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by Bob Farmer
April 26th, 2018, 8:31 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Professional Card Magic by Cliff Green
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: Professional Card Magic by Cliff Green

I got my copy from one of my mentors, Bill Jennings, who got it from his friend, Cliff Green.
by Bob Farmer
April 23rd, 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC Testimony
Replies: 8
Views: 844

Re: DC Testimony

Cross-examination isn't supposed to be fun for the witness. The plaintiff's lawyer is trying to poke holes in the defendant's argument. It also works the other way when the plaintiff is being cross-examined. Abraham Lincoln was representing a defendant who was being sued for personal injury to the p...
by Bob Farmer
April 20th, 2018, 9:36 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 7
Views: 510

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

Some reviews: "Verrrry nice!" - Roberto Giobbi "CHEAT is brilliant thinking about one of my favorite effects, the Christ Aces. Bob has reimagined this with a ton of brilliant innovations. Highly recommended." --Matt Field, Genii forum "This is a gem." --Matt Field "...
by Bob Farmer
April 19th, 2018, 9:14 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Add a number version
Replies: 1
Views: 157

Re: Add a number version

It is called the Add-A-Number pad. There are many versions. Here's a good one: http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/8205 This is an excellent prop, but the Add-A-Number effect is pretty boring (prediction of the total of a column of numbers). I'm working on a new manuscript that will provide some new and i...
by Bob Farmer
April 16th, 2018, 7:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Anderson
Replies: 13
Views: 1473

Re: Harry Anderson

I had many interesting exchanges with Harry. This is really sad.
by Bob Farmer
April 14th, 2018, 3:49 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 7
Views: 510

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

Andrew, thank you for the good advice and I'll take it just as soon as I can find my way out of here. I think I take a left at the pool tables and then straight on past the biker babes and the stacked cases of beer and then out to the parking lot through the steel double doors. Another triple Wild T...
by Bob Farmer
April 14th, 2018, 8:29 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 7
Views: 510

Farmers in the Lybrary

As Richard Kaufman mentioned in a recent Genii, I've been circulating private manuscripts for years to a select group of the conjuring demi-monde. Some of those manuscripts and other material are now available on Lybrary.com. See: https://www.lybrary.com/bob-farmer-m-579510.html I'll be adding more ...
by Bob Farmer
April 10th, 2018, 9:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Public Service Announcement
Replies: 9
Views: 584

Re: Public Service Announcement

My approach encourages no callbacks.
by Bob Farmer
April 9th, 2018, 5:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Public Service Announcement
Replies: 9
Views: 584

Public Service Announcement

We've all received those fake phone calls from people with odd accents claiming: to want to fix our computer; to be filing a lawsuit from the IRS for back taxes; to be a rich prince in Nigeria needing our support. I now have a standard response. "You've reached the Federal Security fraud servic...
by Bob Farmer
April 9th, 2018, 5:16 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Add-A-Number Pad
Replies: 5
Views: 381

Re: Add-A-Number Pad

That's what that trick needs: a great presentation by a very funny performer.
by Bob Farmer
April 9th, 2018, 9:40 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Add-A-Number Pad
Replies: 5
Views: 381

Re: Add-A-Number Pad

Mac's reference is Max Maven's “Old Math,” which provides two predictions and an excellent context. See: Prism by Max Maven, pp. 111-113, Hermetic Press, 2005. This is one of the few routines, and perhaps the only routine for this trick, that isn't boring. After all, what possible interest does an a...
by Bob Farmer
April 8th, 2018, 6:37 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Add-A-Number Pad
Replies: 5
Views: 381

Add-A-Number Pad

I'm looking for versions of the Add-A-Number Pad that are a bit more stripped down. I have one of the Horwitz pads, and one of the pads Ken Brooke put out, the Nemo Switch case, but these are, as far as I know, no longer available. There may be other commercially manufactured pads, but so far I have...
by Bob Farmer
April 7th, 2018, 8:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 86
Views: 10755

Re: New John Thompson Book

If I have time, or if anyone else has time, here's a project: there are so many tips about various sleights throughout the books, an index would be helpful. Marlo's Simple Shift: here's how Johnny does it. etc. Denis Behr's legion of indexers be advised.
by Bob Farmer
April 4th, 2018, 8:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 86
Views: 10755

Re: New John Thompson Book

There's plenty of tipping by Johnny Thompson on every page of the books. Having seen and been baffled by his Egg Bag routine on several occasions, that's where I started to read. These books are an astounding value. And one more thing: is Julie Eng the best photographer of close-up magic that has ev...
by Bob Farmer
April 3rd, 2018, 2:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 86
Views: 10755

Re: New John Thompson Book

I just received my copy, or rather copies, since there are two massive volumes. It took three Fedex drivers and four mules to haul it out of the truck and up to my house. This has got to be the bargain of the century.
by Bob Farmer
April 1st, 2018, 9:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained - New Research
Replies: 8
Views: 776

Re: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained - New Research

Be advised: the window pane acid is bad. I repeat, the window pane acid is bad.
by Bob Farmer
March 31st, 2018, 8:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1073

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

For the Double Turnover, the cards do not have to be aligned as they turn over since, being in motion, the alignment or lack thereof is invisible. Here's a tip for the turn down: before the turnover, bridge the deck upwards. Now there will be a slight space at each end when the card is turned over m...
by Bob Farmer
March 24th, 2018, 5:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3728

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Mike Close has the ultimate and best solution for handing out gimmicked cards. He places the cards from the routine in a small envelope, seals it and hands it to the spectator so, "he can try it at home." When he gets home, he won't find the cards; instead he'll find a ccouple of Mike's bu...
by Bob Farmer
March 18th, 2018, 8:54 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 97
Views: 17833

