Little Bunny Reference

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Postby oliver m » 05/29/08 12:27 PM

Hi all,

I'm hoping someone can help me track down an elusive reference.

I don't know the name of the trick I'm looking for which is hindering me!

It's the one where a spectator turns cards face up and face down and then you reveal that you have correctly predicted:

a) the number of face up cards
b) of those, the number of black cards
c) of those, the number of (say) clubs
d) the name of the only card which isn't a club.

I think it was used in Little Bunny's Card Trick but I believe it was published before that.

If anyone could tell me any info (ideally I'd like to reference the book title, author, publisher, year and page number) I'd be hugely grateful.

Thanks in advance,

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Postby Jeff Haas » 05/29/08 12:49 PM

It's "Shuffle-bored" by Simon Aronson. Published in several places, most recent version is in MAGIC, Aug. 2003.
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Postby John Signa » 05/29/08 03:37 PM

Aronson published "Shuffle-bored" as a book in 1980, which he has since republished , combined with two other books, as Bound To Please.
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Postby Jeff Haas » 05/30/08 01:39 AM

Incidentally, it makes a great standup trick!
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Postby oliver m » 06/02/08 07:03 AM

Fabulous. Thank you. You guys are both swift and sage!
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Postby Ray Banks » 06/03/08 01:43 PM

This is also similar to John Bannon's "Wait Until Dark" on his "Impossibilia" DVD
Pick a card....Any card....NO not THAT card..THIS one!

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Postby Jim Maloney » 06/03/08 02:15 PM

Some other effects in this genre:

Manto, Roberto Giobbi, "Card College Light"
Wait Until Dark, John Bannon, "Dear Mr. Fantasy" (it doesn't appear to be listed in the contents for the Impossibilia DVD)
Rain Man, Lennart Green, "Green Lite" (DVD)
Control in Chaos, Ramon Rioboo/Juan Tamariz, "Mnemonica"
Jeopardy, Paul Green, "In the Trenches" (DVD)

And, of course, "Shuffleboard", as referenced by the earlier posters.

They all owe a debt to Bob Hummer's "Face-up Prediction", which appeared in his book, "Half a Dozen Hummers" in 1940, and which introduced the self-cancellation principle.

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Postby Tom Dobrowolski » 06/03/08 04:44 PM

Jim Maloney wrote:Wait Until Dark, John Bannon, "Dear Mr. Fantasy" (it doesn't appear to be listed in the contents for the Impossibilia DVD)

-Jim


It's listed under the "Special DVD Features" on the "Impossibilia" DVD.
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Postby Jim Maloney » 06/03/08 05:02 PM

Thanks, Tom. I don't own the DVD, so I was only going by the contents as I found them listed online. Looks like I should have read a bit further -- I see it now on Meir Yedid's site.

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Postby LobbyDog » 08/15/08 11:56 AM

I think someone ought to mention that the version in the original post is Bill Goldman's Little Bunny Book, though. Bill routine puts the trick in a whole new place.
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Postby Jeff Pierce Magic » 08/27/08 01:11 PM

Also my Telepa- Three uses this principle with ESP Cards.

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