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by Bill Mullins
August 29th, 2016, 10:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy Birthday Jay!
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Re: Happy Birthday Jay!

Also Ingrid Bergman's birthday (1915). In her prime, she was something.
by Bill Mullins
August 28th, 2016, 11:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 29
Views: 973

Re: Jason Ladanye

"Guerilla marketing" -- I have this mental image of Che Guevera pushing Amway.
by Bill Mullins
August 27th, 2016, 9:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini & Doyle
Replies: 7
Views: 692

Re: Houdini & Doyle

A recording of Doyle speaking on Spiritualism:
Part 1
Part 2

Unfortunately, they are only accessible in the EU.
by Bill Mullins
August 25th, 2016, 12:35 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Orson Welles papers on Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 176

Re: Orson Welles papers on Magic

And while we're at it, here is an old interview with Jim Steinmeyer about working with Welles.

Welles's final interview with Merv Griffin, discussed in the interview, is here. Unfortunately, the clip does not include the card trick.
by Bill Mullins
August 25th, 2016, 11:59 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Orson Welles papers on Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 176

Orson Welles papers on Magic

Oja Kodar was a Croatian actress who was Orson Welles's partner during the last years of his life. When he died, she inherited his estate. In 2015, she sold a bunch of his papers to the University of Michigan, which already had a large Orson Welles collection. Included is a small amount of material ...
by Bill Mullins
August 21st, 2016, 11:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

It is by no means common, but neither is really rare. Copies come up for sale from time to time (I've got two, and have turned down opportunities to buy others). Yours does appear to be in very nice shape, which is a plus.
by Bill Mullins
August 17th, 2016, 5:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century
Replies: 41
Views: 2493

Re: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century

I am not sure you could ever say there was an Erdnase era since his influence grew over time in light of Vernon shining a light on his book. Hoffmann was shining lights on Erdnase well before anyone ever heard of Vernon. For that matter, I'd replace your Hofzinser era with either a Hoffmann or Rote...
by Bill Mullins
August 11th, 2016, 12:07 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: An interesting “out” (if a stairway is available), described by Professor Hoffmann . . .
Replies: 4
Views: 585

Re: An interesting “out” (if a stairway is available), described by Professor Hoffmann . . .

So for those people who use magic to meet girls, the key is to screw up the trick?

Man, I should be getting my ashes hauled a lot more often.
by Bill Mullins
August 10th, 2016, 5:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Something magic manufacturers have in common with academic book publishers
Replies: 14
Views: 1063

Re: Something magic manufacturers have in common with academic book publishers

Andres Reynoso wrote:I remember a case some years ago. I don't remember very well the details, but I think Pearson / Addison-Wesley was suing a student that made a bussiness selling books from a remote location into USA cheaper than the price list on States.


You are thinking of this case, I bet.
by Bill Mullins
July 30th, 2016, 1:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 19
Views: 2872

Re: Theodore Deland

I.M. Magician wrote:Nowadays, I prefer history magic books rather than those teaching tricks (Deland's tricks being an exception) so I am very excited about this upcoming release! Deland was a strange and interesting character so this should be a great read.


Lots of history in the DeLand book. You will enjoy it.
by Bill Mullins
July 28th, 2016, 3:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

Roger M. wrote:One may as well state that there's an Erdnase/Charlie Chaplin connection - which makes about as much sense.


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by Bill Mullins
July 27th, 2016, 3:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

2) And so Chris concludes, "We even see a visible change of heart from cheating to doing good. Nothing of that sort is known for anybody else." Except it is known for someone else. Houdini worked as a spirit medium for a while in the mid-1890s, while with a travelling medicine show. He la...
by Bill Mullins
July 27th, 2016, 3:11 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Fitzkee Redux
Replies: 8
Views: 1078

Re: Fitzkee Redux

Two links to add to the discussion: First is a quote from Martin Gardner which I think nicely ties-in science with magic which I've cued from a documentary series titled "The Nature of Things." https://youtu.be/M9pU19wNKVc?t=2m33s Edward -- you are aware, aren't you, that the Gardner docu...
by Bill Mullins
July 25th, 2016, 12:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

Roger M. wrote:Leaps of faith are, by design, highly personal and specifically designed not to require any evidence to support wherever the leaper is jumping to.


