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by lybrary
February 14th, 2018, 10:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 44
Views: 9905

Re: Roy Walton

Hi, Mr. Corrie: I just pulled a copy of the Aug 1998 Genii (has Dan Witkowski on the cover) and went through the whole issue--for the life of me, I can't find the article you referenced. Is is possible it's August of another year? Many thanks! You are looking at the wrong issue. Volume 61 issue 4. ...
by lybrary
February 8th, 2018, 3:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

Chris, you mention he had magic and gambling books in his library. What else did he have besides EATCT? This is what Jay Marshall wrote to Martin Gardner on that subject: On a recent excursion into a used book salon he asked for magic card and gambling books, as was his wont. The proprietor had sev...
by lybrary
February 8th, 2018, 12:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

He wasn't a working card shark in 1923, nor had he ever been. How would you know that? And we are really interested in the time before 1902 not 1923. Gallaway didn't have any special interest in cards, as either a gambler or magician, ... Except we know he had magic and gambling books in his librar...
by lybrary
February 8th, 2018, 8:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

The fact that he didn't practice magic as a hobby is one more reason to be certain that "The Magic Wand" and "bag of tricks" are figures of speech that have no literal connection with conjuring. Sleight-of-hand with cards was his business not his hobby. Why would he belittle it ...
by lybrary
February 7th, 2018, 6:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

He had one hobby, and it was astronomy. Not magic. Not playing cards. Not gambling. Being a cardshark was business not a hobby. Admitting to gambling in a company newspaper back then would have been professional suicide. In case you didn't notice he also does not mention his employment at McKinney,...
by lybrary
February 7th, 2018, 4:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

"... the signature of Boz. This was the nickname of a pet child, his youngest brother Augustus, whom in honour of The Vicar of Wakefield he had dubbed Moses, which being facetiously pronounced through the nose became Boses, and being shortened became Boz." from The Life of Charles Dickens...
by lybrary
February 7th, 2018, 1:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

"Boz" was the childhood nickname of Dickens' little brother. Originally "Mose", then "Boz", as in Mose pronounced with one's nose stuffed up from a cold. No connection with any surname. Wikipedia states 'apparently adopted'. In other words they don't know for sure. Nob...
by lybrary
February 7th, 2018, 11:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

You've posited that the author used the reversal of a name that was not his own. Can you show an example of anyone else who has ever done this? pen-name: Azorín (reversed Niroza which is a valid family name. Examples here https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Fathima+Niroza&init=public ) real ...
by lybrary
February 7th, 2018, 11:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:You said "this thing doesn't exist" and I showed that it did.

It doesn't exist in an apples to apples comparison. I was assuming you would understand this tacit commonsense condition.
by lybrary
February 7th, 2018, 8:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

The number of people who truly consider Expert to be important, I fear, could fit in a medium-sized conference room (in fact in 2011, they fit in a bed and breakfast in Helana, Montana). It is a big deal in magic circles; elsewhere it is just old book printed on brittle paper, which was fortunate t...
by lybrary
February 6th, 2018, 9:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2207

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

JHostler wrote : "...I absolutely treasure my old, beat-up edition of "Grant's Fabulous Feats of Mental Magic." Roughly 50 items, composed almost entirely of single-spaced type with very few illustrations. Absolutely no frills. Yet his brilliance is palpable." Based on that reco...
by lybrary
February 5th, 2018, 4:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

Supporting this line of thought is the fact that all the other historical 'name reversal' authors have been found out rather quickly. I don't think there is any other pseudonym, which reverses to a plausible real name, which has not been solved. A couple more examples: Nal Rafcam ("Macfarlan[e...
by lybrary
February 5th, 2018, 3:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention
Replies: 11
Views: 786

Re: A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention

Q. Kumber wrote:The reason is the line is being electrified ...

Did you guys get stuck in the 19th century? Did the Queen not allow electricity for the people?
by lybrary
February 3rd, 2018, 8:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

