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by Bill Mullins
October 17th, 2017, 4:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

Smith remembered that Erdnase said he was related to Louis Dalrymple. Even if your tree is correct, E.S. Andrews was not related to Louis Dalrymple, his wife was. So Erdnase would have said "my wife is related to Dalrymple", which is not what Smith remembered. Richard Hatch's own standard...
by Bill Mullins
October 17th, 2017, 2:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

To elaborate: For the most part, searching for Adelia's parents had not, to date, proven successful. Richard has mentioned several times over the years here in this thread that she had a sister, and the family was likely from Niagara County. The only direct evidence I knew of was the 1860 census tha...
by Bill Mullins
October 17th, 2017, 9:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hofzinser Seminar in Madrid on November 18th
Replies: 4
Views: 154

Re: Hofzinser Seminar in Madrid on November 18th

That's the first time I've ever seen the word "Hofzinsian" used.

Richard, will you be doing effects from the book you translated?
by Bill Mullins
October 17th, 2017, 12:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

I certainly appreciate Roger's enthusiasm. However, I don't want to make more of these discoveries than they are. Edwin S. Andrews remains a circumstantial candidate only. If there's one thing we know about Erdnase, it was that he knew sleight of hand with cards. And we don't have that piece of the ...
by Bill Mullins
October 16th, 2017, 5:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

I think it is very probable that the two branches of the family knew each other. This corner of Illinois had many settlers who originated from northern New York. Dolly's branch (Seely) showed up in 1836. Adelia's (Seeley) came only ~15 years later, possibly because their cousins had paved the way. O...
by Bill Mullins
October 15th, 2017, 6:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

Edwin S. Andrews was related (by marriage) to Louis Dalrymple.

Credit to Richard Hatch for much of this research.
by Bill Mullins
October 15th, 2017, 6:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?
Replies: 19
Views: 741

Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

No, it was because the original cover had a photo of the magicians in which they were wearing white blood-stained butcher coats, and were sitting at a table with doll parts and raw meat scattered about.
by Bill Mullins
October 13th, 2017, 11:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Gertner's Account of "Fool Us"
Replies: 15
Views: 1867

Re: Paul Gertner's Account of "Fool Us"

Another faro tip:
The big Alex Elmsley book by Stephen Minch has Alex's method for preparing a deck, by rounding the end of each card with sandpaper or an emery board. It's on pp 295-297 of Vol 2.
by Bill Mullins
October 12th, 2017, 2:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

Edwin S. Andrews's wife Dollie was a card player: "Mr. and Mrs. Sol Seeley gave a reception on Saturday evening to their daughter Miss Dollie and her friend, Miss Elsie, of Chicago. The evening was spent in dancing and card playing, singing and playing on musical instruments. Some forty guests ...
by Bill Mullins
October 11th, 2017, 5:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

Has this film been mentioned here before? I don't think so . . .

http://www.erdnase-film.com/
by Bill Mullins
October 10th, 2017, 5:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

My own standard of proof (and I use that word loosely) is that, short of a smoking gun (like a signed contract, or a reliable contemporaneous statement that so-and-so wrote Expert ) a candidate should be shown to have skill with cards, and a reason to use the pseudonym "S. W. Erdnase". Th...
by Bill Mullins
October 10th, 2017, 9:40 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for Computer Cards deck by Paul Swinford
Replies: 7
Views: 487

Re: Looking for Computer Cards deck by Paul Swinford

Joe Mckay wrote: I have the booklets explaining the trick but do not have the prop.


