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by lybrary
October 21st, 2017, 11:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

1. "Erdnase" sounds German only if you pronounce it as if it were German -- and historically, it hasn't been pronounced that way. And how do you know how it was historically pronounced? Rullman was a generation after the book had been published. During 1902 there was a large German immigr...
by lybrary
October 21st, 2017, 12:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

or a miner, ... or a lumberjack Come on Bill. Just a few posts earlier you argued that Gallaway couldn't have soft hands because he worked in the print industry (misreading that he didn't stand behind a printing press for all of his career but rather was superintendent, salesman, estimator, ...). A...
by lybrary
October 20th, 2017, 11:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

He may have been a professional magician (how would a background as a gambler have hurt that profession? We know magicians today are willing to let people believe that they are gambling experts). Then why not publish it under his real name, if it would have helped him in his profession, for example...
by lybrary
October 20th, 2017, 10:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Charlie Miller's published works...
Replies: 24
Views: 807

Re: Charlie Miller's published works...

Magic Inc. has published some booklets by Charlie Miller. We have two of them as PDFs. You can check them out here https://www.lybrary.com/charlie-miller-m-134097.html But I am sure Magic Inc still offers them as printed booklets. I assume you know that there is also a good amount of him in Genii ma...
by lybrary
October 20th, 2017, 6:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Having [a copyright] registered is a much better deterrent than just printing it. That way it is much harder for wannabe infringers to call your bluff. I don't see how. Are you saying that a copyright statement in the book would not be a deterrent, so a potential infringer would think "Hm. I w...
by lybrary
October 20th, 2017, 6:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Erdnase didn't have a comprehensive plan to completely conceal his identity, otherwise the book would have said "Anonymous" on the spine. I don't agree. Writing "Anonymous" would have invited much more inquiry much earlier. It is psychologically much better to write a name which...
by lybrary
October 20th, 2017, 6:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

An explanation of how a money order may have been used is meaningless here. The point is that a check is a trail back to the author, and if the author wanted to remain anonymous, he could have used a payment method that didn't do so. He could have paid in cash, for that matter. That requires two as...
by lybrary
October 20th, 2017, 5:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Copyright bought him nothing. It is a deterrent. Many copyrights are registered. Very few copyright holders ever sue. But it keeps the pest away. Clearly copyright was somehow important to him because he added copyright notes to many illustrations. The most logical reason I can come up with is as a...
by lybrary
October 20th, 2017, 5:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Tom Sawyer writes in his blog regarding the "3rd cousin once removed" issue: It would be nice if, before the fact, someone had said, “I will accept any relative within such-and-such boundaries." ... If you set forth the criteria in advance, at least you can be certain that you are no...
by lybrary
October 20th, 2017, 5:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

The connection to Harto and Houdini aren't that clear either. But both were circus folks like Gallaway. The connection to Houdini certainly isn't clear, and in fact doesn't seem possible. You put Gallaway in the circus in 1891-1894 (with 1892/93 being "most likely"), and again in 1896. Ho...
by lybrary
October 20th, 2017, 3:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Chris -- your own book suggests that Erdnase was known to Edwin Hood, Harto, Houdini, S. W. Jamieson, McKinney, and Smith. Hardly a guy who was trying to stay sub rosa. I am not saying he was a hermit, but why would his friends out him? Smith I would think only knew his assumed name. I would not co...
by lybrary
October 20th, 2017, 2:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Copyright bought him nothing. It is a deterrent. Many copyrights are registered. Very few copyright holders ever sue. But it keeps the pest away. Clearly copyright was somehow important to him because he added copyright notes to many illustrations. The most logical reason I can come up with is as a...
by lybrary
October 20th, 2017, 12:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

But these are based on the assumption that Erdnase wanted to keep his identity a secret. The arguments for that position are weak. Why are they weak? I don't agree at all. Erdnase told Smith he was a cardshark who was going straight. That means Erdnase must have had some other means of income. He m...
by lybrary
October 20th, 2017, 10:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Tom Sawyer writes in his blog regarding the "3rd cousin once removed" issue: It would be nice if, before the fact, someone had said, “I will accept any relative within such-and-such boundaries." ... If you set forth the criteria in advance, at least you can be certain that you are not...
by lybrary
October 19th, 2017, 11:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

When Erdnase shifted from his general prose in EATCT to highly technical descriptions of moves, he left any and all semblance of "eloquence" behind. You don't know what eloquence means. Eloquence does not mean colorful language. Eloquence means a certain command of language, clarity of la...
by lybrary
October 19th, 2017, 10:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Chris -- you said that the writing of Sanders was plain and bland and not eloquent. I gave a counter-example. If the fact that a single author can write in multiple styles such that one cannot be compared to the others, doesn't that call into question the whole field of author attribution? No it do...
by lybrary
October 19th, 2017, 8:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

W.E. Sanders: On the surface he does have education and writing experience. But his writing is bland, plain, engineering like. Has never self-published nor written an entire book himself. Only engineering articles and contributions to books. Nowhere the eloquence of Erdnase. Sanders was class poet ...
by lybrary
October 18th, 2017, 10:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

If anybody can pull together a portfolio of W.E. Sanders writings I am more than happy to include it in my ongoing textual analysis. I do have parts of his diaries and two of his mine timbering articles. These do not show any eloquence on the level of Erdnase, neither do they show similarity in a st...
by lybrary
October 18th, 2017, 12:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

