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by observer
February 12th, 2018, 3:41 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Voronin what a wonderful comedy act!
Replies: 12
Views: 755

Re: Voronin what a wonderful comedy act!

The issue with the bra trick is not that it shows a bra, but that it is embarrassing to the female volunteer. Ditto for the version with panties. There are times when I know the trick will go over well. I had a friend who was one act in a drag show. You knew it was going to be a crazy crowd. So I s...
by observer
February 7th, 2018, 11:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

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 observer
February 7th, 2018, 3:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

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 observer
February 7th, 2018, 1:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

Re: ERDNASE

pen-name: Boz (reversed Zob which is a valid family name https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?gl=40&rank=1&new=1&so=3&MSAV=0&msT=1&gss=genfact&gsln=Zob&uidh=000 ) real name: Charles Dickens The last one is particularly interesting because Gallaway's favorite a...
by observer
February 6th, 2018, 6:30 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: "A ghost story" movie with Zabrecky and Kopf
Replies: 1
Views: 415

Re: "A ghost story" movie with Zabrecky and Kopf

Cool, thanks. "A Ghost Story" is available for free viewing to those who have Amazon Prime. The amazon viewer ratings are sort of interesting:

***** 35%
**** 9%
*** 6%
** 7%
* 43%
by observer
February 5th, 2018, 2:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention
Replies: 11
Views: 777

Re: A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention

Q. Kumber wrote:While it is fair to say the range and level of restaurants has improved in Blackpool, I'm not aware of any gourmet ones.


Yorkshire Fisheries, 16 Topping Street
Fresh Fish and Chips, 110 Lytham Road
Bentleys Fish & Chip Shop, 131 Bond Street
by observer
February 3rd, 2018, 1:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

Re: ERDNASE

Here is a counter-example. You gotta be kidding. From Wikipedia: "Trebor was a 14th-century composer of polyphonic chansons, active in Navarre and other southwest European courts c. 1380-1400." That is 500 years before the time we are talking. Of course, there is a lot less known about pe...
by observer
January 25th, 2018, 3:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Is "The Sympathetic Clubs" stolen?
Replies: 41
Views: 6924

Re: Is

What ever happened to "Guest"? He sure posted a lot in the early years, sometimes even responding to his own posts.
by observer
January 15th, 2018, 3:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hemp Playing Cards
Replies: 16
Views: 896

Re: Hemp Playing Cards

Anthony Vinson wrote:According to a comment posted by someone with USPC, despite the branding, there's no actual hemp in the cards themselves. <>.


Seems like they missed a bet there. Maybe they should get in touch with these guys:

http://www.greenfieldpaper.com/hemp_paper.asp
by observer
January 12th, 2018, 12:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Recommend me a dove act!
Replies: 17
Views: 1069

Re: Recommend me a dove act!

Celeste Evans. http://celesteevansmagic.com/photogallery/celeste-red1.JPG That link worked perfectly well when I tested it after posting but is now blocked by what sure looks like some sort of scam site. So, check out the photo gallery at her web site, celesteevans.com , if interested. Photo was of...
by observer
January 11th, 2018, 10:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Recommend me a dove act!
Replies: 17
Views: 1069

Re: Recommend me a dove act!

by observer
January 8th, 2018, 7:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 46
Views: 3263

Re: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!

Thanks for pointing out this magician to me. I love the characterization and - as others have commented - the commitment to it. It's brilliant. I wish more magicians would perform with more specifically defined characterizations. However, I wonder if we can remark on her contributions and innovatio...
by observer
December 29th, 2017, 1:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

Re: ERDNASE

Brad Jeffers wrote: Originally it was about the book ...



