Ibidem Aziz & Beyond
Lyons, P. Howard
Hermetic Press, Incorporated (2002)
In Collection
Card tricks, Fan Magazines, Games / General, Magic tricks
Hardcover 0-945296-42-8
Lyons, P. Howard: Ibidem Volume 3 & AZIZ & Beyond (Flip Side)
©2002 by Jeanette Louise Lyons. 1st Edition, Hermetic Press
Illustrated by Pat Patterson Lyons; Composition by Andrew J. Pinard.
Edited by Max Maven, Tom Ransom, Matthew Field, Robert Granville, Andrew J. Pinard and Stephen Minch
ISBN 0-945296-42-8
Hardcover, 360 pages, with 12 in full color
Ibidem Front Side
Aziz Flip Side

Comments: (Andrew Pinard): Ibidem magazine focused on card magic and was published and edited by Howard Lyons and illustrated by his wife, Pat. They were issued from 1955 to 1979 out of Toronto, Canada. This third volume covers the final 8 issues pluls an unpublished issue of material from Tom Ransom and Howard Lyons' magazine Aziz, which was designed to replace Ibidem.

679 Ibidem 29, August 1963
680 Editor's Comments
681 Thought Penetration (Ed Marlo)
688 A Multiple Shift for Close-up (Neal Elias)
689 Multiple Shift (Neal Elias)
690 Four Ace Reverse (Neal Elias)
690 Clip PS (Norm Houghton)
691 The Presto Press (T S Ransom)
692 More Faces of Eve (T S Ransom)
693 Clap Hands (Bill Elliott)
694 Pitchman (Ron Edwards)
694 Pool Sign (Mel Stover)
695 Stranger in our Midst (Ron Edwards)
695 Puzzle Reflections
696 Dirty Old Mel (Mel Stover)
697 Double Hop (Hugh Scott via Jack Avis)
697 Fingered (The Amazing Randi)
698 Everything Easy (Ken Beale)
698 Aces to Order (Norman Houghton)
699 The Strayed Gambler (Stewart James)
700 Specialty Dice for Research
700 Fumbler's Friend (Sam Randlett)
701 Double Faro (Sam Randlett)
701 A Moral Tale
702 Nic & Will (Hal Sparks)
703 QT (Dr Jaks via Lyons)
704 A Letter from Jaks (Stanley Jaks)
705 Lighted Alphanumeric Readouts
706 Variant opening page of Issue 29

707 Ibidem 30, November 1964
708 Editor's Comments
709 Old Hat
709 Scientific Explanation of a Toy (reprint from two issues of Popular Mechanics)
711 Letter on "Randi's Compleat Reader" (Tom Harris)
712 Mystery Loves Company (Ron Edwards)
712 ESP in Stereo (Ron Edwards)
713 cESPool (Ron Edwards)
713 Quote: Patterns of Culture (Ruth Benedict)
714 Extra Sensational Perception (Ron Edwards)
715 Out of this Country (Ron Edwards)
717 Natural Scent (Ken Beale)
718 Back to Aces (Norm Osborne)
718 Letter (Karl Fulves)
719 Four as Four Aces (Anthony J Gugliotta)
720 Diceptions (Ravelli of Switzerland)
720 Double Diception
721 Two Dice Procedure
721 Diception Coincidence
722 Diception Transpo
722 Diception Force
723 Predicted Double Diception
723 Brown Diception
723 Brown Diception Variation
723 Predicted Brown Diception Variation
724 Predicted 2 Cards Diception
724 Diception Myth
724 3 Spectators Procedure (2 Dice)
724 3 Cards Diception
725 4 Cards Diception
725 3 Spectators Procedure (3 Dice)
725 Expanded Double Diception
726 The Time Keeper (Karl Fulves)
726 Kiss (Mel Stover)
730 All Fair Challenge Location (Jack Avis)
730 7:15AM (after Ravelli) (Norm Houghton)
731 The End (P H Lyons)

