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by Bob Farmer
September 29th, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?
Replies: 76
Views: 2098

Re: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?

Edward those are excellent ideas. I'm sure there is thread where they might be useful.

Andrew: yes, a database app might work.
by Bob Farmer
September 29th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?
Replies: 76
Views: 2098

Re: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?

Jack, I think you've nailed it. Roadwork required. Now here is a simple way to hide the cue list you need. Use a blue-backed deck and a smartphone. Claim that the deck, since it's blue, is Bluetooth enabled and can read minds. After they have resorted themselves, bring out the smartphone and ask if ...
by Bob Farmer
September 28th, 2020, 6:37 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?
Replies: 76
Views: 2098

Re: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?

Joe: I was going for the grouping not the individual components of each part. If that works, then you don't need to know the individual parts.
by Bob Farmer
September 28th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Nick Cave and magic
Replies: 2
Views: 195

Re: Nick Cave and magic

Yep. I moved on when I discovered rock music and girls. I only came back to magic when in university I had a really boring job with the government one summer that left me alone in a file room with thousands of files from WWI. I was supposed to check each file. Boredom set in. I went out to lunch and...
by Bob Farmer
September 28th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?
Replies: 76
Views: 2098

Re: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?

Alternate methods for doing this not using the Diaconis stack do not advance the solution, unfortunately. Jack taking your example: [BD] [A,C] [E]. That could also be arranged as [E] [A,C] [BD], or [A,C] [E] [BD]. That is three different arrangements for the same cards. The spectators could decide t...
by Bob Farmer
September 28th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?
Replies: 76
Views: 2098

Re: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?

Hi Grant: Nope of no help, however, it does confirm my theory that knowing the colors tells you the sequence, but that is a standard de Brujn idea. See Leo Boudreau's book, Spirited Pasteboards for the best work in this area.
by Bob Farmer
September 27th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: List App
Replies: 0
Views: 133

List App

I am looking for an app that provides a list of items. Each item would have a code name, say "123." It should work like this: 1. I type in a code, say 123. 2. The app immediately displays the 123 item. Does anyone know of an app that can do this? The coding has to be flexible, so it could ...
by Bob Farmer
September 27th, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?
Replies: 76
Views: 2098

Re: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?

Assume the five spectators, A, B, C, D and E, start with the card sequence CHCHC (clubs, hearts, clubs, hearts, clubs), respectively, so: A/Clubs, B/Hearts, C/Clubs, D/Hearts, E/Clubs. They are told to organize themselves by suit. [A/Clubs, C/Clubs, E/Clubs] [B/Hearts, D/Hearts] However, since there...
by Bob Farmer
September 23rd, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?
Replies: 76
Views: 2098

Re: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?

Am I correct in concluding that Bob Coyne's idea would require the performer to first memorize the original five people and their order and then compare that to the second grouping? A pen and paper would be required.
by Bob Farmer
September 23rd, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?
Replies: 76
Views: 2098

Re: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?

Bob Coyne's idea seems right. I'll work on it. You don't need a cue sheet or a smartphone. Use a second deck of cards and one each card you have the order and the cards.
by Bob Farmer
September 22nd, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?
Replies: 76
Views: 2098

Re: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?

I have worked out some analysis on this and as soon as I write it up I'll send it around. I took the 52-card stack and listed every single group of 5 cards that occurs. Then I took each grouping and printed each one on a separate blank card. Then I sorted the cards, so for example all the groups tha...
by Bob Farmer
September 22nd, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?
Replies: 76
Views: 2098

Re: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?

Joe: Those are great references. Thank you. Yes, they do help--this is an area I'm very interested in--but Diaconis's claims of a unique grouping is obviously wrong. Yes, you can have unique groupings with Debrujn sequences and related sequences but what he said about having the participants re-sort...
by Bob Farmer
September 22nd, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?
Replies: 76
Views: 2098

Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?

In Persi Diaconis's book, Magical Mathematics, written with Ron Graham, he describes an effect at pages 56-57. He outlines the theory but then says, "We will not give further details about the practical performance the interested reader will have to go forward alone." Well this interested ...
by Bob Farmer
September 21st, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 29
Views: 13547

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

The Bammo book trilogy is now available at Lybrary.com, books that Roberto Giobbi has called, "extraordinary." Consisting of The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox, The Bammo Gaffus Maximus and The Bammo Brain Bamboozler, you can find them all and other stuff here: https://www.lybrary.com/bob-farme...
by Bob Farmer
September 20th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 51
Views: 1808

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

I have a decades old Radio Shack astrology calculator that looks really cool:

https://www.handheldmuseum.com/Tandy/Astro.htm

Too bad it is not programmable; it would a nice prop for this trick.
by Bob Farmer
September 18th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Rawson and Merlini
Replies: 11
Views: 515

Re: Rawson and Merlini

I have all the Rawson mystery novels and all the John Dickson Carr novels. They are great. Literary magic tricks, on the page rather than the stage.
by Bob Farmer
September 15th, 2020, 9:17 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 51
Views: 1808

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

I have created a method for the Magic 8 Ball that will do something like that but at this point it's only a pipe dream.

