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by Bill Mullins
February 20th, 2018, 12:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Looking for good lecturers
Replies: 3
Views: 233

Re: Looking for good lecturers

I've never seen Acer lecture, but I've seen Menotti, Conn, and Frank all lecture locally, and can confirm that they all do a great job. Our club's most recent lecturer was Geoff Williams. We've hosted him 3 times in the last decade or so, and each one was excellent. Also recently enjoyed Norman Beck...
by Bill Mullins
February 14th, 2018, 11:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4789

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Joe Mckay wrote:He also came up with the best souvenir in the history of magic.


There used to be a guy in our club who had an honest-to-goodness, real shrunken head.

Top that.
by Bill Mullins
February 12th, 2018, 5:44 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Chinese Bit
Replies: 12
Views: 573

Re: The Chinese Bit

From an Eddie Gibson ad in Abracadabra , 12/25/1976: "Ken Brooke's Magic Place hold NO RIGHTS to this piece of coin equipment known as the "CHINESE BIT". It is MY ORIGINAL IDEA, PERFECTED and MANUFACTURED by myself. Until JUNE 1976 I supplied it to this "Establishment". I NO...
by Bill Mullins
February 9th, 2018, 3:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardini Decks Now Available
Replies: 14
Views: 1066

Re: Cardini Decks Now Available

Already sold out.

The reproduction's picture looks to be a linen/air cushion stock. Weren't the originals smooth?
by Bill Mullins
February 9th, 2018, 9:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

Some academics have recently decided that Shakespeare had read and was influenced by an obscure manuscript, "A Brief Discourse of Rebellion and Rebels," by George North, written in the late 1500s. They came to this conclusion by running the Bard's plays and the North manuscript through som...
by Bill Mullins
February 8th, 2018, 9:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

So it would be more accurate to say he had "A magic book [ Expert ] and a couple other gambling books" than to say "He had magic and gambling books", in which the number of magic books is ambiguous. (and which ambiguity I believe you are taking advantage of, to the benefit of you...
by Bill Mullins
February 8th, 2018, 12:20 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: A Visit to the Tenyo Factory
Replies: 1
Views: 363

A Visit to the Tenyo Factory

Those Tenyo people are WACKY

Link
by Bill Mullins
February 8th, 2018, 12:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

Well, that's kinda the point, Jon. He wasn't a working card shark in 1923, nor had he ever been. Gallaway didn't have any special interest in cards, as either a gambler or magician, so when the Lakeside Press wrote a bio of him, they didn't mention cards as being either a recreational or professiona...
by Bill Mullins
February 8th, 2018, 9:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

Are you suggesting he did card magic at a professional level in 1923? Odd that there is no record of it, then.
by Bill Mullins
February 7th, 2018, 11:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

Chris - I can see the rationale for being sub rosa with respect to advantage play, but half the book is magic. Where's the shame in that? The fact that he didn't practice magic as a hobby is one more reason to be certain that "The Magic Wand" and "bag of tricks" are figures of sp...
by Bill Mullins
February 7th, 2018, 4:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

. . . because Gallaway's favorite author was Dickens. In looking this up in your ebook, I came across this line, which is immediately following the reference to Dickens in the Lakeside Press biography: [Gallaway's] one great hobby is astronomy He had one hobby, and it was astronomy. Not magic. Not ...
by Bill Mullins
February 7th, 2018, 9:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

Chris -- I guess I am missing your point. You said "this thing doesn't exist" and I showed that it did. (I'm happy to admit that the examples I gave were of minor authors, but in the grand scheme of things -- in the real world that most people live in -- Erdnase was a minor author.) People...
by Bill Mullins
February 7th, 2018, 2:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

The number of people who truly consider Expert to be important, I fear, could fit in a medium-sized conference room (in fact in 2011, they fit in a bed and breakfast in Helana, Montana). It is a big deal in magic circles; elsewhere it is just old book printed on brittle paper, which was fortunate to...
by Bill Mullins
February 5th, 2018, 3:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

