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Counting on Deception is Larry Barnowsky’s newest book and I just finished reading it. There are 44 chapters with 28 card chapters, 9 with Props, 3 with Coins, and 4 with Balls. Of the Card chapters, 11 are Impromptu, 5 start with a deck in New Deck Order, 8 with Setups, and 4 using Gaffs. Overall, the material is much easier than his prior to books, Kingdom of the Red and The Book of Destiny. He rates the effects with diamonds 1 through 3. Most effects are 1 diamond or 1-2 diamonds where there are alternative easier techniques taught to accomplish the effect. Only one 3 diamond effect. Also no patter in verse. Chapters end in a discussion section which gives additional ideas and variations as well as credits.

The book itself is similar to the high quality of his prior two. Hardcover with glossy paper which makes the photos very clear. 256 pages and over 400 black and white photos. There is a red cloth standard cover with gold stamping on the spine and front. Slick multicolored dust jacket with striking artwork with layers of numbers and a circular abacus. I have the special limited edition (50 copies) which has a textured deep red leather binding and red ribbon bookmark and the gold imprinting. It also has black embossed end pages which are also on the cloth edition I am told. The explanations are very well done and the writing consistent in style. The book sells for $45 retail from his website which is $15 cheaper than the prior two books. You don’t get a DVD with this one but for all the effects I would say you don’t need it (unless you can’t read). I highly recommend this book and some of the reasons are detailed below.
Here are my thoughts on some select chapters from the book:

Ch. 1 Nine Shuffle Paradox: The first trick in the book. Very powerful with minimal sleights but the subtle moves accomplish the deception. Nine different shuffles and sorts are performed on a packet of 24 cards with the spectator involved in where and how cards and packets are mixed. Cards are also mixed face up into face down. At the end, all the black cards are face up and all the red cards face down. Gilbreath is one of the principles used. A stunner.

Ch. 2 15 Card Poker Deal: Great storyline about a session with a gambling expert where you and spectator do some role playing. Cards are dealt into a number of piles determined by drawing a spot card from a small packet. Cards are dealt into that number of piles (say 5) and reassembled after which the spectator freely cuts. This is repeated for 2, 4, 7, and 8 piles with the spectator cutting each times. In fact the spectator can do all the dealing and collecting up the piles if you want. Cards are cut by spectator and you deal legitimately three hands of stud poker. He can choose which hand he wants and this climaxes with a royal flush. This is Larry’s application of Alex Elmsley’s principle of The Constant Stack. I have already performed this and it kills. The math behind this is well explained but it’s one of those tricks that work automatically with no calculating or thinking so you can concentrate on the presentation.

Ch. 3 Sort-ability: This applies the same math concepts to a packet of 15 cards, 5 clubs, 5 spades, and 5 hearts. Cards are mixed in piles with free cutting by the spectator. Yet you are able to cut to five hearts in a row which are placed face down. Then you cut to five spades in a row and leave them face up. Then just as they expect the last five cards to be all clubs, you turn them over and they are all hearts and the five face down hearts have switched place with the clubs. Basic sleights, very easy to do helped by the math principle.

Ch. 7 One at a Time Aces: First I thought, another ace assembly. After reading this and finding that this one of Larry’s “go to” effects when he has time to perform only one or two effects I realized how good this is. It’s based on a Marlo effect from Tarbell. He even shows you an easy method for those who are not adept at the Buckle Count. I will use this one.

Ch. 9 Underhanded Deception: In the Preface Larry recommends that you perform this trick, not just read it. I have and it is a jaw dropper for the spectator. It’s based on and old effect from Martin Gardner. A sealed prediction is given for the spectator to hold. Cards are shuffled face up into face down and the mixed deck divided between the spectator and the magician. Cards are exchanged under the table. At the end the spectator and magician count the number of cards they have that are face down and the prediction turns out to be exactly correct. In addition it says that the magician now holds all four face down aces which is shown to be true. Very easy to so. No sleights.

