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Chris Wasshuber

Chris Wasshuber

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(1968 - )

Chris is the founder of Lybrary.com. He loves to read, program, invent, tinker, study magic, fly helicopters, build his company, and spend time with his family. Chris is passionate about digital media. He has spent significant time with technology, particularly semiconductors, nanotechnology and software. He holds 9 patents, is the recipient of the Dr. Ernst Fehrer Award, has a PhD, an MBA and other academic honors.

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His favorite quotes are:

The cards you hold in the game of life mean very little. It's the way you play them that counts.

Minds are like parachutes. They only work when open.

Whether you think you can or can't. You're right. - Henry Ford

Simulation is like a bikini. It shows wonderful things. But it is essential what it hides.

What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. - Goethe

All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. - Arthur Shopenhauer

Do. Or Do Not. There is no try. - Joda

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Blistr

Chris Wasshuber

Blistr by Chris WasshuberBlistr is a new card punch with two important differences to more traditional card punches. First, it is built like a pair of small pliers and therefore very easy to use. The pliers are a flexure design 3D printed from carbon reinforced nylon. (Starting design was created by BYU Compliant Mechanisms Research which I modified to fit my needs.) Second, this punch creates a bigger smoother blister than needle based punches. The tip is not sharp and therefore does not punch trough the playing card. For many this will be easier to feel than a fine needle prick. The blister is a half dome with about 1 mm in diameter....
2017 / 4 / 28
$55.00

£44.07
€50.18
Ca$74.19
Au$74.05
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Card Punch

Chris Wasshuber

Card Punch by Chris WasshuberThis is a card punch 3D printed from the finest carbon fiber reinforced nylon. A card punch is used to mark cards imperceptible to people who are unfamiliar with it. If you do not know how to use it this item is not for you. There will be no instructions supplied with the item.

The primary innovation in this model, besides that it is 3D printed, is a screw-needle combination which makes adjusting the depth of the punch a breeze. Simply turn the screw a bit more in or out to set the needle tip deeper or higher. If you have moderately strong fingers you will be able to turn the screw by hand....

2017 / 2 / 27
$55.00

£44.07
€50.18
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Au$74.05
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Frozen Lock Improved

Tommy Wonder & Chris Wasshuber

Frozen Lock Improved by Tommy Wonder & Chris WasshuberIn the second volume of The Books of Wonder Tommy Wonder describes what he calls a Frozen Lock. This is a utility device for the Jack Miller holdout, but it can also be used for other holdouts and pulls. It allows one to keep the holdout higher up in the sleeve until you want to lower it. Exactly how this works and how it should be used is something you will need to read in Tommy's book. This item comes with no instructions. I am assuming customers know how it is being used.

Tommy Wonder produced his lock from brass. However, brass is not necessarily the best material for this type of device, because...

2016 / 4 / 29
$120.00

£96.16
€109.49
Ca$161.86
Au$161.57
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Watch Winder: noise maker

Chris Wasshuber

Watch Winder: noise maker by Chris WasshuberThis little tool produces a clicking or ratcheting noise and is typically used for comedy bits to wind up a watch or crack somebodies arm or neck and other bits.

The starting design came from Randi Middleton who gave me permission to use it anyway I like. I have made several changes to the design, rounded some corners and edges so that it feels better in the hand. Since I am using a stronger material I also could thin up the walls to make it slimmer and I optimized the tongue shape to maximize the noise. I also improved 3D printability. The biggest change is in my use of materials. The housing...

2016 / 4 / 21
$12.50

£10.02
€11.40
Ca$16.86
Au$16.83
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Gozinta Boxes Revisited

Lubor Fiedler & Chris Wasshuber

Gozinta Boxes Revisited by Lubor Fiedler & Chris WasshuberLubor Fiedler's Gozinta Boxes is my all time favorite illusion. It has been so ever since I first saw it performed decades ago. I love the simplicity, clarity, and impossibility of the effect. Two boxes. One clearly larger than the other, because one fits into the other. But wait - now the larger one is smaller and the smaller one is larger. Every child can understand the impossibility of this. It transcends any language or cultural barrier. Since no explanation is necessary the magic first happens on a very deep visceral level. But then when the mind kicks in and tries to find an explanation...
2016 / 3 / 25
$85.00

£68.11
€77.55
Ca$114.65
Au$114.44
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Two Card Stand

Chris Wasshuber

Two Card Stand by Chris WasshuberThis is a card stand for two cards (or one jumbo card) primarily for close-up use. The stand is semi-transparent and hides the number index sufficiently so that one cannot read it. One can see that something is there but not exactly what. The cards do not sit completely upright but tilted back by 10 degrees to improve visibility in a close-up setting.

The stand is 17 cm long, 17 mm high and it has a semi-circular cross section. The depth of the slit is 13 mm - meaning the bottom most 13 mm of a card will be hidden by the stand. The stand is short enough to be carried in an inside jacket pocket. ...

