A unique collection of bridge problems, math brain-teasers and logic puzzles, from a master in the field. In the plethora of books on bridge, Erwin Brecher's Hocus Pocus stands out like a breath of fresh air in a crowded pub just before closing time. The unique format combines interesting and far-from-easy bridge problems with challenging and equally difficult logic puzzles. -- Zia Mahmood
From the author of Timequake, this "irresistible" novel (Cleveland Plain Dealer) tells the story of Eugene Debs Hartke-Vietnam veteran, jazz pianist, college professor, and prognosticator of the apocalypse. It's "Vonnegut's best novel in years-funny and prophetic...something special." (The Nation)
This is not just another book on witches and magic, this is a book about novice magicians, there is a big difference. Seven youngsters in the first of their adventures come together at the Hamilton International School in Brussels. We then follow their search for the Lapis Lazuli Pentacle Pendant. It all started when visiting the house of Professor Hynninen at a nearby village, they find a book for magicians, a book they call Hocus-Pocus. Julian, who usually leads the way in all their adventures,decides they should take advantage of of what seems to be an accidental chance to train as young magicians. They learn how to fly, how to become invisible, how to choose a wand. Also how to prevent misguided witches taking over the world. This story is a must for all young people who want to really understand the reason for the world of magic and knowledge in the twenty first century. Highly recomended reading by Magicians
THE STORY: Having come into a small inheritance, Vicar Simon Ross generously decides to spend it all repairing his venerable but rather tumble-down church. Not having a head for figures, he innocently runs up bills far in excess of his available fi
Hocus-pocus Both man, Lemur, and friend, Black Cat, work as spoken-wordsmith; their place of work are meetings and conventions or wherever the crowd is large. They erect their tents at different places and start to woo people to their stands, contradicting each other in other to win enough people to their stands to believe in either of them and, in the process sell their tracts and pamphlets. They have just finished from Hyde Park and Stratford where there is a huge gathering of musical and sporting turnouts. Grace works as an official of the government and augments her wage by going to the street every weekend when she is not working with her battered-looking violin to play some disjointed tones by saying hello to forlorn looking passersby to attract their attention and patronage. Your sins are much heavier, then! Gods punishment upon your brute would have been tampered if in your weakness you had hit a wife instead of a woman He first created ere her decision at alteration into the creation to be priced and possessed by punch gloves like you, as she strives towards the dearness of motherhood! O, how debased thou art! Why did you allow thyself to be driven to the sharp edge of dire evil by the devil thou art! To raise thy hand up against anything is evil itself let alone Gods love, a woman! She will see to medication! Sinner! Subways and moron ...And the fools and yet the many and more damnable bastards who would not aspire to dare...furthering the rapid rise of more fools and many more inconsiderate bastards! Bastards! Oh, difficult villains! It looked at the expanse of life that was present everywhere, the greenery, the physical presence of endeavours and the sacrifices of minds desperately innovative and great in the ever achievements of all these grandeurs, and when it thought of the so-called educated minds far yonder...
A mischievous little rabbit from a magician's hat sets his eye on a bunch of fresh carrots on the magician's kitchen counter, but before he can enjoy them he must get past a grumpy dog that is intent on keeping the clever little rabbit away.
Martin Gardner wrote the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American for twenty-five years and published more than seventy books on topics as diverse as magic, religion, and Alice in Wonderland. Gardner's illuminating autobiography is a candid self-portrait by the man evolutionary theorist Stephen Jay Gould called our "single brightest beacon" for the defense of rationality and good science against mysticism and anti-intellectualism. Gardner takes readers from his childhood in Oklahoma to his varied and wide-ranging professional pursuits. He shares colorful anecdotes about the many fascinating people he met and mentored, and voices strong opinions on the subjects that matter to him most, from his love of mathematics to his uncompromising stance against pseudoscience. For Gardner, our mathematically structured universe is undiluted hocus-pocus—a marvelous enigma, in other words. Undiluted Hocus-Pocus offers a rare, intimate look at Gardner’s life and work, and the experiences that shaped both.
Two classic noir novellas about young men who find treacherous jobs during the Great Depression . In Hades, Alexander Titus, a former Olympic decathlon star, comes to Hollywood looking for work. He and his friend Haw Gooch are down to their last dollar when they find jobs as bodyguards for erratic film producer Roger Quinlan. Quinlan seems quite paranoid, claiming that he's being stalked by a demon and that he found Hades in a cavern in New Mexico. The story sounds crazy, but when Titus is framed for murder, he realizes Quinlan's alleged hell might be the one place where he can also find the truth. In Hocus Pocus, two penniless traveling magicians respond to an ad for a mind reader. A psychology professor hires them to infiltrate a group of evangelists who incorporate mind reading into their preaching. Cal 'Marvelous' Merton and his assistant, Imagination Daly, will study the evangelists' methods and report back on whether their mind reading is genuine. But as Merton and Daly join the New Apostles, the air of danger is palpable, and questions arise about their employer and what exactly they're investigating.