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Topic: Why is it called "Professor's nightmare"?
Message: Posted by: rcad (May 11, 2004 05:49PM)
I've learned this trick in a book and I've seen many posts about this routine on this forum but can anyone tell me why it's called "Professor's nightmare"? I know it refers to the original patter but I wish I knew it if only for my personal magic education.

Message: Posted by: Nicholas (May 11, 2004 08:52PM)
I may be all wet on this...but...I believe that the original patter involved a professor that set about to disprove the following theory (or this was at least my remembrance of it):

"Things equal to the same thing, or to equal things, are equal to each other. Unlikes are unlike and remain unlike."

I also believe I am correct in saying that Gene Gordon created this effect and original patter. He owned a magic shop in Buffalo, New York, and is noted for founding the IBM.

Message: Posted by: 0pus (May 11, 2004 09:25PM)
Patter is Gene Gordon's. In the US, the effect is generally credited to Bob Carver.

Message: Posted by: Daniel Faith (May 31, 2004 10:52PM)
Way back when I first learned it, it was just called my favorite rope trick.
Message: Posted by: drkptrs1975 (Jun 3, 2004 04:43PM)
The way I understand it, a professor was in class, and a kid use this trick as a math principal. The professor had a hard time figuring this out.
Message: Posted by: charliemagic (Jun 15, 2004 03:33PM)

I heard that same story.

I tend to believe it as I did PN in front of a group of doctors, lawyers and college professors and 'FRIED' them!