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by magicam
November 7th, 2017, 5:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Words About Wizards Dust Jacket -- A Rarity in Book Publishing
Replies: 0
Views: 316

Words About Wizards Dust Jacket -- A Rarity in Book Publishing

The rarity is that it took the publisher 23 years to add a dust jacket to the book! This message is from old friend David Meyer: Robert Parrish’s book, Words About Wizards: Recollections of magicians and their magic, 1930-1950 , was published in 1994. Publisher David Meyer always regretted not issui...
by magicam
November 3rd, 2017, 8:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

^^^ Or (if Erdnase's text was handwritten) a clearer "r" in the second reference, or both references were typeset as "Charlies Pass" but only the typo on p. 192 was caught in the proofreading stage? As you say, who knows! :) Topics are often inadvertently "recycled" in ...
by magicam
November 2nd, 2017, 1:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

It’s fairly well-known (at least, it’s not a secret) that someone in New York (that is, not Professor Hoffmann) did the initial proofreading of Hoffmann’s Latest Magic . I was ignorant of that tidbit (or perhaps I should say “titbit” in honor of the Professor!), and find it fascinating. Thanks for ...
by magicam
November 1st, 2017, 12:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

^^^ Chris, my reaction is that you raise an interesting point re "erde" and "nase." But for it to be a potentially significant point, I'd want to know that Gallaway actually possessed such books. Tom, re mistakes being more easily spotted by the author than by anyone else, I susp...
by magicam
November 1st, 2017, 2:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

Hi Leonard, Here’s the upshot on the more technical stuff: if the Expert typesetter was working from Erdnase’s typescript , then I think it more likely that the erroneous “Charlies Pass” came from Erdnase, i.e., it wasn’t a mistake by the typesetter. You noted that Sanders’ cursive "r" cou...
by magicam
October 31st, 2017, 6:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

Do typesetters work from handwritten manuscripts? If not, did they at one time? I believe that typewriters were in common use around the turn of the 20th century, so Erdnase's book could well have been in typescript, in which case it would seem unlikely that a compositor would mistake the "r&q...
by magicam
October 28th, 2017, 1:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

The other problem with Chris' theory is that he's assumed that Gallaway exclusively (or at least primarily) set type by hand. But is there any evidence that this was indeed the case? By the time Gallaway was working as a typesetter, Linotype machines were in widespread use throughout the US, and ev...
by magicam
October 27th, 2017, 3:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

If he never played cards or did any sleight-of-hand work, then why should I or anyone else trust his opinion about what makes a good sleight of hand worker? Because common sense confirms it. A typesetter develops very agile, nimble and toned fingers due to the constant work with his fingers. That i...
by magicam
October 20th, 2017, 2:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

Applying Occam's razor, any chance the italicized a is simply the result of having run out of the regular ones? Jack, see the image below. Note that the 'a' slants the wrong way; not only that, but its width is appreciably exaggerated compared to the other type (especially the letters in the italic...
by magicam
October 19th, 2017, 4:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

But specifically, what it absolutely does is puts a deck of cards in Andrews hands, which would, to me, be the important part. Agreed! When Gutenberg invented metal movable type his intention was to mimic as closely as possible the beautiful handwritten bibles. … to do that he created characters of...
by magicam
October 18th, 2017, 3:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

Spraying to all fields … A general note: if respected magic historians found Chris W.’s evidence and conclusions convincing, there’d be considerable more buzz at large in that community. But there isn’t. Of course, that says nothing about the actual merit of Gallaway as a candidate, but to some degr...
by magicam
July 27th, 2017, 5:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why New People Cannot Join the Genii Forum at the Moment
Replies: 2
Views: 802

Re: Why New People Cannot Join the Genii Forum at the Moment

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by magicam
May 25th, 2017, 4:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 47
Views: 7150

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

Well, it is indeed exciting news.

