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Martin Gardner

(21st October 1914 - 22nd May 2010)

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Inspired by and learned at age ~10 from father's papers-on-knife trick and later from local Tulsa magic buffs, including Roy "Wabash" Hughes, Logan Waite and Roger Montandon. Took Tarbell Course. Amateur close-up magician, specialized in cards. Lived in Chicago for 20 years, taking a BA in philosophy and meeting the magic inner circle of Dorny, Marlo, Platt, etc. In 1947 moved to New York, associating with the inner circle of Vernon, Daley, Curry, etc. 1975 AMA Literary Fellowship. Moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina c1980. Professional writer, particularly in science and puzzle fields. Wrote the "Mathematical Games" column for Scientific American 1957-1982, and the impromptu magic column in Hugard's Magic Monthly. A man of many talents, he also edited The Annotated Alice (1960). Has used the pen name "George Groth" occasionally since c1936, but only on non-magical works.

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12 Tricks with a Borrowed Deck

Martin Gardner

12 Tricks with a Borrowed Deck by Martin GardnerHere are a dozen quality card magic effects that can be performed with an unprepared deck at a moment's notice. While not self-working, most of these miracles rely on just one or two sleights. Some require a setup. Crisp illustrations by Dr. Harlan Tarbell help make it easy to understand and master.

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  • Improved Topsy-Turvy Deck - The deck is flipped half face-up and half face-down, then sloppily shuffled. The deck mysteriously rights itself, except for three selected cards, which are the only reversed cards in the pack. This will slay your audience.
  • Face to Face Fantasy - A cheek-to-cheek...
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Cut The Cards

Martin Gardner

Cut The Cards by Martin GardnerThe 17 effects contained in this collection can be performed with an unprepared deck. Never again be caught without a trick. The audience-tested effects range from no-skill puzzlers to outstanding mysteries that require rudimentary sleights. Nelson Hahne's clear illustrations help make everything clear.

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A Close Fit - Some of you will win bar bets with this impossible-appearing optical illusion.

The Unconfused Joker - The Joker helps locate the spectator's card, though the audience thinks its impossible.

Double Vanish and Recovery - A beautiful effect by Ed Marlo where...

2016 / 12 / 15
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Calculus Made Easy

Silvanus P. Thompson & Martin Gardner

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson & Martin GardnerCalculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson and Martin Gardner has long been the most popular calculus primer, and this major revision of the classic math text makes the subject at hand still more comprehensible to readers of all levels. With a new introduction, three new chapters, modernized language and methods throughout, and an appendix of challenging and enjoyable practice problems, Calculus Made Easy has been thoroughly updated for the modern reader.
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When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish: And Other Speculations About This and That

Martin Gardner

When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish: And Other Speculations About This and That by Martin Gardner

Best known as the longtime writer of the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American--which introduced generations of readers to the joys of recreational mathematics--Martin Gardner has for decades pursued a parallel career as a devastatingly effective debunker of what he once famously dubbed "fads and fallacies in the name of science." It is mainly in this latter role that he is onstage in this collection of choice essays.


When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish takes aim at a gallery of amusing targets, ranging from Ann Coulter's qualifications as an evolutionary biologist to the logical...

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The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener

Martin Gardner

The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener by Martin Gardner

The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener showcases Martin Gardner as the consummate philosopher, thinker, and great mathematician that he is. Exploring issues that range from faith to prayer to evil to immortality, and far beyond, Garnder challenges the discerning reader with fundamental questions of classical philosophy and life's greater meanings.

Recalling such philosophers was Wittgenstein and Arendt, The Whys of Philosophical Scrivener embodies Martin Garner's unceasing interest and joy in the impenetrable mysteries of life.

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Mathematics, Magic and Mystery

Martin Gardner

Mathematics, Magic and Mystery by Martin GardnerWhy do card tricks work? How can magicians do astonishing feats of mathematics mentally? Why do stage "mind-reading" tricks work? As a rule, we simply accept these tricks and "magic" without recognizing that they are really demonstrations of strict laws based on probability, sets, number theory, topology, and other branches of mathematics.