Ah, yes ... my grandfather used to tell us kids about the early days of this thread, how he would read the latest posts by the flickering of a kerosene lamp after a hard day at the covered wagon factory ...
by observer
December 29th, 2017, 2:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

Re: ERDNASE

Being unknown is all that whoever he is has going for him. Without that, he's a nobody. Ben Earl included a relevant Erdnase quote in the final chapter of his new book. He still has much going for him beyond the mystery of his true identity. Fweeet ! Ten yard penalty for goalpost moving. This discu...
by observer
December 28th, 2017, 11:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

Re: ERDNASE

A new Genii cover story? Mmh. Maybe a paragraph in The Eye. Being unknown is all that whoever he is has going for him. Without that, he's nobody. It's like the Cubs. Once they served out their 107-year sentence for stealing the 1908 pennant from the Giants and won a World Championship, people stopp...
by observer
December 28th, 2017, 3:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

Re: ERDNASE

Now, don't get me wrong: I don't believe there is such a thing as "useless knowledge".

That said -- suppose that at some point the identity of "Erdnase" is established beyond a reasonable doubt.

Then what?
by observer
December 26th, 2017, 2:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kelton Garwood?
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Re: Kelton Garwood?

Thank you Brad, jkeyes, Max!
by observer
December 25th, 2017, 2:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: Kelton Garwood?
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Kelton Garwood?

Anybody know of a magician with this (somewhat unlikely) name?

He played a mediocre magician (quite convincingly) in Season One, Episode 18 of Peter Gunn (only the best private eye TV show ever!).
by observer
December 15th, 2017, 7:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23047

Re: Ennobling Magic

<> far more interesting to watch than some sober, competent but pedestrian magician who does his tricks well but does not grab our attention because of the dullness of his or her personality. <>. Well, but there are hundreds of things of which that would be true. I have no idea about "hundreds...
by observer
December 15th, 2017, 1:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23047

Re: Ennobling Magic

performer wrote:<> far more interesting to watch than some sober, competent but pedestrian magician who does his tricks well but does not grab our attention because of the dullness of his or her personality. <>.


Well, but there are hundreds of things of which that would be true.
by observer
December 14th, 2017, 3:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23047

Re: Ennobling Magic

jkeyes1000 wrote:
performer wrote:<>this is a silly argument because nobody lies that much when performing anyway! <>


Yours is The Voice Of Reason, Mark! I will accept this as the final word if everyone else will.


Will accept!
by observer
December 13th, 2017, 12:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

Re: ERDNASE

<> I don't see why he would ever use 'Penuckle', unless of course ... That's exactly what Foster would have done if he were trying to throw people off the scent. In which case, he is so diabolically clever, that we will never figure out who he is! Well remember that we're talking about someone clev...
by observer
December 11th, 2017, 6:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23047

Re: Ennobling Magic

this sunday i approached a literate table of folks at the restaurant in which i perform. Each of the two children were reading books. Given our recent discussion i performed the Hoy book test. They were convinced i could read minds. and no one, at no time, ever even mentioned the page number as imp...
by observer
December 11th, 2017, 6:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23047

Re: Ennobling Magic

The accent was an important part of Slydini's presentation, I would suggest. What might come across as confrontational (and did so to some anyway, it seems) was defused by the spectator making allowance for the performer's imperfect command of the language. "You watch , but you no see !" I...
by observer
December 11th, 2017, 4:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

Re: ERDNASE

Richard Hatch recently got in touch with me about an essay I wrote in 1989, Thoughts on the Identity of Erdnase . It was originally published on The Magicon , a pre-Web magician's forum on CompuServe. I looked at the title page as a type of puzzle and put together an observation on the graphically ...
by observer
December 9th, 2017, 2:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

Re: ERDNASE

In the 1909 edition of Foster's Complete Hoyle , he uses "binocle" as the preferred spelling, and lists "pinochle" and Erdnase's "penuckle" only as variant spellings, suggesting perhaps that Foster did not write Expert . That's exactly what Foster would have done if he...
by observer
December 8th, 2017, 5:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23047

Re: Ennobling Magic

At least the Erdnase thread had some interesting and useful information in it.
by observer
December 3rd, 2017, 10:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

Re: ERDNASE

Brad Henderson wrote:<>but to your point, i have created at least two pieces which featured or were based on gorillas. one was a take off of an ernie kovacs bit <>
seems like chris is on a wild goose chase again



1) The Nairobi Trio?