Supporting this line of thought is the fact that all the other historical 'name reversal' authors have been found out rather quickly. I don't think there is any other pseudonym, which reverses to a plausible real name, which has not been solved. A couple more examples: Nal Rafcam ("Macfarlan[e...
by Bill Mullins
February 5th, 2018, 11:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians in Trouble
Replies: 83
Views: 14590

Re: Magicians in Trouble

Mark -- I think the American version of the insult you are trying for would be "No doubt you are head of your local Home Owner's Association."
by Bill Mullins
February 4th, 2018, 10:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine's Breathless Stunt on Oprah
Replies: 48
Views: 8234

Re: Blaine's Breathless Stunt on Oprah

Decent article about extreme breath-holding.
by Bill Mullins
February 4th, 2018, 11:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

AJM wrote:It's starting again...


As Al Pacino once said . . . .

link
by Bill Mullins
February 4th, 2018, 11:13 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Deck Recommendation
Replies: 18
Views: 1299

Re: Deck Recommendation

Vol 2 of the big Alex Elmsley books by Stephen Minch has a suggestion for preparing a deck so it will faro easier. It involves rubbing the ends of each card with sandpaper so that they are rounded in profile, instead of bluntly cut.
by Bill Mullins
February 3rd, 2018, 6:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

Even if "Erdnase" is unique as a name-reversed pseudonym of an otherwise unknown person (it isn't, as I've shown), so what? It doesn't mean that Erdnase's real name was not E. S. Andrews. The name-reversal theory remains standing as the best explanation for why an author would use the hig...
by Bill Mullins
February 3rd, 2018, 1:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

Even if "Erdnase" is unique as a name-reversed pseudonym of an otherwise unknown person (it isn't, as I've shown), so what? It doesn't mean that Erdnase's real name was not E. S. Andrews. The name-reversal theory remains standing as the best explanation for why an author would use the high...
by Bill Mullins
February 3rd, 2018, 1:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Deck Recommendation
Replies: 18
Views: 1299

Re: Deck Recommendation

erdnasephile wrote:Bill: Are the new Stud cards as soft as the old ones?


I couldn't say -- I don't have any of the old ones to compare.
by Bill Mullins
February 3rd, 2018, 11:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

Per this web page, the identity of Canadian author Dr. Nostrebor ("Robertson") has never been determined.
by Bill Mullins
February 3rd, 2018, 11:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

lybrary wrote: Supporting this line of thought is the fact that all the other historical 'name reversal' authors have been found out rather quickly. I don't think there is any other pseudonym, which reverses to a plausible real name, which has not been solved.


Here is a counter-example.
by Bill Mullins
February 3rd, 2018, 11:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

a genuinely viable candidate of the name Andrews - one making no diligent effort to remain anonymous - would almost certainly have been nailed long ago. I'm not sure this conclusion is as certain as is implied. It is very difficult to find out much about the vast majority of people who lived in 190...
by Bill Mullins
February 2nd, 2018, 11:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Deck Recommendation
Replies: 18
Views: 1299

Re: Deck Recommendation

Is the Walgreens drug store chain a thing in Canada? They've recently started putting their "Stud" brand of decks back into production. (but I don't remember if they faro better from the top down or bottom up . . . )
by Bill Mullins
February 2nd, 2018, 11:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

Forgive me for posting a non-contributory message, but I was just thinking how cool it would be if Erdnase and Jack the Ripper turned out to be the same person. Two mysteries solved at once some day, perhaps. I believe the chronology fits, assuming Jack emigrated to the States after his misdeeds in...
by Bill Mullins
January 31st, 2018, 5:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

In cases like this, the author wished to remain pseudonymous, As I've said a couple times before (and Richard seems to be saying above), this is an assumption. We know the author used a pseudonym; what we don't know is why, or (specifically) if he cared if anyone knew what his real name was. Many a...
by Bill Mullins
January 17th, 2018, 12:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

Scott -- I appreciate your evenhanded response to questions. Just a note -- on your slide entitled "French Lick Springs Hotel" , your last bullet refers to "Steele, the mother of Louis Dalrymple". Everything I've ever seen on the subject says that his mother's name was Adelia See...
by Bill Mullins
January 14th, 2018, 9:50 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Cy Endfield
Replies: 18
Views: 1461

Re: Cy Enfield

Just ran across this. I knew he had been caught up in the blacklist -- it will be interesting to see what the details of that were.

