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Topic: Mathemagic books
Message: Posted by: owen.daniel (Oct 9, 2003 07:42AM)
Hi,
I have been considering making a magic routine, probably a cabaret or small stage type routine, which consists of magic using math.
Of course there are things such as magic squares of different sizes which are found I numerous different texts. I have also come across a routine called Apex which first appeared in Magie, a German magic magazine from 1960. I am considering doing this with jumbo cards on a stand. I heard of this through Martin Gardner's book “Mathematical Carnival”, also mentioned in the book is creating magic stars (similar to squares), but I am just interested if there are any good books I should look at to find magic using math.
Any titles would be most appreciated.
Owen
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Oct 9, 2003 01:41PM)
Here's some books, videos, links, and websites you might enjoy:

[url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0313232008/astonishmenlinks/002-1031831-0252013]The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics[/url]
[url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0929923545/astonishmenlinks/002-1031831-0252013]Mathemagics: How to Look Like a Genius Without Really Trying[/url]
[url=http://members.aol.com/beagenius/]Be A Genius* (*...or, just look like one)[/url]
[url=http://www.simonaronson.com/]Simon Aronson's books[/url] (Very amazing and unique mathematical principles behind the effects!)
[url=http://kolmogorov.com/Gardner.html]Martin Gardner's books[/url] (Especially [url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0486203352/astonishmenlinks/002-1031831-0252013]Mathematics, Magic & Mystery[/url])
[url=http://murphysmagicsupplies.com/catalog/videos/html/celebrationofsides.html]Celebration of Sides[/url] (video)
[url=http://www.empiremagic.com/docs/book18.html]Tricks of the Imagination[/url]
[url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0486243915/astonishmenlinks/002-1031831-0252013]Self-Working Number Magic[/url]

Between all these links, and the multiple links that each of these pages contain, this should keep you busy for a while!
Message: Posted by: Thoughtreader (Oct 9, 2003 02:31PM)
"Number...Please?" by Richard Busch is full of "number effects. There is also his "Mind over Number" which is a brilliant stand alone, close-up effect.

PSIncerely Yours,
Paul Alberstat
Message: Posted by: Nir Dahan (Oct 9, 2003 03:34PM)
The second book on Scott's list is great - I would recommend it without blinking.
Another great book is Wallace Lee's Math Miracles, although I believe it is out of print.
Martin Gardner has compiled all of his “Scientific American” columns into 15 volumes. These are the most valuable books I own, without a doubt. They contain a lot of hidden magic; you just have to build the plots around.

Nir
Message: Posted by: MarkFarrar (Oct 10, 2003 04:27PM)
There's also "Mathemagic" by Royal Vale Heath, and you might like to consider my own book on Magic Squares.
Message: Posted by: owen.daniel (Apr 22, 2004 11:31AM)
I will check most of these out.
I never realised that Aronsons effects used maths. I would have bought these books ages ago had I known.

Slightly different topic, but for those of you with a big interest in maths, you may be able to help me.
I have just finished the book about Paul Erdos: The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, I really enjoyed the book and was wondering whether there were any other books like it (biographical etc.).
I am only 15 so I do not have the largest mathematical knowledge, yet I am very interested, are there any books which will not be especially difficult for me to read, books which I will understand, which deal with interesting maths problems etc.

Your help will be greatly appreciated,
owen
Message: Posted by: johngti (Apr 23, 2004 04:06AM)
Have a look at Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh. Its an excellent book and not too densely mathematical (especially if you've done Pythagoras' Theorem, which looking at your age I'm guessing you have!)
Message: Posted by: owen.daniel (Apr 23, 2004 08:22AM)
Thanks,
I will look it up.
Owen
Message: Posted by: Mindbender (Apr 30, 2004 07:11PM)
Another book is 'Mathematical Magic' by William Simon. Originally published in 1964. Republished in 1993 by Dover Publications.
Message: Posted by: balducci (May 2, 2004 09:15AM)
Try the Impossible, by Simon Aronson, might be the most mathematical of his books that I've seen so far.

Card Concepts: An Anthology of Numerical and Sequential Principles within Card Magic, by Arthur F. MacTier, may also be of interest to you.
Message: Posted by: Magictrickster (May 22, 2004 05:53PM)
I've just recently finished reading the Paul Erdos Book - it's a fascinating read for anyone interested in maths.

Other books of interest may be:
'A Brief History of Time' by Stephen Hawking (although this book is aimed at the general public, I'd guess it's a tricky read for anyoen who hasn't studied maths or physics to advanced level)
'Why Do Buses Come in Threes?' which is a collection of chapters on 'The hidden mathsmetics of everyday life'.
'Fermat's Last Theorem' by Simon Singh as mentioned above is also definitely worth reading. (PVT me if you'd like to borrow my copy Owen).

Cheers,

Brian.
Message: Posted by: lboudreau (Nov 8, 2004 05:24PM)
Martin Gardner's articles from "Scientific American," collected in fifteen books, are a goldmine for current and future magicians. Check them out.

http://www.ms.uky.edu/~lee/ma502/gardner5/gardner5.html
Message: Posted by: JoeNathan (Nov 19, 2004 11:06AM)
Thanks for the link !!
Message: Posted by: Parson Smith (Mar 29, 2005 02:53PM)
Mathemagic is a fun book. You can find this and others like it at Barnes and Nobles.