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Firkin of Deipotent Trouvailles

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by John Hostler
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Firkin of Deipotent Trouvailles by John Hostler

A left-leaning collection of magic and paranormal fakery. [Note: John expresses his political views in this ebook. If you get easily offended by such statements then this ebook is probably not for you.]

Seeds for FDT were sown at roughly 1:30am CST on November 9, 2016. Nothing sparks creativity like frustration and angst ... and the floodgates only opened wider as our 45th president's destructive first year dragged on. Twenty-seven worn decks and 400 gallons of coffee later, Firkin of Deipotent Trouvailles was born.

While the hermetic author persists in his role as a "songwriter who can sing and play a little" - an observer more attuned to audience perception than magicians' ergonomic convenience - empathy is clearly in order. FDT dials back the sadism coursing through Hostler's previous tome, Magnum Opossum. Indeed, much of this material can be a pleasure to perform. Who knew??? Just imagine...

If only I could make just one side of a card invisible...

If only I could produce origami figures without the inconvenience of folding...

If only my "Searchers" had a little more mustard on their sandwich...

If only two volunteers could freely and simultaneously select the same card from separate decks as the audience watches from behind...

If only a selected card would learn to control itself as the deck is mixed by audience members...

If only a packet of cards could be switched by simply dropping it to the table...

If only a folded card matching a free selection could be found secured in a money clip with no palming, index work, or hidden djinn...

If only I could replicate the infamous Berglas Effect with no pre-show, stooges, forces, magnets, shifts, or contrived funny business...

If only I had a logical reason to spell-count anything...

A few kind words on previous works:

"It's a fun collection, with oddball, out-of-the-box methods employing unexpected props and Diaconis-level math along with practical sleight of hand. The surprising methods remind me of the best of the material I used to enjoy in Pallbearers Review." - Steve Bryant on Magnum Opossum,, June 2016

"This is my first introduction to Mr. Hostler's work and all I can say in conclusion is, 'Well done, sir.'" - Jamy Ian Swiss on Cryptical Envelopment, Genii Magazine, September 2012

"So, kiss up to one of your trusted magical pals and have them send you a copy of this book. Or go to Mr. Hostler's website and unravel his riddles. Your efforts will be suitably rewarded." - Tom Frame on The Rauschenberg Effect, Genii Forum - Light From the Lamp Online, January 2009

"Hostler has discovered an intriguing concept that, while related to Gilbreath, opens a gate to new avenues of thought... I enjoyed reading it immensely." - Peter Duffie on The Triskadequadra Principle, Magic Magazine, April 2013

"Hi, kid." - Dai Vernon, 1987 Midwest Magic Jubilee

1st edition 2018, 66 pages photo illustrated.
word count: 16519 which is equivalent to 66 standard pages of text

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