Ch. 10 Impromptu Pascal’s Pyramid Prediction: A prediction card is placed face down on the table. The spectator chooses 10 cards in a row from a truly shuffled deck. The value of each card is used to create the bottom ten squares of an addition pyramid. Numbers are added and simplified until one digit is at the top. That matches the prediction. This could be repeated if needed with a different result. No adding and multiplying numbers in your head. The only calculation is adding two numbers (like 5 and 2)! You’ll need a pad and pencil. You can draw the pyramid yourself which I did or download the template from Larry’s website.

Ch. 12 The 39th Card: This will destroy other magicians if they haven’t seen anything like this principle used. This one starts with a brand new deck and a second deck with a different colored back. Cards are shuffled. A sealed prediction is given out. Spectator cuts the deck and deals 12 cards in three piles and choses one pile and keeps those cards. He cuts again and deals 12 cards in 6 piles and chooses one pile and keeps those. Using the values of each chosen card he turns over cards in the second deck until he reaches the sum of those number. The card at that number matches the prediction exactly. No sleights.

Ch. 13 Until There Were Four: Ace through five in each suit are used. Cards are mixed multiple times in four piles by you and the spectator. Spectator has free choice in moving cards within a pile and how they are dealt. Each time four of the top cards are removed. Despite all that apparent control, the cards become sorted so each of the new piles (5 of them) has a four of a kind. No sleights, self-working.

Ch. 15 Prime Number Prophecy: Perfect trick to do with a new deck. This is best done with several spectators. Prediction placed in wallet. Spectator deals deck into 7 piles and reassembles the piles from left to right. He hands the deck to a second spectator who does the same with 5 piles. This is repeated with 3 piles and then 2 piles. Last spectator deals two hands of four cards each and freely chooses any card in his hand. Prediction matches the card exactly. Very easy to do. No equivoque or force.

Ch. 18 Match Game: One of my favorites from this book. This is a red and black separation effect unlike anything I’ve seen before. Two subtle moves are taught which do the work and they are very easy to execute.

Ch. 25 Drawing a Blank: In this one the audience is intimately involved working as a team with the magician. This is Larry’s version of a Bill Malone effect. A card is chosen and five additional cards added to it. Each time the magician counts the six cards he finds he has has one extra. This is done eight times each time discarding the extra card leaving six cards. The last count the spectator does but he finds that he has only one card and that turns out to be the chosen card. But when the discarded cards are turned over, they are all blank. The rest of the deck is turned over and found to be blank. All can be examined. Great patter.

Ch. 29 Crayola Payola: Great trick for kids or adults. From 16 different colored crayons, one is selected by a spectator. He also selects one of 8 different cards that have a black and white cartoon on it. He colors in the cartoon with his crayon. A prediction held by the spectator is read and matches the color and the drawing. Gaffed crayon box is ingenious. Cards are also gaffed. Very easy to perform. Details on how to make your own. Don’t know if Larry will be selling any of these made up.

Ch. 31 Abracadabracus: This is a prop you can easily make yourself from an abacus. Basically a famous date is chosen using a special set of cards. The abacus is shaken up inside a cloth cover. When the cover is removed the beads read out a four digit number equaling the date. Easy to perform.

Ch. 33 Mind Reading Cards: Another automatic trick which requires minimal adding on your part. Spectator is given five cards containing 16 different numbers (1-31) each and asked to think of a date of the month. He picks the cards containing his number and discards the rest. The magician hands him a deck of cards and asks him to count to that number one at a time. When he gets to the card at that number he finds it is a special card with writing that says that you stopped at the number you thought of. And yes that is the only card in the deck like that. All can be examined. Very easy.

Ch. 38 Coins and Caps: This is one of those find the object under the cap. Very direct method disguised with props. I bought the props from Larry when I got the book. A quickie that is easy to perform.

