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by Jason England
July 24th, 2016, 3:12 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Expert Card Technique 3rd edition for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 246

Expert Card Technique 3rd edition for sale

I have a copy of Expert Card Technique (the 3rd edition with the extra Vernon/Daley chapter at the back) for sale. The book is in very good condition and comes in a brodart clear protective dust jacket. There's one on eBay for $250. I want $175 for mine. First email gets it. Jason England 4121 Perfe...
by Jason England
July 24th, 2016, 2:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

"He is Erdnase and he wrote the book."

Wow.

Jason
by Jason England
March 16th, 2016, 6:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Awards
Replies: 3
Views: 849

Re: Allan Slaight Awards

Put me down for "Rising Star - Canadian." Might be moving there in November.

Jason
by Jason England
February 19th, 2016, 10:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel closing?
Replies: 15
Views: 3318

Criss Angel closing?

My brother works for the Cirque show Zarkana at Aria and they were told that Criss Angel's Believe will close for good on April 17th.

Anyone else hear anything about this?

Jason
by Jason England
January 21st, 2016, 5:23 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Do you remove your dust jackets? I need one!
Replies: 7
Views: 1670

Do you remove your dust jackets? I need one!

Does anyone here happen to have a dust jacket for the L&L edition of The Dai Vernon Book of Magic ? I have a copy that is missing only the jacket and I'd like to replace it. I know some of you don't care if your book have DJs on them or not. Can anyone here help me out? Happy to pay a reasonable...
by Jason England
December 29th, 2015, 2:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Mysterious Mr. Cobb
Replies: 28
Views: 8650

Re: The Mysterious Mr. Cobb

Guys,

Let me know when you get to the Map Room. Just be sure to take back 1 kadam to honor the Hebrew God whose ark this is. Otherwise your staff will be too long and you'll be digging in the wrong place.

Jason
by Jason England
August 17th, 2015, 4:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

Bill, While I feel the Erdnase = Galloway probability is near zero, I do think that Chris is right that Erdnase (whomever he was) studied the cheating books of his day. It's true that the second sentence under "Card Table Artifice" references "works on conjuring," so clearly he r...
by Jason England
July 27th, 2015, 3:52 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Unfamiliar Erdnase edition
Replies: 13
Views: 2322

Re: Unfamiliar Erdnase edition

http://www.everythingerdnase.com/wp-con ... ed-ink.png

They're actually quite common, but the "October, 1929" part of yours is interesting to say the least.

Jason
by Jason England
July 15th, 2015, 8:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek Delgaudio's new show
Replies: 0
Views: 598

Derek Delgaudio's new show

Tickets are on sale now for my friend Derek Delgaudio's new show at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Nothing to Hide was a landmark achievement for magic in the opinion of many who saw it, including me. Knowing Derek, this new show will be just as great! I'll be there opening night. Jason http:/...
by Jason England
April 17th, 2015, 12:58 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Stars of Magic original black binder
Replies: 0
Views: 618

WTB: Stars of Magic original black binder

I'm looking for one of the original Stars of Magic black binders to give to the Great Tomsoni (Johnny Thompson) as a gift (his was borrowed and never returned years ago). If anyone has one they would part with, please contact me. I can also trade for a red binder as I have an extra one of those. Tha...
by Jason England
March 6th, 2015, 5:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

With regard to the veracity of Martin Gardner's defense of MFA as the author, here is a note he wrote to me in 2004. "Yes, I still think Erdnase was Milton Franklin Andrews, though it lacks a certain proof." I tried to upload an image of the note to the board, but got some message saying t...
by Jason England
December 21st, 2014, 8:58 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Tenyo Parabox
Replies: 0
Views: 416

WTB: Tenyo Parabox

I'm looking for a Tenyo Parabox (their version of "Gozinta" boxes). Don't need the instructions or packaging - just the boxes (and sponge balls if you've got them). Actually looking for more than one set, so respond to me even if someone else already has. Thanks. Jason jason@jasonengland.com
by Jason England
October 23rd, 2014, 4:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