The SoCal Sodality dinner has finally been scheduled for June 15! :shock:
by magicam
May 13th, 2017, 10:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls
Replies: 21
Views: 6423

Re: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls

'Bob Farmer' inexplicably wrote:I could never reconcile how magic, which works with lies and deception, could be used to communicate a religious truth or belief. If the performer is lying about one thing, is he lying about the other and how do you tell the difference?
Someone has obviously hijacked Bob's account ...
by magicam
April 20th, 2017, 1:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

John and Jason, when it comes to the Erdnase market, I’m sure you have your finger on the pulse far better than I do. My less-sanguine view reflects seeing a number of “booms and busts” in magicana prices over the past 45 years of collecting. You guys may be too young to remember, but (for example) ...
by magicam
April 19th, 2017, 9:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

^^^ Only time will tell! Just curious, how many years have you been a dedicated collector, i.e., more than an accumulator who purchases books in the course of learning magic?
by magicam
April 13th, 2017, 5:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

^^^ Or, you could wait ten years and then be ecstatic to get $300-$400 per copy. The Erdnase renaissance is wonderful, but the prices of earlier editions are not sustainable.
by magicam
February 19th, 2017, 7:35 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Calling All London Collectors! Research Help Requested!
Replies: 1
Views: 794

Re: Calling All London Collectors! Research Help Requested!

Update: lodging secured!

Now to the Dean editions!
by magicam
February 16th, 2017, 11:26 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Calling All London Collectors! Research Help Requested!
Replies: 1
Views: 794

Calling All London Collectors! Research Help Requested!

Hi All, A few of you know that Dr. Edwin A. Dawes and I have been working on a bio-bibliography of Henry Dean and his book, The Whole Art of Legerdemain, or Hocus Pocus in Perfection , the first edition of which was published in London in 1722. Over the next 150 years, nearly 40 editions of his book...
by magicam
January 23rd, 2017, 4:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Julie Eng's Husband Suley Has Died
Replies: 15
Views: 2225

Re: Julie Eng's Husband Suley Has Died

I was so happy to see Julie get the recognition so richly deserved in a recent Genii, and applaud RK for once again digging deeper into the magic world to credit its unsung heroes.

Jules, not much to add to what I've already said to you in private. Just know we're here for you! C.
by magicam
January 18th, 2017, 9:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 68
Views: 11567

Re: The Jerx Year Two

Latest post = David Berglas. Different trick, different time, same idea behind it. Do one trick that the spectator will remember for the rest of her life. Actually, latest post = substantially the same effect apparently done by Cagliostro, down to the personal effects, rusty old box, and discoverin...
by magicam
December 12th, 2016, 2:55 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: RIP The L.A. Conference on Magic History?
Replies: 2
Views: 1169

RIP The L.A. Conference on Magic History?

It’s a bit surprising that the possible demise of the LACOMH hasn’t been mentioned and mourned here. I profess no inside knowledge on this matter, but wish to express my own laments if the rumor is true, for there seems little doubt about the consensus that the bi-annual Conferences were by far the ...
by magicam
December 7th, 2016, 7:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Books - Used book discount!
Replies: 44
Views: 5216

Re: H&R Books - Used book discount!

However, I do feel it is easier/cheaper to replace a digital book than it is to replace a physical book. Agreed! Anent whether or not learning/comprehension is enhanced by reading physical books (vs. ebooks), perhaps such concept is purely anecdotal, as suggested in the interesting link you provide...
by magicam
December 6th, 2016, 10:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Books - Used book discount!
Replies: 44
Views: 5216

Re: H&R Books - Used book discount!

It doesn't necessarily have to be something as extreme as a nuclear blast to damage physical books. I know of collections that have been damaged by fire, water and poor storage. In cases where a physical library is destroyed, you'd have to again go through the expensive process of replacing the ite...
by magicam
December 6th, 2016, 3:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Books - Used book discount!
Replies: 44
Views: 5216

Re: H&R Books - Used book discount!

Hear, hear, Magicam! thank you for pointing out one of the simple pleasures for bibliophiles. Some folks like Chris are in denial about the downsides of the technological reading gizmos you noted. I’m not sure CW is in denial so much as he is a very enthusiastic promoter of e-books, not only becaus...
by magicam
December 5th, 2016, 3:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Books - Used book discount!
Replies: 44
Views: 5216

Re: H&R Books - Used book discount!

