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by Bob Farmer
March 16th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 87
Views: 8677

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: 366

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: 2762

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: 3357

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: 366

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: 5178

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: 1494

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: 1494

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: 1494

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: 1494

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: 3070

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: 2762

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: 3336

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: 1048

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: 1048

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: 2620

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: 2295

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: 1460

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: 5087

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: 5087

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: 5087

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: 5087

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: 5087

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: 2295

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: 1443

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: 1
Views: 422

Re: Cheat-The Sequel

Unsolicited review:

"This one is really, really good."
--Mike K.
by Bob Farmer
February 6th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Nemo Jumbo Rising Cards
Replies: 22
Views: 2395

Re: Nemo Jumbo Rising Cards

Two possibly irrelevant comments: 1. I saw Roy Johnson perform the effect and it was truly magical. At one point, he is standing behind the spectator, the spectator is holding the houlette and the cards rise--the thread being over the spectator's shoulder. 2. I saw Shirley Bassey at the Royal Albert...
by Bob Farmer
February 4th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Cheat-The Sequel
Replies: 1
Views: 422

Cheat-The Sequel

I have a new release on Lybrary.com: https://www.lybrary.com/cheat-the-sequel-p-922914.html This manuscript is the result of years of research and experimentation. It solves one of the major mysteries of card magic--the origins of a ruse widely used--but until this manuscript-- has never been analyz...
by Bob Farmer
January 30th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13663

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I believe in the Vernon routine an appearance of a ball always immediately precedes the load. This makes sense: if a cup is lifted and there is nothing there, the audience has literally nothing to focus on and its attention is defused. If a ball has appeared, then there is a subject for focus combin...
by Bob Farmer
January 28th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Andrew Wimhurst
Replies: 19
Views: 2351

Re: Andrew Wimhurst

He seems to be a very vocal and perhaps obsessed supporter of another magician. Better not to ever mention that other magician except in glowing terms.
by Bob Farmer
January 25th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: Choosing a wallet
Replies: 17
Views: 975

Re: Choosing a wallet

Tony Miller is the man:

http://www.rfaproductions.com/
by Bob Farmer
January 24th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Choosing a wallet
Replies: 17
Views: 975

Re: Choosing a wallet

Pete, the Shogun Wallet you mention is also a Himber or is it just a shogun Wallet (i.e., two-way out)?
by Bob Farmer
January 24th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: "Eight kings threatened..." Card Order
Replies: 14
Views: 6557

Re:

I needed a simple stack that could be learned in a few minutes for a trick I had been working on. My objective was to create a stack that favored fishing. Stacks are usually constructed to know exactly where or what a particular card is. Fishing is a progressive narrowing of the search, so a fishing...
by Bob Farmer
January 21st, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13663

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

For magical appearances, see Marcelo Contento's ball moves, Apocalypse, November, 1995.
by Bob Farmer
January 20th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13663

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I worked out the Vernon routine using a Chop Cup and Balls presentation. It makes the whole thing a lot easier. I'll have to dig it out. These are still available: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic/props/cups-balls-chop-cup-aluminium-combo/ http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S5482 A key thing in th...
by Bob Farmer
January 20th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin'
Replies: 10
Views: 3386

Re: Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin'

Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin' is now available worldwide on Amazon Kindle.
by Bob Farmer
January 19th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller on Late Night With Seth Meyers tonight
Replies: 7
Views: 1102

Re: Penn & Teller on Late Night With Seth Meyers tonight

For a complete and exhaustive explanation, one need only read the Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier, now, unfortunately, completely out of print.
by Bob Farmer
January 19th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13663

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

The best one-cup routine there is--even better, I think, than any Chop Cup routine (since there are no gaffs) is Roy Cottee's Dixie Cuppa Magic, in Genii, February 2005. Vol. 68; No. 2. I did this for years. It's got a killer ending. My odd take on all this is here (three cups, one ball): https://ww...
by Bob Farmer
January 18th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Bammo 666
Replies: 10
Views: 1208

Re: Bammo 666

Daniel: A reference even too weird for me!

As to Louis Cypher, see:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092563/

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