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Chris Wasshuber

Chris Wasshuber

(1968 - )

Chris is the founder of Lybrary.com. He loves to 3D print, read, program, invent, tinker, study magic, fly helicopters, build his company, and spend time with his family. Chris is passionate about digital media and 3D printing. 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.

Chris is available as consultant and adviser in the following areas

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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

Coauthors: Danny Crauwels, Lubor Fiedler, Tommy Wonder, Grant Stuart, Gaetan Bloom

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How to Farm and Plot Chia Coins with just a Raspberry Pi by Chris WasshuberThere are lots of guides and recommendations you can find online that will tell you what the 'ultimate' Chia cryptocurrency plotting setup is. Sometimes these are thinly disguised attempts to sell you hardware. In other cases, these are well-intentioned but in my opinion misguided recommendations that will cost you more money than you will most likely make farming Chia. I have been down that rat race with bitcoin mining. It is very hard to make a profit as a small participant particularly at this current time (July 2021) where the price of Chia is dropping and the total network space rising....
2021 / 7 / 17
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Gaetan Bloom & Chris Wasshuber
Bloom Miracle Poker Machine by Gaetan Bloom & Chris Wasshuber

This is a completely new and improved implementation of the famous Al Stanger Miracle Poker Machine. It is based on Gaetan Bloom's superior routine for this miracle. The first phase of the Bloom routine is now customizable and requires zero mental work - an improvement to an already astonishingly clean and clever and easy to perform routine.

Here is a brief outline of the effect: A spectator selects 5 cards from a regular deck of cards. (The deck is not gimmicked in any way and can be a borrowed one.) Four of these cards are entered by the spectator into the Miracle Poker Machine. A fifth...

2021 / 1 / 22
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Chris Wasshuber
Build a Rowing Machine which Generates Electricity by Chris Wasshuber

Instructions of how to build a rowing machine which generates electricity. An average healthy but non-athlete adult can generate about 100W for extended periods. I row most days for about 20 minutes.

This ebook describes my build, some of the dead ends I ran into, lessons learned, and some additional suggestions and alternatives. I do provide all the details that will allow anybody reasonably handy to build the same or a similar machine. You will find photos, sketches, schematics, links to all components I had to purchase and approximate measurements. However, I will not provide instructions...

2020 / 4 / 10
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Birthdate Magic Square by Chris Wasshuber

A spectator populates a row of a 4x4 square with any four numbers. You fill out the remaining 12 squares in seconds to construct a magic square. Does not require any math.

This has become my favorite impromptu magic square effect, because it is easier than a classic magic square - there is literally no math, unless you consider counting up or down by one math - and it produces a stronger effect with spectators. Thus a win-win all around.

The effect: Take any piece of paper, for example the backside of a restaurant receipt, and draw an empty 4x4 square. Then ask a spectator to fill in any...

2019 / 11 / 8
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Grant Stuart & Chris Wasshuber
Perpetual Calendar on a Sticker by Grant Stuart & Chris Wasshuber

Quickly find the weekday to any date between 1500 and 2299.

You will receive a perpetual Gregorian calendar, covering the years from 1500 - 2299, which is printed on one self-adhesive label of size 2.25" x 4" (54 mm x 100 mm). Below the calendar table are the instructions in three lines of text. If you do not need the instructions simply cut them off.

The sticker fits nicely on a case for a deck of playing cards, with the instruction portion bent over the lower edge. (See the photo.) Thus, the calendar fits without the instructions on the back of a poker-size playing card. The calendar...

2019 / 9 / 2
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Master Spool with Cover by Chris Wasshuber

This is a remix of the Master Spool concept by RichRap to include a dust cover. I think the spool should also be the filament container. It keeps everything small, compact, and dirt free. By closing all the holes on the side of the Master Spool and adding a sleeve that slides around the spool we can accomplish this. It keeps dust away from the filament. It also avoids having a coil of filament jump over the spool rim and cause a filament jam.

To have filament feed out of the spool two screws are loosened so that the cover can freely rotate around the spool. For storage the screws are tightened,...

2018 / 6 / 27
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Shuber Vise by Chris Wasshuber

The Shuber Vise is a card guard that has a card press integrated. I always wanted to combine these two functions into one small enough accessory to fit into my pocket. The Shuber Vise does exactly that. It is not wider than a deck of cards and is only somewhat longer and thicker, yet it perfectly protects your cards and keeps them under pressure so that they do not warp or bend, which every deck of cards does after some use without being pressed flat. With decks that cost $20 and more these days, it pays to take good care of your cards.

If your deck is already warped and bent, no problem....

2018 / 6 / 22
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Best of Magazines by Chris Wasshuber

Note: If you email us your three absolute favorite articles found in any magic magazine or journal before you purchase this ebook, you will get this ebook for free. We will need from you for each article the title of the article, the author, the journal title, year, month, volume, issue, page, and a short explanation why you like that article so much.

From the introduction:

Anybody who has done a good amount of reading in magic literature will have noticed that some of the biggest gems are hidden in magic magazines and journals. There is a good reason for that. Books typically focus on...

2017 / 8 / 31
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Chris Wasshuber
Blistr by Chris Wasshuber

Blistr 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 durable plastic. (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 through the playing card. For many, this will be easier to feel than a fine needle prick. The blister is a half-dome about 1 mm in diameter. The...

