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Robin Dawes

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SBJH is one of my favourite books, but also one of the most frustrating ... the effects are not grouped together by theme ... for example, assemblies are scattered throughout, as are transpositions, cards in impossible locations, etc.  When dealing with a vague memory such as "BJH has this great assembly, but I can't remember what it is called" I found that I had to start on page 1 and go through the whole book to find what I was looking for.

So to save myself time and aggravation, I made up this little index.  The effects are listed in the order they appear in the book, and each one is accompanied by an extremely terse summary (sometimes just a single word) and an occasional comment.

I find it useful - I hope someone else does too.

 
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Thanks. I've printed this and will throw it in the book!
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Thanks, Robin.

I am happy to say that I also have the massive reference 6 DVD set "The Lost Works of Brother John Hamman." It's the raw video that Richard Kaufman shot for the SBJH book. It's a great reference, in my opinion.

Also, the Greater Magic Video Library BJH tape is another great reference. It's studio quality (as are all GMVL offerings).

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Thanks Robin!
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Thanks Robin. have done the same as sean. Great idea.

SBJH was going to be one of 2 of my suggestions/nominations for the next book club (we still have one session of Mentalissimo to go) along with Simon Aronson's Art Decko.

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This is great Robin. Have you sent a copy to Denis Behr for his index:

http://www.conjuringarchive.com/index.php
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Thanks Robin. have done the same as sean. Great idea.

SBJH was going to be one of 2 of my suggestions/nominations for the next book club (we still have one session of Mentalissimo to go) along with Simon Aronson's Art Decko.

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Gareth

Art Decko is one of magic's best secrets.
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Art Decko is one of magic's best secrets.


It amazes me this book doesn't get more airtime. In fact, wait, no it's complete trash. Nobody buy it....
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The Secrets of Brother John Hamman is one of my favorite magic books.

I know the Denis Behr site has an awesome index and reference site, but I was playing around with some HTML code and made this.
You can type in anything you are searching for, and if it's within that list, it will filter down.
Of course, you would have to edit the list in the source code according to the info you want to be searchable and filterable. 

http://www.magictk.com/tablefilter.html

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The Secrets of Brother John Hamman is one of my favorite magic books.

I know the Denis Behr site has an awesome index and reference site, but I was playing around with some HTML code and made this.
You can type in anything you are searching for, and if it's within that list, it will filter down.
Of course, you would have to edit the list in the source code according to the info you want to be searchable and filterable. 

http://www.magictk.com/tablefilter.html

Tom


That is so cool Tom. I have utterly no idea how you construct one but it's a brilliant function. Is there a template that one could fill in for each book one had or does the entire thing need to be constructed via the code, whatever that is.

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Gareth,

Thanks for the kind words.

It was actually quite easy.  I just searched for a filterable table and kept looking until I found one that I liked that was fast searching and easy to implement the code.

If you right click on that page http://www.magictk.com/tablefilter.html after clicking this link, you can View Page Source code and see where I made comments.  There is only a few spots you would need to modify the information, and if you have a longer list or shorter list, you just modify the total amount between the comments that I noted.  You could use it as your template.  For entering the list, I took the PDF above and copy-pasted it into Excel, and it automatically pasted in a vertical list rather than in rows like it shows on the PDF.  But then I used this  ="        <td>"&E5&"</td>" to refer to the list I just pasted in Column E, then I had the whole list in the correct format to paste in the tablefilter.  If you use a text editor, save it as an .html file.  If you use an HTML editor, it will do so automatically.

I can also send you a file with some more step-by-step instructions, if you would like.  I could also set up an Excel file for you that would help with the getting all of it ready to just copy and paste into the HTML file, but if you are starting from scratch without a nice PDF like Robin Dawes made, then you could skip the Excel part and just type the titles in the code of the HTML file.

Then you just need to have a website where you can add the HTML file.

Sometime, I will play around with links in the table as well as pictures, just to see if it can do that.

The main labor-intensive part is typing in all of the book info.  I guess you could use a scanner and use an OCR program then port it over to Excel like did to help save time in the way I copied and pasted.

Let me know if you have any more questions.

All the best,

Tom


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Thanks so much for converting this to a searchable table - I have never seen this technique before but I have a million uses for it.   For example I use php to build all the webpages for the courses I teach, and being a dinosaur I use lots of tables.  Next time I set up a course I will include the filter functionality so the students can rapidly find all the notes for a particular topic.  I will also be able to use it in the interactive tools that I develop for my work as a literacy tutor.

Thanks again

Robin

PS: I am happy to post the SBJH index as an Excel spreadsheet if that is more useful.
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Tom

Thanks so much for converting this to a searchable table - I have never seen this technique before but I have a million uses for it.   For example I use php to build all the webpages for the courses I teach, and being a dinosaur I use lots of tables.  Next time I set up a course I will include the filter functionality so the students can rapidly find all the notes for a particular topic.  I will also be able to use it in the interactive tools that I develop for my work as a literacy tutor.

Thanks again

Robin

PS: I am happy to post the SBJH index as an Excel spreadsheet if that is more useful.
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Robin,

I had already converted it from the PDF, which gave me a single column list.  Then I manually dragged everything around to the same layout.
However, I just now created this Excel file which makes it super simple for you to just enter the stuff you want.  It's set up for 3 columns now, but you can easily add more, and it will auto-update to add the rest.  Then just cut and paste where I indicate, and change your Title and Background image.

http://www.magictk.com/SecretsofBrotherJohnHamman.xlsx

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http://www.magictk.com/tablefilter.html

And just to test it out, I added a fourth column, and random input, and it worked!
http://www.magictk.com/tablefiltertest.html


Previously, I just used the regular text Notepad, but just last night, I had downloaded Notepad ++ for to do HTML editing.  Now I can see the color coding in the HTML file, and it's easier to keep track of stuff.

All the best,
Tom

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Anyone here ever used The Doppelganger Card?
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I updated the table to include page numbers.  I used the Excel file I made to add them, then copied and pasted that code into the source code of that page.
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I used to do The Doppleganger Card years ago, but haven't performed it exactly like that recently.  I've also done a variation but it doesn't use the count he describes at the end for the reveal.  What do you think of that effect?

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