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by Edwin Corrie
March 18th, 2011, 7:13 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Calculator Cards credit
Replies: 13
Views: 2689

Re: Calculator Cards credit

I just found a couple of developments of the principle in Karl Fulves' "Self Working Number Magic", pages 19-27. There's the basic version, then one where you also determine the day and month of the spectator's birthday, and finally a cunning Robert Neale idea using cards with words on.
by Edwin Corrie
March 17th, 2011, 7:21 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Calculator Cards credit
Replies: 13
Views: 2689

Re: Calculator Cards credit

Hi Edwin, Is it Guessing Someone's Age , page 166 ? Gardner calls them Number Cards (page 95). He goes on to mention the more elaborate variant known as Window Cards, which are also described in Rouse Balls Mathematical Recreations and Essays. The latter has been through many editions since its fir...
by Edwin Corrie
March 17th, 2011, 8:34 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Calculator Cards credit
Replies: 13
Views: 2689

Re: Calculator Cards credit

The Age Cards are in "Mathematics, Magic and Mystery" (1956). Martin Gardner says he doesn't know exactly but thinks it must be one of the oldest mathematical tricks. Early books on mathematical recreations (e.g. Bachet's "Problemes plaisans et delectables", 1612)) contain a lot ...
by Edwin Corrie
March 9th, 2011, 5:22 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: The Revolution or air-pressure turnover
Replies: 11
Views: 3397

Re: The Revolution or air-pressure turnover

Martin Nash had a tweak to the move in one of his books that improved its reliability somewhat. Can't remember where that is right now. No-Air-Pressure Turnover in "Ever So Sleightly". Also, the Boy's Own Book was translated into French as "Manuel des jeunes gens" (1831) - see p...
by Edwin Corrie
March 9th, 2011, 4:11 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: The Revolution or air-pressure turnover
Replies: 11
Views: 3397

Re: The Revolution or air-pressure turnover

This has come up before, and it seems Bart Whaley traced it back to "The Boy's Own Book" by William Clarke (1829): <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=107974">http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubb ... ber=107974</...
by Edwin Corrie
February 28th, 2011, 12:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for a credit for a routine
Replies: 7
Views: 978

Re: Looking for a credit for a routine

Could you give references for some of the recent mentalism items using the Cootie Catcher, and if possible (without giving away any secrets) elaborate on the effects? I wasn't aware of anything of that sort but would be interested to know.
by Edwin Corrie
February 28th, 2011, 3:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for a credit for a routine
Replies: 7
Views: 978

Re: Looking for a credit for a routine

Oops, sorry, Bill's quite right about Will Blyth. Don't know what came over me. But it was "Paper Magic", not the sequel "More Paper Magic". Blyth calls it a Mechanical Conjuring Trick (<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://magicref.tripod.com/books/blythpapermagic.htm">http...
by Edwin Corrie
February 27th, 2011, 11:01 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for a credit for a routine
Replies: 7
Views: 978

Re: Looking for a credit for a routine

It's in Will Goldston's "Paper Magic" (1923), but the effect is just a very simple colour change as you switch from one set of faces to the other.
by Edwin Corrie
February 23rd, 2011, 4:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Contact information for Sterling Dare?
Replies: 2
Views: 998

Re: Contact information for Sterling Dare?

I don't know him personally, but he posts at the Magic Cafe under the name leftytheclown. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/bb_profile.php?mode=view&user=21658">http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/bb_p ... user=21658</a><!-- m --> If for any reason the link do...
by Edwin Corrie
January 27th, 2011, 4:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: February Issue of Genii Should Start Arriving this Week
Replies: 44
Views: 10056

Re: February Issue of Genii Should Start Arriving this Week

Still waiting for the January issue. The mail to Europe is a lot slower than it used to be.
by Edwin Corrie
January 25th, 2011, 5:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 21477

Re: Troublewit research en Français

Jonathan Townsend wrote:The Hatch translation of Hofzinser's Magic has some photos of him using the TroubleWit as well.


There may well be something on Troublewit in Magic Christian's as yet unpublished third volume of his Hofzinser trilogy, though we may have to wait a while for the promised English translation.
by Edwin Corrie
January 25th, 2011, 12:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 21477

Re: Troublewit research en Français

I've finally managed to contact David Lister, who is a founder member of the British Origami Society and one of our distinguished origami historians. He is very interested in Troublewit and has done a lot of research on it, as have a number of other origami aficionados. He has an written an article ...
by Edwin Corrie
January 21st, 2011, 5:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Marlo's Double Undercut Palm -- Reference?
Replies: 9
Views: 2586

Re: Marlo's Double Undercut Palm -- Reference?

Also in Randy Wakeman's "Special Effects" and "Randy Wakeman Presents". (Has anyone else noticed the similarity in titles with Paul Curry's "Special Effects" and "Paul Curry Presents"?)
by Edwin Corrie
January 20th, 2011, 3:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Christ's Four Ace trick.
Replies: 23
Views: 5164

Re: Christ's Four Ace trick.

