what I'm looking ofr.

Would you have a version that sorts 12 cards into 1 to 12 order? The cards are astrological signs.

You can email me directly trickmail@cogeco.ca if the Forum isn't up to it.

What is this process called?
by Bob Farmer
April 8th, 2017, 11:40 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reverse Faro To Order Packet
Replies: 13
Views: 653

Reverse Faro To Order Packet

Imagine five cards in order, A, B, C, D The cards are randomly mixed, then using a sorting procedure, the packet goes back into A, B, C, D order. Let's say we assign a binary number to each of the cards: A 00 B 01 C 10 D 11 Is there some sort of binary sorting procedure that could be used to return ...
by Bob Farmer
April 7th, 2017, 7:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: An Old Favorite and the March of Time
Replies: 12
Views: 663

Re: An Old Favorite and the March of Time

Use a Crayon. Or a Sharpie ultra fine point. Or a rolled up dollar bill. Don't use the usual fake coin with the flap. I recall the Camirand Academy had a routine with a quarter with a hole. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zVzgDMX4UY http://www.showbizmagic.net/product/cigarettebill-thru-quarte...
by Bob Farmer
April 7th, 2017, 4:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 36
Views: 3154

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

Ricky Jay and Jay Sankey are being surgically attached to each other and will henceforth be known as Ricky Jay Sankey, the Siamese Card Duo.
by Bob Farmer
April 6th, 2017, 8:24 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 101 Deck
Replies: 19
Views: 1483

Re: 101 Deck

If anyone has a copy of Edward Bagshawe's, "Sealed Mystery," in TWENTY MAGICAL NOVELTIES (1930, p. 26), I'd love to see a scan of that trick. Also, Harry says he wrote extensively about the "1-0-1 Deck" in BEST of BILL-FOOLED, but he doesn't include that discussion in his Himber ...
by Bob Farmer
April 6th, 2017, 8:12 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 101 Deck
Replies: 19
Views: 1483

Re: 101 Deck

I've been rereading Harry's book and it has some wonderful ideas, so if you have a Himber Wallet, or any kind of two-way wallet, it is an invaluable resource.

One of the most interesting Himber Wallet routines is Jean Merlin's, "The Little Traveler," pp. 179-181, Genii, April, 1975.
by Bob Farmer
April 6th, 2017, 5:56 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 101 Deck
Replies: 19
Views: 1483

Re: 101 Deck

Harry sent me note: Thanks for "them nice words," Bob. As mentioned, I hardly remember it all - too long ago. Best - Harry. (PS: Incidentally, The Himber Wallet Book is re-written, updated, etc., along with Mathematical Wizardry, Doug Edwards Packs A Wallop, in LORAYNE: THE CLASSIC COLLECT...
by Bob Farmer
April 5th, 2017, 3:48 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 101 Deck
Replies: 19
Views: 1483

Re: 101 Deck

Denis Behr offers the earliest reference: p. 32 of Frederick Montague's WESTMINSTER WIZARDRY (1928). Force cards with a value of 10 are alternated with random cards to force the number 10. Cards are taken off the deck face down, one by one and dropped on the floor until "Stop" is called. I...
by Bob Farmer
April 5th, 2017, 8:16 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 40
Views: 6824

Re: Excusing bad writing?

Agreed.

Dan Brown, a talentless hack, is a very popular writer (DaVinci Code), so a lot of people must think he's a good writer. I recall I made it to page 20, before I just couldn't take it anymore.
by Bob Farmer
April 5th, 2017, 7:36 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 101 Deck
Replies: 19
Views: 1483

Re: 101 Deck

Curtis:

Do you have a reference page? On a quick look, I couldn't find it.
by Bob Farmer
April 4th, 2017, 9:07 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 40
Views: 6824

Re: Excusing bad writing?

Harry Lorayne is a great writer, whether of magic books or other books, because his personality and enthusiasm explodes out of every sentence. He doesn't need an editor, all he needs is something to type on that has a working exclamation point. Along the same lines: John Northern Hilliard--a real wr...
by Bob Farmer
April 4th, 2017, 4:47 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 101 Deck
Replies: 19
Views: 1483

Re: 101 Deck

It looks like Harry Lorayne should get the credit for the "101 Deck." I will post the results of my research shortly. Stephen Minch has been a big help in sorting this out. Clearly, Al Koran had nothing to do with the invention of the deck. More later.
by Bob Farmer
April 4th, 2017, 12:38 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Deceptology Website-Magic
Replies: 0
Views: 409

Deceptology Website-Magic

This is a great website. Here's the magic link. It has some great video of Cardini and others and also some video on the hilarious Mac Ronay.

http://www.deceptology.com/search/label/Magic
by Bob Farmer
April 4th, 2017, 8:59 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 101 Deck
Replies: 19
Views: 1483

101 Deck

For a new trick I'm working on, I am researching the origins of the "101 Deck," most famously used by Al Koran. This is a deck of four force cards running in sequence (10C JH 4S 6D 10C JH 4S 6D, etc.) but interleaved between each force card is a no-force random card (e.g. n—10C—n—JH—n—4S—n...
by Bob Farmer
March 31st, 2017, 7:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magnetic Matrix
Replies: 15
Views: 2906

Re: Magnetic Matrix

I suspect Dingle learned it from Ross Bertram when Dingle lived in Toronto.
by Bob Farmer
March 23rd, 2017, 7:29 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 4428

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Agreed. The matter is closed.
by Bob Farmer
March 21st, 2017, 8:20 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 4428

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Dave has stepped up and done the right thing and Michael Ammar and I will now allow the continued sale of the little hand. I will be in touch with Dave for the details. And yes, Ian Kendall has been most helpful in all of this as a mediator not taking sides.
by Bob Farmer
March 20th, 2017, 11:14 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 4428

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Hey Bonsall, how about stepping up--here's my receipt: Thank you for your donation 1.Your Details 2.Payment 3.Confirmation Here's a summary of your donation: Amount: £20.00 Gift Aid: £5.00 For: Hounslow Toy Library for Children with Disabilities Donation reference: 2243769 Let others know you've sup...

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