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I'm looking for a magic square that fit this:

1: Totally improumtu
2: Repetible (no automatic Magic square)
3: The way I fill the box must be first the top row then first column, then second row from the top, then second column and so on...)

I have found a way to do this but is a little to much complex...

Any suggestion pls?
Thx a lot! Smile
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Chuck Hickock provides a formula designed not to create the square but rather dazzle the curious public - it's in the appendix of his excellent book.

However, to do it "impromptu" I suggest the genius work of Doug Dyment - and if you search his name here at the Café, you'll find a discussion on his flashsquares from just last month I think. Whilst it's not quite what your looking for, it will LOOK like your doing what you want to the audience. Trust me, it's much better to do it this way under pressure in live performance.
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Thx Steve...
I have Doug Dyment book...but it is not what I'm looking for...
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I've been privileged to be allowed to read an upcoming manuscript that thoroughly explores "impromptu" magic squares.

Patience... hopefully it'll be out for general consumption soon.
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John Archer, Max Maven, and Barrie Richardson each have a simple method of performing the magic square.
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Hi Carolini,

in which book?
That methods fit what I need?

Sorry for the bad english Smile
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Lewis Jones has some excellent thinking, as always on the subject in his encyclopedia of forces...
I've asked to be banned
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Jack Kent Tillar's Hollywood Magic Squares meets the criteria, although the very specific 'path' you want might make you work harder than you need to.
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While I wouldn't repeat it, and why would you, the instant magic square in Harry Lorayne's Magic Book is excellent.

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Let me add here that I do have another book, Stimulacra, that (among many subjects) continues my thinking on the topic of magic squares. There is a method therein that almost perfectly matches SpAgHeTtI's requirements (and could certainly be adjusted in an obvious way to fit them exactly).

To answer Mr. Scott's question from the previous post, one wants a repeatable method for magic squares in order to use them (for example) in walk-around environments, where people can get together to compares squares later; in trade show performances, where you get lots of repeat audience members; and when you produce them for use as talismans and the like, as part of various "new age"-style presentations.
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