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by observer
November 13th, 2017, 3:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864712

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...
by observer
November 1st, 2017, 8:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864712

Re: ERDNASE

Hi All, Concerning the “P.S.” in the previous post, ''' the printer was capable of shaping Erdnase’s manuscript, --Tom Sawyer A full service printing house, as opposed to just a jobber, would employ proofreaders to look over the writer's work before it goes to the actual printer/compositor/word pro...
by observer
November 1st, 2017, 6:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864712

Re: ERDNASE

As an author of 40 years, I would say that mistakes are LESS likely to be spotted by the writer than by proofreaders. And as someone who did proofreading for a living (ugh) for a decade or so I would heartily agree with that. ............................................................................
by observer
October 30th, 2017, 2:16 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Prague/Vienna/Budapest suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 1023

Re: Prague/Vienna/Budapest suggestions?

Dave Le Fevre wrote:I suppose that if ever there were an Elmsley Street, it would have four houses, numbered 1, 2, 4, 1



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by observer
October 30th, 2017, 3:12 am
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Prague/Vienna/Budapest suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 1023

Re: Prague/Vienna/Budapest suggestions?

Is Doblergasse the first street known to be named after a magician though? "1907 wurde nach ihm im 7. Wiener Bezirk eine Strasse benannt (Doblergasse) ..." http://www.zauber-pedia.de/index.php?title=Ludwig_D%C3%B6bler That's gotta beat the Blackstone, Abbott, and Senor Wences candidates, a...
by observer
October 29th, 2017, 3:16 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Prague/Vienna/Budapest suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 1023

Re: Prague/Vienna/Budapest suggestions?

In Vienna, maybe a pilgrimage to Doblergasse, a street named after Ludwig Doebler, Hofzinser's mentor (or at least inspiration). Only street anywhere named after a magician (at one time, there's probably others nowadays). More Vienna info in the December 2005 MUM article "Walking in Vienna".
by observer
October 24th, 2017, 4:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864712

Re: ERDNASE

Would "Erdnase" have been so determined to conceal his authorship as to change his writing style to evade stylometric analysis?
by observer
October 23rd, 2017, 8:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864712

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? Because Dai Vernon, whose experience with the book went back to when he was 12 (1906), pronounced it &q...
by observer
October 16th, 2017, 4:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 45
Views: 6025

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

The last book Eugene Burger worked on is being published: Teaching Magic A Book for Students and Teachers of the Art published by Theory and Art of Magic Press co-written by Larry Hass; hardcover, 6"x9", 182 pages; includes seven previously unpublished routines. Available for pre-order fro...
by observer
October 13th, 2017, 7:23 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Olive "Dot" Robinson - Marker Dedication
Replies: 2
Views: 436

Re: Olive "Dot" Robinson - Marker Dedication

Well done, Diego!
by observer
October 8th, 2017, 2:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Beginning of the Sentence
Replies: 14
Views: 929

Re: The Beginning of the Sentence

Has to be ACAAN, going by the volume of verbiage devoted thereto.
by observer
September 30th, 2017, 2:29 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Monte
Replies: 3
Views: 544

Re: Monte

When I lived in New York there was a monte mob every block or two along lower Broadway. I was somewhat clued in, just from studying magic and ancillary activities, but everyone I knew - pretty intelligent people for the most part - truly believed that a mark could possibly walk away with more money ...
by observer
September 29th, 2017, 7:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mentalist receives death threats
Replies: 4
Views: 857

Re: Mentalist receives death threats

Here's a strange story in today's Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/09/27/mind-reader-david-meade-keeps-getting-death-threats-meant-for-doomsday-theorist-david-meade/?utm_term=.01851c965a62 Well, he received them, but since they weren't meant for him one mus...
by observer
September 5th, 2017, 5:30 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 39
Views: 3416

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

These possessions everyone is so quick to contemn ... well, I've never had one rip me off or disappoint me or take advantage of me or try to stab me in the back. I've often smiled just at the sight of one, remembering good times.

People, on the other hand ...
by observer
August 27th, 2017, 7:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?
Replies: 15
Views: 1527

Re: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?





