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by Bob Farmer
October 18th, 2018, 5:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Re: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!

However, I like the effect of cut high card where the spectator always wins and the magician doesn't--I just don't care for Jason's method. As a thought experiment, I imagined a deck of 26 low cards and 26 high cards interleaved with long and short cards so when the spectator cuts it's always a high...
by Bob Farmer
October 18th, 2018, 3:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Re: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!

This is one of those unfortunate you're-an-idiot-I'm-not gambling effects. The impression can be changed and the effect would be much better if the spectator won every time--then it becomes a magical effect since somehow the spectator has acquired some sort of supernatural luck. Otherwise, it's not ...
by Bob Farmer
October 18th, 2018, 9:10 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin'
Replies: 4
Views: 381

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

Praise for the first edition from one who knows: “There's a great deal of clever material here for the betcha and bar stunt fan …. This is a clever, entertaining, and in fact, quite original book; this is not the usual rehash of time-worn oldies. One standout item is a monte routine using a Svengali...
by Bob Farmer
October 14th, 2018, 2:52 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin'
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin'

In conjunction with Houdini Magic, Las Vegas Nevada, I'm proud to announce the second edition of Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin' --an expanded and updated version designed to take advantage of those asking to be taken advantage of because a fool and his money were lucky to get together in the f...
by Bob Farmer
October 13th, 2018, 8:23 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..
Replies: 45
Views: 12104

Re: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..

Because the display is so convincing, and with my handling can be done with no preparation, I do the effect without a selection. I want to focus on the sheer impossibility.
by Bob Farmer
October 5th, 2018, 10:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..
Replies: 45
Views: 12104

Re: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..

Joe: Here is how I use the move. Assume you have squared the deck after the display. The deck runs from the top: face-down card, 50 face-up cards, face-down card. Deck is in left hand. Get a left little finger break over the bottom face-down card (easy if you buckle outer right corner of bottom card...
by Bob Farmer
October 4th, 2018, 3:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..
Replies: 45
Views: 12104

Re: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..

This explanation would be much better with a video and some pictures but I have none. I came up with this several years ago after Bill Goodwin showed me the move at, I believe, a 31FN convention. The discrepancy in step 14 is never seen, at least I haven't been caught yet. This entire sequence takes...
by Bob Farmer
October 4th, 2018, 3:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: goodby and welcome
Replies: 7
Views: 510

Re: goodby and welcome

Margret is great and was always a joy to talk to.
by Bob Farmer
October 2nd, 2018, 5:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1268

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

On a quick look through THE BERG BOOK (published by Stevens) I couldn't find the routine; however, it did convince me that Berg was a creative genius. There are so many great effects in the book that if marketed today would standout in the welter of junk magic usually seen.
by Bob Farmer
October 2nd, 2018, 8:04 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1268

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

Leonard: I guess I should publish this with a video. I'm not sure, but I may have come up with more ways to use the "Pickitout" cards than anyone else. I agree with performer (a rarity): you should never ask the spectator to guess where the card is since he ends up looking like an idiot. I...
by Bob Farmer
October 1st, 2018, 3:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1268

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

Leonard: Yes, those are exactly the effects. The key advantage: the audience sees the apparent order of the cards right up to the revelations. I guess I should explain this at some point.

The trick is called the Bammo Transpo Pterodactyl or The Last Trick of Dr. Jacob Deland.
by Bob Farmer
September 29th, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1268

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

Leonard, I have a completely different use for the cards that's not a monte. I add the AS so the set is four cards. The first effect is an oil and water color separation and the second is a transposition of the two red aces for the two black aces. The first effect sets up the packet for the second. ...
by Bob Farmer
September 29th, 2018, 11:42 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1268

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

Leonard, the Monte Monster instructions include a version of the Skinner routine with all the problems removed.
by Bob Farmer
September 28th, 2018, 7:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1268

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

Jonathan is correct: the Bammo Monte Monster does come only in red backs, but there's a reason for that. The backs are red, two of the aces are red--only the money card is black. With this color scheme, the black card really stands out. If the backs were blue this would only serve to introduce a hin...
by Bob Farmer
September 25th, 2018, 4:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1268

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

I included a history and analysis of the Skinner routine in my marketed effect, the "Bammo Monte monster." An excerpt follows. DeLAND’S “PICKITOUT” THE GREAT GAFF GRANDDADDY In 1908, Theodore L. DeLand invented what was then a revolutionary three-card monte effect, “Pickitout.” Three cards...
by Bob Farmer
September 20th, 2018, 6:24 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: You Chose Wisely - The ACAAN (Adrian Fowell & Qmagi)
Replies: 7
Views: 476

Re: Review: You Chose Wisely - The ACAAN (Adrian Fowell & Qmagi)

In the Krenzel version, there is a stack but it's not a memorized deck in the usual sense (i.e., a seemingly random sequence of cards) it's a simple stack. They name a card and a number and you do a simple mental calculation that tells you where to cut the deck to position the card at that number. T...
by Bob Farmer
September 19th, 2018, 9:05 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: You Chose Wisely - The ACAAN (Adrian Fowell & Qmagi)
Replies: 7
Views: 476

Re: Review: You Chose Wisely - The ACAAN (Adrian Fowell & Qmagi)

This sounds a bit like Ken Krenzel's, "Open and Shut Case," pp. 71-73, Ken Krenzel's Close-Up Impact by Stephen Minch, Hermetic Press, 1990.
by Bob Farmer
September 12th, 2018, 6:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New ACAAN
Replies: 16
Views: 964

Re: New ACAAN

Pete: The Wilson method is as follows. There are 52 one-way decks, each with a different card. These are loaded into a carousel which is built into and under the bar with a trap door. As soon as you name the card Wilson pushes a secret Bluetooth button which positions the correct deck on top of the ...
by Bob Farmer
September 6th, 2018, 8:58 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Resuscitating Old Cards?
Replies: 17
Views: 1616

Re: Resuscitating Old Cards?