Ch. 41 Patriotic Balls: A fantastic cups and ball routine using a Chop Cup and a small ungimmicked plastic cover that fits under the cup. Very different penetrations and transpositions. Well structured routine with the finale being the production of red white and blue balls with the blue one a racquet ball.

Ch. 42 Color Me Clairvoyant: Magician shows his ability to identify four different balls in a paper bag by touch. None of the balls is gimmicked so you can’t tell them by feeling them and neither can the spectator. There is a gaff that makes this work and it’s not a hole in the bag. A surprise ending with a great vanish. I won’t tip it here.

Ch. 43 Silent Colorama: Unlike the old Colorama the spectator does not announce the switches of three colored balls he makes out loud. Yet you are able to predict the outcome in an unusual way. Works automatically with no calculations or counting on your fingers. Can do it with any three numbered objects.

Ch. 44 Glass Tube and Bag Mystery: A wonderful routine in which a sponge ball vanishes and appears in a tube. This is repeated twice and then it appears in a covered glass twice. The ball then penetrates under a silk slowly through the bottom of an inverted glass. Glass placed in tube. Ball vanishes from hand and reappears in tube. Gaff explained well and should be easily made or bought. Basic sponge ball vanish needed and that is explained in detail.


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Counting on Deception is Larry Barnowsky’s newest book and I just finished reading it. There are 44 chapters with 28 card chapters, 9 with Props, 3 with Coins, and 4 with Balls. Of the Card chapters, 11 are Impromptu, 5 start with a deck in New Deck Order, 8 with Setups, and 4 using Gaffs. Overall, the material is much easier than his prior to books, Kingdom of the Red and The Book of Destiny. He rates the effects with diamonds 1 through 3. Most effects are 1 diamond or 1-2 diamonds where there are alternative easier techniques taught to accomplish the effect. Only one 3 diamond effect. Also no patter in verse. Chapters end in a discussion section which gives additional ideas and variations as well as credits.
The book itself is similar to the high quality of his prior two. Hardcover with glossy paper which makes the photos very clear. 256 pages and over 400 black and white photos. There is a red cloth standard cover with gold stamping on the spine and front. Slick multicolored dust jacket with striking artwork with layers of numbers and a circular abacus. I have the special limited edition (50) which has a textured deep red leather binding and red ribbon bookmark and the gold imprinting. It also has the black embossed end pages which is also on the cloth edition I am told. The explanations are very well done and the writing consistent in style. The book sells for $45 retail from his website which is $15 cheaper than the prior two books. You don’t get a DVD with this one but for all the effects I would say you don’t need it (unless you can’t read). I highly recommend this book and some of the reasons are detailed below.
Here are my thoughts on some select chapters from the book:
Ch. 1 Nine Shuffle Paradox: The first trick in the book. Very powerful with minimal sleights but the subtle moves accomplish the deception. Nine different shuffles and sorts are performed on a packet of 24 cards with the spectator involved in where and how cards and packets are mixed. Cards are also mixed face up into face down. At the end, all the black cards are face up and all the red cards face down. Gilbreath is one of the principles used. A stunner.
Ch. 2 15 Card Poker Deal: Great storyline about a session with a gambling expert where you and spectator do some role playing. Cards are dealt into a number of piles determined by drawing a spot card from a small packet. Cards are dealt into that number of piles (say 5) and reassembled after which the spectator freely cuts. This is repeated for 2, 4, 7, and 8 piles with the spectator cutting each times. In fact the spectator can do all the dealing and collecting up the piles if you want. Cards are cut by spectator and you deal legitimately three hands of stud poker. He can choose which hand he wants and this climaxes with a royal flush. This is Larry’s application of Alex Elmsley’s principle of The Constant Stack. I have already performed this and it kills. The math behind this is well explained but it’s one of those tricks that work automatically with no calculating or thinking so you can concentrate on the presentation.
Ch. 3 Sort-ability: This applies the same math concepts to a packet of 15 cards, 5 clubs, 5 spades, and 5 hearts. Cards are mixed in piles with free cutting by the spectator. Yet you are able to cut to five hearts in a row which are placed face down. Then you cut to five spades in a row and leave them face up. Then just as they expect the last five cards to be all clubs, you turn them over and they are all hearts and the five face down hearts have switched place with the clubs. Basic sleights, very easy to do helped by the math principle.
Ch. 7 One at a Time Aces: First I thought, another ace assembly. After reading this and finding that this one of Larry’s “go to” effects when he has time to perform only one or two effects I realized how good this is. It’s based on a Marlo effect from Tarbell. He even shows you an easy method for those who are not adept at the Buckle Count. I will use this one.
Ch. 9 Underhanded Deception: In the Preface Larry recommends that you perform this trick, not just read it. I have and it is a jaw dropper for the spectator. It’s based on and old effect from Martin Gardner. A sealed prediction is given for the spectator to hold. Cards are shuffled face up into face down and the mixed deck divided between the spectator and the magician. Cards are exchanged under the table. At the end the spectator and magician count the number of cards they have that are face down and the prediction turns out to be exactly correct. In addition it says that the magician now holds all four face down aces which is shown to be true. Very easy to so. No sleights.
Ch. 10 Impromptu Pascal’s Pyramid Prediction: A prediction card is placed face down on the table. The spectator chooses 10 cards in a row from a truly shuffled deck. The value of each card is used to create the bottom ten squares of an addition pyramid. Numbers are added and simplified until one digit as at the top. That matches the prediction. This could be repeated if needed with a different result. No adding and multiplying numbers in your head. The most difficult calculation is adding two numbers (like 5 and 2)! You’ll need a pad and pencil. You can draw the pyramid yourself which I did or download the template from Larry’s website.
Ch. 12 The 39th Card: This will destroy other magicians if they haven’t seen anything like this principle used. This one starts with a brand new deck and a second deck with a different colored back. Cards are shuffled. A sealed prediction is given out. Spectator cuts the deck and deals 12 cards in three piles and choses one pile and keeps those cards. He cuts again and deals 12 cards in 6 piles and chooses one pile and keeps those. Using the values of each chosen card he turns over cards in the second deck until he reaches the sum of those number. The card at that number matches the prediction exactly. No sleights.
Ch. 13 Until There Were Four: Ace through five in each suit are used. Cards are mixed multiple times in four piles by you and the spectator. Spectator has free choice in moving cards within a pile and how they are dealt. Each time four of the top cards are removed. Despite all that apparent control, the cards become sorted so each of the new piles (5 of them) has a four of a kind. No sleights, self-working.

