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Topic: Building a routine on binary routine... question.
Message: Posted by: Brad Ballew (Apr 26, 2021 11:50AM)
So I was recently revisiting "Lie to Me" by Leo Boudreau ( https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=303546&forum=82&6 ) and wanted to build a larger routine off of this use of the binary principle. I absolutely love mathematical tricks like this because unless someone understands the specific workings, it is almost impossible to backtrack. Tapping into math in creative ways is about the closest to real magic that I can think of. Sort of like harnessing the power of nature to do the impossible. :-)

I would just love to learn more about the basics of the binary principle so that I can use the building blocks to create my own tricks. So any recommendations for good learning resources is very welcome and appreciated.


Also, are there any other similar principles that can be used in the same way to divine a chosen object in such a clean way? I've messed around with some different principles in the context of a full deck of cards like the Gilbreath, Parity, and UnDo Influence. However, I love being able to do something so clean with just a few props as opposed to a whole deck of cards.
Message: Posted by: marcomind (Apr 26, 2021 02:07PM)
Leo Boudreau books are essential,
Alex Elmsley "Octal Pencil"is an excellent alternative ,principle inexplicably underutilized
Message: Posted by: hcs (Apr 27, 2021 03:55AM)
I want to expand the knowledge in the Magic Cafť a bit. Read everything you can get into your hands from my friend Werner Miller (Austria).

Werner Miller is to Europe what Martin Gardner was to North America. Search at Lybrary.com.

A significant effect of using the liar/truth-teller plot is Biagio Fasano's R.E.A.C.T, reloaded.
https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=725594&forum=218

New is Fasano's The Unusual Suspects.
https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=729597&forum=218
Message: Posted by: saxonia (Apr 29, 2021 04:37PM)
I also highly recommend Leo Boudreau's books, see https://kurzelinks.de/7pf7

In addition, the recently published "Entropy Dropping" by Jan Bardi ( https://kurzelinks.de/km1b ) is really excellent. It follows a similar way of thinking as Leo Boudreau.

All the stuff mentioned above requires a certain kind of mental skill, but almost no sleights.

With respect to "Octal Pencil", I am still looking for a really good presentation that hides the fact that the spectator has to give a lot of information.
Message: Posted by: marcomind (Apr 30, 2021 01:41PM)
Hi Saxonia , an example of presentation respect to Octal Pencil is that of Colin
Lewry (Alex Elmsley collected works 2 , pag 105), a starting point for other good
ideas.

Excuse me for my bad English,but itís not my native language
Message: Posted by: marcomind (Apr 30, 2021 02:09PM)
I'd like to recommend Cerebrate by Richard Mark Marc Salem, and Mariano Tomatis's books "Mesmer" vol 1,vol 2,( italian language) where you can find the history of binary principle from the X century, as well as the history of mentalism
Message: Posted by: saxonia (May 1, 2021 02:04AM)
Hello marcomind, Thank you for making me aware of this version. I agree that it is a good starting point because it takes away the "lie exactly once" which (in my opinion) can be perceived as being too restrictive.

By the way: We should not speak about "the" binary principle - the great thing is that there are many principles based on binary numbering such as: age cards, de Brujin sequences (also wrongly named Gray code), layout-based forces (such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ1WTRkTjcA ), principles based on folding (Paradox Papers, Mr. Koenig's Tapestry, R.E.A.C.T,), the concept introduced in "Entropy Dropping" and even Al Koran's newspaper-tearing prediction.