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by Bob Farmer
June 17th, 2018, 8:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?
Replies: 11
Views: 417

Re: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?

Canada's Mark Twain, Stephen Leacock, had the perfect solution as described in his very short story, "The Conjurer's Revenge."

You can read it here:

http://www.online-literature.com/stephe ... lapses/20/
by Bob Farmer
June 17th, 2018, 8:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?
Replies: 11
Views: 417

Re: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?

These people usually show themselves early so they have to be dealt with earlier. My goto trick is a sucker trick. Have the person pick a card or force a card. Get it to five cards from the top. Make sure everyone sees the card so the jerk can't lie later and say it isn't his card. Tell the spectato...
by Bob Farmer
June 14th, 2018, 9:12 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Alice's Revenge
Replies: 4
Views: 508

Re: Alice's Revenge

I see, you're referring to switching the cards, switching the regular cards for the gaffed cards. Over time, I've found that the additional trouble isn't worth it. The trick isn't any more effective--well, it might be for magicians, but for laymen, they don't care.
by Bob Farmer
June 13th, 2018, 9:11 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Alice's Revenge
Replies: 4
Views: 508

Re: Alice's Revenge

Not sure what you mean y changing the cards? Are you referring to "Mutanz" rather than Alice?
by Bob Farmer
June 10th, 2018, 5:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 36
Views: 13700

Re: Stewart James

The trick is "Gypsy Witch Miraskill" and is available free to anyone who's ever purchased anything from me. I did manage to misspell "Miraskill" as "Miraskil" but the trick still works anyway! Bammomagic@cogeco.ca I will be updating the trick because there's one more th...
by Bob Farmer
June 6th, 2018, 6:54 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Alice's Revenge
Replies: 4
Views: 508

Alice's Revenge

A great review from pro Jamie D. Grant with a brilliant addition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QirxVt19nI Email bammomagic@cogeco.ca to order. $15 + $5 postage. Outside USA and Canada, $7 postage. Unsolicted review: "Alice's Revenge is a GREAT trick. It rocks! It rolls! It fools! It's fun t...
by Bob Farmer
May 27th, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 19
Views: 1789

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

Thank you to all magicians who have downloaded "Turnantula" and "Cheat" and made them two of the top selling downloads on Lybrary.com If you are interested in innovative and cutting-edge card magic, you'll find it here in spades (and clubs, hearts and diamonds). Don't waste your ...
by Bob Farmer
May 22nd, 2018, 4:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6838
Views: 2003842

Re: ERDNASE

"E.S." = "easy."

"Erd" is another word for earth.

"Nase" is a fish.

Therefore, "easy earth fishing" (given that fishing is what most of the book is about).

May I suggest that erdnasephiles be called, "Nerdnases."
by Bob Farmer
May 20th, 2018, 9:23 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 17
Views: 999

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

Lewis's trick is very good. Here's the reference: "Calendar Card," pp. 154-159, Seventh Heaven by Lewis Jones, published by Lewis Jones 2009.
by Bob Farmer
May 20th, 2018, 8:32 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 17
Views: 999

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

Thank you, Steve--I'll look that up.
by Bob Farmer
May 19th, 2018, 5:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 17
Views: 999

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

For the versions I'm interested in--prediction of card in envelope--I think the Danson version may be the earliest.
by Bob Farmer
May 18th, 2018, 8:49 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 25
Views: 5154

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

Diego, Gresham's biography of Houdini is a great read. There's also, "Monster Midway"http://www.deuceofclubs.com/books/268monstermidway.htm

The movie doesn't tip the trick with the flea (I recall, but I may be wrong).
by Bob Farmer
May 18th, 2018, 5:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 17
Views: 999

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

Thank you, Joe!
by Bob Farmer
May 18th, 2018, 3:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 17
Views: 999

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

Max has referenced Tom Sellers's version in which card hands were listed for each day in a diary (Magic Wand, Vol. 24 No. 166, June 1935, p. 67) and Arthur F. G. Carter's “Diary of a Yogi” (Magic Wand, Vol. 42 No. 238, June 1953, p. 59) in which a freely named card matched the date of the performanc...
by Bob Farmer
May 18th, 2018, 1:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC Testimony
Replies: 11
Views: 1655

Re: DC Testimony

Check out the movie, "Inherit The Wind."
by Bob Farmer
May 18th, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 25
Views: 5154

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

Bill, that's a great article. years ago, when no one was really following Gresham, I was lucky enough to obtain copies of all of Gresham's books as well Brown's. Brown has a great short story where the murder victim ends up being--the reader.
by Bob Farmer
May 18th, 2018, 11:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 17
Views: 999

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

There is an extensive listing of various versions over on The Magic Cafe.
by Bob Farmer
May 18th, 2018, 7:18 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 17
Views: 999

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

Max, is that a prediction where the birthday card is in an envelope? It's those versions I'm most interested in.
by Bob Farmer
May 17th, 2018, 3:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 17
Views: 999