Ch. 15 Prime Number Prophecy: Perfect trick to do with a new deck. This is best done with several spectators. Prediction placed in wallet. Spectator deals deck into 7 piles and reassembles the piles from left to right. He hands the deck to a second spectator who does the same with 5 piles. This is repeated with 3 piles and then 2 piles. Last spectator deals two hands of four cards each and freely chooses any card in his hand. Prediction matches the card exactly. Very easy to do. No equivoque or force.
Ch. 18 Match Game: One of my favorites from this book. This is a red and black separation effect unlike anything I’ve seen before. Two subtle moves are taught which do the work and they are very easy to execute.
Ch. 25 Drawing a Blank: In this one the audience is intimately involved working as a team with the magician. This is Larry’s version of a Bill Malone effect. A card is chosen and five additional cards added to it. Each time the magician counts the cards the six cards but he has an extra. This is done eight times each time discarding the extra card leaving six cards. The last count the spectator does but he finds that he has only one card and that turns out to be the chosen card. But when the discarded cards are turned over, they are all blank. The rest of the deck is turned over and found to be blank. All can be examined. Great patter.
Ch. 29 Crayola Payola: Great trick for kids or adults. From 16 different colored crayons, one is selected by a spectator. He also selects one of 8 different cards that have a black and white cartoon on it. He colors in the cartoon with his crayon. A prediction held by the spectator is read and matches the color and the drawing. Gaffed crayon box is ingenious. Cards are also gaffed. Very easy to perform. Details on how to make your own. Don’t know if Larry will be selling any of these made up.
Ch. 31 Abracadabracus: This is a prop you can easily make yourself from an abacus. Basically a famous date is chosen using a special set of cards. The abacus is shaken up inside a cloth cover. When the cover is removed the beads read out a four digit number equaling the date. Easy to perform.




