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by lybrary
September 15th, 2017, 12:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813384

Re: ERDNASE

Documents will be added to my ebook over the next couple of weeks. I found one other set of incorporation and dissolution documents for another company Edward Gallaway was involved with. Details will also be added to my ebook. Here is something for you guys to discuss. I believe that these $1200 (ab...
by lybrary
September 10th, 2017, 11:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813384

Re: ERDNASE

This is an argument against the analysis that Olsson did as well. If the author's style stays the same, you should be able to compare the works based on style. If it evolves, how do you account for it? As near as I can tell, Olsson's conclusions are based on the style being constant between 1902 an...
by lybrary
September 10th, 2017, 9:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813384

Re: ERDNASE

What I have done is much simpler than that. I have shown that the author of Expert and the author of Estimating for Printers use language in different ways. You are still not understanding the differences and challenges of the various methods used: 1) When you use function word stylometry you are d...
by lybrary
September 10th, 2017, 8:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: Stack copyright question
Replies: 4
Views: 539

Re: Stack copyright question

I am not a lawyer but I have studied and dealt with US copyright law extensively. My understanding is that you cannot copyright a stack in the US. You could copyright the instructions and description of it. But the arrangement of cards in a particular order is not something a copyright would protect...
by lybrary
September 9th, 2017, 9:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813384

Re: ERDNASE

There are some elements of a written work that can be objectively measured, however, and computational linguists use stylometry to attribute works to authors by counting the relative frequency of words and phrases within works. These techniques are particularly applied to common functional words, r...
by lybrary
September 8th, 2017, 6:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813384

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 lybrary
September 7th, 2017, 6:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813384

Re: ERDNASE

And if you are evaluating a theory based on how well it fits a candidate, then you aren't making a logical argument, because this is putting the cart before the horse. The steps should be: Examine the evidence. Form a theory that matches the evidence Test the theory with a candidate. From reading y...
by lybrary
September 7th, 2017, 4:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813384

Re: ERDNASE

A while back Bill Mullins mentioned that Olsson's linguistic report identifies several similarities, I am guessing Bill agrees with them, but he argues that there are also dissimilarities. The only problem is that Bill makes errors both in fact as well as in reasoning: Erdnase uses the idiom "b...
by lybrary
September 7th, 2017, 3:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813384

Re: ERDNASE

Bill, you leave out some of the most important information from my newsletter and my ebook. I write regarding the south-west theory: "I am not saying that this is necessarily the correct interpretation of the name. It is merely one of many that have been offered." For the record, it is not...
by lybrary
August 29th, 2017, 11:53 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 1827

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

Fabrice, I have watched their demonstration video online and already from that video it is clear to me that this is identical to Lubor's method only bigger.
by lybrary
August 29th, 2017, 9:54 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 43
Views: 4837

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

That's interesting. In Neo-Magic , Sam Sharpe wrote these two things: "To tell a beginner that he should write his own patter is absurd." "It has become a habit to advise students to avoid presenting any effect exactly as described by the originator. I am convinced that this is a mis...
by lybrary
August 29th, 2017, 9:23 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 1827

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

The broader point though is that Lubor exploited an existing technology and refined it; I think our disagreement is exactly the word 'refined'. In my opinion Lubor didn't refine anything. He used an existing product in completely new and novel ways. That is the invention. Lenses go back hundreds of...
by lybrary
August 29th, 2017, 7:51 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 1827

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

Let me put it another way. Going from lenticular autostereoscopy to the Lubor lens type of vanish was an act of invention that required a highly creative mind. Clearly a spark of genius was necessary to make that leap and realize for what it could be used. Going from the Lubor lens to the clear tabl...
by lybrary
August 28th, 2017, 9:59 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 1827

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

I have now spent some time reviewing lenticular arrays to achieve autostereoscopy. I am sorry, but I don't agree at all that this is what Lubor Fiedler does, not even close. Hiding half the image from one eye is not at all what Lubor's Lens achieves. Yes, they use the same lens system, but the image...
by lybrary
August 28th, 2017, 2:13 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 1827

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

Thanks, I will check it out.
by lybrary
August 28th, 2017, 10:57 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 1827

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

I'm also 99% sure that the "existing product" he used as his jump off point was the raw material used in one of the existing inventions I mentioned previously. Lubor had the concept and idea many years before he found the material. Lubor told me that when he saw the material for the first...
by lybrary
August 27th, 2017, 7:55 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 1827

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

Tom, the lens system itself is certainly not new. After all Lubor found the material at an industry exhibition. So the material had clearly uses before Lubor released his Lubor lens. But I have not yet seen anybody use it to 'vanish' an object the way Lubor does. The light rays are not bent around t...
by lybrary
August 27th, 2017, 6:19 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 1827

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

...I have to point out that Lubor wasn't the first person to invent this optical technique/methodology - there are others with similar methods and ideas ... I think this is up for debate. A few years ago I spoke with Lubor about how he discovered the Lubor Lens. I don't have any documents to proof ...
by lybrary
August 27th, 2017, 5:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Slipcases and Books
Replies: 15
Views: 1150

Re: Slipcases and Books

Reading this discussion I am so happy that my library is for the most part digital. The volumes, no matter how big, slide out with just one click of my right hand on a button of a stationary trackball. The amount of movement is barely noticeable, yet the volume immediately opens itself up, allows me...
by lybrary
August 27th, 2017, 1:02 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 1827

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. (and it is assigned to Mark Setteducati, not to Tenyo.) Bill, just study a bit more carefull...
by lybrary
August 27th, 2017, 11:19 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 1827

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

If you mean this patent https://patents.google.com/patent/US662 ... or+Fiedler then it has expired. I am in no way defending these guys, but I think it is more an ethical issue than a legal issue.
by lybrary
August 26th, 2017, 3:16 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 1827

