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Brad Ballew
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I have always been fascinated by the mathematical principles used in card magic. I am looking to dive a little bit deeper into these different principles and to see if there are any I've missed.

Here's what I've read up on:

The Gilbreath Principle: I have used "Up the Ante", "Mockingbird", and "Three Degrees" ... Always interested in more recommendations

Triskadequadra Principle: Very clever, and more straightforward than Gilbreath when it comes to the shuffle. I have only read about this in John Hostler's book. Has anyone else explored this principle in other literature?

Cato, Catto, Parity Principle (All the same I think?) The only one I have ever really messed with is "Degrees of Freedom", which I love. However, I would love to explore this more and find more effects that use this principle.

UnDo Influence ( A bit different from the above, but a very clever bit of handling ) I have "Try the Impossible" but nothing else that deals with this idea.

Endless Chain: I know that I have read a couple of tricks that have used this but I can't think of their names off the top of my head. One, in particular, involved divining several court cards one at a time from a shuffled deck. Doesn't necessarily have the complicated workings of some of the above, but will completely fly over a spectator's head. A simple idea that no one will ever think of.

Any other interesting principles along these lines or any new literature released on this stuff that might not be mentioned in the older threads?
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The Gerats Principle by by Ferry Gerats
http://www.lybrary.com/the-gerats-principle-p-892786.html
Low Vision Marking System * Melencolia - a balanced 4x4 magic square. I love the method because of its simplicity. Even better: Once learned the method is impossible to forget and you can do it under fire!
http://www.lybrary.com/melencolia-p-921956.html or at ozmd@solka.de

Euphoria - an associative 4x4 magic square for any magic sum and any cell for the lowest or highest number selected by a spectator, using a sequence of 16 numbers and skipping only one single number in the case of a doubly-even or odd total!
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A great source is the book "Card Concepts" which covers exactly this topic.

Its contents is listed at https://magicref.net/magicbooks/booksjr/......epts.htm

Another good source (and much cheaper) is "Magical Mathematics" by Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham.
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I forget to mention Colm Mulcahy's "Mathematical Card Magic". It also includes a section on the Triskadequadra principle.
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On Jan 22, 2019, saxonia wrote:
I forget to mention Colm Mulcahy's "Mathematical Card Magic". It also includes a section on the Triskadequadra principle.
And his book
Colm Mulcahy: "New Mathematical Principles Applied to Card Tricks"
Low Vision Marking System * Melencolia - a balanced 4x4 magic square. I love the method because of its simplicity. Even better: Once learned the method is impossible to forget and you can do it under fire!
http://www.lybrary.com/melencolia-p-921956.html or at ozmd@solka.de

Euphoria - an associative 4x4 magic square for any magic sum and any cell for the lowest or highest number selected by a spectator, using a sequence of 16 numbers and skipping only one single number in the case of a doubly-even or odd total!
Brad Ballew
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So I think I may have found my new favorite Gilbreath trick:

"The Lone Stranger" - The Card Magic of Nick Trost

I made a couple of tweaks to keep almost completely hands off. I also have a better motivation for removing the 2 cards and the spectator is the one who does it. The 2 removed cards come back in play at the end so it doesn't seem like they were removed for no real reason.

In fact the only time the performer handles any cards in my version is when he gets his half of the deck at the end.

I think this trick is a real miracle when you keep it completely hands off. I can't see how anyone would be able to even begin to wrap their head around it.
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How about the Automatic Placement? John Bannon's book Destination Zero has some great tricks using this principle. Also see Rick Lax's "Where It Has to Go" available from Penguin. And tricks in Karl Fulves's "Self-Working Card Tricks" books, such as "Hidden Power" in My Best Self-Working Card Tricks. And Peter Duffie's "Psychic Math" in his book Cards Insight.
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I was messing around with one of my favorite principles yesterday and sort of stumbled upon a new effect... well new to me at least. I haven't seen this anywhere else... yet. I am calling it the "Anti Card Trick" It's a methodical, precise trick that takes place completely in the spectator's hands. It's very direct and impossible. There is no way anyone could backtrack it or figure out how it's done unless they were pretty familiar with this principle... and this is not a principle well known among lay people. In fact, the only other way I could see this effect being achieved would be to use a confederate. This is exactly what I love about these types of effects/principles. When utilized right, they can create something utterly impossible.

I am going to work on it more and perform for a while and may share it in the secret area once it's been road tested. This is my 50th post, so now I can finally visit the secret area. Smile
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On Feb 18, 2019, Brad Ballew wrote:
I was messing around with one of my favorite principles yesterday and sort of stumbled upon a new effect... well new to me at least. I haven't seen this anywhere else... yet. I am calling it the "Anti Card Trick" It's a methodical, precise trick that takes place completely in the spectator's hands. It's very direct and impossible. There is no way anyone could backtrack it or figure out how it's done unless they were pretty familiar with this principle... and this is not a principle well known among lay people. In fact, the only other way I could see this effect being achieved would be to use a confederate. This is exactly what I love about these types of effects/principles. When utilized right, they can create something utterly impossible.

I am going to work on it more and perform for a while and may share it in the secret area once it's been road tested. This is my 50th post, so now I can finally visit the secret area. Smile

Sounds great! I would love to know more.
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