733 Ibidem 31, December 1965
734 Editor's Comments (P H Lyons)
735 Variations on a Theme: The Reverse Card (Arthur Hastings)
735 Reverse Sleights
735 Direct Reverse
736 Turnover Pass Reverse
736 Indirect Reverses
736 The Direct Reverse
736 I Can't Find Your Card
736 A One-way Deck Exposé
736 Metamorphosis
737 The Untouched Reverse
737 Location
737 References
737 Letter: Gambling Proposition (Norm Houghton)
738 Finish for Oil & Water (Bill Simon)
739 Puzzle Solution: Droodles (The Amazing Randi)
739 Magnetic Miraskill (Allan Slaight)
740 Magic Sex Detector Letters
741 The Shrinking Card (William Miesel)
742 Quote: Wall Street Journal, Ametek Advertisment, The Neg'ator
742 Card thru Magazine (William Miesel)
743 Passe-Passe Aces (William Miesel)
744 Thirty Buck$!! (Walt Rollins)
744 Ultimate Ultimate (Norm Houghton)
745 Books in Print 1964, Erdnase listing (Mel Stover)
745 If you like Puzzlers (Norman Houghton)
746 *Confused Incomplete (Bruce Cervon)
747 Dealer's Choice (P H Lyons)
747 Small Choice (P H Lyons)
748 Sequence of Letters and Tricks from Karl Fulves (Karl Fulves)
748 The Ledbetter Effect (Karl Fulves)
750 Quote: Newsweek (Coin Migration)
750 Fourtold Retold (Karl Fulves)
751 Reconstruction (Karl Fulves)
754 Letter: Requesting an Appearance (Karl Fulves)
754 Secret Service (Ric Schonblum)
755 Sensually Stacked (Bob Neale)
755 Letter Column
755 Mel Brown
756 Tom Harris
756 Robert Lund
756 John Beck
756 Charles Kalish
756 Paul Curry
757 Bill Simon
758 Ibidem Reviewed

759 Ibidem 32, July 1967
760 Editor's Comments (P H Lyons)
762 Faroyal (Allan Slaight)
765 The Eclectic Deck (Allan Slaight)
776 Letter: Annual Nasty Letter (Norm Houghton)
776 To The Last Card (Norm Houghton)
778 Ambition without Cause (Arthur Hastings)
779 Simply Wizard (P H Lyons)
779 Ceiling Unlimited (Charles Aste, Jr)
780 Suits That Fit (Charles Aste, Jr)
780 What Both? (P H Lyons)
781 Special Note: Price Increase (P H Lyons)

783 Ibidem 33, July 1968
784 Editor's Comments (P H Lyons)
785 Quote: Reproduction of advertisement, "Ten Easy Ways to develop your ESP" (Department of Trade and Commerce of the Canadian Government)
789 New Deck Progressive (Allan Slaight)
792 Would You Believe 5? (Mel Stover)
793 Oil and Walter (Walt Rollins)
793 Mine Don't Smell (P H Lyons)
794 Six Cards Pete (P H Lyons)
795 Anecdote: Changing Direction (Bruce Cervon)
795 Distribution (Ed Marlo)
796 Order Beadless Abacus (P H Lyons)
796 Net Ball (Danny Tong)
798 Puzzles: Penny Pick-up (Mel Stover) & Nim Variation (Dr Lasker)
798 Knees Up (Danny Tong)
799 A Southern Spell (Paul Marcus)
801 Letter: Thoughts and Additional Handling on Ultimate Color Separation (Martin Gardner)
801 Trick Brain Tumors
803 Beadless Abacus (Mel Stover)
805 Letter: Issue Urging (Rick Johnsson)
805 Nickel Nickel (Bill Ewington)
806 Ibidem Reviewed

807 Ibidem 34 & 35, August 1969
808 Editor's Comments (P H Lyons)
810 Pick Palming
811 Conjurers, Laymen and Mirrors (Roy Walton)
811 Second Thoughts (Roy Walton)
812 Vanishing Water (Roy Walton)
813 On the Side of the Angels (Roy Walton)
813 Card Case (Roy Walton)
815 Simplicity Lead In (Roy Walton)
815 Computational Analysis
815 Predicted Gilbreath (Roy Walton)
816 Cheaters' Gilbreath (Roy Walton)
816 Reference to "The Helical Card Trick" and Abra 5000
817 Game Law (Roy Walton)
818 Second Thoughts on Gilbreath (Roy Walton)
819 Found-Two Cards (Roy Walton)
820 Second Thoughts on Gilbreath "Again" (Roy Walton)
820 Gabbatha Riddle Solved (Tom Bowyer)
821 Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are (Roy Walton)
821 Powdered Water & Anecdote (P H Lyons)
822 Second Thoughts on Four Aces (Roy Walton)
823 Two Small Ideas with Small Cards (Roy Walton)
823 Crash Diet
823 Card in Purse
824 Treble Trouble (Roy Walton)
824 Sans Wizard (Roy Walton)
826 The Royverse (Roy Walton)
826 A Simple Trick using the Move
827 Named-Card Shuffle (Roy Walton)
827 Second Thoughts on Oil and Water (Roy Walton)
828 Pull-Down Move (Ed Marlo)
831 Marlo's Multiple Cull (Ed Marlo)
832 The Breakdown Extended
833 Mexican Joe's Dream (Ed Marlo)
834 The Layman's Dream (Ed Marlo)
835 The Free Force Transposition (Ed Marlo)
836 Instant Emulsion (Robin Robertson)
837 Dam You, Charlie Brown (Research by Martin Gardner-Assembly by P H Lyons)
838 Shifty (Norm Houghton)
839 H2Oil (Ron Edwards)
840 A Study in Frustration (Ron Edwards)
842 Swiss Checkers (Ravelli)
843 Fat Chance (P H Lyons)
844 Face-Up Count (Bruce Cervon)
845 Turnabout is Faro Play (Bruce Cervon)
845 Turbid Tinges (Duane G Henry)
846 Two Much and More (Duane G Henry)
847 More Droodle Answers (2002)
848 Aces Apart (P H Lyons)
848 Aces Over (P H Lyons)
849 Gene Gordon's Routine for the Leprechauns (Gene Gordon)
850 The Vanishing Dollar Forty-Nine (W A Elliott)
852 Stinger to the Leprechauns (Bob Little) & Combining Leprechauns (P H Lyons)