Do you have just the instructions, or also Swinford's 1986 book Cyberdeck?
by Bill Mullins
October 8th, 2017, 12:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Beginning of the Sentence
Replies: 14
Views: 699

Re: The Beginning of the Sentence

Magnetic Scottie dogs.
by Bill Mullins
October 8th, 2017, 10:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ray Goulet
Replies: 1
Views: 377

Ray Goulet

Phil Schwartz has posted on the Thayer Forum that Ray Goulet died yesterday morning.
by Bill Mullins
October 6th, 2017, 1:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: Genii Convention
Replies: 34
Views: 2643

Genii Convention

So how's it going (for those of us who aren't in Orlando?)
Lecture/show highlights?
Best thing seen in the lobby?
Best new trick in the dealer's room?
by Bill Mullins
October 5th, 2017, 12:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

The other real problem with E.S. Andrews, husband of Dollie Seely, is that any relationship to Dalrymple would be via two in-law connections. It is not his bloodline who would be related, but his wife's. And his wife would not be related to a Dalrymple but to a Seeley, an in-law of Dalrymple. Seele...
by Bill Mullins
October 5th, 2017, 12:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

"Related by marriage" is a thing. When some tells me that they are related, and it turns out they are speaking of their in-laws, it doesn't seem strange in the least. You also say that when it is your 3rd cousin in-law with two in-law connections? You might then as well say I am related t...
by Bill Mullins
October 4th, 2017, 9:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

"Related by marriage" is a thing. When some tells me that they are related, and it turns out they are speaking of their in-laws, it doesn't seem strange in the least.
by Bill Mullins
October 4th, 2017, 3:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

This means the closest common relative could potentially be a great-great-grandfather, but given the spelling of the second name it is very unlikely. Jeduthan Seely's (1778-1836) father is Ebenezer Seeley (1756 - 1798), and Eb's father is David Seelye (1731- sometime after 1777). Three spellings in...
by Bill Mullins
October 4th, 2017, 12:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

This next is more of a comment than a criticism. Chris's ebook, in the chapter on Edward Gallaway's brother, says about the town of Ft. Payne, Alabama "Wealthy investors from the East, mostly from Massachusetts, started to poor millions of dollars into Fort Payne in the hopes to turn this small...
by Bill Mullins
October 3rd, 2017, 11:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

If after nearly two decades no evidence for a relationship has been found any honest researcher would use phrases like "it is highly unlikely that they are related", or "it appears they are unrelated", rather than suggesting it is likely that they are related. This makes it soun...
by Bill Mullins
October 2nd, 2017, 3:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

The Back Palming article was signed only "Benedict" and there were other magicians with that last name during the era. Are you sure this is by Edward? There is a photograph of Ed Benedict on p. 138 of the Feb 1907 issue of The Sphinx . He has dark hair. There is a Del Adelphia connection -...
by Bill Mullins
October 2nd, 2017, 3:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

Welcome back, Peter.

Any thoughts on how Benedict would have come to use "S W Erdnase" as a pseudonym?
by Bill Mullins
October 2nd, 2017, 10:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle property manager safe in Mandalay Bay
Replies: 6
Views: 583

Re: Magic Castle property manager safe in Mandalay Bay

Lots of magic friends in Las Vegas. Hope they are all okay.
by Bill Mullins
October 1st, 2017, 12:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

The evidence for Edwin S. Andrews being related to Dalrymple (both having ancestors named Seely/Seeley, both from New York) is much stronger than the evidence that Erdnase said "Gallaway" and Smith misremembered it as "Dalrymple". You put "very likely" in quotation mark...
by Bill Mullins
October 1st, 2017, 2:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

"He was about 40, 'not over 45.' " "About 40" isn't 40-45 as you stated. About 40 can easily be 38 or 37, too. Yes, you did intentionally distort the facts as they are recorded, because you are very well aware of them yet you keep misrepresenting them. Everything Smith said poin...
by Bill Mullins
September 29th, 2017, 11:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

He was 29, and thought the author was 40 - 45. He thought the author was 10 or more years older than he was. You suggest that the author was 33, only 4 years older. We don't have to assume that Smith was "spot on" to think he could recognize the difference in age between someone who was s...
by Bill Mullins
September 29th, 2017, 5:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

Bill, I have earlier on this thread explained in detail how I approach the Smith recollections. I don't pick and choose what fits Gallaway. I am using what has been learned from studying the mind when it comes to remembering things. Yet all of the things you have confidence in support Gallaway, and...
by Bill Mullins
September 28th, 2017, 3:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

Richard Hatch wrote:Has it been established who ghostwrote PAPER MAGIC for Houdini?

