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On Aug 4, 2017, salcioppa wrote:
I understand your concern about turning an item of wonder into a cheap walk around trick. And I even appreciate it.

But however beautiful and ingenious a prop might be, it's still just a tool. We put the "wonder" into our effects!

I guess I wasn't suggesting we perform the Oraculum along with the sponge bunnies, color changing knives, and card to wallet. That's probably what comes to mind when people think of walk around magic. But I don't think people interested in an effect like The Oraculum would ever use in that fashion.

I work at a castle in Ohio, said to be haunted, (although I've never seen evidence of that personally), and I stroll through the quaint, cozy restaurant and beautiful grounds and sit with guests who come to be mystified. As the fireplace crackles, I let them read my Oraculum, do a palm or card reading for someone else at the table while others peruse the book, then later, reveal someone's birth date in a magical fashion as part of another reading.

I do appreciate what you're saying. Believe me, I do. But I don't want anyone to think I'm suggesting mingling the Oraculum with the Professor's Nightmare and color changing scarves. Hmm? Then again maybe I could cast the sponge bunnies and read someone's fortune like that? Now there's a thought! Lol.

Anyway, I wasn't thinking about using the Oraculum along with card and coin tricks, but rather, to entertain small groups of people in a more intimate setting where carrying hard bound books around just isn't practical. And no one I perform to would ever have the foggiest idea that the original Oraculum even exists, so the comparison, or cheapening of the effect, just wouldn't happen as long as the prop they're seeing is well made.

I was more just thinking of making the tool appropriate to the performance. When I'm doing a seance at the castle, I have the luxury of using my Hobbs Box, Doppengangers, Sprit Lamps, Glass, Oraculum, casting board, etc.

But when I'm reading palms or doing quick card readings, table to table at the castle restaurant, entertaining people who want to be enchanted by the spirit world for a few moments, dragging hard bound books and heavy wooden boxes around with me just doesn't work. The performance is no less magical in either instance. But the tools, of necessity, must simply be more portable.


That sounds like a most interesting and fun place you have to work. Is there a link to it?
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For those of you talking about a more modern looking, smaller version, it seems that Rick Lax has put out a version call Calendar, which uses the exact method but it's in the form of a horoscope pamphlet. It's become one of the #1 sellers on Penguin. I really dislike the fact that the method will be so widely known now and the routine is being watered down and lessened into a walk around "trick". I'm going to stick to using codex or Oraculum and keep the mystique that made me originally drawn to them.
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Yeah, Calendar isn't what I had in mind. I've seen it and feel the method is a bit cumbersome and not at all as streamlined and "mystical" as Bobby's. I share your concern about the method getting out although other effects have used the binary system before.
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On Aug 16, 2017, topherhester wrote:
For those of you talking about a more modern looking, smaller version, it seems that Rick Lax has put out a version call Calendar, which uses the exact method but it's in the form of a horoscope pamphlet. It's become one of the #1 sellers on Penguin. I really dislike the fact that the method will be so widely known now and the routine is being watered down and lessened into a walk around "trick". I'm going to stick to using codex or Oraculum and keep the mystique that made me originally drawn to them.


Rick's effect only uses one of the ways one can get the desired information when using Oraculum. There are additional--and, frankly, much more cool--ways to get there with Oraculum, so at least Bobby's still has far more to offer (as if the two were even remotely comparable.) While the one shared way they both use is not original to Bobby, I do find the timing of Rick's to be annoying. The time it would take to water down the idea to a cheap trick, create the design, and get it produced puts the conception date for his a little too close to comfort to just after Bobby's release. Oh well, anything to make a buck for some, I guess.
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"(as if the two were even remotely comparable.) "

I second that!
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Has the code been broken officially or is there still time to stack the AO charts?
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I recall that a cracked code would be shared with all owners. I haven't heard anything, yet. Did you find the solution? Cheers, Luc.
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I meant crack the charts...
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If anyone has worked on the clue extensibly as I have and feel like they may be on the right track, pm me.
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