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Mathematics, Magic and Mystery

by Martin Gardner Dover Publications (December 02, 2014)

Why do card tricks work? How can magicians do astonishing feats of mathematics mentally? Why do stage "mind-reading" tricks work? As a rule, we simply accept these tricks and "magic" without recognizing that...


Cryptanalysis: A Study of Ciphers and Their Solution

by Helen F. Gaines Dover Publications (November 18, 2014)

Thorough, systematic introduction to serious cryptography, especially strong in modern forms of cipher solution used by experts. Nihilist, grille, U. S. Army, key-phrase, multiple-alphabet, Gronsfeld, Porta,...


Easy-to-Master Mental Magic

by James L Clark Dover Publications (April 06, 2012)

Learn to read minds, conduct hypnosis, and predict the future! Instead of employing visual magic, the tricks in this book help aspiring performers exercise mental powers that seem downright supernatural. Seasoned...


Golf on the Moon: Entertaining Mathematical Paradoxes and Puzzles

by Dick Hess Dover Publications (August 21, 2013)

Divide a rectangular cake into five even pieces, calculate the cost of running a successful casino, figure out the maximum number of losses on the road to winning the U.S. Open Tennis Championship, and solve...


Riddles in Mathematics: A Book of Paradoxes

by Eugene P Northrop & Daniel S. Silver Dover Publications (June 10, 2014)

Two fathers and two sons leave town. This reduces the population of the town by three. True? Yes, if the trio consists of a father, son, and grandson. This entertaining collection consists of more than 200 such...


Impossible Folding Puzzles and Other Mathematical Paradoxes

by Gianni A. Sarcone & Marie-Jo Waeber Dover Publications (May 25, 2014)

Fun-filled, math-based puzzles include Elephants and Castles, Trianglized Kangaroo, Honest Dice and Logic Dice, Mind-reading Powers, and dozens more. Complete solutions explain the mathematical realities behind...


How to Play Chess Endings

by Eugene Znosko-Borovsky Dover Publications (May 17, 2012)

Famous chess teacher clearly explains the principles of chess endings, with special attention to positional play, the conception and execution of a plan, and the recognition of tactical opportunities.


500 Master Games of Chess

by Dr. S. Tartakower & J. du Mont Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

Vast collection of great chess games from 1798 through 1938, with much hard-to-find material. Fully annotated, arranged by opening for easier study. 150 years of master play!


Capablanca's Best Chess Endings

by Irving Chernev Dover Publications (August 29, 2012)

60 complete games, annotated throughout but emphasizing endings that seem like long-contemplated works of art.


Mighty Mini Mind Bogglers

by Karen C. Richards Dover Publications (September 05, 2013)

Great for classrooms and free-time fun, these small but substantial challenges offer lighthearted, nonacademic approaches to a variety of math, logic, and verbal conundrums. Most can be completed in only a few...


The Art of Chess Combination

by Eugene Znosko-Borovsky Dover Publications (August 23, 2012)

This essential work provides modern explanations of principles, varieties, and techniques of combination maneuvers, plus the ideas behind them. Examples from the games of many great players provide illustrations....


Expert Card Technique

by Jean Hugard & Frederick Braué Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

Definitive work on card technique: everything from basic manipulations to advanced flourishes; also a wide variety of tricks. 318 illustrations.


Encyclopedia of Card Tricks

by Jean Hugard Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

This giant-sized collection explains how to perform over 600 professional card tricks, devised by the world's greatest magicians. The finest single compendium available, the book features a clear style that...


Win at Poker

by Jeff Rubens Dover Publications (April 06, 2012)

Lucid coverage of poker fundamentals, subtleties: draw, stud, variants; card-counting; betting strategy; more. Includes quizzes, sample hands; appendix on poker laws; more.


Card Tricks for Beginners

by Wilfrid Jonson Dover Publications (March 13, 2012)

Diagrams and instructions for successfully performing The False Shuffle, Sensitive Finger Tips, Palming, The Glide, and 46 other techniques. 13 diagrams.


Modern Coin Magic

by J. B. Bobo Dover Publications (April 26, 2012)

The most complete treatise on sleight-of-hand coin conjuring, including best traditional methods and modern innovations. Guides you systematically from basic techniques, through integrated tricks to complete...