If you read the reference I provided above, it should be a simple matter for a programmer to create something that would work on a smart phone.
by Bob Farmer
September 13th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 51
Views: 1808

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

Yes, the Poker Machine does the work.
by Bob Farmer
September 13th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 51
Views: 1808

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

See "The Hidden Value of Cards," pp. 305-334, Mathematical Card Magic by Colm Mulcahy, CRC Press 2013.

https://bookshop.org/books/mathematical ... 1466509764

Someone will surely create an app for a smart phone based on these principles.
by Bob Farmer
September 11th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reference For A Fulves Trick
Replies: 8
Views: 684

Re: Reference For A Fulves Trick

I've decided magic needs a new way to express the quality of the deception contained in a trick. Above, I referred to Max Maven's effect, "Dupacetic," as truly a work of genius (and Max has many more). The multiple deceptive mechanisms employed make it absolutely certain that the audience ...
by Bob Farmer
September 8th, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson
Replies: 17
Views: 1142

Re: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson

Jerry Seinfeld defined magic as, "Here's a coin, now it's gone, you're an idiot" (YAI). To get around this, a bit, I always say I have no idea how this works, it just seems to happen. If you are as amazed as the audience at what happens, you can undercut the YAI problem.
by Bob Farmer
September 6th, 2020, 6:21 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reference For A Fulves Trick
Replies: 8
Views: 684

Re: Reference For A Fulves Trick

Max Maven's effect, "Dupacetic," is truly a work of genius. It has so many interconnected deceptive mechanisms, it is a thing of beauty to behold. If you saw this, you'd pay anything for the secret. I'm going to try it with a Himber Wallet with a pass-through section to see how that might ...
by Bob Farmer
September 6th, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reference For A Fulves Trick
Replies: 8
Views: 684

Re: Reference For A Fulves Trick

Thanks Joe, I'll check that out.
by Bob Farmer
September 6th, 2020, 1:15 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 913

Re: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic

The Racherbaumer book is really good.
by Bob Farmer
September 6th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 913

Re: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic

This fall, Ted Outerbridge and I will be releasing the Time Deck™ along with a 150-page user's manual of all new effects, some of which are so amazingly deceptive and astounding, they fool and astound even me (or someone just like me). Every effect is based on a time theme and uses the unique attrib...
by Bob Farmer
September 6th, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reference For A Fulves Trick
Replies: 8
Views: 684

Re: Reference For A Fulves Trick

Hi Joe: Yes, that's it, thank you!
by Bob Farmer
September 6th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reference For A Fulves Trick
Replies: 8
Views: 684

Reference For A Fulves Trick

I am looking for a reference for a trick I think Fulves published.

You have a row of cards, say ten in total. The spectator pushes out any five. When the five he selected are compared to the five that are left, they match in order and value.

It may have been based on a Martin Gardner idea.
by Bob Farmer
September 1st, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Online reviews PropDog and Wizard Product reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 2037

Re: Online reviews PropDog and Wizard Product reviews

The Ostin trick is obviously not my trick.
by Bob Farmer
September 1st, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Online reviews PropDog and Wizard Product reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 2037

Re: Online reviews PropDog and Wizard Product reviews

Propdog only made a deal after I donated money to a local charity and insisted they do the same to settle the matter. Bob Ostin's use of the little hand, as well as Paul Harris's (1978) is nothing like what I did with the prop, so there is no prior invention. Just because someone used a deck of card...
by Bob Farmer
August 31st, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Online reviews PropDog and Wizard Product reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 2037

Re: Online reviews PropDog and Wizard Product reviews

Propdog is also the company that ripped off my Little Hand trick. Not a company anyone should deal with.
by Bob Farmer
August 24th, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Super Chip of Cobra Magic
Replies: 1
Views: 203

Re: The Super Chip of Cobra Magic

Aleister Crowley is always my first choice for magic quotations.
by Bob Farmer
August 22nd, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A question to Richard Kaufman about Larry Jennings
Replies: 12
Views: 1433

Re: A question to Richard Kaufman about Larry Jennings

I do know of another famous magician who was so obsessed with magic he ended in therapy.
by Bob Farmer
August 10th, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card
Replies: 37
Views: 1335

Re: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card

I've worked out a way of doing the Red Hot/Chicago Opener without a duplicate card. Stick a square Post-it Note on the card and write on it: "This is the card!"
by Bob Farmer
August 10th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card
Replies: 37
Views: 1335

Re: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card

Dan Tong has some great ideas--I'll check that out.
by Bob Farmer
August 8th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card
Replies: 37
Views: 1335

Re: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card

To answer Richard's question: I'm working on a new project that uses a special deck and some special gaffs and I'm considering including a duplicate card.
by Bob Farmer
August 8th, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card
Replies: 37
Views: 1335

Re: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card

Excellent references. Thank you all.
by Bob Farmer
August 8th, 2020, 7:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card
Replies: 37
Views: 1335

Re: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card

Genii Volume 58 (Nov 1994 - Oct 1995)
by Bob Farmer
August 7th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card
Replies: 37
Views: 1335

Re: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card

Those are all great suggestions--thank you, guys. The Mike Rogers routine is fabulous.
by Bob Farmer
August 7th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card
Replies: 37
Views: 1335

Re: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card

Joe: I look forward to reading it. Thank you.
by Bob Farmer
August 7th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card
Replies: 37
Views: 1335

Best Trick With A Duplicate Card

About the only trick I could recall quickly, is the classic transposition using a duplicate card. It's a great trick, but I'm wondering if there are others as good.

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