Ch. 33 Mind Reading Cards: Another automatic trick which requires minimal adding on your part. Spectator is given five cards containing 16 different numbers (1-31) each and asked to think of a date of the month. He picks the cards containing his number and discards the rest. The magician hands him a deck of cards and asks him to count to that number one at a time. When he gets to the card at that number he finds it is a special card with writing that says that you stopped at the number you thought of. And yes that is the only card in the deck like that. All can be examined. Very easy.
Ch. 38 Coins and Caps: This is one of those find the object under the cap. Very direct method disguised with props. I bought the props from Larry when I got the book. A quickie that is easy to perform.
Ch. 41 Patriotic Balls: A fantastic cups and ball routine using a Chop Cup and a small ungimmicked plastic cover that fits under the cup. Very different penetrations and transpositions. Well structured routine with the finale being the production of red white and blue balls with the blue one a racquet ball.
Ch. 42 Color Me Clairvoyant: Magician shows his ability to identify four different balls in a paper bag by touch. None of the balls is gimmicked so you can’t tell them by feeling them and neither can the spectator. There is a gaff that makes this work and it’s not a hole in the bag. A surprise ending with a great vanish. I won’t tip it here.
Ch. 43 Silent Colorama: Unlike the old Colorama the spectator does not announce the switches of three colored balls he makes out loud. Yet you are able to predict the outcome in an unusual way. Works automatically with no calculations or counting on your fingers.
Ch. 44 Glass Tube and Bag Mystery: A wonderful routine in which a sponge ball vanishes and appears in a tube. This is repeated twice and then it appears in a covered glass twice. The ball then penetrates slowly through the bottom of an inverted glass. Glass placed in tube. Ball vanishes from hand and reappears in tube. Gaff explained well and should be easily made or bought. Basic sponge ball vanish needed and that is explained in detail.
BJ
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Thanks BJ so much for that thorough review.

This week I will be including an antique silver dollar size milled Chinese coin (with no hole) and a special bookmark with each book ordered. All orders shipped within 24 hours.

Feel free to PM me with any questions.

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This is the fourth book I’ve purchased written by Larry Barnowsky. Like his other books the writing style is clear and well organized. The photography and layout are professionally done. I wish all magic books paid that much attention to detail. BJ did a good job describing some of the chapters. Rather than overlap that review I’ll mention some other chapters which I really like that he didn’t cover. Can’t say enough about 15 Card Poker Deal and The Match Game.
CH. 5 Four For Sure- Reminds me of Mated from CCCM but easier to do. The spectator can do all the cutting for this one and a four of a kind is located by them.
CH. 8 Trick That Fooled Me- Very different effect where spectator gets to shuffle and switch pairs of at the end the cards become separated by suit. No sleights.
CH 17 All Road Lead to Rome- Uses Larry’s mem deck stack which is also used in prior books. Turn out this stack can do an incredible trick without using it as a mem deck. Card freely chosen and returned. Spect. deals cards and stops freely, turns over that card and uses that number to get to the next card. Turns that over and counts again and so forth. When you get to near the end of the pack, spect. turns over last possible card and it’s his card. Works automatically every time. Does not use Kruskal Count method.
CH 21 Pass The Pack- This is an AMAZING trick for several people and they all participate in the dealing and mixing of the cards. At the end you deal poker hands and deal yourself four of a kind and this could be done blindfolded!
CH. 22 Uncertainty Principle- Three phase effect using any mem deck. This is Larry’s favorite mem deck effect. Storyline fits perfectly with actions. Very clever.
CH. 32 Salty Air- Very unusual effect. Salt is collected from the air invisibly landing in a sheet of paper. Spect can hear the salt landing, Paper rolled in cone and salt pours out into a small glass.
Like his previous books this one is filled with original magic and very well explained. A lot of self working effects for those who are sleight of hand challenged. I highly recommend it.

