(Close Window)
Topic: Magic For Dummies book: standard card tricks given alternate names?
Message: Posted by: karnak (Jan 10, 2019 08:02PM)
From reading various old posts here in the Café, I’ve discovered that David Pogue's book “Magic for Dummies” contains some popular card tricks that it refers to by different (altered) names.

For instance, I understand that this book presents “Gemini Twins,” but calls it “Soul Mates.” Likewise, it teaches Daryl’s "Untouched,” but under the name “Dream A Card, Any Card.” But those are the only two that I’ve so far identified.

So, are there any other well-known card (or other) tricks in that book that are also presented under different or non-standard names therein? If so, then I’d be most interested in seeing them listed.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Jan 11, 2019 09:07PM)
Likewise, the “Cross Cut” or “Criss Cross” force is also taught in this book, but instead referred to therein as the “Cut Anywhere” force.

Any other examples of “same trick, different name” in Pogue’s Magic for Dummies?
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Jan 12, 2019 03:32PM)
Very common.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Janise (Jun 12, 2019 06:12PM)
The "Three Mug Monte" is Hummer's Three-object Divination just with different objects. It's found in Mathematics Magic and Mystery by Martin Gardner.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Janise (Jun 12, 2019 06:25PM)
Also, the "Above and Beyond" revelation is the "Circus Card Trick".

Message: Posted by: RCarruth (Jun 13, 2019 10:44PM)
Most of those books aren't very keen on crediting either. Change the name so a quick glance at the table of contents won't provide a real clue to the content.. and don't credit so, hopefully, you'll get credit... rule of law for these guys.
Message: Posted by: tltq (Jun 15, 2019 08:00AM)

Do you have the book?
Message: Posted by: ejohn (Jun 15, 2019 11:19AM)
It is an excellent book, especially for newbies to magic, with lots of quality tricks.
Message: Posted by: JoeHohman (Jun 19, 2019 03:24PM)
Actually, Mr. Pogue was pretty careful to properly credit; for example, I am almost (I lent my copy out to a friend) positive that he credits Daryl on "Dream a Card, Any Card."

I agree with ejohn, I think it is an excellent beginner's book. We bought this for my son when he was 9 on a summer vacation, and some of the tricks in this book re-kindled my interest in magic.