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TCF: The Counting Feint
by Bob Farmer

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(1 review, 6 customer ratings) ★★★★

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TCF: The Counting Feint by Bob Farmer

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The previous editions you may have are now completely obsolete.

This edition has been reorganized, reedited, rewritten and many new effects have been added, most notably the "Capehart Countdown," for which Chris Capehart won a Fool Us award from Penn and Teller.

To date, this is the most complete survey of the principles involved.

Here are new, mind-boggling effects, raised up from the depths of the Bammo cerebral cortex - effects that will defy all attempts at revealing their secrets because the interlaced deceptive mechanisms - to quote Winston Churchill - create, "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma."

All the effects use something we call here at the Bammo offices, TCF - The Counting Feint - a principle that others, notably Henry Christ, John Scarne, Martin Gardner, Nick Trost and Terry Lagerould have toyed with but, until now, its true potential has not been achieved.

For example here is just one effect from many that are possible:

The spectator shuffles the deck (52 cards, all different).

The magician, without looking at any of the cards, cuts the deck multiple times, then tables the deck and writes a prediction.

Using the last four digits of the spectator's phone number (which the magician does not know beforehand), the magician counts down to a card - it matches the prediction.

No sleights of consequence. No memorization. No memorized deck.

With suggestions by Teller ("That's a helluva fine trick!), David Britland, Stephen Minch and Derrick Chung, TCF comprises a 61-page manuscript of Mephistophelian Machiavellianism explained in the usual Bammo illuminating style.

$10, but worth at least five times that to someone dumb enough to pay $50 for it.

Free to all those who bought previous editions.

1st edition 2022, updated 2024 PDF 61 pages.
word count: 5276 which is equivalent to 21 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Yukishige Kadoya (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 03 July, 2024

While the first edition was very informative, including historical credits, this revised edition is even better. "Capehart Countdown" and "EL PREDICTO MYSTERIOSO" alone are worth more than the price of this book. The list price of $10.00 is a perfect bargain. If you want to learn about self-working masterpieces with cards, this book is for you.