I've seen it suggested that the dedicatee, John William Sargent, was certainly the editor and compiler, and most likely the actual author.
by Bill Mullins
September 28th, 2017, 2:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

Chris -- my point is not that Smith's recollection, or Gardner's reporting of it, was 100% accurate in all cases. It was that you are strongly biased when discussing it. In cases where Smith's memories match what we know about Gallaway, you assume him to be correct. In cases where they don't match, ...
by Bill Mullins
September 28th, 2017, 10:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

If you give me two books of comparable sizes to these, I'm sure that I can find examples of several words/phrases that are relatively scarce in English in general, but that appear in both books. Then I suggest you take a book of your favorite counter example Houdini. Let's take "Paper Magic&qu...
by Bill Mullins
September 27th, 2017, 5:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

Chris continues to put new thoughts about Erdnase and Gallaway into his weekly newsletter. From last week (9/21/2017): "There are of course other authors who use the word 'subterfuge'. There are also other authors who use 'hard luck'. But so far I have not found one that uses both, besides Erdn...
by Bill Mullins
September 21st, 2017, 11:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Hurricane Relief at Penguin tonight 9/21
Replies: 1
Views: 263

Re: Hurricane Relief at Penguin tonight 9/21

What's also cool is that he's wearing a UT hat during the trailer for the discounted lecture. Go Vols! (Jason is from Knoxville)
by Bill Mullins
September 17th, 2017, 12:43 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: DVDs or video files
Replies: 3
Views: 511

Re: DVDs or video files

Thanks Bill. I do have a back up, but wanted to watch them a little more conveniently, as I usually store the drive away. Well, with two you can hide one as a back up and use one attached to your machine. Or to your network, if you have one (we have a wifi network attached to the cable network to g...
by Bill Mullins
September 16th, 2017, 8:31 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: DVDs or video files
Replies: 3
Views: 511

Re: DVDs or video files

I think DVDs are becoming an obsolete medium. At least, the ones you burn on a computer aren't super stable. I'd buy a stand-alone hard drive and copy the files to it ( or get 2 so they are backed up.) Do this every few years as your library grows and storage gets cheaper. My Blu Ray player will pla...
by Bill Mullins
September 15th, 2017, 1:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

In Lybrary.com's most recent newsletter, Chris says I was researching the company McKinney & Gallaway which is mentioned in an ad Richard Hatch sent to me. The ad appeared in 1903. There are also incorporation notices in the press about the same company in 1903. Some on the Genii forum argued th...
by Bill Mullins
September 13th, 2017, 2:45 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Flipper Coin
Replies: 6
Views: 695

Flipper Coin

I have an old Johnson Products Kennedy half-dollar flipper coin. The band has dried and broken, and the insert has fallen out of the shell and won't stay.

I can change the band, but what is the best adhesive to stick the folding insert back into the shell?
by Bill Mullins
September 10th, 2017, 2:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

You have a completely flawed and incorrect understanding of what stylometry is and what it can do. What you have done is taken an author A (Gallaway), calculated some word frequencies, then taken the document/author in question X (Erdnase), calculated the frequencies of the same words, and then con...
by Bill Mullins
September 10th, 2017, 2:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

I'd welcome the specific references to the stylometry literature. Particularly since, again, Olsson has a table of the frequency of use of phrases containing personal pronouns on p. 51. I am not seeing that table. On page 51 is a table for synonyms of 'learn', 'study', etc. No personal pronouns I c...
by Bill Mullins
September 8th, 2017, 5:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4933
Views: 1824298

Re: ERDNASE

The Tuscaloosa Weekly Times 30 Oct 1889 p 3 col 1.
"Fort Payne has a new candidate for public favor in "The People," a 4-column paper published by Edward Galloway. It is a neat and spicy little sheet, and no doubt will succeed."

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