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Mathematics, Magic & Mystery by Martin Gardner - Book
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Why do card tricks work? How can magicians do astonishing feats of mathematics mentally? Why do stage "mind-reading" tricks work? As a rule we simply accept these tricks as "magic," we seldom recognize that they are really demonstrations of strict laws based on probability, sets, theory of numbers, topology and other branches of mathematics.

This is the first book-length study of this fascinating branch of recreational mathematics. Written by one of the foremost experts on mathematical magic, it summarizes, with considerable historical data and bibliography, all previous work in this field; it is also a creative examination of laws and their exemplification, with scores of new tricks, new insights and new demonstrations. In this volume, for the first time, dozens of topological tricks are explained and dozens of manipulation tricks are aligned with mathematical law.

Non-technical, detailed and clear, this volume contains 115 sections discussing tricks with cards, dice, coins, etc.; topological tricks with handkerchiefs, cards, etc.; geometrical vanishing effects; demonstrations with pure numbers; and dozens of other topics. You will learn how a Moebius strip works, how a Curry square can "prove" that the whole is not equal to the sum of its parts and lots more.

No skill at sleight-of-hand is needed to perform the more than 500 tricks described. Mathematics guarantees their success, they will work for anyone. Mathematics Magic and Mystery includes detailed examinations of laws and their application permits you to create your own problems and effects.

Pages 174 - Softbound, Illustrated

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
I love maths tricks and this is one of my favourites. It is full of great tricks and clever, self-working effects. I would recommend having a look at Harry Lorayne's Mathematical magic book too.
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Martin Gardner has always been my favorite writer of Magic. I got this book and was very eager to read it, but found myself growing increasingly bored.

There are some things in here that we learned as kids and performed for eve relative, like the different addition tricks etc. You'll see really interesting ideas in here though, don't get me wrong. The majority of it isn't very practical though. A lot of memorization and calculations are required to perform pretty much everything in here.

Overall I would have to say that the majority of this you will just skip over and probably won't affect you much. There is a fair margin for perofrmance material in here or other ideas that you might like, but it's not TOO highly. Make of it what you will I suppose
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 6th, 2010
Most of the DVDs and videos available today are based on the books collecting dust on people shelves. You will be able to gain an understanding of how true magic works by reading the works of the Masters.
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