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by Bob Farmer
August 13th, 2018, 11:12 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 25
Views: 3368

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: 59
Views: 6282

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: 59
Views: 6282

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: 59
Views: 6282

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: 375

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: 630

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: 3368

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: 1417

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: 1421

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: 3368

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: 468

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: 468

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: 3368

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: 751

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: 751

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: 1062

Re: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review

The Wikipedia entry is perfect misdirection since it misstates the truth.
by Bob Farmer
June 22nd, 2018, 10:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review
Replies: 9
Views: 1062

Re: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review

The idea that direction should be the issue rather than misdirection first came to my attention in Henning Nelms' book, Magic and Showmanship For Magicians. That book has a lot of great ideas but bad examples of how to use those ideas. However, simply read any Eugene Burger effect for great examples...
by Bob Farmer
June 22nd, 2018, 10:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who invented the Topit?
Replies: 14
Views: 752

Re: Who invented the Topit?

No idea, but I recall Pat Page telling me the Topit was a device used by thieves that magicians had adopted. Pat didn;t actually need a Topit to do Topit-like things. He once had me hold a clear circular glass tray. He blew smoke into a glass and inverted the smoky glass on top of a red ball that wa...
by Bob Farmer
June 21st, 2018, 7:15 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A History of Magic in India
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Re: A History of Magic in India

Also see Peter Lamont's excellent book which in the present climate has more relevance than might be expected. From The Guardian review: "In essence, Lamont entertains us with lessons in how history can be invented. Using the example of the fabled Indian rope trick, Lamont aims to show, and lar...
by Bob Farmer
June 21st, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review
Replies: 9
Views: 1062

Re: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review

I took Matt's advice (as I often have) and he is absolutely right about this amazing monograph. I never understood the psychology of the Ambitious Card until I saw Tommy Wonder do it. His mastery of the spectator's perception in his routine is something every magician should understand even if he do...
by Bob Farmer
June 19th, 2018, 8:17 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 98
Views: 20747

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Tarot rises up! https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44471537 As the new article above explains, use and belief in Tarot cards and readings is bigger than ever. Tarot hasn't been this popular since Nostradamus was predicitng the winning nags at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris and making a bundle...
by Bob Farmer
June 19th, 2018, 7:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Karl Fulves Pubs
Replies: 53
Views: 12707

Re: New Karl Fulves Pubs

Fulves is as old as Matt Field, 5 years older and with enough left over to make 13.
by Bob Farmer
June 17th, 2018, 8:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?
Replies: 17
Views: 1256

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: 17
Views: 1256

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: 792

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: 792

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: 53
Views: 15890

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: 792

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: 25
Views: 3368

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: 6898
Views: 2026056

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: 18
Views: 1626

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: 18
Views: 1626

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: 18
Views: 1626

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: 5530

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: 18
Views: 1626

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: 18
Views: 1626

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: 1875

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: 5530

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: 18
Views: 1626

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: 18
Views: 1626

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.

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