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Another rave review for The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox follows. For more information email bammomagic@cogeco.ca "... Less than a year after publishing the exhaustively researched Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier, Farmer has put out another brilliant work that delves into a mathematical card sorting s...
by Bob Farmer
March 15th, 2018, 11:45 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3728

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

I've never understood what "cozy" means in relation to card handling. Perhaps it means odd or awkward. If it does, this is not something limited to gimmicked cards.
by Bob Farmer
March 14th, 2018, 7:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3728

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

The real thing is so boring.
by Bob Farmer
March 13th, 2018, 6:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3728

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

I have a version of this effect where the money card is really easy to follow: it's red with a 1" hole in the center and the other two cards are blue.
by Bob Farmer
March 13th, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Credit Card To Wallet
Replies: 20
Views: 1509

Re: Credit Card To Wallet

Does the Thomas routine use just the spectator's credit card? Other routines I've seen use the spectator's card and then something additional like another card (the magician's) or an envelope, etc. I'm interested in routines that use just the spectator's card and the wallet--so the trick is not, say...
by Bob Farmer
March 13th, 2018, 5:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3728

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Ian, that would be CONjecture.
by Bob Farmer
March 13th, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Showing Cards Not In Deck
Replies: 18
Views: 789

Re: Showing Cards Not In Deck

Chas: I must be missing something--that does make any sense.
by Bob Farmer
March 13th, 2018, 2:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3728

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

My patter them goes like this: there's a game they play on the streets of New York (pretend to hear someone say "three-card monte"). Three card monte? They play that on 47th street--I'm talking about Wall Street. It's called Enron accounting or Bernie Madoff accounting. You follow the mone...
by Bob Farmer
March 13th, 2018, 8:59 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: RFA Card Trimmer
Replies: 4
Views: 763

Re: RFA Card Trimmer

It's fantastic. Tony and Rosie have just made every other trimmer, whether old or new, completely and unalterably obsolete. It's expensive because the materials are expensive. It's made for professional use and is constructed that way. By the way, Tony has a new wallet, the Idono Wallet, that I'm wr...
by Bob Farmer
March 11th, 2018, 9:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3728

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

That's a powerful argument for the non-gaffed method. Do you treat present it as magic or skill? A non-gaffed version using real skill has a huge advantage over the Skinner routine because it has none of the problems of the Skinner routine. The Skinner routine despite its notoriety is a terrible rou...
by Bob Farmer
March 11th, 2018, 6:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3728

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

As with most poker routines, it seems that you have to make a decision: is what you're doing an apparent demonstration of skill (and therefore not impossible) or is it a demonstration of magic (and therefore impossible). The method is irrelevant, it's the audience's perception that is important. If ...
by Bob Farmer
March 10th, 2018, 9:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Showing Cards Not In Deck
Replies: 18
Views: 789

Re: Showing Cards Not In Deck

That is a great idea Mr. Hostler. We are not worthy.

I looked up the original Gardner effect and it's not bad. A selected card disappears and then reappears.
by Bob Farmer
March 10th, 2018, 12:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Showing Cards Not In Deck
Replies: 18
Views: 789

Re: Showing Cards Not In Deck

Thank you! That's what I was looking for.

The hive mind succeeds again.
by Bob Farmer
March 10th, 2018, 8:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Showing Cards Not In Deck
Replies: 18
Views: 789

Showing Cards Not In Deck

Attention hive minders! There is a procedure, which I think was invented either by Martin Gardner or Nick Trost, where particular cards, though present in a deck, can be shown not to be. The cards to be hidden are face down at the bottom of a face-up deck. A few cards from the face are spread over, ...
by Bob Farmer
March 8th, 2018, 6:13 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 32
Views: 1632

Re: Darwin's Rules (?)

I've never considered any of these rules when coming up with a version of another's trick. Usually, my version is very different in many ways; I don't waste time (mine and yours) devising some minor variation (e.g., using a red deck rather than a blue one). Danger Will Robinson! When I see a trick d...
by Bob Farmer
March 5th, 2018, 10:49 am
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Magic Magazine
Replies: 18
Views: 3280

Re: Magic Magazine

As Martin Gardner pointed out, if you move the letters in HAL one space to the right you get IBM. I'll call them and that will give me a chance to complain about my IBM PCjr: the touch screen has never worked.
by Bob Farmer
March 4th, 2018, 8:31 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Magic Magazine
Replies: 18
Views: 3280

Re: Magic Magazine

Nothing on my Commodore 64. Ditto my Timex Sinclair 1000. Who should I call about this!?
by Bob Farmer
March 1st, 2018, 8:57 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus
Replies: 28
Views: 5625

Re: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus

And more stuff on the way!
by Bob Farmer
February 28th, 2018, 1:34 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus
Replies: 28
Views: 5625

Re: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus

A few months ago, I received the following email (edited slightly): Dear Mr. Farmer, My name is Steve Johnson and I have owned and operated Grand Illusions, my brick ‘n mortar magic shop for nearly thirty years. Many years ago I started selling the Dark Card by Camirand Academy. ... there was this j...
by Bob Farmer
February 28th, 2018, 8:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 1966

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

The cover should be a Himber ad with two girls--and we need an interview with the girls!
by Bob Farmer
February 27th, 2018, 1:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 1966

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Wasn't Persi Diaconis allied with Himber and worked out some of the material?
by Bob Farmer
February 25th, 2018, 9:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Autism
Replies: 7
Views: 420

Re: Magic and Autism

Generally, I think children are hard to fool. Perhaps they haven't formed an ego that tells them what they should think, assume and conclude. Maybe autism exaggerates this.

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