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by federico luduena
January 31st, 2017, 12:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Open Prediction Question
Replies: 8
Views: 1313

Re: Open Prediction Question

Although it does not use rough and smooth, a related and very strong effect is "Los Angeles Open", by Gordon Bean. It appeared in his marketed "Joker Joker".
by federico luduena
March 25th, 2016, 11:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A novel ring trick from 1893
Replies: 7
Views: 2614

Re: A novel ring trick from 1893

Thanks for sharing this. There is a brief explanation in Martin Gardner's Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic, on page 493 of the original edition. Good suggestion in BOP about practicing with pegs (or bulldog clips these days).
by federico luduena
September 25th, 2013, 2:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Luis Piedrahita Issue?
Replies: 5
Views: 2607

Re: Luis Piedrahita Issue?

He has also written and directed "Fermat's Room", a good mathematical thriller, in the vein of "The Oxford Crimes" (the novel on which this movie was based was recommended by Jon Racherbaumer some years ago through Genii). "Fermat's Room" is well conceived and executed,...
by federico luduena
April 24th, 2013, 1:59 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Lightning calculators
Replies: 15
Views: 1878

Re: Lightning calculators

An excellent resource is Mental Prodigies (Greenwood Press, New York, 1952), by English magician Fred Barlow. It contains biographies of many of the classic lightning calculators (including the only woman among them). In the book there is also a section on magic. You will find several gems there. My...
by federico luduena
June 25th, 2012, 10:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gaffs, gimmicks, fekes and...?
Replies: 17
Views: 3526

Re: Gaffs, gimmicks, fekes and...?

Henry Hay includes definitions for 'gimmick' and 'fake' in his "The Amateur Magician's Handbook". I transcribe three lines from page 258: "On the authority of John Mulholland, a 'gimmick' is a secret device never seen by the audience; a 'fake' is a device seen by the audience, but not...

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