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UFO-MX5

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I remember having a book, not so much about magic tricks but about bar bets, challenges and stunts. I don't remember the exact name of the book but it was something like "The ultimate show off" or "how to be a show off" or similar. The words Show Off were definitely in the title. I bought it in the mid to late 1970's. Anyone remember this book or even better have it? I'd like to have the information needed to track down another copy. Thanks.
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I have two bar bet books in my Library. One is by Harry Blackstone Jr. called "There's One Born Every Minute" and the other called "Bets You Can't Lose" by Patrick B. Sullivan. I don't think I have the one you mentioned but I'll look again.
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Bob Farmer is an expert on bar bets - he may know the book.
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Another alternative is Diamond Jim Tyler's series "Bamboozeers." There are three books in the series. They are all pocket size and contain some great bar bets and stunts.

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I second Diamond Jim's series. Filled with great gags, bets, and gotchas. Wondering aloud here, UFO, but unless your motives are strictly nostalgia, wouldn't you be best served by a more contemporary source? Sure, some things have remained consistent, but a lot has happened since the 70s - I should know - and a more recent source might better serve a contemporary victim, uh, audience.

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Thanks for the replies. Yes Anthony I would like to find the book for nostalgic reasons, also It's kind of driving me crazy just trying to remember the title of the book. I could have sworn it was "The Ultimate Show Off" but I can't find anything even like that. Perhaps it was published by a boutique publisher in the bay area only. That might explain the difficulty I am having in tracking it down. Thanks again for the help.
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I know the book you speak of. It had a blue binding and some highlights included one handed cuts, rolling a coin across your knuckles, flipping an omelette with one hand, and making a flaming baked Alaska. It was illustrated with cartoons reminiscent of those in Kenner's Totally Out of Control. But Lord the title eludes.
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Yes that's it. Thank you HexTheDoombunny. I can picture some of those illustrations and I definitely remember the coin roll. As I mentioned in another thread I am returning to magic after many years away. For me, it is more of a nostalgic re visiting of my teen years. That book stands out in my memory and it would be great to track down another copy. Thanks all.
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