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Not going to do a review because Boxjumper did such a excellence job just wanted to add that Larry has hit another homerun out of Copperstown. He only produces top quality books with the best material and sharp clear photos along with some great routines.
A must get for your magic library.

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Thanks Leo for those comments.

For anyone who is interested in my new book or my other books, there are special offers at the website. Just click the Special Offer Box in the right upper corner of the main website page.

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Just finished reading Counting On Deception. A beautifully crafted and written book with clear easy to follow explanations and professional style photos. I can see a lot of care was taken in writing this book. Compared to the prior books this one has overall easier material and if there is a move or sleight that some may not do well Larry gives good alternatives. All but the most basic moves are explained so many beginning magicians will find this a good resource. I won't detail chapter by chapter since that was done already but I have to say that among the many gems my favorites include 15 Card Poker Deal, Nine Shuffle Paradox, Impromptu Pascal Pyramid, Underhanded Deception, The 39th Card, Match Game, Pass The Pack, Drawing a Blank, Mind Reading Cards, Color Me Clairvoyant,and Patriotic Balls. Highly recommended.

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Thanks David for those comments.

I include 15 Card Poker Deal and Drawing a Blank in almost every close-up performance. If you have a Chop Cup and want something other than "is it under the cup or in the hand", you'll be delighted with Patriotic Balls. All of the effects in my book provide detailed step-by-step instructions and photos with full script to make the tricks entertaining and also so the audience clearly understands what is happening. This is not a book of pipe dreams or half baked ideas. As I mention in the preface, it's a book with routines that should not only be read out of curiousity but be performed; and I suggest there that Underhanded Deception is one you should definitely go out and perform. It's a baffler.

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I just have to chime in here…Larry's latest book Counting On Deception is just wonderful. Smile

I recently spent some quality time with it and was not let down, as I have not been let down with any of his superb works to date.

Larry is a magician's magician, an intellectual if you will as to this stuff. It's not just fun for him but there is a calling in this man to write it all down for magical posterity. To read through just a few of the many effects in the book is to see a great love and appreciation for the art.

Amidst all the modern technology, DVDs, downloads, even the Café here, this is a real book…Remember those? Smile You can curl up with this thing and learn, marvel and become better. This big red magic book (and that's exactly what I call it when I'm looking for it in my house) has been well-described above but again, it is chock full of interesting closeup magic from a mind that just can't stop thinking about this stuff, and then letting you all know about it, every step.

I've been working on my card stuff over the past year, and in this new book Larry gives you a bit of that and on a "mathemagical" bent. Thus, the overall deception is quite "calculating" you might say. Smile I have been focusing a bit on a different effect from each chapter, like "The Trick That Fooled Me," "Shall We Switch," and "Pascal's Pyramid Prediction." All worth the time it takes to engage good, thought out magic. And that's what this is, a collection of good magic from a real thinker.

In some of the other chapters, Larry goes over using Gaffed Cards, Prop Effects (A real specialty of his), Smile some very clever Ball tricks, and since I'm mostly a coin guy (And Larry is a great coin man himself), he included some coin magic. Been smiling at his "Coins and Caps" since it first caught my eye. Smile

The book is well written and put together, and the precise photography shows you every step of the way. Always good to not just have some one tell you, "It's over that way!" but actually shows you the way and walks with you throughout the journey. For me, the tons of fine pictures are like guiding stars in the sky on a beautiful clear night. Comforting and very well done!

