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Broken Wand - Martin Gardner

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Sad to report that Martin Gardner passed away this morning at the age of 95.

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Gardner, Martin (nmn)
(Tulsa, Oklahoma: 21 Oct 1914- ) Inspired by & learned at age c10 from father's papers-on-knife trick & later from local Tulsa magic buffs, including Roy "Wabash" Hughes, Logan Waite, & Roger Montandon. Took Tarbell Course. Amateur close-up magician, specialized in cards. Lived in Chicago for 20 years, taking a BA in philosophy & meeting the magic inner circle of Dorny, Marlo, Platt, etc. In 1947 moved to New York, associating with the inner circle of Vernon, Daley, Curry, etc. 1975 AMA Literary Fellowship. Moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina c1980.

Professional writer, particularly in science & puzzle fields: In the Name of Science (1952), Science: Good, Bad and Bogus (1981), the "Mathematical Games" column for Scientific American 1957-1982, etc. A man of many talents, he also edited The Annotated Alice (1960). Has used the pen name "George Groth" occasionally since c1936, but only on non-magical works.

Invented Lie Speller (c1935).

On magic wrote Match-ic (1935, 26pp), After the Desert (1940, 21pp), 12 Tricks with a Borrowed Deck (1940, 22pp; repr 1964), Cut the Cards (1942, 34pp), Over the Coffee-Cups (1949, 34pp), Mathematics, Magic and Mystery (1956, 174pp, which is also a force book where 15th word of every chapter is "of"), Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic (1978, based on his 1951-58 series of articles in Hugard's Magic Monthly), How Not to Test a Psychic (1989), & 3 booklets. Also wrote (under pen name of "Uriah Fuller") 2 delightful exposé booklets on Uri Geller: Confessions of a Psychic (1975, 41pp) Further Confessions of a Psychic (1979, 70pp), & Martin Gardner Presents (1993, 424pp). Co-authored (with Bart Whaley & Jeff Busby) The Man Who Was Erdnase (1991, 434pp), which won a SAM Special Library Award.

Tricks in Sphinx, Genii, Jinx, New Jinx, Phoenix, New Phoenix, HMM, Swami, Mantra, Arcane, Epoptica, Pallbearers, Epilogue, Linking Ring, Ibidem, etc.

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