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by Bill Mullins
September 21st, 2017, 11:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Hurricane Relief at Penguin tonight 9/21
Replies: 1
Views: 159

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: 376

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: 376

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: 4845
Views: 1814087

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: 0
Views: 234

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: 4845
Views: 1814087

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: 4845
Views: 1814087

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: 4845
Views: 1814087

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."
by Bill Mullins
September 8th, 2017, 5:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1814087

Re: ERDNASE

Erdnase uses the idiom "but for" to mean "only for": p. 110 "the only hold out that we consider really safe is made by the dealer, and but for the moment of cutting." p. 111 "and the palmed cards remain in the dealer's possession but for the moment." Gallaway...
by Bill Mullins
September 7th, 2017, 6:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1814087

Re: ERDNASE

If you don't support the argument, and it isn't yours, then I don't understand why you include it in your ebook and newsletter. It makes it look like you are throwing a bunch of stuff against the wall in the hope that something sticks, rather than making a reasoned, logical argument that Edward Gall...
by Bill Mullins
September 7th, 2017, 1:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1814087

Re: ERDNASE

As I mentioned above, Chris continues to develop his theory in his newsletter. The most recent one has a discussion about Ft. Payne, Alabama, where Gallaway lived for a short time in the late 1880s, and Lookout Mountain. Ft. Payne is about 50 miles ESE of me as I type this. Lookout Mt is a chunk of ...
by Bill Mullins
September 7th, 2017, 10:29 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?
Replies: 30
Views: 1988

Re: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?

What's the deal with Italians and this trick?
by Bill Mullins
September 7th, 2017, 8:23 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Lassen Peace Dollar Triple Threat
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Re: Lassen Peace Dollar Triple Threat

This is a flipper and an expanded shell, all magnetized, correct?
by Bill Mullins
September 7th, 2017, 12:26 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?
Replies: 30
Views: 1988

Re: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?

Jonathan Townsend wrote:How about a writeup of the basic "french drop" in English?


Why would this be a holy grail? The literature is full of such writeups.
by Bill Mullins
September 6th, 2017, 12:13 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?
Replies: 30
Views: 1988

Re: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?

Rick Johnsson called Chris Kenworthy and Hiro Hirata's "Any Card at Any Number-Mastermind" a "holy grail" in a review in the June 1987 Linking Ring.
by Bill Mullins
September 4th, 2017, 11:16 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 36
Views: 2302

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

Not really germane, but my cousin spotted this near Chattanooga not too long ago:
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by Bill Mullins
September 4th, 2017, 10:57 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 36
Views: 2302

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

My father lived his whole life in Tennessee, except for a short while in Madisonville KY (where I was born). He managed a Kroger store there, and occasionally he would see scrip from coal mining companies in the cash drawers, when they had been accidentally accepted as coins. He started accumulating...
by Bill Mullins
September 4th, 2017, 10:27 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 36
Views: 2302

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

When I was living in London, England in the mid-seventies as a poor, impoverished grad student, I went to a Magic Circle auction. One of the items was a complete file of The Gen in a deteriorating cardboard box. Nobody was bidding on it, ando I had a few pounds and put bids in--but there was one po...
by Bill Mullins
September 2nd, 2017, 7:12 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bill Bixby The Magician
Replies: 23
Views: 2950

Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Spotted elsewhere:
Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files was clearly watching [The Magician]. Years later, on his paranormal FBI series, a young Mulder is shown watching The Magician when his sister Samantha is abducted by aliens.
by Bill Mullins
September 2nd, 2017, 12:58 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bill Bixby The Magician
Replies: 23
Views: 2950

Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

You can ask the publisher directly here.
by Bill Mullins
August 30th, 2017, 9:47 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Scotsman Crossword - 23rd August
Replies: 9
Views: 661

Re: Scotsman Crossword - 23rd August

notary sojac
by Bill Mullins
August 30th, 2017, 11:56 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Stripper Jig Card Trimmer
Replies: 10
Views: 2495

Re: Stripper Jig Card Trimmer

Eoin has a new toy out -- a jig for making consistent breather crimps.
by Bill Mullins
August 29th, 2017, 1:54 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2045

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

Fabrice -- So far, I've only seen the CS web page and the youtube demo. It's never occurred to me that advertisements and demos should fully credit predecessor works, only the finished product or perhaps books or blueprints that describe it. Are you saying that CS is unethical because their advertis...
by Bill Mullins
August 29th, 2017, 1:51 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2045