Why You Lose at Chess

by Tim Harding Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

How to learn from losses by recognizing warning signals, analyzing what went wrong. Focus on play based on e-mail and internet; computer chess, plus analysis of face-off between Kasparov and Deep Blue.


Go and Go-Moku

by Edward Lasker Dover Publications (August 14, 2012)

Best introduction in English to a great Japanese game. Detailed instructions provide valuable information on basic patterns, strategy, tactics, analyzed games. Used as text by generations of Americans, Japanese....


The Slang of Poker

by Tom Dalzell & Peter Donahue Dover Publications (November 10, 2013)

This entertaining gift book provides a compendium of traditional poker slang as well as the new vocabulary of online poker and jargon from high-stakes tournaments. The game's impact on American history and language...


My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles

by Martin Gardner Dover Publications (March 13, 2013)

The noted expert selects 70 of his favorite "short" puzzles, including such mind-bogglers as The Returning Explorer, The Mutilated Chessboard, Scrambled Box Tops, and dozens more involving logic and basic math....


Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing

by Martin Gardner Dover Publications (March 13, 2013)

Cipher and decipher codes: transposition and polyalphabetical ciphers, famous codes, typewriter and telephone codes, codes that use playing cards, knots, and swizzle sticks . . . even invisible writing and sending...


Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur

by Max Euwe & Walter Meiden Dover Publications (May 20, 2013)

Twenty-five chess games chosen, arranged, annotated to help amateurs avoid a variety of weak strategic and tactical moves. With commentary by 1935–36 World Chess Champion Max Euwe. 1963 edition.


Pawn Power in Chess

by Hans Kmoch Dover Publications (March 12, 2013)

Profoundly original book demonstrates how basic relationships of one or two pawns constitute winning strategy. Multitude of examples illustrate theory. 182 diagrams. Index of games.


Self-Working Table Magic: 97 Foolproof Tricks with Everyday Objects

by Karl Fulves Dover Publications (June 10, 2013)

97 mystifying tricks done with ordinary objects that can be borrowed from the audience. Make coins appear or disappear; matchsticks jump into the air; classic cups and balls; more. 185 illustrations.


Zurich International Chess Tournament, 1953

by David Bronstein Dover Publications (March 18, 2013)

Perceptive coverage of all 210 games from the legendary tournament, which featured Smyslov, Keres, Reshevsky, Petrosian, and 11 others, including the author. Suitable for players at all levels. Algebraic notation....


Bridge for Bright Beginners

by Terence Reese Dover Publications (May 20, 2013)

Common terms, fundamentals of offensive and defensive bidding and play made clear. 130 bidding hands, 18 sample games. Summary of bidding.


Simple Chess: New Algebraic Edition

by Michael Stean Dover Publications (February 15, 2013)

Written by a Grand Master, this guide isolates basic elements and illustrates them through Master and Grand Master games, breaking down the mystique of strategy into easy-to-understand ideas.


Lasker's Manual of Chess

by Emanuel Lasker Dover Publications (March 18, 2013)

Great chess master shares his secrets, including basic methods of gaining advantages, exchange value of pieces, openings, combinations, position play, aesthetics, and other important maneuvers. More than 300...


The Pyrgic Puzzler: Classic Conundrums

by Christopher Maslanka, Michael Harrington & Iris Murdoch Dover Publications (December 26, 2012)

Eighty mind-bending problems feature eccentric characters, delightfully surrealistic illustrations, and humorous situations. The author offers hints as well as solutions in a splendid tangle of storytelling...


How to Play the Chess Openings

by Eugene Znosko-Borovsky Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

Clear, profound examinations of just what each opening is intended to do and how opponent can counter. Many sample games.


How Not to Play Chess

by Eugene A. Znosko-Borovsky Dover Publications (March 30, 2012)

Developing plans of action based on positional analysis: weak and strong squares, control of open lines, pawn structure, more. 20 problems.


An Introduction to Chess Moves and Tactics Simply Explained

by Leonard Barden Dover Publications (June 14, 2012)

Informal, intermediate introduction: reasons for moves, tactics, openings, traps, positional play, endgame. Isolates patterns. 58 figures.


