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by magicam
April 20th, 2017, 1:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4794
Views: 1759643

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: 4794
Views: 1759643

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: 4794
Views: 1759643

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: 466

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: 466

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: 1607

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: 58
Views: 6866

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: 925

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: 4146

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: 4146

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: 4146

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: 4146

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: 4794
Views: 1759643

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: 4794
Views: 1759643

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: 9260

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: 42962

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: 42962

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: 12410

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: 42962

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: 42962

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: 4794
Views: 1759643

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: 4794
Views: 1759643

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: 3573

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: 3573

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: 15053

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: 15053

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...
by magicam
December 22nd, 2015, 9:50 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Universities holding Magic Collections
Replies: 12
Views: 3113

Re: Universities holding Magic Collections

There are a number of them. A few more ... Houdini at LOC SAM collection at NYPL (okay, not a university) Carl Jones at Princeton Harry Price at Univ. of London Will Alma at State Library of Victoria Residue of certain elements of the McManus-Young collection at Cal Berkeley (Bancroft Library) Bob, ...
by magicam
December 21st, 2015, 3:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: If You've Received Tenyoism Please Post Here!
Replies: 100
Views: 15053

Re: If You've Received Tenyoism Please Post Here!

Standard issue boxed set received last Monday. What a lovely production! Easy to lose many hours perusing it. Haven't read this thread, so apologies if this question has already been answered. Is the slim 'side pocket' intended to hold the large envelope of tricks and DVDs? I'm not a Tenyo collector...
by magicam
September 22nd, 2015, 7:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4794
Views: 1759643

Re: ERDNASE

At the moment, on my S.W. Erdnase blog I am running a little series of posts on this whole “Erdnase hotel” business. I hope that you are not lifting material from the Genii Forum to include on "your" blog! Having known Tom for well over 40 years, I find that remark insulting to him. If yo...
by magicam
August 24th, 2015, 4:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4794
Views: 1759643

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
August 4th, 2015, 9:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4794
Views: 1759643

Re: ERDNASE

Okay, Chris, I'll be the first to admit my ignorance: I find the methodology and analysis incomprehensible.
by magicam
July 31st, 2015, 4:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4794
Views: 1759643

Re: ERDNASE

Also from Gardner's notes of his initial interview with M.D. Smith: "He [Erdnase] had a small board, like a chessboard, with green baize on it, and Smith thinks he remembers a small ridge about half-inch high around edges. Placed it on table. Did the card tricks on it, and used it as base for ...
by magicam
July 31st, 2015, 4:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4794
Views: 1759643

Re: ERDNASE

I think the max estimate of 10,000 copies for the first edition print run is way too much. My guess would be an absolute max of 2,000 copies, but probably more like 1,000 or perhaps even only 500. I doubt the market back then could have absorbed a ton of copies (especially in light of the apparent ...
by magicam
July 31st, 2015, 2:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4794
Views: 1759643

Re: ERDNASE

^^^ Bill, I get the gist, but I'm not sure statisticians would agree with your odds analysis. ;) But following on your oddsmaking question, I'd rephrase it thus: What are the odds that an adult male who (i) apparently had an interest in gambling books, (ii) worked for the printer who printed a gambl...
by magicam
July 31st, 2015, 1:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4794
Views: 1759643

Re: ERDNASE

^^^ Chris, electros were appreciably more expensive to create than stereos, so if plates were created for the first edition, I'd suspect that the latter were used. As an aside, both electro and stereo plates are quite durable (the former comparatively more durable), and if they were used, handled, c...
by magicam
July 30th, 2015, 6:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4794
Views: 1759643

Re: ERDNASE

If "E. C. Andrews" only contract with McKinney was in August 1902, then we can rule him out as the author, since the book was printed and available for sale no later than March 8, 1902, when two deposit copies were received at the U.S. Copyright Office. … But Richard, the contract between...
by magicam
July 27th, 2015, 2:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4794
Views: 1759643

Re: ERDNASE

Chris, You deserve much credit for hiring specialists in several fields to assist with your Erdnase research, which should (hopefully) yield more than uninformed speculation. And your even-keel demeanor in the face of others' vetting of your theory and arguments is also admirable. That said, I’m str...
by magicam
July 25th, 2015, 2:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4794
Views: 1759643

Re: ERDNASE

... one of the books Edward wrote, "Estimating for Printers'" was self-published, copyright applied for (I do have the application form) and the title page shows the price the same way as on EATCT. Pretty unusual parallel and only one of many pieces of real evidence I have gathered. No do...
by magicam
July 14th, 2015, 8:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4794
Views: 1759643

Re: ERDNASE

...Contrarily, when you see a post that devotes a thousand words to ruminations on possible variations in the binding of different editions ... then I'd just as soon be "playing solitaire to dawn with a deck of 51". ... LOL. That, and doubtless such forays could also quickly cure insomnia...
by magicam
July 14th, 2015, 11:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4794
Views: 1759643

Re: ERDNASE

Random thought: has anybody made a plea at this forum, The Magic Café, or better yet, The Thayer Forum, for people to send in snapshots of the cover and title and copyright pages of their first editions and early Drake copies, and to note the dates of any early inscriptions in the Drake issues? Smar...

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