2016 / 3 / 17
$12.50

£10.02
€11.40
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Au$16.83
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The Stack and System Maigret

Danny Crauwels & Chris Wasshuber

The Stack and System Maigret by Danny Crauwels & Chris WasshuberThe problem with all existing memorized stack systems is that they use memorization systems not specifically designed for a memorized stack. Most memory systems are designed for the retention of LOTS of information for a relatively SHORT amount of time. When Dominic O'Brien memorizes 54 decks of cards (more than 2800 cards) with a particular journey system then he retains that information for a couple of hours max. After that he has forgotten the sequence. He has to, because around the corner waits another memory challenge where he has to memorize many other things. However, the magician ideally wants to remember...
2016 / 2 / 4
$20.00

£16.03
€18.25
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How To Make Your Own Playing Cards

Chris Wasshuber

How To Make Your Own Playing Cards by Chris WasshuberThis is a comprehensive course in how to make your own playing cards which are almost indistinguishable from store bought cards. It covers everything starting from the design, print, cut, coating and other relevant issues.

    Introduction

  • How it all started
  • The goal
  • Other methods
  • Overview of the Process
  • Build your own little card making business

    Designing Cards

  • Free Online Card Design Tool
  • Other ways to design your cards
  • Resources

    Printing Cards

  • The Structure of a Playing Card
  • Buying Playing Card Cardboard
  • Printing
  • Alignment
  • Color Matching

    Coating Cards

  • Coating not...
2015 / 7 / 7
$15.00

£12.02
€13.69
Ca$20.23
Au$20.20
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Two Person Code For One Person

Chris Wasshuber

Two Person Code For One Person by Chris WasshuberThis is a system to easily remember one or two cards, say two key cards, and not forget them during the performance of your routine. It is not an associative memory system.

Some card routines, particularly the recently published ones in Sunken Treasury by Nick Conticello require one to remember two key cards. In the heat of performing such an effect these can be forgotten, rendering the trick a failure. This system allows you to easily keep track of one or two or more cards that you want to remember.

There is very little to learn for this system. Reading this manuscript should be enough to put this system to work....

2015 / 2 / 19
$5.00

£4.01
€4.56
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The Hunt For Erdnase: and the Path to Edward Gallaway

Chris Wasshuber

The Hunt For Erdnase: and the Path to Edward Gallaway by Chris WasshuberThe hunt to find the true identity of S. W. Erdnase, the author of The Expert at the Card Table, published in 1902 in Chicago, has been raging for more than a century. The book is as revered by gamblers and magicians as the Bible is by Christians.

One of the first and most active Erdnase hunters was well-known science writer, puzzle expert, and magician Martin Gardner, who erroneously thought he identified cardshark and murderer Milton Franklin Andrews as being Erdnase. After Andrews many other candidates were proposed, but none had a case strong enough to withstand scrutiny. None wrote like Erdnase, nor had sufficient opportunity, nor even a...

2015 / 1 / 21
$45.00

£36.06
€41.06
Ca$60.70
Au$60.59
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Magician's DIY Tips and Tricks

Chris Wasshuber

Magician's DIY Tips and Tricks by Chris WasshuberThis is a collection of money saving tips and tricks for the magician. I have been raised with a DIY attitude. Over the decades I have collected tips and tricks to make an expensive dealer item for a few dollars, or to replace something with a cheap item from the hardware store. If you are not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, then you will find a lot of useful tips in this ebook.

With contributions by Jack Poulter, Wilhelm Eberhard, Chuck Smith, Bruce Kalver, Jeff Stone, Robert Kaldy-Karo and Scott Xavier. This PDF will be updated periodically as I discover new tips...

2012 / 1 / 8
$15.00

£12.02
€13.69
Ca$20.23
Au$20.20
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Rubber Bands for Shuber Plates (5 pieces)

Chris Wasshuber

Rubber Bands for Shuber Plates (5 pieces) by Chris WasshuberWe received so many requests for these rubber bands that we decided to offer them separately from the Shuber Plates. The plates will hold forever, but the rubber bands will eventually deteriorate or break. With this package you can get replacement bands for your Shuber Plates.

You will get 5 replacement rubber bands. Each rubber band is custom made from a transparent synthetic rubber. They are 0.75" (~2cm) wide. Their flat length is 3.7" (~9 cm). They fit the Shuber Plates perfectly but have also many other uses.

I sometimes use these rubber bands without plates. It doesn't give you the same protection...

2011 / 12 / 31
$5.00

£4.01
€4.56
Ca$6.74
Au$6.73
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Shuber Plates

Chris Wasshuber

Shuber Plates by Chris WasshuberShuber Plates are the new versatile and cool accessory for the modern card magician. They protect your cards like a card clip or card guard, but are not limited to a single deck of cards. Anything from a single card up to two decks can be protected equally well.

Shuber Plates are two sturdy stainless steel plates with size and shape equal to a Poker card. Put one plate at the bottom, the other at the top of your deck and secure everything with the custom rubber band. The plates will protect your cards and keep them flat and clean. You can protect anything from a single card, or small packet...