Nobody knows how the author derived his pseudonym. We are merely offering various possible explanations. I agree with David Alexander, John Hostler, and others, who came to the conclusion that it makes little sense, for a number of very good reasons, that E.S. Andrews would be his real name.
by lybrary
February 3rd, 2018, 5:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

The problem with the ES Andrews as a gambling alias theory is that I would think that that is exactly the character who he wouldn't want to get credit--not so nice to be known as the bean spiller among peers. Calling Val Valentino... That is why he reversed it to S.W. Erdnase. It prevented the situ...
by lybrary
February 3rd, 2018, 1:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

Even if "Erdnase" is unique as a name-reversed pseudonym of an otherwise unknown person (it isn't, as I've shown), so what? It doesn't mean that Erdnase's real name was not E. S. Andrews. The name-reversal theory remains standing as the best explanation for why an author would use the hig...
by lybrary
February 3rd, 2018, 1:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

If the author's name was not Andrews, then his choice of the Erdnase anagram must be seriously questioned. ... Thus we are left with two possibilities. Either a man named Andrews authored it and gave his readers a simple puzzle to solve, or a fellow called Herschowitz decided to mislead them to bel...
by lybrary
February 3rd, 2018, 12:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

Per this web page , the identity of Canadian author Dr. Nostrebor ("Robertson") has never been determined. Somewhat less silly example, but still inadequate. i) Only one poem versus an entire book. ii) Published 1876 (not sure if that was its first publication, but let's assume it was). A...
by lybrary
February 3rd, 2018, 11:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

Supporting this line of thought is the fact that all the other historical 'name reversal' authors have been found out rather quickly. I don't think there is any other pseudonym, which reverses to a plausible real name, which has not been solved. Here is a counter-example. You gotta be kidding. From...
by lybrary
February 3rd, 2018, 9:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

I think the one thing we can deduce from the pseudonym is this: If the author was reasonably intelligent (as his/her writing tends to suggest), a simple name reversal wouldn't have been employed to mask their identity. So this is either (as has been suggested) an Andrews with nothing to hide OR som...
by lybrary
January 14th, 2018, 2:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Cy Endfield
Replies: 18
Views: 1471

Re: Cy Enfield

Cy Endfield was also a film director and inventor. Here is a bit about one of his inventions https://www.lybrary.com/cy-endfields-ch ... -a-19.html
by lybrary
January 11th, 2018, 10:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 82
Views: 9393

Re: Royal road to card magic

Perhaps it should be called the 'too divine' theory, because that is what Ted Annemann called it in the April 1935 issue of Jinx : Having the spectator find the bill when performer has never been close is just too divine, and anyone with as much as one brain will be suspicious and be sure that it ca...
by lybrary
January 8th, 2018, 5:13 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Book Collectors Suggestions ??
Replies: 4
Views: 570

Re: Magic Book Collectors Suggestions ??

H&R Magic Books is a great shop. They have the new releases and a large second hand catalog as well. https://www.magicbookshop.com/
by lybrary
December 22nd, 2017, 12:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 2056

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

Anything can be art. Serving tea can be art. A magic performance can certainly be art. It often isn't, but the reason for that lies with the performer not with magic itself.
by lybrary
December 12th, 2017, 7:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

A few newsletters ago I built on Steve Burton's 'and Ruse' being interpreted as 'Andrews' theory to suggest that the name fully spelled out was: Edward Subterfuge and Ruse which reduces to: Edward S. and Ruse Edward S. Andrews E. S. Andrews This was motivated by Edward Gallaway's stage name for the ...
by lybrary
December 5th, 2017, 3:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

So you've changed your opinion from "A person can't write well unless he's written a lot before" to "A person can't write well unless he's written or edited a lot before" to "A person can't write well unless he's written or edited or read a lot before." As I have demon...
by lybrary
December 5th, 2017, 1:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