If Smith's memory is so bad, you shouldn't take advantage of his recollections when they tend to comport with Gallaway. I don't. Bull [censored]. You spend a whole chapter (4. Physical Appearance) in your ebook going through Smith's recollections and trying to show that Gallaway matches them. Wow, ...
by lybrary
October 18th, 2017, 10:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

If Smith's memory is so bad, you shouldn't take advantage of his recollections when they tend to comport with Gallaway. I don't. For me the facts surrounding the book are the most important. The book is printed black on white. There are no memories or recollections necessary. Erdnase writes very el...
by lybrary
October 18th, 2017, 7:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Smith only remembers one meeting with Erdnase even though he must have met him more than once. Smith does not recognize his own drawings. Smith only remembers making 20-30 drawings not 101. This is his own work. He must have spent hours drawing and inking his illustrations yet he doesn't even recogn...
by lybrary
October 17th, 2017, 2:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Smith remembered that Erdnase said he was related to Louis Dalrymple. Even if your tree is correct, E.S. Andrews was not related to Louis Dalrymple, his wife was. So Erdnase would have said "my wife is related to Dalrymple", which is not what Smith remembered. Richard Hatch's own standard ...
by lybrary
October 17th, 2017, 12:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

In other words there is currently no proof that Orin is Adelia's father. What about the relationship of David Seelye to Ebenezer and Jeduthan? Are there documents to proof them?
by lybrary
October 17th, 2017, 9:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Richard Hatch commented earlier that he did not think Orin Seeley was the father of Adelia. What has changed? Is this relationship proven by documents or is it conjecture?
by lybrary
October 10th, 2017, 10:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Jonathan Townsend wrote:Are there some measures (and then metrics) to gage how typical/trendy/information rich a text is compared to other texts from that environment?

With the Google Ngram Viewer you can see how popular a certain word or expression was over time in books.
by lybrary
October 10th, 2017, 5:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

My own belief is that none of the major candidates so far meet these standards (and I also believe it is doubtful that we will ever identify Erdnase, at least so convincingly that it will generally be accepted as correct.) If you are using badly selected standards then you can be certain to never f...
by lybrary
October 10th, 2017, 2:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

My own standard of proof (and I use that word loosely) is that, short of a smoking gun (like a signed contract, or a reliable contemporaneous statement that so-and-so wrote Expert ) a candidate should be shown to have skill with cards, and a reason to use the pseudonym "S. W. Erdnase". Th...
by lybrary
October 5th, 2017, 7:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:"He's a cousin of my wife."

But he isn't as far as we can tell.
by lybrary
October 4th, 2017, 9:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

"Related by marriage" is a thing. When some tells me that they are related, and it turns out they are speaking of their in-laws, it doesn't seem strange in the least. You also say that when it is your 3rd cousin in-law with two in-law connections? You might then as well say I am related t...
by lybrary
October 4th, 2017, 5:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Jeduthan Seely's (1778-1836) father is Ebenezer Seeley (1756 - 1798), and Eb's father is David Seelye (1731- sometime after 1777). Three spellings in three generations. Don't be too sure. Then please show us. After two decades you have to present more than spelling variations of second names. The o...
by lybrary
October 4th, 2017, 9:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

This makes it sound like 19th century genealogical research is much easier than it really is. In the case of Dollie Seely the family history is pretty clear, and documents are readily available, partly because of the book "History of Whiteside County, Illinois" which has her line of grand...
by lybrary
October 2nd, 2017, 10:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Peter, you are half way there. First name is correct.
by lybrary
October 2nd, 2017, 9:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Attaching didn't work for me either, but I am hosting it on my website. Here is the link https://www.lybrary.com/DalrympleSeeleyMarriage1856.jpg
by lybrary
October 1st, 2017, 4:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

While the variant spellings should not be ignored, they should also not be considered exclusionary at this point. I am looking at a copy of the Illinois marriage certificate of Dalrymple's parents dated November 15, 1856 and the Henry Country Clerk has the bride's name as "Miss Delia M. Seeley...
by lybrary
October 1st, 2017, 3:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

How long would it have taken a printer to set the type, create the plates, print and collate the pages, and bind the book? Any experts on 1902 printing out there? I have looked into this and spoken to experts who have had hand on experience on similar Miele printing presses as the ones used by Jame...
by lybrary
October 1st, 2017, 2:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Until Dalrymple's maternal (Seeley) grandparents are identified, all we can say is that no relationship has been established. It is neither likely nor unlikely, simply unknown at this point. Given the difference in spelling I would say it is more likely that they are not related. It seems the E.S. ...
by lybrary
October 1st, 2017, 2:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Those are quotes for emphasis. I am not quoting anybody in particular, but it is a summary sentiment gathered from posts here as well as private emails I have received. If after nearly two decades no evidence for a relationship has been found any honest researcher would use phrases like "it is ...
by lybrary
October 1st, 2017, 10:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Richard's article was in the Dec 1999 issue of Magic . Who's the fact bender? That is not bending, that is a typo in my records, but it doesn't change the fact that almost two decades have passed with no family relationship found between E.S. Andrews and Dalrymple, yet it is still being presented a...
by lybrary
September 30th, 2017, 9:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stars of Magic photo quality
Replies: 14
Views: 929

Re: Stars of Magic photo quality

It is not just the moire pattern. The reproductions are clearly overexposed.
by lybrary
September 30th, 2017, 10:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Perhaps someone can push his maternal line in the proper direction! I hope you mean with 'proper' the factual correct direction. Otherwise you would be suggesting to bend facts to match E.S. Andrews. I take from your comment where you write 'I suspect' that you are not certain of the relationships ...

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