This is the first book-length study of this fascinating branch of recreational mathematics. Written by one of the foremost experts on mathematical magic, it employs considerable historical data to summarize all previous work in this field. It is also a...

2014 / 12 / 9
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Relativity Simply Explained

Martin Gardner

Relativity Simply Explained by Martin GardnerSince the publication of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity in 1905, the discovery of such astronomical phenomena as quasars, pulsars, and black holes — all intimately connected to relativity — has provoked a tremendous upsurge of interest in the subject. This volume, a revised version of Martin Gardner's earlier Relativity for the Million, brings this fascinating topic up to date. Witty, perceptive, and easily accessible to the general reader, it is one of the clearest and most entertaining introductions to relativity ever written.
Mr. Gardner offers lucid explanations of not only the...
2014 / 11 / 18
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Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science

Martin Gardner

Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science by Martin GardnerFair, witty appraisal of cranks, quacks, and quackeries of science and pseudoscience: hollow earth, Velikovsky, orgone energy, Dianetics, flying saucers, Bridey Murphy, food and medical fads, and much more.
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Martin Gardner's Table Magic

Martin Gardner

Martin Gardner's Table Magic by Martin GardnerStep-by-step instructions and nearly 200 simple diagrams show beginners how to make cards vanish and reappear, get coins to pass through solid objects, make articles mysteriously travel from one location to another, and more.
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My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles

Martin Gardner

My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles by Martin GardnerThe noted expert selects 70 of his favorite "short" puzzles, including such mind-bogglers as The Returning Explorer, The Mutilated Chessboard, Scrambled Box Tops, and dozens more involving logic and basic math. Solutions.
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Did Adam and Eve Have Navels? Debunking Pseudoscience

Martin Gardner

Did Adam and Eve Have Navels? Debunking Pseudoscience by Martin Gardner
"[Gardner] zaps his targets with laserlike precision and wit." - Entertainment Weekly
Martin Gardner is perhaps the wittiest, most devastating unmasker of scientific fraud and intellectual chicanery of our time. Here he muses on topics as diverse as numerology, New Age anthropology, and the late Senator Claiborne Pell's obsession with UFOs, as he mines Americans' seemingly inexhaustible appetite for bad science. Gardner's funny, brilliantly unsettling exposés of reflexology and urine therapy should be required reading for anyone interested in "alternative" medicine. In a world increasingly tilted...
2013 / 12 / 17
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Over the Coffee Cups

Martin Gardner

Over the Coffee Cups by Martin GardnerThis is Martin's continuation of After the Dessert with more impromptu tricks you can do at the lunch or dinner table. You will learn tricks with sugar cubes, silverware, paper matches, napkins, cigars, cigarettes, coins and glasses. There is also a section on folding money.

One unique feature of this particular ebook is that all line drawings are not merely raster images but vector graphics. This means you can zoom into any of the illustrations and you will never run into a resolution limit where individual pixels will prevent you from further zooming.

1st edition 1949, 43 pages....
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After the Dessert

Martin Gardner

After the Dessert by Martin GardnerYou will find tricks with bills, cigarettes, coins, matches, silverware, napkins and salt shakers, all things which are readily available at any restaurant or dinner table.

This ebook was written for the performer, professional or amateur, who is seeking good, well-tested effects which do not require elaborate practice, preparation, or skill.

Martin has chosen only tricks which make use of objects found at any dinner table. All are performed while seated, with spectators on both right and left. A few of the effects are original, but most of them have been picked up from friends who picked...

2007 / 5 / 29
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Match IC

Martin Gardner

Match IC by Martin GardnerA collection of impromptu tricks and stunts involving matches. To save space and to avoid trivial details, the descriptions have been made as brief as possible and all finer points of presentation and patter have been left to the ingenuity of the reader.

The main categories are wooden matches, paper matches, tricks & jokes & catches, and puzzles.

Table of Contents

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    WOODEN MATCHES
  1. Magnetized Matches
  2. Escapo
  3. Striking En Passant
  4. Match Box Monte
  5. Match And Handkerchief
  6. Another Method
  7. Still Another Method
  8. And Still Another
  9. Electric Match
  10. Invisible Hair
  11. Blowing Through The...
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