853 Ibidem 36, March 1979
854 Editor's Comments (P H Lyons)
854 Letter: (Ravelli)
855 Letter: On 37 (Jerry Fulton)
858 The Mathematics of the Weave Shuffle
858 Introduction
858 11 Terminology
859 12 The Out-Weave Equation
859 13 To Return a Pack to the Original Order with Out-Weaves
862 14 To Reverse a Pack with Out-Weaves
864 15 The General In-Weave Equation
865 16 To Return a Pack to the Original Order with In-Weaves
865 17 To Reverse a Pack with In-Weaves
865 18 Summary of the Out- and In-Shuffle
865 19 The Odd-Pack Weave
867 10 Card at N-Fold Places
869 11 In and Out Odd-Weaves
869 12 The Behavior of a Difference in Faro Shuffles
870 13 The Mathematics of the Double, Triple and Multiple Faro
871 Nicknotchka Promotional (P H Lyons)
871 Appendix (Ravelli)
871 The Endless Mind Reader
872 The Fail-Proof Mind Reader
873 The Memorized Faro Shuffle Pack
874 More Quiz Biz Faro
874 Let Me Count The Ways (Karl Fulves)
875 Notohp (Jerry Fulton)
876 Elements of Topology (P H Lyons)
877 +Oraclu+ (T S Ransom)
879 Shadow Line 1 (Jack Graver & James Robertson)
881 Shadow Line 2 (Jack Graver & James Robertson)
882 Abbie Hoffman (P H Lyons)

883 Ibidem 37
884 Editor's Comments (Max Maven)
886 Surprise Sealed Hand in Envelope Prediction (Tom Ransom)
887 The Brown Beater (Tom Ransom)
887 Brownwave Prediction (Tom Ransom)
888 Coincidence Stop (Tom Ransom)
889 Simplest Coincidence Stop (Tom Ransom)
889 Three-Pellet Trick Impromptu (Tom Ransom)
889 Late Entry (Tom Ransom)
890 The Knock-Kneed Acquitment (Tom Ransom)
892 Development of the Staystack System (Tom Ransom)
893 Card Sense (By Computer) (Tom Ransom)
895 Shortcuts (Tom Ransom)
896 Automatic Seconds/Thirds (Tom Ransom)
897 Big Gamble (Tom Ransom)
898 Kindergarten Poker (Tom Ransom)
899 A Kinder, Gentler Garten (Phil Goldstein)
901 Alphanumeric Artifice (Tom Ransom)
901 Trick Brain Tumors
902 Equal Shot Lota (Tom Ransom)
902 Test Ease (Tom Ransom)
903 Duped Again! (Tom Ransom)
905 The Real Work on One-Way Faces (Tom Ransom)
906 Paradoxymoron (Tom Ransom)
907 Trick Brain Tumors
908 Ibidem Bones 908