Great link, thank you!!!


Anyone who can watch Richard Ross and think in terms of "fooling people" ... well, whatever. Thank you Penn & Teller, maybe.
by observer
August 13th, 2017, 4:47 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: question about Uncle Sam & Houdini
Replies: 7
Views: 942

Re: question about Uncle Sam & Houdini

The Flagg poster derives from a 1914 British poster by Alfred Leete: https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=j6YvY2gI&id=A08321D43F3A1F99044612BA3DEDF523F6346FD1&thid=OIP.j6YvY2gIlL5s4Inq_KlwbAD8Es&q=kitchener+recruiting+poster&simid=607988055922771100&selectedI...
by observer
August 11th, 2017, 1:20 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 1458

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

I watched the "Stunt coordinator breaks down 'Atomic Blonde' fight scene" video (second row down on the linked page).

Did it spoil the movie for me?
by observer
August 9th, 2017, 6:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 45
Views: 6025

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

Very sorry to hear of his passing. I talked to him just a couple of times, but enough to learn that in addition to being an enormous influence on the magic art he was a really good person.
by observer
July 19th, 2017, 6:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5216
Views: 1864712

Re: ERDNASE

lybrary wrote:
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.


Dormant.
by observer
July 18th, 2017, 7:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online
Replies: 21
Views: 1408

Re: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online

I can see it now.

Photobucket recently changed its fee for third-party hosting from $0/yr to $399/yr. Showing the "please upgrade your account" image instead of a user's stored image is their way of informing subscribers of that fact.

The increase has prompted some criticism from users.
by observer
July 10th, 2017, 6:55 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Full Contents Jim Klein's Mortimer's Magic Magazine
Replies: 3
Views: 1312

Re: Full Contents Jim Klein's Mortimer's Magic Magazine

atkinsod wrote:...

... the website ...

Doug Atkinson


... is a wonderful resource!
by observer
May 25th, 2017, 7:29 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!
Replies: 8
Views: 1647

Re: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!

Who did the set/design for the movie? The square/circle, rings, milk glass and card frame look like magic shop props. Specially designed tables, the mirror alcove and that revolving person vanish almost look like someone's stage act got a makeover. Any sources? from IMDb: Art director: Ray Storey S...
by observer
May 16th, 2017, 5:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "Expurgated" Greater Magic?
Replies: 7
Views: 1361

Re: "Expurgated" Greater Magic?

That must be it. Now that I know it's a specialized usage of "expurgated" rather than a mistake I'll say that the email came from Potter & Potter. They're asking $275.
by observer
May 16th, 2017, 4:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "Expurgated" Greater Magic?
Replies: 7
Views: 1361

Re: "Expurgated" Greater Magic?

Randy DiMarco wrote:Is that the sample edition with the blank pages?


I guess that would fit the definition all right! Guaranteed not to offend anyone. Not sure I'd pay $275 for that though.
by observer
May 16th, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "Expurgated" Greater Magic?
Replies: 7
Views: 1361

"Expurgated" Greater Magic?

Among my emails this morning an offer to sell "the Expurgated Edition" of Hilliard's book. Is there such a thing? The accompanying photo looks like the same edition as I have, black/white/turquoise with four magicians doing magician things (pulling rabbit out of a hat etc.).
by observer
May 6th, 2017, 9:23 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Tony Giorgio on MST3K
Replies: 9
Views: 1623

Re: Tony Giorgio on MST3K

Oh, and just as a reminder, magician and comedian Joel Hodgson, the creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000, was featured on the cover of Genii November 1996.
by observer
May 6th, 2017, 7:54 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Tony Giorgio on MST3K
Replies: 9
Views: 1623

Re: Tony Giorgio on MST3K

I guess there was a photo accompanying his column, but I always had a mental picture of him with silver hair & a pencil moustache. About the same as Vernon, I suppose, but different. I had no idea he was the Godfather guy, or the Magnum Force guy.
by observer
May 2nd, 2017, 9:45 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Tony Giorgio on MST3K
Replies: 9
Views: 1623

