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by federico luduena
September 4th, 2018, 3:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange story of genuine(?) telepathy
Replies: 9
Views: 529

Re: Strange story of genuine(?) telepathy

Aristotle discusses this kind of report in "On Prophesying by Dreams" ( Parva naturalia ), employing a probabilistic approach similar to the one proposed by John Allen Paulos in Innumeracy . Ray Hyman quotes the explanations by Freud in his classic about cold reading. One of these is very ...
by federico luduena
August 9th, 2018, 10:07 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 52
Views: 16980

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

Thank you for all the detailed information, Joe. To contribute to 1) , there is "Blindsight", by Nick Trost ( The Card Magic of Nick Trost ), and the one-deck version by Bob Neale, "Probability Pack", in Life and Death and Other Card Tricks . Also, it seems 4) and 9) use the same...
by federico luduena
May 23rd, 2018, 11:35 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 18
Views: 2420

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

Also "Date Me", by Greg Arce. In his book Deep Thought (2004), p19.
by federico luduena
March 10th, 2018, 9:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Showing Cards Not In Deck
Replies: 18
Views: 2214

Re: Showing Cards Not In Deck

The first one that comes to mind is "The Invisible Card", by Simon Aronson (in Try The Impossible).

Also, the techinque Paul Harris uses in "Las Vegas Leaper" to have the spectator count cards in their own hands and not notice that there are extra cards.
by federico luduena
January 31st, 2017, 12:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Open Prediction Question
Replies: 8
Views: 1869

Re: Open Prediction Question

Although it does not use rough and smooth, a related and very strong effect is "Los Angeles Open", by Gordon Bean. It appeared in his marketed "Joker Joker".
by federico luduena
March 25th, 2016, 11:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A novel ring trick from 1893
Replies: 7
Views: 2964

Re: A novel ring trick from 1893

Thanks for sharing this. There is a brief explanation in Martin Gardner's Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic, on page 493 of the original edition. Good suggestion in BOP about practicing with pegs (or bulldog clips these days).
by federico luduena
September 25th, 2013, 2:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Luis Piedrahita Issue?
Replies: 5
Views: 2804

Re: Luis Piedrahita Issue?

He has also written and directed "Fermat's Room", a good mathematical thriller, in the vein of "The Oxford Crimes" (the novel on which this movie was based was recommended by Jon Racherbaumer some years ago through Genii). "Fermat's Room" is well conceived and executed,...
by federico luduena
April 24th, 2013, 1:59 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Lightning calculators
Replies: 15
Views: 2140

Re: Lightning calculators

An excellent resource is Mental Prodigies (Greenwood Press, New York, 1952), by English magician Fred Barlow. It contains biographies of many of the classic lightning calculators (including the only woman among them). In the book there is also a section on magic. You will find several gems there. My...
by federico luduena
June 25th, 2012, 10:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gaffs, gimmicks, fekes and...?
Replies: 17
Views: 3885

Re: Gaffs, gimmicks, fekes and...?

Henry Hay includes definitions for 'gimmick' and 'fake' in his "The Amateur Magician's Handbook". I transcribe three lines from page 258: "On the authority of John Mulholland, a 'gimmick' is a secret device never seen by the audience; a 'fake' is a device seen by the audience, but not...

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