If you looked at John Grisham at the end of 1989 believing the above, you'd have to conclude that his novel "A Time to Kill" must not be any good, since he hadn't written anything before it. But you'd be wrong. So let's look at Grisham. From his Wikipedia page we learn: "...his mothe...
by lybrary
December 4th, 2017, 10:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

The gambling aspect is more important than the magic aspect in my opinion. Based on the text of Expert, Erdnase associated more with gamblers than with magicians. Stating that Gallaway had magic and gambling books in his library is perfectly accurate and relevant, and is exactly what I want to expre...
by lybrary
December 4th, 2017, 6:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

So you've changed your opinion from "A person can't write well unless he's written a lot before" to "A person can't write well unless he's written or edited a lot before." You are great in misinterpreting me. I haven't changed my opinion. Here a quote from what I wrote on that s...
by lybrary
December 4th, 2017, 3:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

Also implicit is the idea that a writer can't have only one publication, which is wrong. Anna Sewell wrote only one thing -- "Black Beauty." Closer to home, Gerritt M Evans wrote only "How Gamblers Win". Koschitz wrote only his "Manual of Useful Information." By your l...
by lybrary
December 4th, 2017, 10:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

But if you add it to the magic and gambling books Gallaway had in his library it supports the notion that he was interested in that subject. Chris--are you trying to sneak that by again? There is no evidence that Gallaway owned more than one magic book-- The Expert. The statement - "Edward Gal...
by lybrary
December 3rd, 2017, 9:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

1) so everyone who uses an alias is a card cheat, because that's the only reason a criminal would. No, but everybody who is a cardshark, like MFA, and who uses an alias wants to hide their identity. Kind of an obvious and straight forward conclusion. 2) erdnase could have made a mistake. Exactly, a...
by lybrary
December 3rd, 2017, 3:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

the presence of cheating books my MFA proves only that 1) either he didn't care who knew Why did he then use several aliases? or 2) if he did, he wasn't too smart about it. and as you don't believe him to be erdnase it would make sense that he didn't have the capability of thinking matter through s...
by lybrary
December 3rd, 2017, 11:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

the problem is, if you don't want to be known as a card cheat, you don't keep books on the matter in your house ... We have proof of the opposite. Take MFA who was a cardshark, who clearly did not want to be associated with being one, because he used several aliases, but he traveled with literature...
by lybrary
December 3rd, 2017, 8:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

For Leonard, and everyone else who didn't get the book, here is what Olsson examined. Edward Gallaway: Estimating for Printing (1927) William Hilliar: The Modern Magician’s Handbook (1902) August Roterberg: New Era Card Tricks (1897) Wilbur E. Sanders: The framing of rectangular shaft sets (1904) a...
by lybrary
December 3rd, 2017, 8:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

...and Chris’ conversations with the 97 yo son of a printer or any other old printer who never worked in the McKinney shop won’t help to shed light on that question. It is certainly more relevant than your examples from 16th and 17th century France and England. So why would Gallaway accumulate book...
by lybrary
December 2nd, 2017, 5:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

Leonard Hevia wrote:What simple questions have I failed to answer? Post them and I will attempt to answer.

I should put you and Bill into one class. Perhaps he can teach you to read your own posts, because sure as hell I can't.
by lybrary
December 2nd, 2017, 5:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

Leonard Hevia wrote:What is the publication date of the Gallaway writing samples that Dr. Olsson examined?

I am sure Mullins will figure it out for you, because you don't seem to be capable to even answer the most simple questions.
by lybrary
December 2nd, 2017, 5:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

I thought that (according to you) when he got married, he put all this behind him. That being the case, how is this relevant? By the time he published the book, he was out of the cheating business. I don't think this reason applies. It still applies. First, you don't want all those whom you have ch...
by lybrary
December 2nd, 2017, 5:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946671

Re: ERDNASE

In the last week, 14 people have posted on this thread. Neither 5 nor 6 is a majority of that. If you require further assistance with higher math, let us know. I will leave counting up to 14 to you. That is a task you seem you can handle, and it is an adequate use of your time. I will think of anot...

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