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swamy Regular user INDIA 152 Posts 
Binary principle has an entertaining application. This principle has been used in mathematical puzzles, mechanical puzzles and also in magic.
The following are some effects using Binary principle : 1. "It's a Dandy" from the book Easy Card Tricks by Bob Longe 2. Scarne's Sympathetic Card Trick from Scarne Crad Tricks 3. ROM by Max Maven published in Linking ring. If you know of any effect please do post it in this thread 

Scott Cram Inner circle 2677 Posts 
Magic Café member Leo Boudreau is the king of tricks based on the binary principle! In my Free tricks from Leo Boudreau post, I have links to effects (mostly binary based) here on the Magic Café. Most them are in the banquet room, however, so you'll need at least 50 posts to see them.
Karl Fulves' books Combo and Combo II are nothing but binarybased effects, as well. In the February 1989 issue of Genii, Kazuyuki Hase released the effect The Color Out of Space, which is a very clean binarybased divination effect. 

Scott Cram Inner circle 2677 Posts 
Leo Bourdreau just posted an excellent binarybased effect "Lie to Me" here on the Café (again, it's in the banquet room, so you'll have to have 50 posts on here for that link to work).


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Thanks Scott for collecting Leo's always worthwhile ideas! The new one is a lot of fun.
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Larry Barnowsky Inner circle Cooperstown, NY where bats are made from 4863 Posts 
In Chapter 2 of my book Kingdom of the Red there is an effect called "Binary Prediction" which uses the binary principle for a very different effect. A Scrabble Tile is freely (no force) selected and a duplicate of it is found in a small locked box which the spectator opens. It involves a piece of apparatus which I show you how to make in the book.


swamy Regular user INDIA 152 Posts 
"The Magick Circle" from Leo Boudreau reminded me of a circular apparatus which indicates the number from 1 to 64 for a given binary code.


GALIER New user Spain 37 Posts 
Also, "the fortune sticks", marketed by Tenyo is a surprising application of the binary code.


Harry Lorayne V.I.P. New York City 8482 Posts 
First and last items in my upcoming, last, book  AND FINALLY! Fantastic applications of the binary principle  in my obviously biased opinion.
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saxonia Regular user 127 Posts 
I am looking forward to see Harry Lorayne's book.
By the way: I wonder whether it actually makes sense to speak about "the" binary principle. In fact, there are so many variants: Age cards, De Brujin sequences, the rightleft principle exploited by Leo Boudreau in "Skullduggery" and even every code used for telepathy that is based on a sequence of yesno answers (including progressive anagrams)... 

Thomas Henry Inner circle 1011 Posts 
Hello All,
A nice alternative to binary is the balanced ternary system. Royal Vale Heath employed this in his "Take a Number from 1 to 30," which appeared in J. G. Thompson, Jr.'s, My Best, (Brooklyn, New York: D. Robbins and Co., Inc., 1959), pp. 246 and 246. The chief advantage is that the method is extremely well disguised compared to binary. I just posted an analysis of this yesterday for those of you who have access to Inner Thoughts here: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......tart=0#2 The analysis was carried out in wxMaxima, which is a free, open source symbolic mathematics package. Thomas Henry
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saxonia Regular user 127 Posts 
One more reference:
While I have not read the booklet, from the description of the effect I am pretty sure that Chris Wasshuber makes use of the binary system in his "Ultimate Magic Square" in an extremely clever way: https://www.lybrary.com/theultimatemag......248.html 

saxonia Regular user 127 Posts 
Thank you for the useful reference to the ternary system.
Those who are interested in this topic can find more stuff in the following books: "Mathematical Card Magic" by Colm Mulcahy Martin Gardner's discussion of the Gergonne pile trick in "Mathematics Magic and Mystery" Leo Bourdreau's "Psimatrika" (using ternary de Brujin sequences, called "bracelet codes" by the author) Phil Goldstein in "Thequal" (the trick "Q & AVM") 

alicauchy Veteran user Málaga, Spain 311 Posts 
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On Aug 28, 2018, saxonia wrote: Yes, in fact, more than "the binary principle" it should be "the use of binary digits" which have different instantiations, as noted above. And, like some others said above, why stopping in binary? There are very interesting applications of ternary digits, or even in other bases. Alex Elmsley has several interesting effects based on octal systems.
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Chris K Inner circle 2497 Posts 
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On Aug 28, 2018, Harry Lorayne wrote: How did I know know this was coming?! Can anyone share any release details? 

Harry Lorayne V.I.P. New York City 8482 Posts 
Sure  send your email address to harrylorayne@earthlink.net and I'll be more than happy to send you a copy of the ad for AND FINALLY!
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saxonia Regular user 127 Posts 
One more (and a very different one):
"An Improptu Torn Newspaper Test" by Edmund Rowland, Pentagram vol. 7 no. 2, also published as "news Test" in The Pallbearers Review vol. 6, No.10 

everitt99 New user 30 Posts 
"Kansas City Hold 'Em" by Stu Lewis from Hold 'Em Magic also uses a little bit of binary to deal a winning hand in a round of poker.


Thomas Henry Inner circle 1011 Posts 
Greetings,
For completeness, the Rowland newspaper test Saxonia mentioned above appears on pages 11 and 12. Richard Osterlind demonstrates this on one of his DVDs. Sorry, I can't recall which one. It is perhaps one of the best examples of a base2 geometric progression in magic. It's also highly deceptive. Thomas Henry
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