"The universe is almost like a huge magic trick," says Martin Gardner. Many world-renowned scientists, mathematicians and magicians agree. Featured guests who have been influenced by Gardner include: magicians Max Maven and Michael Weber; mathematician and legendary computer hacker Bill Gospar; Harvard professor and card wizard Persi Diaconnis; renowned math genius John Horton Conway of Princeton; and Ron Graham, acrobat, juggler and chief scientist for AT&T Research. Gardner first got hooked on math as a young boy, when his father gave him a book on puzzles. Today, he is revered by some of the best brains in the worlds of mathematics and magic, largely through the influence of his monthly Scientific American Mathematical games' column.