I can't check at the moment but I think the Elmsley version was originally in "The Cardiste". A couple more for the collection: Fabulous Four Ace Routine in "The Commercial Magic of J.C. Wagner". He also posted a handling on the Magic Cafe a while back. Christ-Aronson Aces <!-- m...
by Edwin Corrie
December 29th, 2010, 4:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 21477

Re: Troublewit research en Français

Interesting the Universal Self-Instructor is very similar to Cassells Book of Indoor Amusements referenced earlier, with identical illustrations but different text. The Source unknown items from Flickr are the Troublewit pages in Kenneways Complete Origami. Illustreret Legebog by Anna Erslev was new...
by Edwin Corrie
December 29th, 2010, 12:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 21477

Re: Troublewit research en Français

OK, just a few more references: "Attractions visuelles de complment" by Jean de Merry <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.magix.fr/pub/scans/lmx-021.jpg">http://www.magix.fr/pub/scans/lmx-021.jpg</a><!-- m --> Maybe you know it already. I don't have it and can't say whether it c...
by Edwin Corrie
December 29th, 2010, 8:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 21477

Re: Troublewit research en Français

The author refers to starched and unstarched linen, though he also suggests practising with paper first. For the complex animal shapes he says you need a needle and thread. In recent years there has been a lot of interest in origami tessellations, and several people have created masks in a way that ...
by Edwin Corrie
December 29th, 2010, 4:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 21477

Re: Troublewit research en Français

THIS illustration is from a 1657 book from Germany. The subject is folding napkins for a fancy dinner. While not, strictly speaking, troublewit, the similarities are obvious. It is from Vollstndiges und von neuem vermehrtes Trincir-Buch by Georg Philipp Harsdrffer. Thanks for the link. I'd seen pag...
by Edwin Corrie
December 19th, 2010, 5:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 21477

Re: Troublewit research en Français

A couple more things to add (I couldnt resist doing some more checking): Manuel pratique dorigami by Dominique Buisson has a short chapter on Lventail magique that mentions most of the references weve seen in this thread (Ozanam, Sports & Pastimes, Minguet, Alberti). Apparently Troublewit was in...
by Edwin Corrie
December 19th, 2010, 3:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 21477

Re: Troublewit research en Français

Hi Andrew, Thanks for the Tom Tit link. Im quite heavily into origami but for some reason have never gone into Troublewit in any detail. There are several people who have done a lot of research into the history of paperfolding in both Europe and Asia, and I know of one who has made an extensive coll...
by Edwin Corrie
December 18th, 2010, 4:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 21477

Re: Troublewit research en Français

still digging through Dhotel, although it may be in the volumes that have not yet been translated from French... "Le papier multiforme" was listed in the catalogue as a booklet with around 38 pages. I don't know if it was included in the eight volumes of "La prestidigitation sans bag...
by Edwin Corrie
December 18th, 2010, 10:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 21477

Re: Troublewit research en Français

Edwin: Thank you for taking the time to contribute. Lister and Selden will take a while and I am really looking forward to seeing Yoshizawa's troublewit... The Selden book can be viewed here (see page 137 for the reference to "juggler's paper"): http://books.google.com/books?id=6mUlAAAAMA...
by Edwin Corrie
December 17th, 2010, 7:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 21477

Re: Troublewit research en Français

I can't help with Pre Mathieu or cite any sources earlier than "Sports and Pastimes", but I can mention a few references. You've obviously researched this a lot, so this might not all be new to you, but here goes: Ozanam's "Rcrations mathmatiques et physiques". Not too sure about...
by Edwin Corrie
December 2nd, 2010, 8:07 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Robert-Houdin, Roberto Giobbi, and an Actor Prepares
Replies: 60
Views: 24622

Re: Robert-Houdin, Roberto Giobbi, and an Actor Prepares

Andrew: thanks for posting the relevant piece from the Hoffmann translation. Interesting. Jonathan: R-H is definitely saying that the old Latin term would be more appropriate - see my post of 27th April earlier in this thread. The page in question can be seen here: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href...
by Edwin Corrie
December 1st, 2010, 6:54 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Robert-Houdin, Roberto Giobbi, and an Actor Prepares
Replies: 60
Views: 24622

Re: Robert-Houdin, Roberto Giobbi, and an Actor Prepares

I too always felt that "ne ... point" was more forceful than "ne ... pas", but I checked with a French colleague today and her immediate reaction was that it's an archaic form (also mainly a written form rather than a spoken one) which nowadays is only really used in jest. It com...
by Edwin Corrie
October 15th, 2010, 3:21 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: early magic book sold at general bookstore
Replies: 17
Views: 2779