There is another aspect of digital downloads that has been discussed here before. The download chains the reader to the computer or other technical device. I want the freedom that a book or paper magazine gives me. I can carry it anywhere with me and don't need anything more than a medieval device ...
by magicam
December 4th, 2016, 8:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

I'm surprised Chris's book has generated so little comment . I think folks posting to this thread hesitate to comment if they either don't own the book in question, and/or have no intention of purchasing the book in question. The author made his research methodology, and road map to writing the boo...
by magicam
November 29th, 2016, 9:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

There’s no crime in the strength of one’s convictions, but having read the blurb for Chris’ e-book, perhaps he could have conveyed his confidence and zeal with greater circumspection and tact. Although I have not agreed with or been persuaded by a number of Chris’ conclusions and arguments, he deser...
by magicam
November 11th, 2016, 7:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: An L & L Bombshell?
Replies: 100
Views: 11331

Re: An L & L Bombshell?

^^^ Chris, as a general matter your points have solid merit. On the other hand, Brad's observations on the younger generations mirror what I've heard based on conversations with a few (but not many) experienced and perceptive magicians.
by magicam
November 11th, 2016, 7:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Return of a Controversial Blog
Replies: 255
Views: 47821

Re: Return of a Controversial Blog

^^^ Yes, but I suspect that might conflict with the "underground" flavor of his project.
by magicam
November 2nd, 2016, 6:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Return of a Controversial Blog
Replies: 255
Views: 47821

Re: Return of a Controversial Blog

So was the production value of his book all that was promised? I think I recall RK mentioning that it was fairly pedestrian.
by magicam
October 16th, 2016, 5:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Conjuring Arts Book Club
Replies: 113
Views: 15535

Re: Conjuring Arts Book Club

Mahdi’s passion and dedication are evident and most admirable, and his frustration about the direction this thread has taken is understandable. But as others have observed, that’s the nature of the beast on internet chat boards. On the positive side (and although it may be cold consolation to Mahdi)...
by magicam
September 4th, 2016, 6:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Return of a Controversial Blog
Replies: 255
Views: 47821

Re: Return of a Controversial Blog

Most of you don't understand nor appreciate the purpose of the blog, probably why you didn't buy the book. Andy is not a professional magician, he is not writing a blog for professional magicians, the ideas he writes about are not for the presentation of magic in a theatrical setting. Andy is an am...
by magicam
September 4th, 2016, 7:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Return of a Controversial Blog
Replies: 255
Views: 47821

Re: Return of a Controversial Blog

Selling a book of blog posts. Hmmm. Now, where'd I leave my blog... John Scalzi won a Hugo Award for a book collecting his blog posts. Us oldtimers call those serials. Anybody remember Hoffmann and Sachs? Over the past 150 years, a good number of magic’s authors have had their serial writings “mone...
by magicam
July 24th, 2016, 10:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

... Beyond associating Gallaway with the printer of EATCT, nothing else that could be considered actual evidence has been offered to date in support of Gallaway as Erdnase. Roger, I think you’ve used the term before in this thread, but there is really no such thing as “actual evidence,” at least in...
by magicam
July 23rd, 2016, 7:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864032

Re: ERDNASE

… Moreover you completely sidestepped my question about what "strong possibility" means. … Still waiting, Chris, for an answer to DChung’s reasonable – and quite pertinent – question. Perhaps it’s too much to demand a precise probability (e.g., 47.5%), but as an expert Dr. Olsson must sur...
by magicam
January 14th, 2016, 5:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Ben to Go Hairless (For a Good Cause)
Replies: 17
Views: 4074

Re: David Ben to Go Hairless (For a Good Cause)

My apologies to Julie! What the hell was I thinking?

Make that $500.
by magicam
January 14th, 2016, 5:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Ben to Go Hairless (For a Good Cause)
Replies: 17
Views: 4074

Re: David Ben to Go Hairless (For a Good Cause)

I'll pledge $250 for Julie to join David.
by magicam
January 7th, 2016, 4:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay and Buchinger
Replies: 85
Views: 17169

Re: Ricky Jay and Buchinger

For me the clincher for the “deluxe” edition was the fact that we get copies months in advance of its general public release. RJ, Bill Kalush, and the rest of CARC get my hearty thanks for this nod to the magic community. And considering that early preview and the extras on offer, I found the pricin...
by magicam
December 28th, 2015, 9:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay and Buchinger
Replies: 85
Views: 17169

Re: Ricky Jay and Buchinger

As a special commemoration Conjuring Arts and Mr. Jay have collaborated on a limited edition boxed set. Each set will be numbered and the box closed with a special numbered Buchinger seal. Included in the set is a copy of the book, two different limited edition decks of cards (the seals of each dec...

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