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I know, I can Google it...I do a thing called Sum Total from Larry Becker, how is the Magic Square better than that?

What is the basic effect of the Magic Square? Is it a dealer item or in books? Are there more than one version of it?

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Ask Mr. Harry Lorayne!
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Hopefully he is still on the computer, maybe he is still up...
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It's mostly a conversation piece, a mathematical diversion, a fun thing to do on a chalkboard or business card.

I believe Harry covered it thoroughly (and tied it to memory--turning it into something really nice and routining it too) in Reputation Makers (still one of my very favorite Lorayne books).

That book is where I first learned the peg system and then discovered Harry's books outside of magic.

Also Personal Secrets had a similar effort using cards. 

Barrie Richardson may also have some nice work on this.


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Check out Harry Anderson's version. Awesome.

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I believe Harry Lorayne also covers the Magic Square in his book on Mathematical Magic.
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Coincidentally I just read about the Magic Square in Lorayne: The Classic Collection 2.  It's called The Memory Magic Square and is followed by an item called Instant Magic Square.  
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There is a nice one in Simon Aronson’s Art Decko with cards.

But really when I first saw the question I immediately thought “Ask Harry.” Or watch this...Maestro please...


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   Mind Phantom: You really do have to start reading the good stuff!!
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There are a number of good magic square routines about. Some are merely demonstrations of rapid calculation and others are presentations involving predictions. 

My favorites include Al Smith's "Sweet Sixteen", Roy Johnson's "Flash Square " (used in conjunction with Greg Wilson's Stockholder Wallet), a coloured magic square prediction effect of Marc Paul's and a presentation of Peter Warlock's which can be found in the book "100 by Warlock".

The squares can be traced back to ancient Persia. Carrying one around acted like a lucky charm, it was thought to be magical because of its properties.
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The cool thing about the Harry Anderson version is that a fairly large piece of paper is used. It's folded so that you can only see one of the 16 slots. He writes a number and then refolds it to a blank space and writes another number until all 16 numbers have been written. This adds to the feeling of high skill in that you don't see the full 16 slots at the same time. Once they've all been filled out, he opens the paper and reveals the 4 by 4 grid of numbers.

I believe he used to close his show with this stunt.

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My sister, former math teacher and current principal, performs a magic square and brings down the house every time. Her audience is educators and administrators, but she consistently gets standing ovations. Years back I bought her a copy of Harry's Mathematical Wizardry and she loves it. Me? I think I would be too anxious about getting it right and come no where close to entertaining. So I will stick with cards and let my sister handle the math! 

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My sister, former math teacher and current principal, performs a magic square and brings down the house every time. Her audience is educators and administrators, but she consistently gets standing ovations. Years back I bought her a copy of Harry's Mathematical Wizardry and she loves it. Me? I think I would be too anxious about getting it right and come no where close to entertaining. So I will stick with cards and let my sister handle the math! 

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Yeah, but magicians cheat so you don't have to do them from scratch, getting away with just one easy calculation in some versions. And I can confirm as mentioned elsewhere, Harry has some magic square stuff in Mathematical Wizardry.
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I LOVE Harry’s no BS version. Intentionally or not , he sells the routine like a TV infomercial. It’s funny because it is amazing ... the “but wait there’s more” attitude is great.
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Chuck Hickok's Diagonal Magic Square is an excellent version/method. Not so easy to find though. But worth the effort to track down.

-Alan
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