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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
04/17/15 12:58 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Stars of Magic original black binder
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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
03/06/15 06:52 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
12/21/14 09:58 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Tenyo Parabox
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Views: 241

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
10/23/14 04:50 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
10/23/14 02:11 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
10/23/14 12:32 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
10/23/14 12:00 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
10/22/14 11:53 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
10/22/14 08:56 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
10/22/14 06:53 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
10/22/14 04:27 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
10/22/14 06:52 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
08/24/14 04:39 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
08/23/14 05:42 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
08/23/14 04:07 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
08/23/14 03:38 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
07/23/14 08:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 109
Views: 11709

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
03/28/14 05:55 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
12/30/13 09:30 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rod the Hop
Replies: 2
Views: 490

Re: 2002 Erdnase Centennial edition for sale

Both copies have been sold. Thank you.

Jason
by Jason England
03/08/13 01:42 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: 2002 Erdnase Centennial edition for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: 2002 Erdnase Centennial edition for sale

One copy has been sold.

There is only one left.

Jason
by Jason England
03/08/13 06:08 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: 2002 Erdnase Centennial edition for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 194

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
03/08/13 01:41 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: 2002 Erdnase Centennial edition for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 194

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
03/01/13 05:15 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
02/28/13 04:26 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

Re: ERDNASE

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

Jason
by Jason England
01/07/13 05:14 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

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
12/08/12 04:34 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Unreal Work Vol. 2 - Jason England and Paul Wilson
Replies: 55
Views: 5588

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
10/08/12 10:25 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Antiquarian gambling/poker books for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 722

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
06/13/12 11:19 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Strike Second Deal
Replies: 25
Views: 2420

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
11/07/11 01:40 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Pondering Erdnase
Replies: 21
Views: 2364

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
10/28/11 03:01 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Pondering Erdnase
Replies: 21
Views: 2364

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...
by Jason England
10/27/11 05:42 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Pondering Erdnase
Replies: 21
Views: 2364

Re: Pondering Erdnase

Mike, I pointed this out to both Steve Forte and Richard Hatch several years ago. The old faro layouts were typically called "spreads" and the folding type that mentioned is often seen in gambling auction catalogs as "Folding Faro spread." Steve and I were trying to figure out th...
by Jason England
10/26/11 05:38 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Pondering Erdnase
Replies: 21
Views: 2364

Re: ERDNASE

We did "do it again" Geno. We did it again on Saturday night. Where were you?

Jason
by Jason England
09/30/11 07:37 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3167
Views: 1403916

Re: Kohler 3-Fly and Forbes Wallet FSH

The buyer passed on the Forbes wallet.

I'll lower the price to $350 for the wallet.

Kohler's 3-Fly (Lassen made) is still available at $300.

Jason
by Jason England
09/01/11 05:23 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Kohler 3-Fly and Forbes Wallet FSH
Replies: 2
Views: 779

Re: Some great book deals

RCT and Apocalypse are finally sold!

Jason
by Jason England
08/22/11 11:51 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Some great book deals
Replies: 9
Views: 1940

Re: Some great book deals

Sebastien,

Yes. RCT is set aside for you. Email me your address and I'll see what postage will be. Be advised, I'm leaving tonight for a wedding on Cape Cod and MAGIC Live! starts the day I get back, so I'll be tied up for about a week.

Jason
by Jason England
08/10/11 06:10 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Some great book deals
Replies: 9
Views: 1940

Re: Some great book deals

Marlo's Magazine is gone as is Forte Riffle Shuffle Systems.

My copy of Riffle Shuffle Systems is still available as is the set of Apocalypse and Dr. Mr. Fantasy.

Jason
by Jason England
08/10/11 02:20 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Some great book deals
Replies: 9
Views: 1940

Re: Kohler 3-Fly and Forbes Wallet FSH

Forbes wallet is on hold.

Kohler's 3-Fly (Lassen-made) is now $300.

Jason
by Jason England
08/10/11 02:18 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Kohler 3-Fly and Forbes Wallet FSH
Replies: 2
Views: 779

Kohler 3-Fly and Forbes Wallet FSH

First PM or email takes 'em! Forbes Wallet This is one of the finest wallets ever for the card to wallet effect. Excellent craftsmanship and some really solid thinking went into this piece. Beautiful, perhaps even unused condition. $400.00 Kohler's 3-Fly This is an original Lassen-made set. Perfect ...
by Jason England
07/26/11 03:13 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Kohler 3-Fly and Forbes Wallet FSH
Replies: 2
Views: 779

Re: Some great book deals

Forte Riffle Shuffle Systems on hold.

Jason

PS: Can't believe no one has pounced on Dear Mr. Fantasy, Revolutionary Card Technique, or the complete set of Apocalypse! These are all great books in very good condition!
by Jason England
07/25/11 04:05 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Some great book deals
Replies: 9
Views: 1940
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