Or, as faith was described a couple thousand years ago, "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
by Bill Mullins
July 23rd, 2016, 10:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

Bill, it is evident that we disagree on what makes a good Erdnase candidate. Ya think? Anybody who can't be shown to write as well as Erdnase simply can't be him. The linguistic comparison allows for a scientific and objective comparison and identification. Once you start to bring in ghost writers ...
by Bill Mullins
July 22nd, 2016, 1:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

Like that the father's initial HAS TO BE FIRST, like there is some kind of rule everybody follows. Chris, it was a joke. And if I have to explain that, then it must not have been a very good one. But seriously, your "explanation" of Gallaway using Erdnase as a pseudonym boils down to the ...
by Bill Mullins
July 21st, 2016, 11:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

Very simple explanation for Gallaway. These could very well be the initials of his parents, mother Sarah, father William. Given the respective roles of men and women in society at the turn of the century, he would have used his father's initial before his mother's. The book would have been written ...
by Bill Mullins
July 21st, 2016, 4:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

Denis, you might be more interested in one of the posts following the picture of the mushroom.
by Bill Mullins
July 21st, 2016, 4:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Abb Dickson - RIP
Replies: 8
Views: 1038

Re: Abb Dickson - RIP

Obit at SAM.

Includes a link to a long article about relationship between Abb and Orson Welles.
by Bill Mullins
July 21st, 2016, 3:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

I don't think I've ever disputed that there are rational uses for the word "Erdnase". I just don't think that referring to Edward Gallaway is one of them. On another note -- is H. A. Canar the first person to note that the Erdnase color change 1st method was the same one as had been attrib...
by Bill Mullins
July 21st, 2016, 10:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

lybrary wrote:More food for the nickname theory.


Because Gallaway was not only a printer, a magician, a gambler, and a circus barker, he was also a mycologist?
by Bill Mullins
July 18th, 2016, 9:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gaffed cards
Replies: 13
Views: 1398

Re: Gaffed cards

Bob Farmer wrote:For a better way to stick cards together get one of these:

,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPV0Cybwz6s

https://www.xyron.com/en-US/Products/Cr ... a-Sticker/


Patiently waiting for Bob's next book, "Scrapbooking Bammo Style".
by Bill Mullins
July 18th, 2016, 5:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gaffed cards
Replies: 13
Views: 1398

Re: Gaffed cards

Erdnasephile linked to a Martini DVD. He also had a set of lecture notes entitled "Lickity Split" that talks about making double facers/backers, double ended cards, and other gaffs that can be made by splitting and glueing up cards. Available here.
by Bill Mullins
July 18th, 2016, 10:53 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Behind the Scenes of "Fool Us"
Replies: 18
Views: 3148

Re: Behind the Scenes of "Fool Us"

I liked the discussion of being on the show, and what you were trying to do. Also a nice performance (and I didn't know that Harbin dug ditches!).

Did Teller mark the jar with a sharpie when he first handled it?
by Bill Mullins
July 18th, 2016, 10:39 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Cards with slots
Replies: 8
Views: 917

Re: Cards with slots

timbrown wrote:How can I make contact with Angelo Carbone?