The whole "Erdnase" = "Earth Nose" in German is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. It might be interesting if "Earth Nose" meant something in German (or English for that matter), but it's not like mining engineers in German-speaking countries are actually called...
by Jason England
October 23rd, 2014, 2:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

Here's another way of finding the same phrase. Somehow this isn't quite as impressive. But it HAS to be meaningful right?! I mean what are the odds that there would be two ways to spell the same name? Is it possible there's a third way?! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Embracing the w hole calender of s...
by Jason England
October 23rd, 2014, 12:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

Although I can't be bothered to format it so that you can read it, taking one letter from each line of the introduction you can find: "The name is ES Andrews. It has been staring us in the face. Sanders is not the authors name on the title page. Why are they not able to see this RK?" Is th...
by Jason England
October 23rd, 2014, 12:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

I don't know. Finding the guy's name perfectly spelled out seems to be possibly more than a coincidence. Has anyone played around with moving the lines and trying to find any of the other "Sanders-ish" things Jason has cited as possible points of false interest? Are there any other names ...
by Jason England
October 22nd, 2014, 11:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

Leonard, I didn't mean Alexander's theory was complex (preposterous is the word I'd use). What I meant was that W.E. Sanders is a "complex anagram" as opposed to a simple anagram (backwards). You don't just get to make that leap without evidence. Remind me again what David Alexander's evid...
by Jason England
October 22nd, 2014, 8:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

Richard, I think it's an absolutely fascinating coincidence. The problem with it and all of the other "Bible code-type" discoveries lying latent in any body of text, is that you decide their relevance after you find them. You might've also accepted "Sanders" (minus the W. E.), or...
by Jason England
October 22nd, 2014, 6:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

Ian, I'm not painting any targets! I don't have a claim one way or another here. I'm perfectly willing to admit that Erdnase may have written before and on a serious level. I just don't see hard evidence for it, so I'm willing to allow for the possibility that he didn't. I merely argue for the "...
by Jason England
October 22nd, 2014, 4:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

Larry, I freely admit that the author may have been an experienced writer. I'm just saying that good/great first works do come along from time to time (especially in a genre where instruction instead of narrative is the goal). But I think it's dangerous to assume a priori that the author "had t...
by Jason England
October 22nd, 2014, 6:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

Marty, I should’ve probably clarified some of my comments at the Café, but they lock the doors on you after a week! When I say Erdnase probably wasn’t a cheater – I mean a professional cheater making his living from gambling on a daily basis. We know from his book that he gambled at faro and I don’t...
by Jason England
August 24th, 2014, 4:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

Marty,

I agree that Houdini has the strongest case. If I had to vote, I'd vote for him due to the published record.

But Houdini's reputation as a sub-par card handler makes you wonder if a third party (not Erdnase) didn't show it to him and Houdini got it into print first.

Jason
by Jason England
August 23rd, 2014, 5:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

Marty, Completely agree with your exceptions to the "rule" as it were. I'm just wondering if the intent was to protect the images he felt contained information that was completely original with him vs ones where he was building on other work. Somewhere between that intent and the actual ex...
by Jason England
August 23rd, 2014, 4:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

I don't know if anyone has brought this up before, but for some time now I've believed that the copyright notices were placed only under the illustrations where Erdnase felt he had some original thinking or innovation. For instance, the Erdnase system of shuffling has plenty of copyright notices. So...
by Jason England
August 23rd, 2014, 3:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

Just an FYI, by 1902 it would have been very difficult to find a deck of cards intended for serious play that did NOT have indices. They start showing up in the mid-1860s, roughly 35 years before TEATCT was published. Just a few years later in 1905, the Ritter book puts dozens of marked decks on dis...
by Jason England
July 23rd, 2014, 8:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 109
Views: 17001

Re: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders

"In the days before the event, he had the whole world wondering if he would show up. Plane after plane waited on the runway, while he napped, or took walks, and ate sandwiches. Henry Kissinger called and asked him to go for his country's honor. Soon after arriving, he offended the Icelanders by...
by Jason England
March 28th, 2014, 5:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

Am I the only person just now finding out about this?

I figured it would have been posted in this thread if anyone else knew about it, but I can't find anything.