Re: Tony Giorgio on MST3K

I was watching the new Mystery Science Theater 3000, and the second episode features a real dud of a movie, "Cry Wilderness." IMDB describes it this way: "Bigfoot's ghost brings a boy (Eric Foster) to where his father (Maurice Grandmaison) and a hunter are mistaking Bigfoot for a Ben...
by observer
March 21st, 2017, 4:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: question abou; Genii 1955 October
Replies: 2
Views: 888

Re: question abou; Genii 1955 October

The Chicago Architecture website refers to it as a "former flophouse ... pretty nice when it first opened in the 1920s, but it went downhill as the neighborhood changed from residential to commercial to industrial." It was completely rebuilt on the inside 8 or 9 years ago & is now the ...
by observer
March 9th, 2017, 11:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Harry Lorayne telephone book stunt
Replies: 5
Views: 1231

Re: Harry Lorayne telephone book stunt

Joe McIntyre wrote: the book they wrote together, The Memory Book.


Mr Lorayne would dispute that.
by observer
February 6th, 2017, 3:23 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Leipzig Dice Routine
Replies: 3
Views: 809

Re: Leipzig Dice Routine

with John Mulholland, Al Baker I think, and ?
by observer
February 5th, 2017, 2:40 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: McDonald Birch
Replies: 21
Views: 3742

Re: McDonald Birch

There's a cover story on McDonald Birch in the February MUM.
by observer
January 16th, 2017, 5:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Feld and/or public sloughs Ringling Brothers
Replies: 19
Views: 1938

Re: Feld and/or public sloughs Ringling Brothers

Another time I asked another animal trainer what he did with his horses during the off season when they weren't performing. In my innocence I imagined them resting in some green pasture grazing in the off season. Instead his retort put a chill down my spine. It was delivered in a very casual off ha...
by observer
December 25th, 2016, 3:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why more women don't go to magic clubs
Replies: 37
Views: 3043

Re: Why more women don't go to magic clubs

These are not Victorian times, and women are not delicate little fragile flowers who need to be sheltered from all that is crude or offensive.
by observer
December 24th, 2016, 1:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why more women don't go to magic clubs
Replies: 37
Views: 3043

Re: Why more women don't go to magic clubs

Yeah. One woman has one bad experience at one magic club. That certainly explains why more women don't go to magic clubs. Thanks for clearing that up.
by observer
December 16th, 2016, 6:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 'Six Card Creations' - Robert Harbin
Replies: 7
Views: 921

Re: 'Six Card Creations' - Robert Harbin

Brad Henderson wrote:an interesting solution which we obtained and included in the event. It allowed us to teleport a volunteer from the audience from a location on the ground and into an observatory on top of a three story house.

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Trebuchet or mangonel?
by observer
December 7th, 2016, 2:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cat Hulbert
Replies: 2
Views: 753

Re: Cat Hulbert

You only need to read the first few brief paragraphs to get the flavor of it.

Which is extremely bitter.

If the title wasn't enough of a tell.

Really quite a creepy person, apparently.

Go watch The Lady Eve instead.
by observer
December 6th, 2016, 12:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Books - Used book discount!
Replies: 44
Views: 5224

Re: H&R Books - Used book discount!

An "ebook" (ugh) shouldn't take away any of a collectible book's value, any more than buying a used Signet Classics paperback of The Pathfinder diminishes the value of a mint copy of the 1840 Lea & Blanchard edition. Why on earth that example popped into my head I have no idea. Anyhow,...
by observer
December 4th, 2016, 4:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Doing Three Shows in New York at the End of November
Replies: 29
Views: 5034

Re: Ricky Jay Doing Three Shows in New York at the End of November

Looking forward to the review. All I could find on line was a pre-show mention (press release?) in the Brooklyn Vegan.
by observer
December 4th, 2016, 4:08 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The Banana Man
Replies: 22
Views: 5126

Re: The Banana Man

Interesting. Basically "Devil of a Hat" but with coat pockets instead of a hat, I guess.

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