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Paco Nagata

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A month ago, 6 july, Ron Graham passed away. I got that news from Jack Shalom in Genii Forum.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/aug/03/ron-graham-obituary

Mr. Graham was a remarkable mathematician, and “mathemagician” as well as co-author of the famous book “Magical Mathematics" with Persi Diaconis.
He served as the president of both principal mathematical associations in the United States.

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Thank you for informing us of this remarkable man. I pulled the book off my shelf and begged my wife, who has a math degree, to help me finally understand the book. I love math, but cannot say I am great at it, but it really is a wonderful book. I am a Martin Gardner fan and anyone in that group, I'm happy to immerse myself in the magic writing. Sorry that he passed away, the obituary is really interesting. 
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I've always been a Martin Gardner fan too.

I remember in High School when I used to do some mathematical card trick for my Math Teacher during some class breaks.

I miss a lot that time with him discussing how to present those card mathematical curiosities as magic.

I remember in one occasion that one of my card magician friends burst in to our conversation once saying: "isn't boring that trick?... look at this colour change..."

Our math teacher replied to him:

"I can figure out how did you do that, but you can't figure out how Paco did that 'boring' trick."

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Wonderful story. And, of course, there are ways of dressing up mathematical principles so they remain invisible. And, even if the trick is sort of boring, which it sometimes is, the beauty and elegance of math is nothing short of astonishing. Einstein said, I think, "God doesn't play dice with the universe. But he has an affection for mathematical card tricks."
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