2017 / 4 / 28
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Card Punch by Chris Wasshuber

This is a card punch 3D printed from durable plastic. 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. Or use a small hex key...

2017 / 2 / 27
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Tommy Wonder & Chris Wasshuber
Frozen Lock Improved by Tommy Wonder & Chris Wasshuber

In 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
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Chris Wasshuber
Watch Winder: noise maker by Chris Wasshuber

This 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
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Lubor Fiedler & Chris Wasshuber
Gozinta Boxes Revisited by Lubor Fiedler & Chris Wasshuber

Lubor 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
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Chris Wasshuber
Two Card Stand by Chris Wasshuber

This 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
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Danny Crauwels & Chris Wasshuber
The Stack and System Maigret by Danny Crauwels & Chris Wasshuber

The 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
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Chris Wasshuber
How To Make Your Own Playing Cards by Chris Wasshuber

This 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...
2015 / 7 / 7
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Chris Wasshuber
Two Person Code For One Person by Chris Wasshuber

This 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
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Chris Wasshuber
The Hunt For Erdnase: and the Path to Edward Gallaway by Chris Wasshuber

The 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
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Magician's DIY Tips and Tricks by Chris Wasshuber

This 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
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Chris Wasshuber
Rubber Bands for Shuber Blades (5 pieces) by Chris Wasshuber

We received so many requests for these rubber bands that we decided to offer them separately from the Shuber Blades. The blades will hold forever, but the rubber bands will eventually deteriorate or break. With this package you can get replacement bands for your Shuber Blades.

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 Blades perfectly but have also many other uses.

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

2011 / 12 / 31
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Shuber Blades by Chris Wasshuber

Shuber Blades 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 Blades 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
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Chris Wasshuber
All Roads Lead To Rome: exploration of an unusual magic method by Chris Wasshuber

With 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
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911 Summing by Chris Wasshuber

I 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
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Fitch Cheney 5-Card Trick: for iPhones by Chris Wasshuber

In 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 signaling or silent codes), but promptly reveals the identity of the fifth card.

Obviously the identity of the...

2010 / 2 / 8
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iPhone App

Chris Wasshuber
52 Standard American Card Faces by Chris Wasshuber

You 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
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SVG

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
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Chris Wasshuber
Samuel Cox Hooker and his Rising Cards by Chris Wasshuber

Dr. 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
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Chris Wasshuber
SIMON 2.0 Commercial by Chris Wasshuber

SIMON is a sophisticated multipurpose simulator for single-electron devices and circuits. It features a graphical circuit editor embedded in a graphical user interface as well as the simulation of co-tunnel events and a single step interactive analysis mode. It supports energy dependent density of states and is able to calculate stability plots. (For more information on the software please see the SIMON Homepage.)

Please note that this software is for 32bit architectures. To run on 64bit computer you could do:

  • WINDOWS: 'Windows XP Mode' and 'Windows Virtual PC'. Alternatively you can use...
2006 / 10 / 6
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SIMON 2.0 Educational by Chris Wasshuber

SIMON is a sophisticated multipurpose simulator for single-electron devices and circuits. It features a graphical circuit editor embedded in a graphical user interface as well as the simulation of co-tunnel events and a single step interactive analysis mode. It supports energy dependent density of states and is able to calculate stability plots. (For more information on the software please see the SIMON Homepage.)

Please note that this software is for 32bit architectures. To run on 64bit computer you could do:

  • WINDOWS: 'Windows XP Mode' and 'Windows Virtual PC'. Alternatively you can use...
2006 / 10 / 6
$500

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Chris Wasshuber
The Ultimate Magic Square (That's Magic) by Chris Wasshuber
"I've been doing magic 40 years, and this may be one of my five favorite tricks. Excellent thinking. Hard to top." - Clyde Hayre, US.

LOVE IT! I've been looking for a trick to help promote my business and this is perfect as I trade under the name "That's Magic" - Barry Harvey, UK.

A spectator is asked to throw three fair dice (this is an absolute fair throw, or even just a mental throw - no force here). From the number fairly thrown you construct a perfect magic square. For a kicker the cards are put together and a message appears written on the cards: "That's Magic!".

You get 16 specially...

2005 / 9 / 23
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Chris Wasshuber
The Ultimate Magic Square (King of Hearts) by Chris Wasshuber
"I've been doing magic 40 years, and this may be one of my five favorite tricks. Excellent thinking. Hard to top." - Clyde Hayre, US.

A spectator is asked to throw three fair dice (this is an absolute fair throw, or even just a mental throw - no force here). From the number fairly thrown you construct a perfect magic square. For a kicker the cards are put together and the face of a King of Hearts appears.

There is no palming of cards or exchanging of decks or anything like it. You work with 16 cards and 16 cards only without any sleight-of-hand.

You get 16 specially printed cards...

2005 / 9 / 23
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Chris Wasshuber
The Sphinx Index by Chris Wasshuber

The Sphinx Index is a 540 page PDF, indexing all 52 volumes of The Sphinx magazine. Three people worked for hundreds of hours to collect and categorize this information. It has more than 14,000 entries. The index covers all tricks, effects and articles, but does not include assembly reports and other short trip reports or news items. An interesting category is Portraits & Photos where all photos are indexed by the name of the person shown in the photo. This makes it easy to find image information about hundreds of magicians. The other index categories are: Articles - Biographical, Articles - Historical, Articles...

2005 / 9 / 6
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