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Morganite
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Hello.
I would like to know more info about this effect. If it works okay, or turns into a boring trick.

Cyu
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On 2003-10-05 17:57, gosman wrote:
Hello.
I would like to know more info about this effect. If it works ok or turns into a boring trick.

Cyu


Whether it works or not is up to the performer. The current issue of MAGIC features an article on Peter Reveen, and the Knight's Tour is called the best part of the grand illusion show by many reviewers. I've also heard of cases of it falling flat.

The real trick is to make it interesting to your audience. Are you doing it to a time limit? Are you letting them choose just the starting point, or the ending point, too? Before you learn the knight's tour itself, some reading through Darwin Ortiz' "Strong Magic" might help you put some thought into the nature of the presentation you wish to give it.

As for the method itself, there are actually a couple of ways to do it. Here's a few links and resources:

“Knight’s Tour Plus” - 64 spectator’s names are recorded on a chessboard. Without looking, performer calls out spectator’s names, so as to effect a knight’s tour, “Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic”, Martin Gardner (Trick by Koltanowski)

“Chess Knight Memory Feat” - A spectator chooses a square on a chessboard, numbered from 1 to 64, as a starting point, and the performer, starting at that square, moves the knight using only legal moves and stops on each square only once, “Zufall’s Memory Trix No. 6”, Bernard Zufall

“Chess Knight’s Tour, The” - A spectator chooses a square on a chessboard, numbered from 1 to 64, as a starting point, and the performer, starting at that square, moves the knight using only legal moves and stops on each square only once, “Tarbell Course in Magic” - Vol. 8, Harlan Tarbell

Knight's Tour (spectator can specify starting AND ending points! You can also practice here.)

Mark Farrar's Memory Tests (Enter the appropriate password, and there's a Knight's Tour Quiz)

Knight's Tour Magic Square (This is just cool)

Google Search: +"Knight's Tour"
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The Knights Tour *can* fall flat. I've seen several absolutely butcher the effect.

IMHO, Peter Reveen "owns" that presentation. His *presentation* and drama are second to none. He gets standing ovations with it.

What is shocking to magicians is the fact that Reveen traveled with tons of grand illusions built by the best... and yet this one mental presentation remained as one of the most talked about effects.

Reveen is semi-retired now (from performing himself) and manages the career of Lance Burton. If he ever appears near you go and see him. He's a master showman unequaled by modern day wizards, IMHO.

Thanks for pointing out my article, Scott. Please do check out MAGIC magazine for a fuller description of Reveen's great show. It was wonderful.

Blair
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In his Broadway (off Broadway, technically) show "On the Stem", Ricky Jay ended the first act with A Knights Tour. It was AMAZING!! Again, it all had to do with presentation. He did the journey while also reciting passages from a Shakespeare play that was seleted by the audience, while also computing the cubed root of numbers from 1 to 1,000,000, while also singing 'field hollor' songs. Very entertaining and fun!

Jeff
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I think there may be something on this in Corinda's "Thirteen Steps To Mentalism" too.
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Your reference to the knight's tour is on page 67 of 13 Steps to Mentalism.


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As stated, The Knight’s Tour can have a profound effect on a lay audience regardless of their understanding of chess as a game. The real key is your ability to sell it as mental dexterity and to build momentum in your moves.

Practitioners may wish to purchase Bob Cassidy’s “Mind Explosions” for a very sound and entertaining climax to this routine. However, IMO, this publication is not for someone who is new to the routine.

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