Very sad news.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicag ... =162108796

Jason
by Jason England
December 30th, 2013, 8:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rod the Hop
Replies: 2
Views: 643

Rod the Hop

Just received a call from the family. Roderick William Dee passed away at approximately 5:00 a.m. Goodbye buddy - you'll be missed.

Jason
by Jason England
March 8th, 2013, 12:42 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: 2002 Erdnase Centennial edition for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Re: 2002 Erdnase Centennial edition for sale

Both copies have been sold. Thank you.

Jason
by Jason England
March 8th, 2013, 5:08 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: 2002 Erdnase Centennial edition for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Re: 2002 Erdnase Centennial edition for sale

One copy has been sold.

There is only one left.

Jason
by Jason England
March 8th, 2013, 12:41 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: 2002 Erdnase Centennial edition for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 321

2002 Erdnase Centennial edition for sale

I have 2 copies of the 2002 Centennial edition of The Expert at the Card Table for sale. Both copies are still sealed in the factory shrink-wrap and have never been opened. Only 750 copies were ever printed and they sold out quickly. The price is $150.00 each plus shipping. These are getting increa...
by Jason England
March 1st, 2013, 4:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

True. But the title page says "drawings from life", so it's not unreasonable to say Bee cards. Of course it isn't unreasonable. In fact, it's the one piece of evidence we DO have. I'm "convinced" for all practical purposes - but if we were to somehow find out one day that it was...
by Jason England
February 28th, 2013, 3:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

Not to put too fine a point on it, but it's entirely possible that Erdnase didn't use Bee cards at all. M.D. Smith could have sketched the general shape of the deck SWE was using and then added in details from his own deck of cards at home that was just lying around. I don't necessarily believe this...
by Jason England
January 7th, 2013, 4:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1648798

Re: ERDNASE

Trouble, Huey and I always suspected Erdnase was a dog lover. This clinches it.

Jason
by Jason England
December 8th, 2012, 3:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Unreal Work Vol. 2 - Jason England and Paul Wilson
Replies: 55
Views: 6804

The Unreal Work Vol. 2 - Jason England and Paul Wilson

Guys,

Those of you that enjoy gambling/card magic material might enjoy this:

http://shop.dananddave.com/magic-tricks ... ork-2.html

Thanks for looking!

Jason
by Jason England
October 8th, 2012, 10:25 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Antiquarian gambling/poker books for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 851

Antiquarian gambling/poker books for sale

Fellow Genii members, I am posting this listing of antiquarian gambling/poker books for a friend of mine from Canada. His name is Jim Faller and I can/will vouch for his reliability as a seller and all-around good guy. If you have any questions about him, feel free to contact me. If you have questio...
by Jason England
June 13th, 2012, 11:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Strike Second Deal
Replies: 23
Views: 3314

Re: Strike Second Deal

I'm careful to stress in my Second Thoughts notes that my microscopic brief second deal is a "show-off" move only for other magicians who enjoy seeing work that fine. I used to love to sit and watch Martin Nash deal seconds that were that impressive (from a brief-size point of view), so wh...
by Jason England
November 7th, 2011, 12:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pondering Erdnase
Replies: 20
Views: 2971

Re: Pondering Erdnase

Richard,

Although admittedly I've not seen them all, I can't remember ever seeing a faro spread that didn't have green baize or a similar cloth on one side. The cards where players placed their bets were usually hand painted onto that cloth.

Jason
by Jason England
October 28th, 2011, 3:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: Pondering Erdnase
Replies: 20
Views: 2971

Re: Pondering Erdnase

Since this issue was brought up, I decided to have another look through some old catalogs. I found an ad for a "fold-up" faro board (with the cloth) on it in the H.C. Evans catalog of 1909. H.C. Evans was based in Chicago on Clark Street at the time. Not sure how I missed this before, alth...
by Jason England
October 27th, 2011, 5:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pondering Erdnase
Replies: 20
Views: 2971

Re: Pondering Erdnase

MIke, I do indeed agree with you that a faro spread is a likely candidate for what Erdnase was shuffling upon. When I looked through the old catalogs, it was primarily to see if it would have been a mere matter for Erdnase to walk to the nearest gambling supply house to procure a faro spread. Obviou...

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