David Berglas Reveals - Nearly Everything (Dutch performers especially please look!)

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Postby Guest » 05/03/07 07:39 PM

I've just been reading the book "The Mind and Magic of David Berglas" (haven't had a chance to read the Genii interview yet, but I definitely will!).
In this book there is mention of one of David's earlier books: "David Berglas Reveals -- Nearly Everything". Apparently it is a Dutch book (I presume that means it is written in Dutch?), published in 1967.
Does anyone have any more info on this book? I'm guessing it's long out of print, but is there any chance of finding a copy? What would be a ball-park figure price-wise?
Any and all info is greatly appreciated.
Cheers,
Jason
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Postby Guest » 05/04/07 11:03 AM

This book also contains details of his legendary Roulette System. Apparently, this one actually works :rolleyes:

I would love to know more - I read somewhere that David demonstrates the principle with a deck of cards. What can that be? Miraskill? And if it is a new principle - can it be applied not just to Roulette but (more importantly) card tricks?

The mind boggles...

Joe
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Postby Guest » 05/04/07 03:06 PM

I would very much love to hear about a system for beating roulette. As has been noted before, every bet placed at a roulette table has a negative expectation. It is not possible to add up any combination of negative expectations and end up with a positive expectation.

There are many many roulette systems that work when simulated with a pack of cards but fail in the real world, because they depend on dealing through the deck, which does not replicate the fact that every spin of a roulette wheel is independent.

Still I would love to hear what the system is.
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Postby Guest » 05/04/07 03:45 PM

As I understand it, the bad part about roulette systems is that the ball doesn't remember where it was on the last round of play.

The only sure-fire method of beating the wheel that I ever heard of was done by some MIT grad students who clocked a number of wheels in Vegas and found some that were slightly out of balance, giving them a slight edge. Over time, they made money.
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Postby Guest » 05/04/07 05:48 PM

I was able to find a copy of the book through a web site called
ANTIQBOOK
I am not sure if they have any more copies listed. I was able to buy a copy from a store in the Netherlands. The book only cost 15 Euros (about $25) including shipping. The book is written in Dutch and since I do not read or write Dutch I am slowly trying to translate it through a free online web site called AltaVista Babel Fish. Hope this helps.
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Postby Guest » 05/04/07 06:19 PM

Bablefish is rather rough in its translations. I would suggest finding a local Dutch club or exchange student in your area and having someone read the book into a tape recorder. If you find a high school or college student, you could probably get the whole thing done for $50. You'd have your translation and they'd be happy with the money.
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Postby Steve Knight » 05/11/07 04:04 AM

Berglas's roulette system is a minor variant of the Labouchere or 'cancellation' system. Like its predecessors it doesn't work.

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Postby Guest » 05/11/07 06:49 AM

The only sure-fire method of beating the wheel that I ever heard of was done by some MIT grad students who clocked a number of wheels in Vegas and found some that were slightly out of balance, giving them a slight edge. Over time, they made money.
No bias is needed. You can clock any wheel, even a perfect one. Once the ball is in the wheel most casinos allow you to still place bets. When you know where the ball enters the wheel, how fast the wheel is spinning and how fast the ball is going then suddenly it is not anymore an even chance for the ball to fall into any one of the slots. Using this information you can derive a sector of slots into which the ball is more likely to fall. The key is then to place quickly the appropriate bets to cover this sector on the wheel. As you might imagine, you need a computer to figure this out in a split second and then you need a quick hand or a team to place the bets.

Best,
Chris....
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