Persi Diaconis and Alan Alan are listed in the acknowledgements, so it presumably spends some time on his magic interests.
by Bill Mullins
January 14th, 2018, 11:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946383

Re: ERDNASE

Can you elaborate on how he was related to Dalrymple?
by Bill Mullins
January 14th, 2018, 1:45 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Adam Gopnik
Replies: 2
Views: 611

Re: Adam Gopnik

That's possible, I suppose, but in the context of the article it doesn't seem likely.

I just asked him via twitter; we'll see what he says.
by Bill Mullins
January 13th, 2018, 12:17 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Adam Gopnik
Replies: 2
Views: 611

Adam Gopnik

Some 10 years ago, Adam Gopnik wrote a well-received (in the magic community, and elsewhere, I suppose) article in The New Yorker about magic and magicians. I believe his son is a magician, and that he himself practices at some level. He recently had another piece in that magazine, lamenting the tre...
by Bill Mullins
January 13th, 2018, 12:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Recommend me a dove act!
Replies: 17
Views: 1069

Re: Recommend me a dove act!

Richard Kaufman wrote: The only thing I can imagine is that her bust was larger when the show started, and smaller when it ended.


Which is the opposite of how Dolly Parton's career progressed.
by Bill Mullins
January 11th, 2018, 1:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Recommend me a dove act!
Replies: 17
Views: 1069

Re: Recommend me a dove act!

Tomsoni
by Bill Mullins
January 11th, 2018, 1:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hemp Playing Cards
Replies: 16
Views: 896

Re: Hemp Playing Cards

"Behind every good man there is a woman, and that woman was Martha Washington, man, and everyday George would come home, she would have a big fat bowl waiting for him, man, when he come in the door, man, she was a hip, hip, hip lady, man."
by Bill Mullins
January 10th, 2018, 10:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hemp Playing Cards
Replies: 16
Views: 896

Re: Hemp Playing Cards

These cards are useless for playing solitaire. I can't get more than halfway through a game before I have to stop and go look for a bag of potato chips.
by Bill Mullins
December 31st, 2017, 10:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2017 In Review
Replies: 13
Views: 1455

Re: 2017 In Review

Heaven forbid I should let down my fan, Don't sell yourself short -- you have two, maybe three fans out here. And we are all pleased to read your year-end wrap-up. It's become a Genii Forum tradition! Well!? We’re Waiting! Obligatory Judge Smails link A Sign of the Times? The IBM/SAM Combined Conve...
by Bill Mullins
December 31st, 2017, 5:29 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Greater Magic
Replies: 119
Views: 57978

Re: Book of the Month: Greater Magic

Take heart: 2033 (if my math is correct) will be here before you know it. Canadian and New Zealand copyright law extends to the life of the author(s) plus 50 years . Hilliard died in 1938. Carl Jones died in 1957. Jean Hugard died in 1959. The book is public domain in Canada, and can be freely repr...
by Bill Mullins
December 26th, 2017, 9:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23042

Re: Ennobling Magic

Religion, like politics, is one of those topics that is forbidden.

Of course, maybe you should start going at religion in the same way you've been going at whatever this thread is about. Then Richard or Dustin will lock it. Might be for the best . . . .
by Bill Mullins
December 25th, 2017, 5:57 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A Christmas Carol
Replies: 1
Views: 481

A Christmas Carol

Neil Gaiman attended an LA Magic History Conference once, so this counts as a magic-related link (or at least, I say it does):

Neil Gaiman reads aloud "A Christmas Carol" (using Dickens' original prompt-book script, from which he performed many public readings).

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