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Contents: AZIZ

2 Parallel Lyons (Max Maven)
3 Publisher's Palaver (P H Lyons)
4 Tailor (Phil Goldstein)
4 Squaring Up
5 Impromptu Tailor (Phil Goldstein)
5 Kidshow Komments (Wm M Thackery)
6 Synchronicity! (Bill Elliott)
8 That Seems Reasonable (P H Lyons)
8 Fourthed (J K Hartman)
10 Nine Nine Nine (Mel Stover)
12 Historical Hi-Jinks (Anonymous)
12 Squaring Up
13 Final Solution of an Impossibility (Tom Ransom)
14 Squaring Up
15 & BEYOND Part One
16 Reading Between the Lyons (Max Maven)
17 Where Did I Read This Before (P H Lyons)
17 On the Si Stebbins System (P H Lyons)
19 Confusion (P H Lyons)
19 Squaring Up
20 Off-Beat (P H Lyons)
21 Something Is Missing (P H Lyons)
21 And So Force (P H Lyons)
22 Force2 (Phil Goldstein)
23 Prophet Sharing (P H Lyons)
23 The Mirror Grid (Peter Duffie)
24 The Bard and the Bible (Allan Slaight)
27 & BEYOND Part Two
28 Vaults Time (Max Maven)
30 Son of PSI Stebbins (Ken Beale)
31 Triffids (Ken Beale)
31 Up The Escalator (Ken Beale)
32 Beale's Treat (Ken Beale)
34 The Initial Coincidence (Don Costello)
35 Squaring Up
36 Not a Shadow of a Chance (P H Lyons)
37 Belling the Catch (Phil Goldstein)
39 The Mystery of the Seventh Sixth Fifth Fourth Third Card
40 Nicknotchka (Sam Randlett)
41 & BEYOND Part Three
42 Op Cit (Max Maven)
42 Squaring Up
43 Missing Mississippi (Stewart James & Howard Lyons)
46 PUZ and ZEL (Martin Gardner)
46 Ex-Sept (Phil Goldstein)
47 An Essay on the Self-Locating Stack (Robert Neale)
48 Preliminary Findings
48 Tiny Packet Exercises
48 The Right Card in The Right Place
49 Shuffle Exercises
49 Success and Failure
49 Dealing Exercises
50 Dealing Odd Stacks
51 The Long Enough Shorter Version
51 The World's Worst Packet Trick
52 Seeing Stars
53 Trick Brain Tumors
53 Squaring Up
55 & BEYOND Part Four
56 Swinford, Fall Back (Max Maven)
56 The Three-Pile Problem (Paul Swinford)
56 Foreword
57 Ternary Trauma
58 Face-Down Trauma
59 Reverse Trauma
60 Face-Down Reverse Trauma
62 A Thought Spelled Out
63 Top and Bottom
65 Ternarial Transposition
66 Face-Down Transposition
67 Odds: 700 to 1
68 Transposition sans Automation
69 Predicto-Spell
71 The Diamond Hunter
71 Addendum
73 Trick Brain Tumors
75 & BEYOND Part Five
76 Unravelling Ravelli (Max Maven)
76 The Mathematics of the Weave Shuffle, Continued (Ron Wohl)
76 The Diminished Pack Faro
77 The Enlarged Pack Faro
79 Enlarged Faro Addenda
79 Diminished Faro Addenda
80 The Partial Faro
81 The Backward Faros
82 Expanding a Sequence
83 Reducing a Sequence
83 The Faro Peek
88 The Mathematics of the Backward Faro
90 Summary and Some Observations
90 More Mathematics of the Backward Faro
91 Faro Coincidences
92 Mathematical Coincidences
92 The Coincidence Pack
92 Result of Faro
92 Power of Faro
93 Unbelievable Faro
93 The Multiple Coincidence Principle
94 Dealing According to Peirce
95 The Relative Peirce
96 Diminished Pack Procedures
97 Simplicity Pick-Up Procedures
97 Australian Faros
97 Predictomatch
98 Triple Predictomatch
98 Double Predictomatch
99 Fifty-Two-Card Double Predictomatch
100 Predictocut
100 Australian Faro Force
101 Fifty-Two-Card Australian Faro Force
101 Australian Faro Force QuadrUp lets
102 Mathematical Coincidence Applications
105 & BEYOND Part Six
106 Ibidementia (Max Maven)
107 Moves, Man! (P H Lyons)
107 Flush It, Mac! (P H Lyons)
108 Flusherer (Phil Goldstein)
109 That's What I Call Direct! (P H Lyons)
109 Pull Up (P H Lyons)
110 3 Out Of 2 Ain't Bad (P H Lyons)
111 Difficult as XYZ (P H Lyons & Phil Goldstein)
113 Squaring Up
119 Endnote


Ibidem, published and edited by Howard Lyons and illustrated by his pro-artist wife, Pat, was issued from Ibidem Volume 3