I really like this book, it's just smart. Dr, Larry has taken the art to a scientific level, only there's nothing hard here. And once you get into it, you learn just how clever this guy is, and you can be too - He shows you how, with effects, scripts, photos, commentary..Heck, what else you want??. Smile

And you want have some fun, check out that "Crayola Payola" thing he does. Nicely made piece of magic, and or his creative use of the Periodic Table (Well, he is a doctor). Smile I really think the good Dr. Barnowsky deserves an award on this book, and perhaps deeper overall recognition for his many literary contributions to the art over the years now. I think the Café should make these sorts of recognitions of such great contributions from its members, at least a "V.I.P." tag here would be well deserved, IMHO. Hope the Café Board is listening here.

The book is nothing less than a treasure chest of amazing impossibilia, all from a Café member that's always available here to talk and discuss magic with the big, small and all. He is the real deal and then some. He just keeps proving that without reservation, each time he steps to the plate up there in Cooperstown.

Another homerun of a book, and highly recommended. Smile

-Mb
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"Not much new under the sun I hear but under the moon, well who knows, that just might be a horse of a different color." -Mb Smile
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Mb,

Thanks for that wonderful review.

The one mathematical effect that I almost put in Counting On Deception is The Rings of Alexandria. Instead I decided to offer it as a limited edition (36 units) separate effect complete with the hand crafted apparatus, all props, and 10 page color illustrated instuctions. It's NOW available from me directly and very soon exclusively from Stevens Magic Emporium.
Go to www.barnowskymagic.com and clink the link in the upper left corner for more info. and photos.
PM me with any questions about it or the book.

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Agree with Mb about Counting on Deception. Larry hit a home run with this one all the way from little Cooperstown. Love Nine Shuffle Paradox.
I also have The Rings of Alexandria and this is another winner. Self working with unique math principle that with the apparatus supplied does all the work. From the website I see there are 6 left of the 36.

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Thanks BJ.
Right now there are TWO SETS of Rings of Alexandria remaining (#35 and 36).

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All 36 numbered kits SOLD

I have a few unfinished prototypes which are not numbered. I plan on finishing them by May 7. PM me for info. They will not be discounted.

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Larry, heard that you are is working on another book. Will there be anything in it like The Rings of Alexandria or effects using that principle? Any idea when it will be finished? Maybe you could give us a sneak peek at what's in it.

Paul
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Hi Paul,
The new book is almost done. Text is written and half of the photos have been shot. This will be a smaller book about 100+ pages. The photos and graphics will be in color. To keep the price low, I am planning on printing this spiral or comb bound. The tentative title is Magica Analytica. Most but not all of the effects will be based on mathematical principles including some never used in magic before. Effects similar to The Rings of Alexandria using that principle will be also included. No math needed to do the effects. I do explain how the math works for those who are interested. Most effects are nearly self-working. The book should be in print ready to ship this Fall.

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Update:

Magica Analytica has been completed. Layout and cover art done. Proofing it now underway.

You can also get Counting On Deception as part of the Quadrilogy set which includes all four of my hardcover books, all DVDs and FOUR silver dollar size antique Chinese coins and save some money as well: click here


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Ok, I have to add my opinion as well Smile

First I have to say that Larry is a really nice guy who helped me a lot with the shipping to germany.... And then the book itself...it's really nicely made and the effects are FANTASTIC!! I only had the time to go through a handful of them but they are all incredible!!! And as I even found MD effects I was in heaven!!

I can only give the highest recommendations for this book and will surely get more of Larry's work!!

Best regards,

Zedd
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For those outside of the USA, there is a special shipping deal for Magica Analytica and one other book. I can fit Magica Analytica and 21st Century Coin Mechanics or Kingdom of the Red or Counting On Deception into a single flat rate Priorty Mail package. Book of Destiny which weighs 3 1/2 pounds not included in offer since total weight must be 4 pounds or less.

In the USA if you want two books as above, I will ship both free via Priority Mail. Just order each one and pay for any shipping from a dropdown menu and I will refund the shipping charge 100% to your Paypal account. There is also an offer on the page linked below for free USA shipping via media mail and a velvet rope free.

For international Check out:
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