My Best Self-Working Card Tricks

by Karl Fulves Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

Mystifying, entertaining illusions include "Prediction Wallet," in which the card a spectator has chosen is found in the magician's wallet; "Suspense," in which a card remains dangling in midair, others. 116...


The Royal Road to Card Magic

by Jean Hugard & Frederick Braué Dover Publications (May 31, 2012)

Simple-to-use book gives versatile repertoire of first rate card tricks. The authors, both expert magicians, present clear explanations of basic techniques and over 100 complete tricks. 121 figures.


The Expert at the Card Table: The Classic Treatise on Card Manipulation

by S. W. Erdnase Dover Publications (April 09, 2012)

The one essential guidebook to attaining the highest level of card mastery, from false shuffling and card palming to dealing from the bottom and three-card monte, plus 14 dazzling card tricks.


Self-Working Rope Magic: 70 Foolproof Tricks

by Karl Fulves Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

From one of today's foremost experts: a guidebook with clear instructions and over 400 step-by-step illustrations that show readers how to perform 70 of the best, easiest-to-master, most entertaining rope tricks...


Self-Working Coin Magic: 92 Foolproof Tricks

by Karl Fulves Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

Clearly worded instructions, 251 step-by-step illustrations show novices, veterans how to seemingly pluck coins from the air, make a coin penetrate a tabletop, perform psychic tricks with coins and bills, much...


Practical Mental Magic

by Theodore Annemann Dover Publications (March 30, 2012)

Outstanding collection of nearly 200 crowd-pleasing mental magic feats requiring no special equipment. Author offers insider's tips and expert advice on techniques, presentation, diversions, patter, staging,...


Self-Working Mental Magic

by Karl Fulves Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

Sixty-seven sure-fire mental feats to delight and mystify: mind reading with cards, instant ESP, identifying the owners of objects given to you in random order, number prediction, much more. 73 illustrations....


Self-Working Card Tricks

by Karl Fulves Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

Noted magician and magic authority offers 72 tricks that work automatically through nature of card deck. No sleight of hand needed. Often spectacular. 42 illustrations.


The Art of Checkmate

by Georges Renaud & Victor Kahn Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

All mating situations in basic classification, how tactics adjust to each. 127 games analyzed. 80 quiz examples, answers.


Board and Table Games from Many Civilizations

by R. C. Bell Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

This encyclopedic volume provides the rules and methods of play for more than 180 different games: Ma-jong, Hazard, Wei-ch'i (Go), Backgammon, Pachisi, and many others. Over 300 photographs and line drawings....


The Game of Chess

by Siegbert Tarrasch Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

Classic introduction offers superb coverage of all aspects, especially Middle Game, combination play. Hundreds of games analyzed. Over 340 diagrams.


The Art of the Middle Game

by Paul Keres & Alexander Kotov Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

Two grandmasters offer masterly analysis of neglected area: attacking the king, defense, pawn structure, much more. Introduction by Harry Golombek.


101 Easy-to-Do Magic Tricks

by Bill Tarr Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

Illustrations, simple instructions for performing over 100 tricks, including The Inexhaustible Hat, The Chinese Rings, Steel Through Steel, Fingers That See, much more.


Win at Checkers

by Millard Hopper Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

Former Unrestricted World Checker Champion introduces you to the game and lets you in on championship secrets. Shots and traps, opening "blitzkrieg" moves, end game, more.


The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played

by Irving Chernev Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

62 masterly demonstrations of basic strategies of winning, featuring games by the greatest chess masters. Compiled, diagramed, annotated by one of chess literature's most brilliant authors. 146 illustrations....


Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers

by Henning Nelms Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

Highly instructive book by a noted authority on the subject analyzes every phase of conjuring, from sleights, devices, misdirection, and controlling audience attention to incorporating patter and the effective...


Modern Chess Strategy

by Ludek Pachman Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

The use of the queen, the active king, exchanges, pawn play, the center, weak squares, more. Often considered the most important book on strategy. 298 diagrams.


Indian Sign Language

by William Tomkins Dover Publications (March 23, 2012)

Learn to communicate without words with these authentic signs. Learn over 525 signs, developed by the Sioux, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and others. Book also contains 290 pictographs of the Sioux and Ojibway...