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Review: E-Z Square 6

Published on Sunday, June 30, 2013 in , , , , , , , ,

It seems like Wener Miller just never stops creating!

He's just released E-Z Square 6, the latest in his series of magic square books!

E-Z Square 6 is a bit different from the previous works. Vols. 1-5 each focused on magic squares with a particular theme, such as birthdays, playing cards, and so on. What makes E-Z Square 6 different is that it goes back and updates and improves the methods and routines from past books.

The first routine is an update on the birthday magic square from E-Z Square 1. You start by putting the spectator's age in the center square of a 5 by 5 grid, and then you fill the remaining squares in a seemingly random way. When you're done, the magic total of every row, column, diangonal, and even several cross patterns, total the year the spectator was born! While the effect is the same, the method is greatly improved. Once you have the first few numbers, which is easy enough, the rest isn't much harder than counting.

The next routine is also an update on a bonus, this time on the magic square routine involving a measuring tape from E-Z Square 2. This one is a little sneakier than most of the routines, so it manages to pack an extra punch.

In E-Z Square 5, Werner Miller focused on magic squares with playing cards. The main problem with one of the feature routines, however, is that the resulting 4 by 4 squares usually featured duplicate numbers. In this volume, Werner Miller shows how to solve that problem once and for all, with a little inspiration from Richard Wiseman's The Grid, which also feature playing card magic squares.

Just when you think you've seen everything, the author goes on to teach other playing card magic square ideas with 3 by 3, 4 by 4, and 5 by 5 grids!

This ebook then rounds out with some fun magic square puzzles. One set of puzzles challenges you to cut an existing magic square into 2 smaller magic squares. The other set of puzzles require you to complete magic squares with only a few numbers with which to start. These very same puzzles, I'm proud to say, were first shared by Werner Miller to Grey Matters readers back in 2010 (puzzle 1, puzzle 2, puzzle 3, puzzle 4, answer to puzzle 4).

Technbically, you don't need the previous volumes to get use of E-Z Square 6, but reading this volume will certainly attract your curiosity about all the other routines.

If you're looking for a different take on magic squares, E-Z Square 6, which is also available in German, provides plenty of great routines and food for thought.