2011 / 12 / 20
$24.90

£19.95
€22.72
Ca$33.59
Au$33.53
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All Roads Lead To Rome: exploration of an unusual magic method

Chris Wasshuber

All Roads Lead To Rome: exploration of an unusual magic method by Chris WasshuberWith contributions by Werner Miller, Max Maven and Shigeo Futagawa.

The day was March 6th 2011 when Werner Miller sent me his Da Capo 3 and Da Capo 4 ebooks. Whenever I receive something from Werner I make time to read it. He has a knack to incorporate new twists and takes, or entirely new principles which stimulate my own grey cells.

Browsing Da Capo 3 I stumbled on an unusual effect which Werner titled “Pointing the Way”. It was first published in 2001 in Club 71. This effect consisted of two parts. One was a printing effect where blank cards were shown, which later had arrows printed on them. This part of the effect was nothing special, the usual...

2011 / 10 / 31
$20.00

£16.03
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911 Summing

Chris Wasshuber

911 Summing by Chris WasshuberI rarely get to work on my own creations these days. 911 Summing is one of those rare occasions. It is an effect and method I have created more than 20 years ago. Both the effect and the method are to the best of my knowledge completely new and have never been published before.

This is a math effect I have had a lot of fun with. It can even be performed as puzzle challenge rather than a magic effect. I have performed this for people twice as smart as myself - engineers, scientists, researchers, professors - you name it. Not once has anybody figured out how it is done, even though, the principle...

2011 / 9 / 3
$20.00

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Fitch Cheney 5-Card Trick: for iPhones

Chris Wasshuber

Fitch Cheney 5-Card Trick: for iPhones by Chris WasshuberIn 1950 mathematician and magician William Fitch Cheney Jr. published a two person card trick. Some consider it the best mathematical card trick ever devised. The basic effect is as follows.
Five cards are randomly picked from a deck (can be a borrowed deck, an incomplete deck ... there is nothing marked or otherwise tricky with the deck) and given to the performer, who shows four of them to his performing partner. The partner sees nothing else except the four cards (no other signalling or silent codes), but promptly reveals the identity of the fifth card.
Obviously the identity of the...
2010 / 2 / 8
$4.00

£3.21
€3.65
Ca$5.40
Au$5.39
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iPhone App

52 Standard American Card Faces

Chris Wasshuber

52 Standard American Card Faces by Chris WasshuberYou will receive 52 vector graphic files in SVG and EPS (encapsulated post script) format. Each file holds the design of a face of a card from a standard deck of cards. These faces are for example used in Bicycle cards from USPCC, but can be found in many other brands and non-brand decks. All cards from Ace to King in all four colors, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, Spades are represented. There are no jokers and no backs included.

Each card is a vector graphic and can therefore be altered and modified in any way you like without loss of quality. You will need a vector graphic tool like the free...

2009 / 11 / 14
$15.00

£12.02
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SVG

The Endless Chain Prop

Chris Wasshuber

The Endless Chain Prop by Chris WasshuberThis is the ideal prop for the Loopy Loop, Figure Eight, Chain Swindle, or Pricking the Garter con game. (It is also ideal for any chain and ring or chain and hoop routine.) The length, size of balls, and material significantly contribute to the visual deception of this entertaining swindle.

It is an endless nickle plated steel ball chain without any clasp for opening. Total length is 60 inches (1.5 meter) and the balls diameter is 3/16 of an inch (4.5 mm). One of the valuable properties of this ball chain is that it can never get twisted, because each ball freely rotates. The loop is therefore...

2009 / 4 / 22
$10.00

£8.01
€9.12
Ca$13.49
Au$13.46
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Knight's Tour: With Free Choice of Start and End

Chris Wasshuber

Knight's Tour: With Free Choice of Start and End by Chris Wasshuber
"I will sum up your Knight's Tour routine as follows, IT IS BRILLIANT!" - David Burmeister
In the late 1980s I developed a method for the Knight's Tour which allows a spectator a truly free choice for the starting square and ending square of opposite color (same color start and end is mathematically impossible).

This manuscript describes in detail this method. The method attempts to minimize memorization and teaches you a system to derive a proper complete tour on the spot. The method is so flexible that you can find several different tours for one pair of start and end points. Of course,...

2009 / 2 / 2
$25.00

£20.03
€22.81
Ca$33.72
Au$33.66
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Samuel Cox Hooker and his Rising Cards

Chris Wasshuber

Samuel Cox Hooker and his Rising Cards by Chris WasshuberDr. Samuel Cox Hooker's Rising Cards have been an unexplainable fascination for nearly a century. Hooker first showed his effect in 1914, and in 1993 and 2007 John Gaughan gave abbreviated performances. Nobody who has seen the Hooker Rising Cards performed has ever been able to explain how such effects can be accomplished. This includes the most notable and most knowledgeable magicians from past and present. How can, from a borrowed and shuffled deck, any card called for rise in the fairest possible manner on a well lit stage only a few feet from the spectators?

This work is not just about...

2007 / 10 / 7
$39.00

£31.25
€35.58
Ca$52.61
Au$52.51
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