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The Bammo Gridlock Dossier
by Bob Farmer

#1 Magic & Conjuring author
#2 Cards author

(1 review, 6 customer ratings) ★★★★★

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The Bammo Gridlock Dossier by Bob Farmer

The Bammo Gridlock Dossier is a deep-dive examination into the use of matrices and grids in magic and mentalism. There has never been a book like this one and it is more than just a collection of methods: new and cutting-edge effects are included.

If you are a mentalist, you need this book.

If you are a magician looking for the latest mental effects, you need this book.

If strange effects with Tarot cards, mystical rune stones, pentagrams and playing cards fascinate you, you need this book.

If you find interesting the works of Max Maven, Karl Fulves, Simon Aronson, Sam Schwartz, John Bannon and others in the same class, you need this book.

If you want to add a book to your library that is completely different from every other book in your library, you need this book.

And finally, if you are looking for a real deal and real value for your money (for $35 you get 184 pages and almost 34,000 words), you need this book.

  • Introduction
  • Part I: Hex Squared
    • Stonedhenge
    • The Tarot Square Ring
    • ES-Prediction
    • With Playing Cards
    • With Playing Cards Impromptu
    • Poker Dice Roulette
    • Bingo Roulette
  • Part II: The 3x3 Matrix
    • Tarot Matrix Prediction
    • Match Miracle
    • A Poker Chip for your Thoughts
    • Poker Chip Roulette
    • Conclusion
    • Murder on the Orient Express
    • Interplanetary Mind Reading
    • The Voice of the Mage
    • Moves and Removes
  • PART III: The Matrix Force
    • The Matrix Force
    • You Must Have ESP
    • Tarot Squared
    • A Tarot Prediction
    • Gypsy Witch Squared
    • Bingo Prediction
    • Tarot Tetrad
    • Rainbow Matrix
    • Einstein Predicts
    • Color Matrix Aura I
    • Color Matrix Aura II
  • Part IV: Intersecting Matrices
    • The Empress Mental Tarot
  • Thank Yous
  • Appendix A: False Cuts and Shuffles

1st edition 2023, PDF 183 pages.
word count: 32646 which is equivalent to 130 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Mark L. (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Monday 11 September, 2023

When I was a 'mathematically-minded' young boy, my mind turns off as soon as I see Max Maven with one of his matrices (or equivalent) on TV (sorry! or Martin Gardner!). Because: 1) 1+3, 2+2, 3+1 is still equals to 4. In other words, predictable (that you are going to be forced) and formulaic (once you've seen one, you feel like you've seen them all, see point 3). 2) It is sterile, as in a hospital with spotless white tiles, and dry, like sitting in a pure math class (no apple and oranges story, just pure numbers). 3) You can only present a matrix effect at most only ONE (1) time in a session. Showing another one seems to be a repeat of the previous one. 4) Spectator feels like he is just following many mathematical (i.e. boring) instructions.

This book: 1) Shows you how to present a matrix effect without making it feel like a matrix effect, by creative usage of themes, props and other presentation ideas. 2) presents matrices that does not feel like a math class. 3) Provide interest to the spectator to follow the instructions, without feeling like a tedious computer program cooking recipe. 4) There are some curve ball ideas thrown in (using other magic principles) to disrupt the thinking that these matrices are predictable - that they go in only one way all the time; a misconception proven here. 5) Changed my perception of this principle.

Very well written, straight to the point, every word not wasted, lots of eye openers, insightful, creative, comprehensive and inspiring for planting the seed in your head to come out with more ideas, full references to continue your discovery. You know, the usual with Mr. Bob Farmer.

Worth the money. Suitable for beginners as well, all skill levels.