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by Bob Farmer
April 14th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 47
Views: 6589

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

This should do it: “We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser,...
by Bob Farmer
April 13th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WANTED. MARLOS MAGAZINE VOL. 4
Replies: 11
Views: 2012

Re: WANTED. MARLOS MAGAZINE VOL. 4

How many Marlo Magazines were there?
by Bob Farmer
April 13th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 47
Views: 6589

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

To stay on topic: Rush has played Las Vegas. It went well.
by Bob Farmer
April 12th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 47
Views: 6589

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

Having worked with Rush since 1982, I can only say they make up for all that other less-than stellar Canadian music in spades (and diamonds, clubs and hearts).
by Bob Farmer
April 12th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 47
Views: 6589

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

Of course!
by Bob Farmer
April 12th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 47
Views: 6589

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

On behalf of all Canadians, I would like apologize for Celine Dion, and while I'm at it, Nickelback. The former is a decibel-shattering screamer and the latter, dumber than a bag of hammers.
by Bob Farmer
April 10th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WANTED. MARLOS MAGAZINE VOL. 4
Replies: 11
Views: 2012

Re: WANTED. MARLOS MAGAZINE VOL. 4

I've got 1, 3, 4 and 5, but would prefer to sell as a set.
by Bob Farmer
April 1st, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Removing glue from a card case
Replies: 9
Views: 706

Re: Removing glue from a card case

Tom: That should work.

Why not, for personal use only, do a color photocopy of a flat case on thick glossy photo paper and then cut it out.
by Bob Farmer
March 31st, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Removing glue from a card case
Replies: 9
Views: 706

Re: Removing glue from a card case

That's easy: rubber cement thinner available at any artist supply store.
by Bob Farmer
March 29th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Great magic shops - Past and present
Replies: 45
Views: 13093

Re: Great magic shops - Past and present

Leo: Yes, this was during the Pat Page Davenports era. The first time I walked in, he showed me Roy Walton's, "Cascade," and I bought one immediately. Having been out of magic for many years, I had no knowledge of the Elmsley Count and Roy Walton but quickly decided I needed to catch up fa...
by Bob Farmer
March 28th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Great magic shops - Past and present
Replies: 45
Views: 13093

Re: Great magic shops - Past and present

When I was living in London, England in the mid-1970s, every day I had to walk from where I was living to school and my route took me right by the British Museum and Davenports. On many, many days, I never made it to school, being either in the Museum or the magic shop.
by Bob Farmer
March 24th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Cheat-The Sequel
Replies: 2
Views: 814

Re: Cheat-The Sequel

There are now 9 Bammo Magic manuscripts available at: https://www.lybrary.com/bob-farmer-m-579510.html Check the link for full descriptions. There is everything from astounding gambling routines to mind-altering packet tricks to a coin box monte and new sleights. Cheat! The Prelude Cheat! Cheat! The...
by Bob Farmer
March 21st, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is going on here?
Replies: 18
Views: 1758

Re: What is going on here?

Al: no doubt a comment posted by a boob who has never had a creative second in an entire life so far.
by Bob Farmer
March 16th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 87
Views: 9073

Re: The Magic Rainbow

There is a difference between value and cost. If one wants a cheaper price on a book of the same size, one should buy a book by a magician no one has ever heard of, or cares about, with common ideas that are well known.
by Bob Farmer
March 15th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: HEADHUNTER BY BOB FARMER
Replies: 1
Views: 402

Re: HEADHUNTER BY BOB FARMER

Some unsolicited reviews from real purchasers, not family members: "... the cards look great! -- awesome instructions with it. (got mine yesterday [smile]) and the "free trick" Bob mentioned above is pretty darn cool as well!" --D.C. "Mine arrived today--the cards are beauti...
by Bob Farmer
March 10th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Packet trick creator info requested
Replies: 37
Views: 2851

Re: Packet trick creator info requested

As impressive as Sam's “Back Flip” was, there were some things that always bothered me about it: • The Back Flip Count: It was an awkward version of the Elmsley Count with injogged, out jogged and pulled-out cards. It looked weird and broke the flow of the handling. • Starting with a “mystery” face-...
by Bob Farmer
March 10th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Thompson Passes
Replies: 20
Views: 3481

Re: Johnny Thompson Passes

Very sad. A wonderful person and a good man.
by Bob Farmer
March 6th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: HEADHUNTER BY BOB FARMER
Replies: 1
Views: 402

HEADHUNTER BY BOB FARMER

A new edition of HEADHUNTER is now available. The new HEADHUNTER comes with newly-designed cards that are striking, memorable and printed by USPC (and you get two sets). If you can Elmsley Count the trick is easy and over 70 photos make learning it almost automatic. Email bammomagic@cogeco.ca for in...
by Bob Farmer
March 6th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A TRUE FOOLER -CIB, by Dominique Duvivier
Replies: 34
Views: 5611

Re: A TRUE FOOLER -CIB, by Dominique Duvivier

I've come up with a slightly more impossible effect using the props. A second deck with a contrasting blue back is shuffled and spread face down on the table. Three unknown cards are removed from the spread (no force, spectators choose the cards). The deck is squared and turned face up. The three un...
by Bob Farmer
March 5th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob Farmer Gets BAOTY Award
Replies: 15
Views: 1574

