Patrick’s bridge movements

Version 4.12

Julie Atkinson and Patrick Carter from New Zealand have written an excellent book called Patrick’s Bridge Movements. As Magic Contest supports most movements from Jannersten’s orange book, Patrick Carter’s book has currently only provided the documentation for Web Mitchell.


Excerpt from the introduction

A main plank of the overall philosophy of Patrick’s directing is to give the players what they want. Different sections within the club are differently organised depending on how many boards they like to play per session.

One thing that is now universal across the club is that the players prefer three boards a table when there is no Phantom and two boards a table when there is a Phantom. This has now stabilised as the preferences have gradually shifted from a situation where some players prefer one board per table “because you play everybody” to a situation where everyone would be horrified if the director used such a movement.

Always take a clear vote on these issues; do not listen to the Grumbling Gertie whose usual catchphrase is “Everyone says such and such”. Always give any new ideas a fair trial before taking them to a vote.

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Excerpt from Web movement (even number of tables, odd number of board sets)

This movement works when the number of tables is greater than the number of sets to be played. Phantom can be at any table, in any direction. EW move normally around the room.

This movement requires two sets of duplicated boards, and an odd number of sets to be played. Note that one set is played from highest to lowest board number, as opposed to the normal low to high.

The low numbered tables play one set of boards in normal ascending order. The high numbered tables play the other set of boards in descending order, with the highest numbered table getting the highest numbered boards.

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