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

Yes it is a shame that the name Lubor Fiedler is not mentioned anywhere. This of course uses his Lubor Lens method. I don't know if Lubor or Tenyo protected this invention with a patent but at the very least the creators should credit Lubor Fiedler for discovering the underlying method used.
by lybrary
August 23rd, 2017, 8:00 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Stars of Magic
Replies: 24
Views: 1587

Re: Stars of Magic

Fundamentally the same problem exists with digital photos, because they are also simply an array of dots. However, the raster (resolution) is so high that it rarely causes problems. But with periodic patterns in the photo one can still get moire effects once printed from digital photos. The real iss...
by lybrary
August 23rd, 2017, 7:10 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Stars of Magic
Replies: 24
Views: 1587

Re: Stars of Magic

I don't think the negatives exist.
by lybrary
August 23rd, 2017, 6:59 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Stars of Magic
Replies: 24
Views: 1587

Re: Stars of Magic

Good scan software has various de-screen modes which can properly scan such photos. Alternatively one can oversample, meaning scan with a much higher resolution, and then use an averaging algorithm to get back to the resolution you want to have.
by lybrary
August 23rd, 2017, 1:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 1887

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

The effect is in the book, The Final word on cards, by Rufus Steele. Check it out. The name is of the trick is Sam and Moe. Frank Everheart popularized it. I added shuffles, flourishes and in between bits to the story. Bill That is not quite correct. The book is called "The Last Word on Cards&...
by lybrary
August 21st, 2017, 7:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3857

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

4. We leave, and have a discussion later about how some people don't respond well to magic. I believe this is rule #2 from the magician's code of conduct: - Rule #2: If the trick fails blame the spectator. Which is followed by rule #3 - Rule #3: If the first trick fails immediately follow it with t...
by lybrary
August 18th, 2017, 7:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3857

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

I am sure I will get all beaten up by criticizing these famous magicians, but why the hell would you do a pick/remember a card trick in this situation?! If a beginner in magic does that I understand. But these pros? If you want to do a card trick in this situation you do a color change, or a twistin...
by lybrary
August 18th, 2017, 6:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3857

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

It is the effect of the long tail, not just in magic but in many other markets. The size of the big hits reduces - meaning the biggest hits aren't as big as they used to be. And the long tail increases - meaning more products are available at any given moment in time. Essentially the available amoun...
by lybrary
July 22nd, 2017, 11:44 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Pogue on why products fail.
Replies: 6
Views: 903

Re: David Pogue on why products fail.

Ironically, Pogue's "missing manual" series fell into the very same Upgrade Paradox trap, eventually becoming parodies of themselves. Perhaps that is where he experienced it first hand, which allowed him to write informed about it, rather than simply regurgitate what others have written a...
by lybrary
July 6th, 2017, 6:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4379

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

For the most part this discussion is beyond me. Call me ignorant. I look at magic in much simpler terms. But I spotted two things I can comment on. Particularly the second one will confuse some, so that will be fun :-) second you claim that magicians will use any technology to create their magic. ex...
by lybrary
July 1st, 2017, 9:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 2907

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

performer wrote:They should at least emphasize the benefits. That is if there is any.

Free membership to the SAM :-)
by lybrary
June 29th, 2017, 9:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 2907

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

It really depends on the size of the magazine. With MUM it is a one-man-job and therefore the person needs to not only be a decent writer but also have a network in magic as well as be informed about it. With larger magazines the editor in chief does not necessarily need to be a subject domain speci...
by lybrary
June 29th, 2017, 8:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813384

Re: ERDNASE

I don't agree at all with your characterization. Yes, the word subterfuge, being a synonym of trick and con, does not come unexpected in books of magic and gambling. Yet, Erdnase uses it 4 times and one of these 4 instances is in the title of his book!! The book is 50k words long. That is Erdnase is...
by lybrary
June 28th, 2017, 4:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813384

Re: ERDNASE

I think the technique could be applied. What words stand out in Expert compared to other similar works (Sachs, Hoffmann, Roterberg, etc.)? And for that matter, what words stand out in Gallaway's books compared to other works on print estimation? If the two sets of words have strong overlap, you'd h...
by lybrary
June 27th, 2017, 1:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813384

Re: ERDNASE

My guess is 'finger', 'blind', 'jog', 'shuffle', 'palm', and similar technical terms. But I don't think the concept makes a lot of sense for a book that largely consists of fairly repetitive technical descriptions where one has to constantly reuse words. To make the descriptions clear one is forced ...
by lybrary
June 12th, 2017, 8:15 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Does anybody have "50 CONTEMPORARY VERSIONS OF THE MASTERS' TRICKS"
Replies: 0
Views: 372

Does anybody have "50 CONTEMPORARY VERSIONS OF THE MASTERS' TRICKS"

Does anybody remember or have this publication: "50 Contemporary Versions of the Masters' Tricks"? It was likely a publication from the 70s. If you own a copy or have further information about it please post here, PM or email me.
by lybrary
June 3rd, 2017, 7:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813384

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:People access the stuff you give away more than the stuff you charge for? Shocking.

Not shocking, but not 'defunct' or 'moribund' either.
by lybrary
June 2nd, 2017, 3:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813384

Re: ERDNASE

Doesn't feel the right word either. Many folks use it. Access statistics are among the highest of Lybrary.com pages.
by lybrary
June 2nd, 2017, 2:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813384

Re: ERDNASE

We are not only storing it but also maintaining it, reorganizing it, making changes, etc. Not a native speaker but defunct doesn't seem the right word to describe its current state. For example, the error Richard mentions has already been corrected.

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