2), excuse me, but that's "rrrild roose rase" ...
by observer
December 3rd, 2017, 7:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: This Week's Big Magic News in The UK
Replies: 15
Views: 2373

Re: This Week's Big Magic News in The UK

AJM wrote:Debbie eases through to week 12 and the semi-final.

Erdnase spotted in the audience attempting to turn water into wine...

Andrew


Another piece of the puzzle falls into place ...
by observer
December 3rd, 2017, 2:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 3 card monte
Replies: 15
Views: 1557

Re: 3 card monte

The Trick was first marketed in 1934 by Frank Lane. See The Linking Ring, Vol. 14, no 3, may 1934, page 236. In Genii, January 1953, DARIEL FITZKEE in Paper and Ink, page 204, writes : I am not sure, but I think I mentioned that Frank Lane's GRANDFATHER TRICK is again available through Weiner. $1.0...
by observer
December 3rd, 2017, 12:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 3 card monte
Replies: 15
Views: 1557

Re: 3 card monte

"Frank Lane's Grandfather Trick" by Irv Weiner

reviewed in Genii, January 1953
by observer
December 2nd, 2017, 4:19 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes
Replies: 17
Views: 2108

Re: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes

Dave Le Fevre wrote:
Tom Moore wrote:the sort of people who can’t tell the difference between red wine and white wine with dye in it

Surprisingly, many people when tasting a wine while blindfolded are unable to state correctly whether the wine is white or red. S<>Dave


???
Mr Keyes didn't say anything about a blindfold.
by observer
November 28th, 2017, 3:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

Re: ERDNASE

<>When you make an "estimate", like your recent (Nov 12) statements "Not everybody who buys a book is an author. About 1 out of 10 is an author. ", you aren't doing anything quantitative, even though you are putting numbers into the mix. How do you determine that 1 book buyer in...
by observer
November 27th, 2017, 10:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

Re: ERDNASE

AJM wrote:Can’t we just agree that Gallaway is/was Erdnase <>

Just sayin’
Peace and Love
Andrew


Was Erdnase ... Spartacus?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKCmyiljKo0
by observer
November 27th, 2017, 2:40 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Magic at the Psychic Fair!
Replies: 7
Views: 809

Re: Magic at the Psychic Fair!

They still have psychic fairs?
by observer
November 25th, 2017, 10:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

Re: ERDNASE

Looks like the Jack Pots writer got the name of the railroad wrong too. The Alabama Central was incorporated in 1906 . http://www.alabamacentralrailroad.com/home/last.html Not necessarily so. Incorporation is a legal step. The company may have existed several years before that without being formall...
by observer
November 25th, 2017, 7:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

Re: ERDNASE

If one reads the paragraph in Jack Pots where the good senator is mentioned it becomes clear that the writer knew a lot about that place and the senator: There lived in Selma, Alabama, the town where the senator hailed from, in the early ’70 s, a wealthy railroad president, Major Lanier, of the old...
by observer
November 25th, 2017, 4:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 3 card monte
Replies: 15
Views: 1557

Re: 3 card monte

Philippe Billot wrote:<>
And if you have The Potter Index (Volume 13, page 282), you can see that page 2, there is a trick named "What my Grandfather Said" indexed at Three Card Monte.

<>.


Is the trick named after the old line about ending up with an ear full of cider?
by observer
November 25th, 2017, 4:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23047

Re: Ennobling Magic

jkeyes1000 wrote:<> it is not necessary to lie if you have a wonderful illusion. <>



An illusion is a lie. A visual lie rather than a verbal lie, but a lie nevertheless. If a magician is flying, he's lying.
by observer
November 13th, 2017, 3:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946401

Re: ERDNASE

...Canada Bill is widely reputed to be the greatest three card monte hustler ever. .... Unfortunately, Bill was himself addicted to gambling, and typically lost all his copious winnings (hundreds of thousands of dollars) at the Faro table. .... Addicted indeed, since anyone in Canada Bill's line of...

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