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

I don't have access to the Danson effect, but there is an earlier version by Danson in Come A Closer (1953) entitled "It's a Date." It uses 6 datebooks. Pat Page has his version of what he calls, "Ted Danson's Diary Trick" in Magic Page by Page, but it uses just one diary. I susp...
by Bob Farmer
May 17th, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 17
Views: 999

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

Thank you, Max. It looks as if the Danson entry is the earliest version of what is common today, the card and the birthday.
by Bob Farmer
May 17th, 2018, 11:03 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 17
Views: 999

The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

I am compiling some credits for "The Birthday Book," aka "The Diary Trick." The most famous version is “The Book of Fortunes,” by Alex Elmsley (pp. 347-351, The Collected works of Alex Elmsley, Volume 1 by Stephen Minch, L&L Publishing 1991). It was also released as a standal...
by Bob Farmer
May 16th, 2018, 8:57 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 19
Views: 1789

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

Roy Walton sent me an email explaining the difference between the "Remraf Reversal" (which is not the Turnantula move, but is explained in the manuscript) as follows: "Your Remraf Reversal is perhaps a very distant cousin, many times removed ... to Trigger. "[Some] ... may think ...
by Bob Farmer
May 15th, 2018, 7:39 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 19
Views: 1789

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

Joe, the move is completely counterintuitive. Don't ask me how I came up with it--I don't know. A gift from the gods of moves.
by Bob Farmer
May 15th, 2018, 6:02 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 19
Views: 1789

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

I live to serve.
by Bob Farmer
May 15th, 2018, 7:49 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 19
Views: 1789

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

Turnantula, the famous underground sleight, has now been released with a video. "The sleight ... is to my knowledge new and is certainly a lovely maneuver promising wide applicability. If anything can shine through the welter of material being published today, I should think this sleight deserv...
by Bob Farmer
May 11th, 2018, 1:54 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Naked Strange (Paul Harris)
Replies: 11
Views: 740

Re: Review: Naked Strange (Paul Harris)

In my next book, The Bammo Book of the Gypsy Queen, there will be a similar effect. 7 cards are counted into the first spectator's hand face down and he holds them. A second spectator scans the ENTIRE remaining deck and THINKS of a card. He does not reveal it. Deck is fanned and the three mates of t...
by Bob Farmer
May 6th, 2018, 8:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 2300

Re: The Svengali Deck

I've used a Svengali deck to fool magicians. If you change the effect you change the expectations, so I used it for a Three Pile Monte routine. I remember a lecture I attended at the Magic Circle by a magician who in the first segment did all kinds of great effects. Fooled everybody, I think. In the...
by Bob Farmer
May 5th, 2018, 9:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bikes and Sharpie Company in Trouble?
Replies: 3
Views: 498

Re: Bikes and Sharpie Company in Trouble?

First Gibson goes bankrupt and now this. I've picked the wrong hobbies, guitars and magic.
by Bob Farmer
May 3rd, 2018, 5:57 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 19
Views: 1789

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

Famous Japanese magician, Yuki Kadoya, just sent me this email: Dear Bob-san : I just bought "Cheat!" from Lybrary.com. Wow. what a clever thinking it is! I think Bob-san's great talent is picking up some old but interesting lesser-known principles or / and classic plots, then put together...
by Bob Farmer
May 3rd, 2018, 5:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Youtube Boobs
Replies: 10
Views: 1024

Re: Youtube Boobs

There is a difference between these exposures for the public and exposures of marketed tricks. No member of the public is going to fork out, say, $50, for a deck of cards, but magicians will. One of the major incentives for magicians to do this is to find out the secret; they may not ever perform th...
by Bob Farmer
May 3rd, 2018, 12:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Youtube Boobs
Replies: 10
Views: 1024

Youtube Boobs

I just watched a Youtube video by some moron named Aaron XXXXXXXX. I'm not using his full name because I don't want to encourage any more views. The video, is, like a lot of Youtube videos, an explanation of how a currently marketed trick works. There is nothing that gives this person the right to d...
by Bob Farmer
May 3rd, 2018, 8:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 1449

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

As to the issue of what is an, "invention," there is a principle in patent law that says if something would have occurred to any skilled person in a particular field it can't be an invention. It doesn't become an "invention" just because it's new. So here, we have two skilled mag...
by Bob Farmer
May 2nd, 2018, 7:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater
Replies: 43
Views: 3219

Re: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater

Both with respect to the earlier edition and this new one, the only person I know who could have pulled this off is Richard Kaufman.
by Bob Farmer
April 26th, 2018, 8:31 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Professional Card Magic by Cliff Green
Replies: 8
Views: 1022

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: 11
Views: 1655

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: 19
Views: 1789

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: 376

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: 21
Views: 2911

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: 19
Views: 1789

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: 19
Views: 1789

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 ...

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