Re: early magic book sold at general bookstore

I believe many of these books (and others) were sold to the general public: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://geniimagazine.com/magicpedia/Early_Magic_Books">http://geniimagazine.com/magicpedia/Early_Magic_Books</a><!-- m --> But it's also interesting to see that by the beginning of the 20t...
by Edwin Corrie
September 30th, 2010, 3:15 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Great Magic Auction
Replies: 21
Views: 4976

Re: Great Magic Auction

Good grief, and I thought I had a lot. Must show this to my wife.
by Edwin Corrie
September 29th, 2010, 6:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coin Fold references
Replies: 33
Views: 3845

Re: Coin Fold references

Philippe could be right about the Buddha Papers being a precursor to the Coin Fold. Maybe the latter was developed precisely because the Buddha Papers can't be shown freely. The main argument against this is perhaps the fact that (at least until Will Blyth in 1923, if not before) the Buddha Papers w...
by Edwin Corrie
September 28th, 2010, 6:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coin Fold references
Replies: 33
Views: 3845

Re: Coin Fold references

Philippe: Scot describes two methods in "The Discoverie of Witchcraft". I've never quite understoond the first one, but the second one with the two squares stuck together (Buddha Papers) is a bit different from the classic Coin Fold. The premise is certainly similar, but with the Buddha Pa...
by Edwin Corrie
September 28th, 2010, 7:58 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coin Fold references
Replies: 33
Views: 3845

Re: Coin Fold references

>> That sounds more like "Buddha Paper", then the traditional coin fold (i.e. the coin never actually leaves the paper). Quite right, the trick in "Discoverie of Witchcraft" is the Buddha Papers, which is not the same as the Coin Fold. For the Coin Fold, there's one version (not ...
by Edwin Corrie
September 25th, 2010, 10:46 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: reference needed
Replies: 5
Views: 1048

Re: reference needed

There's a version in Richard Neve's "Merry Companion" (1716), but in Michael Weber's "Life Savers" (also referenced in "Knack Magic Tricks") it's stated that the principle for this has been traced back to Van Etten's "Mathematicall Recreations" (1633). It prob...
by Edwin Corrie
September 17th, 2010, 5:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Broken wand - Jean GARANCE
Replies: 4
Views: 1230

Re: [b]Broken wand - Jean GARANCE[/b]

Very sorry to hear this. I didn't know him well, but he was very welcoming when I first came to Geneva and attended some of the magic club meetings. His little magic shop Le Truc Store was also an interesting place to see, and he still remembered me on my last visit even though I hadn't attended any...
by Edwin Corrie
August 17th, 2010, 6:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Warp - folded in four
Replies: 24
Views: 3060

Re: Card Warp - folded in four

Bob McAllister's "The Fastest Card Trick in the Universe" in Apocalypse, November 1985, is a card folded in four that turns inside out, using a dollar bill. Ken Krenzel's version "Slowed Up" (without the dollar bill) is in the January 1987 issue. Jay Sankey published something si...
by Edwin Corrie
May 26th, 2010, 6:47 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Japanese Magic Books?
Replies: 15
Views: 3288

Re: Japanese Magic Books?

It might take a while to get to a level where you can read books in Japanese, but when you do there is always Amazon Japan. A quick search for "magic" (tejina) produces the following: http://www.amazon.co.jp/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_ja_JP=%83J%83%5E%83J%83i&url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&a...
by Edwin Corrie
May 25th, 2010, 7:30 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Japanese Magic Books?
Replies: 15
Views: 3288

Re: Japanese Magic Books?

There's also the New York Magic Symposium Collection Five, which has a good section on Japanese magic but might not be easy to find. And Takagi's Coin Assembly and Wild Card were also sold as separate manuscripts.
by Edwin Corrie
April 27th, 2010, 4:38 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Robert-Houdin, Roberto Giobbi, and an Actor Prepares
Replies: 60
Views: 24622

Re: Robert-Houdin, Roberto Giobbi, and an Actor Prepares

It's dangerous to read too much into a translation. The quotation should be read in the context not only of the introduction to Robert-Houdin's book (where he talks extensively about the history of magic and magicians) but also of the actual French words he uses. He's making a point about the inadeq...
by Edwin Corrie
April 17th, 2010, 2:39 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Ultimate Oil and Water by Anthony Owen
Replies: 19
Views: 5406

Re: Ultimate Oil and Water by Anthony Owen

Ottokar Fischer's description of the Hofzinser "problem" (actually just an effect he was purported to have had a method for) known as The Magic Separation is not very explicit. In his book on Hofzinser, Magic Christian says his extensive examination of Hofziser's letters and manuscripts ha...
by Edwin Corrie
April 16th, 2010, 9:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for all published info on Card Warp
Replies: 165
Views: 37511

Re: Looking for all published info on Card Warp

Maybe Fusion in "Cardworks"? That's two cards apparently fused together face to face though with backs showing, so maybe not.

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