Great fun and very clever As with many Dover titles, this is an interesting, if niche, book.As someone interested in both mathematics and magic, I found this book really cool Though written quite some time ago, the book is still immensely readable and allows you to practise mathemagic i.e magic tricks based on mathematics straight away.The advantage of this branch of magic is that no gimmicks or special ability are required 99% of the time the tricks are self working and allow you to focus on the acting side of magic rather than on mechanics.This book is divided according to the maths field covered rather than type of trick, which can leave magicians a little confused However, it ignores maths theory and lauches straight into the tricks.Subjects range from topology i.e shapes, ropes etc to pure numbers within each section, you can find many types of trick, grouped together by type within the chapter.Some of the tricks are not that effective and are of a curiosity than anything else They demonstrate a mathematical point really well, but aren t entertaining enough to perform.Others, like the mind reading trick in the Pure Numbers section, are awesome and can blow any audience away It really depends on how much into magic or maths you are this book reaches for the middle ground and has a lot to appeal to either side Mathematicians will find interesting challenges trying to figure out the maths behind the trick is fun, and seeing a simple theorem put to practise is really rewarding Magicians will find clean , little known tricks which are real gems for entertainment value alone, and can often be practised from any angle and thoroughly examined because there s no gimmick.If you like either or both fields, you re in for a treat It s a Martin Gardner book What do you need to know The man s a legend All his stuff is entertaining. arrived on time, good read This book is claimed to be a book published by dover publication but in truth it is published by Rupa and co Very bad quality of papers used also binding is very bad The content is not upto the mark and not to the point Simple things have been Elaborated very much where as relatively interesting and tricky things have been discussed without any depth statement only Many pictorial descriptions are either wrongly printed or the statement are untidy enough to be compatible with the pictorial figures Timely delivery.. Although Martin Gardner was a well known math problem compiler, this book is not up to his usual standard of interest Famed puzzle expert explains math behind a multitude of mystifying tricks card tricks, stage mind reading, coin and match tricks, counting out games, geometric dissections, etc Probability, sets, theory of numbers clearly explained Also, thantricks, guaranteed to work, that you can doillustrations I don t know what to do with the book It contains several mathematical tricks that can be performed It doesn t have problems puzzles you can work through, and neither is it a read end to end book Not sure what the other reviewers who rated it high did with the book Summary Go for another book by the same author This is not the one you are looking for.UNLESS you want to perform magic tricks based on mathematics to impress friends and family One of my favorites nice magic tricks with common objects like dices, cards dominosAnd better understanding of mathematics behind it.awesome value for money I would recommend another of Martin gardner s it s called the whys of philosophical servicemen Gardner talks to the magic enthusiast from the 20th century Still some tricks are new, because they were forgotten The old tricks are enhanced in value, because the principal, history, and presentation techniques are discussed at length We will close the book only with an yearning to open it again.

- Kindle Edition
- Mathematics, Magic and Mystery (Dover Recreational Math)
- Martin Gardner
- 20 June 2019 Martin Gardner
- 9780486203355