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Here's a blatant act of self promotion...

Scott Cram has been kind enough to publish my (free) e-book "Magic Squares for the Mathematically Challenged" on his site - Grey Matters (http://headinside.blogspot.com/)

There's my write-up on a system I use to reduce the amount of math needed to perform a magic square, as well as a few presentation ideas. Also, there are links to a series of screencasts I've done that take you through the system.

If you are intrigued by Magic Squares, then you might enjoy checking it out.

All the best...Bill
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Bill,
The challenge video is intriguing. Smile But the download function at Scribd doesn't seem to work. (I don't want to read everything on my screen)

Anyway, thanks for your effort and for sharing this. I hope the other videos are equally interesting.
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Bartelli, I just went to the web site and hit the download button, and it worked for me. Try it again. If it still doesn't, PM me with your e-mail address and I'll send you a copy.

Thanks for checking it out!

Bill
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It's not working for me either.
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Having read through this on the web page this system is very similar to what Arther Benjamin published in his Secrets of Mental Math book and consequently what was republished (with permission) in my Mind Tapped - Techniques to Control Minds book.

He uses a base grid but doesn't bother using any memory and leaves the base square openly out on the table as an example. Very clever and eliminates even the memory work!
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Hmmm, not sure what the problem is in terms of downloading, but I have your e-mail Patrick from when I bought Heptagon, so I went ahead and e-mailed you a copy.

Bill
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Yes, it uses the same steps to adjust a basic 34 foundation grid.

Benjamin's idea of using it as a visual aid while doing the adjustment isn't original to him, it goes back to at least Annemann, if not earlier.

The purpose of my idea is to eliminate the math Benjamin and others who use this approach have to calculate in Steps 1 and 2 in Benjamin's book.

Like I mention in the e-book, for some that math isn't a problem, so taking time to do the memory work I suggest would be a waste of time, BUT, for those who fumble a bit with math on the spot, in front of a watching, waiting audience, may find it helpful.

The presentation I like to do doesn't work with bringing out a basic 34 sample grid as an example because I build mine out of Post It notes and no one knows exactly what I'm building until it's done. That's why I came up with this approach.
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In fact, for the curious (and nostalgic), here is the "Mann" himself using a basic grid in his Magic Square performance!

Click here to view attached image.
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Bill,

Very generous of you. I was unable to download the file to my computer but found I could print it out.

Many thanks.
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I managed to download it now. The site asked to login with my facebook account. (so I guess I will be recieving messages from Scribd now.
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One needs to be a (free) Scribd member, and logged in, before the download buttons will work.
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Bill, thank you for this document (and videos)!

Currently I do the math in my head, but I can see the advantages of your idea. I will try it, for sure!

Have fun!
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Thanks for checking it out Nick!
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I downloaded it easily, and am looking forward to reading it. Thanks.
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Very cool! Thanks very much for putting this out there.
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