Probably.
by Bob Farmer
September 4th, 2018, 4:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange story of genuine(?) telepathy
Replies: 9
Views: 442

Re: Strange story of genuine(?) telepathy

Do you have Aristotle's email address?
by Bob Farmer
September 4th, 2018, 11:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: Index to Genii
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: Index to Genii

What method did they use? Black art?
by Bob Farmer
September 2nd, 2018, 1:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange story of genuine(?) telepathy
Replies: 9
Views: 442

Re: Strange story of genuine(?) telepathy

Could this have been the inspiration for Alexa?
by Bob Farmer
September 1st, 2018, 3:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Attribution Needed
Replies: 19
Views: 754

Re: Attribution Needed

Martin Gardner devised the basic principle used to hide cards in that manner in his effect, “Vanishing and Reappearing Card,” (pp.20-22, 12 Tricks With A Borrowed Deck, L.L. Ireland, 1940).
by Bob Farmer
August 13th, 2018, 11:12 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 25
Views: 3969

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

Before the proliferation of multi-card, back-changing face transforming packet tricks, I created a template known to only a few, here revealed for the very first time for the many is the secret. Elements of this effect subsequently appeared in others' effects, but without any credit. A small packet ...
by Bob Farmer
August 7th, 2018, 1:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 62
Views: 7310

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

I'll try to limit my comments to only things useful in future. Thank you for the admonition.
by Bob Farmer
August 7th, 2018, 8:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 62
Views: 7310

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

Jim:

I never used the non-manly orbs as I was of the same mind as you on this: I used rolled up bills. Another option: aluminum foil balls.
by Bob Farmer
August 2nd, 2018, 8:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 62
Views: 7310

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

The problem with a Dice Chop Cup is the noise the die makes when, dislodged from the magnet, it drops to the working surface, so I never saw the advantage. Kirk's Kup (put out by Ken Allen in the 1960s)uses dice, doesn't use a magnet and features a great routine that is sort of Chop Cup-like. Also, ...
by Bob Farmer
July 27th, 2018, 1:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Custom Double-Face Cards For Dummies
Replies: 1
Views: 436

Custom Double-Face Cards For Dummies

Recently, I needed some special double-face cards. My arts and crafts skills are severely limited (limited = zero). Notwithstanding this lack of skill, I figured out a way of making perfect double-face cards in under a minute. The basic idea is this: for card face 1, use a Bicycle card. For card fac...
by Bob Farmer
July 18th, 2018, 6:21 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Updated PM Card Mark ebook
Replies: 6
Views: 732

Re: Updated PM Card Mark ebook

Highly recommended!
by Bob Farmer
July 11th, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 25
Views: 3969

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

The PAT Switch is now the #1 best seller on Lybrary.com. Act now before the asteroid hits earth (predicted for next week).

http://www.lybrary.com/bob-farmer-m-579510.html
by Bob Farmer
July 10th, 2018, 1:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 1593

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

I've always interpreted "be natural" as "be plausible"--which of course, changes depending on the context (e.g., the magician, the surroundings, the audience, etc.).
by Bob Farmer
July 10th, 2018, 12:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2021 goes to Canada!
Replies: 15
Views: 1511

Re: FISM 2021 goes to Canada!

The last time there was a major international convention in Canada there were a lot of problems with customs and immigration and I believe the hotel workers went on strike. The biker bar will be rebuilt. It was formerly the hangout for Satan's Choice: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satan%27s_Choice_M...
by Bob Farmer
July 9th, 2018, 4:24 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 25
Views: 3969

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

The PAT Switch is now in the top 2 of best sellers. Thank you Bammo fans and thank you Matt for the great review.

http://www.lybrary.com/bob-farmer-m-579510.html
by Bob Farmer
July 7th, 2018, 7:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cool stuff in the in box today
Replies: 5
Views: 510

Re: Cool stuff in the in box today

CORRECTION! CORRECT EMAIL ADDRESS IS BAMMOMAGIC@COGECO.CA To join the ultra exclusive, absolutely limited membership, Bammo Magic Club and receive FREE tricks that are superior to some of the stuff actually being sold today, you must comply with the following conditions (absolutely no exceptions or ...
by Bob Farmer
July 6th, 2018, 8:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cool stuff in the in box today
Replies: 5
Views: 510

Re: Cool stuff in the in box today

To join the ultra exclusive, absolutely limited membership, Bammo Magic Club and receive FREE tricks that are superior to some of the stuff actually being sold today, you must comply with the following conditions (absolutely no exceptions or you will be banned for life + 1 year): 1. You must have an...
by Bob Farmer
June 30th, 2018, 8:25 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 25
Views: 3969

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

The long-hidden full manuscript for the most versatile packet switch extant is now available for mere pennies on the page:

https://www.lybrary.com/the-pat-switch- ... 22545.html
by Bob Farmer
June 29th, 2018, 8:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harlan Ellison
Replies: 9
Views: 804

Re: Harlan Ellison

Alan Smithee has received credit for many movies and TV shows. A true auteur, his life's work could bear no other name being that his stuff is so bad. It's amazing he continued to get work.
by Bob Farmer
June 29th, 2018, 8:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harlan Ellison
Replies: 9
Views: 804

Re: Harlan Ellison

I was a big fan of his writing and editing, especially the Dangerous Visions books.
by Bob Farmer
June 25th, 2018, 5:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review
Replies: 9
Views: 1120

Re: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review

The Wikipedia entry is perfect misdirection since it misstates the truth.

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