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

To me, the innovation that makes the CS Table and 4D Surprise "work" is the recognition that linear objects are visible when viewed under a lenticular screen oriented one way, and invisible after the screen is rotated 90 degrees. We are all crediting Fiedler with that innovation (reasonabl...
by Bill Mullins
August 29th, 2017, 1:11 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2045

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

I think that the necessity of the striped background is dependent on how far behind the lens both the background and the "invisible" object are.
by Bill Mullins
August 29th, 2017, 12:03 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2045

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

The Table isn't EXACTLY the same as the tenyo prop because that requires the striped backdrop whereas the table does not; If you look at the demo video, the way the tablecloths behind the illusion are arranged is functionally equivalent to the striped background of the Tenyo trick. Strictly speakin...
by Bill Mullins
August 29th, 2017, 12:01 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2045

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

The demo video is here. link But it's not obvious to me that they have any obligations to provide credits in either ads or demo videos (that certainly isn't standard practice in other magic products.) The only place where I would think credits are necessary would be if you buy the illusion, or if th...
by Bill Mullins
August 27th, 2017, 1:17 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2045

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

And if you hover your cursor over that statement, a pop-up appears which says "The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed." So Google doesn't stand by their o...
by Bill Mullins
August 27th, 2017, 12:57 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2045

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

If you mean this patent https://patents.google.com/patent/US6623366B2/en?inventor=Lubor+Fiedler then it has expired. Are you sure? It looks like it was awarded in 2003, so it should be in effect until 2023. It is assigned to Mark Setteducati, not to Tenyo. As to whether it is an infringement on the...
by Bill Mullins
August 22nd, 2017, 3:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dean Dill
Replies: 18
Views: 5010

Re: Dean Dill

As Hocus-Pocus Magic handled the magic personal property of Dill's estate, they might be a good place to ask.
by Bill Mullins
August 20th, 2017, 10:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3906

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

I sure do wish I had never told the story, and I'm sure I will regret saying any more, but . . . 1. I thought, originally, that an anecdote about a situation where some really strong magic was not getting the hoped-for reaction from a spectator would be something that many here could relate to, and ...
by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2017, 5:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3906

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

I feel confident that both David Williamson and Mac King have all of the knowledge, skills and ability to do that, and more.

What is in doubt is my ability to convey what happened in a way that makes you realize that they were both doing good magic, and that the spectator was not receptive to it.
by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2017, 5:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3906

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Well, that's on me and my descriptive abilities. Both of them were doing a fine job of presenting a pick-a-card trick on the spur of the moment.
by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2017, 3:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3906

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

I never explained the Sunday night puzzle: California: MOPMN Tina Lenert California: BEM1NE Steve Valentine Illinois: YZONE ("Wise One") Eugene Burger Maryland: ESPDUO Evasons Massachusetts: UNSHFLD Paul Gertner Michigan: TRNPAPR Gene Anderson Nevada: ANDCO Thomsoni and Co. Nevada: TGWTR S...
by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2017, 3:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3906

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Hot items -- hard to say. I don't buy that much new product. I know that Vanishing Inc seemed to have a full booth all the time. I know that Richard Kaufman and Dustin Stinnett sold a ton of Kaufman books and Genii subscriptions (Richard had marked down the prices heavily on many of his old books an...
by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2017, 1:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3906

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

I was asked offline about the swag. Nothing spectacular -- a tote bag with the Magic Live logo, and a T-shirt. There was a nice box for putting the notes and program in. Penguin was giving away their new marked deck via a coupon which was easy to get, so this was swag-ish. The opening party had milk...
by Bill Mullins
August 15th, 2017, 1:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3906

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Last night was the opening party. The mixer game was as follows: Each attendee was given an envelope with nine license plates (cardboard), each identical. You were to ask around and swap with others to get a full set of nine. Each of the license plates referred to a magician, and you were invited to...
by Bill Mullins
August 14th, 2017, 11:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3906

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

we were forewarned in an email.
by Bill Mullins
August 13th, 2017, 8:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3906

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Appears to be road oriented. The signs include a "Route 17" logo, and the photo badges are in the style of a driving license. Tonight's party is titled "At the Hop," and we are encouraged to dress in a 1950s style.
by Bill Mullins
August 9th, 2017, 9:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 2727

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

I will not stultify you with specifics, but without these sort of “sidetracks”, it would be all but impossible to achieve the effect. Unless you did Hoy's "Bold Book Test". (Same effect, a lot less messing around.) Hoy's method is similar up to a point, Bill. The point where the performer...

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