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by Bob Farmer
February 22nd, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Ben on Art, the Internet, Magicians and Fake News
Replies: 8
Views: 326

Re: David Ben on Art, the Internet, Magicians and Fake News

That is a wonderful article by David. His many connections to concerns of today make magic relevant to a modern reader. And I loved the reference to magicians being the first purveyors of "fake news."
by Bob Farmer
February 22nd, 2020, 3:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 62
Views: 1980

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

If you Search Blackpool Magic Convention on Youtube, there are several videos. Nothing I saw would make me want to attend. It seems to reduce magic down to a cattle call.
by Bob Farmer
February 20th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who invented this control?
Replies: 15
Views: 2633

Re: Who invented this control?

And see Roberto Giobbi's column, "The Distant Key Card," Genii, March, 2004, pp. 70-71.
by Bob Farmer
February 19th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus Back in Print!
Replies: 11
Views: 778

Re: Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus Back in Print!

In the original book, there was an omission. It's on page 5, under the heading, "Exemplary Phase." If you follow the instructions in the left column they end with a triple face up on top of the deck. What happens next is not explained and the top of the right-hand column is blank. Is this ...
by Bob Farmer
February 16th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Top Change Effect
Replies: 37
Views: 1509

Re: Top Change Effect

Jonathan is correct. All of those moves are explained in The Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier now available again at https://www.houdini.com/
by Bob Farmer
February 15th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Top Change Effect
Replies: 37
Views: 1509

Re: Top Change Effect

I've never been able to do a top change. A bottom change is easier. Hold the card in Biddle Grip in the right hand. The left hand holds the deck with a break over the bottom card. The hands come together. The right hand places its card on top of the deck and takes the deck as the right hand moves fo...
by Bob Farmer
February 12th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Top Change Effect
Replies: 37
Views: 1509

Re: Top Change Effect

Bill, if you don;t have the book, send me a note.
by Bob Farmer
February 9th, 2020, 4:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND
Replies: 31
Views: 1343

Re: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND

Perhaps the solution is to ask which book would you prefer to be reading before being run over by a car.
by Bob Farmer
February 8th, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Roy Walton has passed away
Replies: 12
Views: 1403

Re: Roy Walton has passed away

A wonderful tribute by Jerry Sadowitz:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/ ... t-of-hand/
by Bob Farmer
February 8th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND
Replies: 31
Views: 1343

Re: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND

Any Roy Walton book.
by Bob Farmer
February 5th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Decks of cards Used By S.W. Erdnase Discovered in Chicago Antique Shop
Replies: 1
Views: 343

Decks of cards Used By S.W. Erdnase Discovered in Chicago Antique Shop

Just kidding.

However, the monetization of Erdnase seems to know no bounds. Only the Bible (another book by guys who are dead) has been exploited more. More people have made more money from Erdnase and his book than he ever did.
by Bob Farmer
February 4th, 2020, 3:00 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Question re card trick
Replies: 6
Views: 272

Re: Question re card trick

Definitely not one of my tricks since the word, "Bammo," is not used.
by Bob Farmer
February 4th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Roy Walton has passed away
Replies: 12
Views: 1403

Re: Roy Walton has passed away

Terrible, terrible news. He was and will be a legend. His work was groundbreaking and brilliant. I've spent many, many hours and days studying his tricks and taking them apart to see his thinking.
by Bob Farmer
February 3rd, 2020, 6:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7506
Views: 2249920

Re: ERDNASE

Back in the 1990s, Tony Forgio offered his opinion of Erdnase, and some other cheating methods, in a Flim-Flam column. I have posted it here. FLIM-FLAM BY TONY FORGIO, TOUGH GUY “Huh?” — Tony Forgio This is Antonio Forgio talkin’. Don’t call me Tony. Only my close personal friends call me that. Some...
by Bob Farmer
February 3rd, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7506
Views: 2249920

Re: ERDNASE

I just want to make it perfectly clear that notwithstanding Todd's claims, I am not Erdnase and those pictures of me have been taken completely out of context.
by Bob Farmer
February 2nd, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book
Replies: 132
Views: 12199

Re: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book

Has Steve Forte published any card magic?
by Bob Farmer
February 2nd, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: How does the tarot work?
Replies: 18
Views: 659

Re: How does the tarot work?

For more uses of the Tarot, please consult The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox which has everything a satanic mechanic might need, including Aleister Crowley's last Tarot message. More info at Bammomagic@cogeco.ca Incidentally, the I Ching is a good method for shaking your thought processes loose. It isn'...
by Bob Farmer
February 1st, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Cy Endfield
Replies: 27
Views: 5063

Re: Cy Endfield

His books are available on Lybrary.com
by Bob Farmer
January 30th, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Multi-Colored Decks
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Multi-Colored Decks

I have found a really cheap source for multi-colored decks: https://www.amazon.com/Nertz-Fast-Frenzied-Card-Bonus/dp/B07FFC5C8F/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=nertz&qid=1580399672&sr=8-5 The cards have white borders and are made of a thick plastic. They handle really well. The cards are stiff and not f...
by Bob Farmer
January 30th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: Trying to find Childhood Optical Illusion Book. Any Idea?
Replies: 9
Views: 589

Re: Trying to find Childhood Optical Illusion Book. Any Idea?