Re: Bob Farmer Gets BAOTY Award

Leonard: The truth is much more mundane. Besides having a trick brain which continually suggests tricks without any conscious intervention by me, I live in a small town. My audience consists of my lunch pals, two criminal lawyers, a software designer and a sound engineer. Once I show them a trick, i...
by Bob Farmer
March 4th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob Farmer Gets BAOTY Award
Replies: 15
Views: 1574

Re: Bob Farmer Gets BAOTY Award

Leonard: Close except it was at a crossroads at midnight and no fiddle-related myths were involved.
by Bob Farmer
March 3rd, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob Farmer Gets BAOTY Award
Replies: 15
Views: 1574

Re: Bob Farmer Gets BAOTY Award

Leonard: The ad copy in the original "Headhunter" ad was identical to the present ad except for a few words that modern sensibilities might find offence with. Not everyone finds some kinds of magic as amusing and silly as I do, so out of respect for that group (or maybe just to sell a few ...
by Bob Farmer
March 3rd, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob Farmer Gets BAOTY Award
Replies: 15
Views: 1574

Re: Bob Farmer Gets BAOTY Award

Thank you all! Yes, the "Tsunami" and "Deja Voodoo" ads came out long before Seinfeld. They are now included in my books, The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox and the Bammo Gaffus Maximus, respectively. The punchline in the original "Headhunter" ad was too political and sarcas...
by Bob Farmer
March 2nd, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3142

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

I'd use my unpublished effect, "Credit Card To Wallet." The spectator's credit card is covered with a black pocket square and he holds it through the cloth. With one hand, I remove my (ungaffed) wallet and hold it up in plain view. With my other hand I pull the pocket square from his grip ...
by Bob Farmer
March 2nd, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Packet trick creator info requested
Replies: 37
Views: 2851

Re: Packet trick creator info requested

I first learned this idea in Fred Kaps lecture notes way back in the mid 1970s. Are there earlier references?

Sam Schwartz's "Back Flip" is featured in my booklet, "Bammo 666" but I've updated it and changed it considerably. See:

https://www.lybrary.com/bammo-666-p-922864.html
by Bob Farmer
February 28th, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 40
Views: 3444

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

Magicians are famous for wanting to keep secrets. I suspect the author of that article is actually a magician throwing up cover for those secrets by denigrating them as unworthy of study, a sort of Machiavellian move.
by Bob Farmer
February 27th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Next Gen Coloring Book?
Replies: 13
Views: 1099

Re: Next Gen Coloring Book?

My flip book was in the Linking Ring in a Canadian Parade sometime in the 1960s. It used a copy of FATE magazine.
by Bob Farmer
February 26th, 2019, 7:00 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Next Gen Coloring Book?
Replies: 13
Views: 1099

Re: Next Gen Coloring Book?

I published a 4-way out flip book for mentalism in the 1960s. Reference not to hand.
by Bob Farmer
February 20th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 33
Views: 2720

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

In the comments above about treating decks well, there is a suggestion that fanning powder might be used. I disagree: fanning powder--zinc stearate--attracts dirt like a dirt magnet and gums up the cards. Instead use powdered Teflon available from piano repair suppliers: https://www.howardpianoindus...
by Bob Farmer
February 18th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Home made okito box and Boston box!
Replies: 19
Views: 2364

Re: Home made okito box and Boston box!

What is Craig's website?
by Bob Farmer
February 16th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box
Replies: 16
Views: 1527

Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

A friend of mine had one. It was sold to someone in Ottawa, possibly Roy Cottee. John Pert might know:

https://magicbyjohnpert.ca/
by Bob Farmer
February 14th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Replies: 27
Views: 5211

Re: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

Hey guys--thank you for the effort. None of those references score. If you read my description again it refers to a hole in one end of the deck with a circle of thread going through it.
by Bob Farmer
February 14th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Replies: 27
Views: 5211

Re: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

Thank you, Pete. I'm going to make up a deck and play around with it.
by Bob Farmer
February 13th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Replies: 27
Views: 5211

Re: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

It may have been in the Magigram, but I don't have access to a file of that magazine. Apparently, Billy McComb wrote a column in there.
by Bob Farmer
February 12th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Replies: 27
Views: 5211

Re: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

I'm trying to locate the write-up that I read for Billy McComb's rising cards. It could have been The Gen, Abra, Repro or some other British magazine, but I can't find it, though I can clearly remember the illustration. Billy's method is damn clever. First, a very small hole is drilled right through...
by Bob Farmer
February 10th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Replies: 27
Views: 5211

Re: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

I don't have the book, but if it contains the Billy McComb method that I'm familiar with (any card rises, no external hookups, instant reset, no angles), then that's the price of the book.
by Bob Farmer
February 8th, 2019, 9:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Home made okito box and Boston box!
Replies: 19
Views: 2364

Re: Home made okito box and Boston box!

I once used the line that this box was used by safecrackers to practice opening safes. Then I would turn the cover back and forth a few times to "open" the box.
by Bob Farmer
February 8th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon's Cutting the Aces: Set up from a face up fan
Replies: 12
Views: 1478

Re: Vernon's Cutting the Aces: Set up from a face up fan

The reference for the Irv Weiner corner-shorted deck is p. 299 Hugard's Magic Monthly, June 1955. However, there are earlier references for this deck and these are canvassed in the Super-Strip discussion in The Miracle Makers by J.G. Thompson Jr., 1975, pp. 78-79. He traces the idea all the way back...
by Bob Farmer
February 8th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Cheat-The Sequel
Replies: 2
Views: 814

Re: Cheat-The Sequel

Unsolicited review:

"This one is really, really good."
--Mike K.

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