Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects

Colm Mulcahy

September 4, 2013 by A K Peters/CRC Press
Reference - 380 Pages - 128 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466509764 - CAT# K14741

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  • Includes over 52 self-working magic creations, requiring no sleight of hand skills or understanding of advanced mathematical details
  • Presents 50 new mathemagical principles
  • Illustrates card handling techniques with step-by-step color photographs
  • Rates each effect for ease of performance, whether any setup is needed, how much mathematics is involved, and how well it appeals to a general audience
  • Explains card handling conventions and basic mathematical principles in a helpful introductory section
  • Covers Gilbreath shuffles and generalizations as well as palindromic card magic
  • Addresses the growing area of two-person mathemagic, which uses subtle information theory principles to communicate
  • Contains clever applications of algebra, combinatorics, discrete math, and probability

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Mathematical card effects offer both beginning and experienced magicians an opportunity to entertain with a minimum of props. Featuring mostly original creations, Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects presents an entertaining look at new mathematically based card tricks.

Each chapter contains four card effects, generally starting with simple applications of a particular mathematical principle and ending with more complex ones. Practice a handful of the introductory effects and, in no time, you’ll establish your reputation as a "mathemagician." Delve a little deeper into each chapter and the mathematics gets more interesting. The author explains the mathematics as needed in an easy-to-follow way. He also provides additional details, background, and suggestions for further explorations.

Suitable for recreational math buffs and amateur card lovers or as a text in a first-year seminar, this color book offers a diverse collection of new mathemagic principles and effects.