ENCYCLOPEDIA OF IMPROMPTU MAGIC MARTIN GARDNER PDF

He is well known for his innovative tapping and spelling effects, with and without cards, and was most proud of his Wink Change. There is a good brief bio and listing of some of his primary magic publications at Genii Magicpedia. There is also a brief and hardly accurate biography of magical Martin at MagicNook. He was fifteen years old, and would go on to publish for a further 80 years, in a bewildering breadth of fields. The last publication in his lifetime was a magic trick that he contributed to the May issue of Word Ways.

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He is well known for his innovative tapping and spelling effects, with and without cards, and was most proud of his Wink Change. There is a good brief bio and listing of some of his primary magic publications at Genii Magicpedia. There is also a brief and hardly accurate biography of magical Martin at MagicNook. He was fifteen years old, and would go on to publish for a further 80 years, in a bewildering breadth of fields.

The last publication in his lifetime was a magic trick that he contributed to the May issue of Word Ways. There were also numerous additional mimeographed items also sold through magic shops. An earlier book on the topic, by Will Blythe, had been published in England. Ireland, , 24 pages, illustrated by Tarbell was next. Ireland, , 28 pages, illustrated by Nelson C.

Hahne contained 30 tricks. The material includes magic with money, matches, cigarettes, silverware, napkins and salt shakers. In his Introduction, Martin writes: "I have chosen only tricks which make use of objects found at any dinner table. All are performed while seated, with spectators on both left and right. It was republished in higher quality in London in , and that version is included in an article pages — in the book Martin Gardner Presents discussed below.

Hahne was later included in facsimile form as pages — in the book Martin Gardner Presents discussed below. It has over 80 tricks with sugar cubes, bills and coins, silverware, matches, cigarettes and cigars, napkins, handkerchiefs, and the like. I met many magicians for the first time, when they stopped to watch, and who later became friends.

One of them was Bob Hummer Like many a keen card man, Martin had by the s grown fascinated with the legendary book Expert at the Card Table and the question of the true identity of its author S. After he got out of the Navy in the second half of , he embarked on his own investigations, having discovered that Marshall Smith, the man who illustrated the book at the start of the century, was alive and living in Chicago.

Smith, illustrator of Expert at the Card Table. By the end of the correspondence, Martin had long moved to NYC. It includes magic with cards, dice, dominoes, calendars, watches, coins and paper money, matches, checkerboards, handkerchiefs, clothing, string and rope, as well as strictly mathematics-based material such as geometrical vanishes, "topologcal tomfoolery" and magic squares, to effects with Fibonacci numbers, digital roots and casting out nines.

No material on card or rope magic is included. It makes no pretense at completeness. Excellent impromptu tricks are missing because I happened not to come across them.

Teller has said: "There is no book in my library that has more little blue Post-It tabs than my scuffed and dog-eared old Gardner Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic. This features more than effects and stunts including extra items compiled by Gardner, incorporating material he had accumulated on the subject since In the s, he also placed several items in the Indian Swami "a monthly magazine of exotic mysteries" and Mantra Magic Monthly.

Spanning six decades, the magic includes tricks with cards, coins, dice, ropes, paper, and more. Magic publisher and future Genii editor Richard Kaufman called Martin "an unceasing pleasure to work with. Much of the material is far from juvenile, such as the first trick: a word-based version of the Kruskal Count.

In his later years, Martin published magic less frequently, but he did in hindsight "sign off" with the May item mentioned at the start above. This prediction turned out to be correct.

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