Ibidem magazine ran from 1955 to 1979, during which time its editor, P. Howard Lyons, produced 36 issues. Those issues accumulated quite a reputation. For its long unperiodic existence, Ibidem became recognized as the best source for avant-garde card magic and diverse curious pursuits of Lyons and his diabolically inventive crew. All 36 issues plus related unpublished material will be gathered into three large volumes, re-typeset in a fashion that retains the quirky style of the original magazines while making the text easier to read. As important as the text are the many witty illustrations and covers done by respected professional artist Pat Lyons (Howard's talented wife). For these books, Pat Lyons has redrawn all her artwork, being faithful to the originals while enhancing them for the superior reproduction techniques used for these volumes. And all her hand-screened covers are carefully reproduced as color plates!
Volume 1 contains issues 1-16. 352 pages, hardcover.
Volume 2 contains issues 17-28. 358 pages, hardcover.
Volume 3 The final 8 issues. 360 pages, hardcover.

TP. Howard Lyons' Ibidem magazine is Tyler Wilson's favorite magic magazine or all time. That must count for something, right?

From 1955 to 1979, P. Howard Lyons and his mildly crazed but brilliant crew published 36 issues of Ibidem magazine. Those issues accumulated quite a reputation as the best source for avant-garde card magic and many other curious findings. In the intervening years copies of Ibidem have been much sought after and high prices paid. Hermetic Press recently reprinted the magazines into three hardbound books, so now they're available again in their full glory.

The contributors to the magazines were vast and varried. They included Ed Marlo, Stewart James, Howard Lyons, Norm Houghton, Mel Stover, The Amazing Randi, Ken Beale, Tom Ransom, Francis Haxton, L. Vosburgh Lyons, Peter Warlock, Martin Gardner, Faucett W. Ross, Bill Simon, Tom Bowyer, Elmer Biddle, William Miesel, Alex Elmsley, Ravelli and Neal Elias.

The magic in these magazines isn't cutting-edge, knuckle-busting flourish-mania, but instead sensible, clever card magic. Some contain inspiring methods, others contain amazing plot twists, while others just illustrate some insane mathematical principle that will mess with your head.

Michael Close wrote in Genii magazine, "As I have said before (but few people seem to be listening), some of the best card magic I've read is hidden in the pages of Ibidem." Yes, the emphasis was on card magic, although puzzles and recreational mathematics also appeared frequently in its pages.

Ibidem was an anomaly: an intellectual magic magazine, leavened with a unique sense of humor and self-parody, with no equal in its time, nor to this day.


At long last, the third and final volume of the magic magazine that was so underground, it's just now coming up for air. From 1963-1979 Howard Lyons' Ibidem was so far ahead of the pack in innovative card magic, we're still catching up to it. Reprinted in this jumbo volume are the final eight issues plus an unpublished issue of material from "crazy" Tom Ransom.

Tossed in for good measure is Howard Lyons' long-anticipated avant-garde magazine, Aziz, which Howard had begun assembling a few years before his death with the intentions that it would replace Ibidem. Unfortunately, Howard didn't live long enough to get Aziz out, but the material collected for the first issue survived, and it makes up the first section of Aziz & Beyond. Also included is additional material by Howard and others, gathered from his files and other sources, which might not have been included were it not for Max Maven having done such an extraordinary job of unearthing, editing, interpreting and organizing this material.

Ibidem 3 and Aziz & Beyond contain contributions by: Howard Lyons, Mel Stover, Peter Duffie, Allan Slaight, Ken Beale, Phil Goldstein, Robert E. Neale, Paul Swinford, J.K. Hartman, Ron Wohl and many others.

Pages 360 - Hard Bound
Product Details
No. of Pages 360
Height x Width 11.0 x 8.5  inch
Personal Details
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Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf P
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
P. Howard Lyons
(1928 - 1987), from Toronto, Canada,
was editor of Ibidem, a notable magic periodical which ran erratically from 1955 to 1979.


Lyons, an accountant who worked as a Director at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, was also co-producer, with Bob Weill, of the "Ibidem Events" Convention held annually at Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Stewart James: The First Fifty Years, with Allan Slaight (1989)

The Linking Ring, Vol. 29, No. 6, August 1949, HOWARD LYONS, page 67
Ibidem Vol. 1, Pre-Apa, November 1954, page 19
The Linking Ring, Vol. 68, No. 1, January 1988, In Memoriam by BRUCE POSTGATE, page 107
The Linking Ring, Vol. 68, No. 9, September 1988, HOWARD LYONS MEMORIAL Hocus Pocus Parade by PHIL WILLMARTH, page 78
The Linking Ring, Vol. 69, No. 3, March 1989, Lyons Memorial, page 101