Chris: do you recall the color of the cover? I might have this book.
by Bob Farmer
January 28th, 2020, 3:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 466
Views: 145775

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

I prefer the half world meaning.
by Bob Farmer
January 28th, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 466
Views: 145775

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

From Wikipedia: Demi-monde refers to a group of people who live hedonistic lifestyles, usually in a flagrant and conspicuous manner. The term was commonly used in Europe from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century, and contemporary use has an anachronistic character. Its connotations of ...
by Bob Farmer
January 28th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 466
Views: 145775

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Yes, the manuscript contains detailed instructions on how to make the gaff but I construct it differently than Gaetan did. The great advantage of this gaff is how easy it is to make--it takes a few minutes and requires no skill whatsoever.
by Bob Farmer
January 28th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 466
Views: 145775

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

The Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier New Edition It’s back! Copies of the original hardback edition—if you can find them—have been selling online for hundreds of dollars. The book is literally unobtainable. Its value, inestimable. But now Houdini Magic and Bob Farmer have joined forces to print a new edi...
by Bob Farmer
January 24th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book
Replies: 132
Views: 12199

Re: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book

Is the book all gambling moves or are there tricks?
by Bob Farmer
January 23rd, 2020, 4:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sad News from Davenport's Magic in London
Replies: 27
Views: 1667

Re: Sad News from Davenport's Magic in London

Ian: I changed the Himber vanish, I think. As he originally taught it to me, the hands were held up, but when I do it, my left hand is flat on the table, or if standing, completely horizontal with the palm up. The left hand does not move at all, it just closes. If you move the left hand, the persist...
by Bob Farmer
January 21st, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sad News from Davenport's Magic in London
Replies: 27
Views: 1667

Re: Sad News from Davenport's Magic in London

"I was there this past July and the arcade was filled with homeless people ...."

Are you sure that wasn't an IBM Ring meeting?
by Bob Farmer
January 21st, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sad News from Davenport's Magic in London
Replies: 27
Views: 1667

Re: Sad News from Davenport's Magic in London

I never got to the Charing Cross location, but I was a daily visitor to the British Museum location when Pat Page was usually there. On my way from Mecklenburgh Square, where I was living, to the London School of Economics, where I was an occasional student, I had to pass Davenport's and the British...
by Bob Farmer
January 20th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)
Replies: 52
Views: 2234

Re: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)

My go-to trick for years is this one:

viewtopic.php?t=28784

You can do it with any deck in any condition and the spectator can shuffle the deck before you begin.
by Bob Farmer
January 12th, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil Peart
Replies: 9
Views: 702

Re: Neil Peart

Thank you for the notes. Here's a great tribute:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmOkTmGnFHc
by Bob Farmer
January 10th, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 6394

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

Paco: Save your breath, the man will not be moved. There is no magic in his life and he wants everyone else to be similarly deprived.
by Bob Farmer
January 8th, 2020, 6:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 6394

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

Pavel the Great: the willing suspension of disbelief is a key element of all drama, film, magic, books, etc. etc. etc. The audience forgets reality--that's the whole point--and that's what makes the wonder possible. Do audiences sitting in a movie theater think they are watching a series of still pi...
by Bob Farmer
January 6th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 6394

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

Farmer (and possibly Shalom as well) are both baffled by Pavel The Great's argument which means that the argument is logically inconsistent: an argument that rejects bafflement has created it.
by Bob Farmer
January 5th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 6394

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

I believe Pavel The Great's position is that the audiences should wonder at the marvelous method, though I'm not clear on whether he means the actual method or the method the audience creates in looking for a solution. As I've said, this sort of presentation isn't magic since it isn't impossible, so...
by Bob Farmer
January 2nd, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 6394

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

If it's not impossible, it's not magic, just a puzzle. I prefer impossible.
by Bob Farmer
December 23rd, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What Attracts You to Magic?
Replies: 105
Views: 4102

Re: What Attracts You to Magic?

The "Magic For the Millions" book has been one of my favorite magic books since I was in grade school. I now have my own copy, but I also have pages of handwritten notes from the book, word-for-word. I'd borrow it from the library over and over. It's a fabulous book. And performer has it b...
by Bob Farmer
December 21st, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The History of Ringo
Replies: 19
Views: 1402

Re: The History of Ringo

The Mike Rogers routine appears in The Complete Mike Rogers at pp. 36-39.
by Bob Farmer
December 19th, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Vernon Dossier - The One Time Vernon got into trouble
Replies: 9
Views: 886

Re: The Vernon Dossier - The One Time Vernon got into trouble

I'd rather study Vernon's magic, not his dirty laundry.
by Bob Farmer
December 15th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mike Rogers Version of the Homing Card
Replies: 10
Views: 927

Re: Mike Rogers Version of the Homing Card

Somewhere on the forum I posted a detailed history and analysis of the gaffed three-card monte which explains the advantages of the Rogers' routine over the Skinner routine.
by Bob Farmer
December 14th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mike Rogers Version of the Homing Card
Replies: 10
Views: 927

Re: Mike Rogers Version of the Homing Card

Anything by Mike Rogers is great. His version of the "Ultimate Three Card Monte" routine is superior to the more well-known Skinner version. You can probably find a copy of his book, The Complete Mike Rogers by Mike Rogers, published by Magic Inc.

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