Check your PMs
by Bill Mullins
July 16th, 2016, 11:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

My point is not that In order to have opportunity you need to be employed by McKinney. To have opportunity you need to be at the crime scene at the time of the crime. Gallaway satisfies this by being employed there. Others would satisfy it if they could demonstrate some contact as supplier, custome...
by Bill Mullins
July 16th, 2016, 12:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gaffed cards
Replies: 13
Views: 1398

Re: Gaffed cards

You might find this of use. Don England made a video back in the VHS days showing how he did things. It looks to be available here. Todd Lassen makes a press for using dry-mount tissue to fuse split faces and backs -- his blog may have some useful information.
by Bill Mullins
July 16th, 2016, 12:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

Look at it this way. http://i789.photobucket.com/albums/yy173/amcombillv/Slide1_zpsc4r9t8ga.jpg You seem to be saying that since Gallaway is in Set E, the probabilities of him also being in Set A are enhanced. If this http://i789.photobucket.com/albums/yy173/amcombillv/Slide2_zpso66ukuc0.jpg is a re...
by Bill Mullins
July 16th, 2016, 11:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

Yes, Gallaway was working for McKinney, and thus had "opportunity" to write the book. But working for McKinney isn't a requirement for opportunity -- the vast majority of books published are written by people who do not work for their respective printers. Look at 1000 random books publishe...
by Bill Mullins
July 16th, 2016, 11:01 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Cards with slots
Replies: 8
Views: 917

Re: Cards with slots

Carbone's effect was discussed last year here.
by Bill Mullins
July 15th, 2016, 9:11 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Cards with slots
Replies: 8
Views: 917

Re: Cards with slots

It sounds like you are describing Angelo Carbone's marketed trick "Out of Order."
by Bill Mullins
July 15th, 2016, 9:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

It wasn't Houdini. I can tell from the writing style. Houdini, although an intelligent man, was uneducated and wrote in a very unsophisticated style. Everything that ended up published in his name was either heavily edited, or ghost-written (by one of his secretaries, or H. P. Lovecraft, or Walter ...
by Bill Mullins
July 15th, 2016, 9:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

The core of any investigation would include 'having been at the crime scene at the time of the crime'. Gallaway was. Sanders, ES Andrews or any other of the favorite candidates cannot be placed at James McKinney in 1901/1902. Not to get all Perry Mason on you, but . . . The core of an investigation...
by Bill Mullins
July 15th, 2016, 1:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

Bill, except you are forgetting the most important point which only Gallaway satisfies to this day. Gallaway writes like Erdnase. No other candidate does. As I have demonstrated here , Gallaway and Erdnase do not write alike. If you want to convince me otherwise, you have to give me something more ...
by Bill Mullins
July 14th, 2016, 4:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

I've got another candidate in mind. Like Gallaway, he spent his youth in the midwest (in a town, as it happens, closer to Chicago than Delphos OH) Like Gallaway, he spent time in the circus in the 1890s Like Gallaway, he spoke German fluently Like Gallaway, he was a published author Like Gallaway, h...
by Bill Mullins
July 14th, 2016, 2:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

BTW, his name is Gallaway with an 'a'. Occasionally one can find it misspelled with an 'o', but for the most part it is written correctly with an 'a'. For the record, the name Gallaway is about 200 times rarer than say Andrews. Richard Hatch once commented that Andrews is not that common a second n...
by Bill Mullins
July 14th, 2016, 1:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

I stand corrected with respect to his having lived in other cities. Shame on me, especially since I have discussed the Ft Payne situation with you off line recently. Slipped my mind. But I still find him to be an unlikely candidate for having written Expert . I think the life that Gallaway is known ...
by Bill Mullins
July 13th, 2016, 6:03 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ben Franklin -- busker
Replies: 1
Views: 326

Ben Franklin -- busker

I believe somewhere I heard or read that Ben Franklin wrote what may be the earliest description or explanation of a magic trick in United States (during the colonial era, to be sure) (possibly a magic square?). Now I learn that he was a busker in his youth. Ben Franklin, who was a busker in his ear...
by Bill Mullins
July 12th, 2016, 5:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

Just checking to make sure I understand what you are proposing: That Ed Gallaway, who is known to have grown up in Delphos, and moved to Chicago some time before Jan 23 1896, when he was documented as having run a printing business at 57 Washington St (see Chicago Trib of that date), and isn't other...
by Bill Mullins
July 6th, 2016, 2:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4648
Views: 1651303

Re: ERDNASE

I don't see characterizations of Gallaway and Erdnase as polysyllabic writers as meaning much, in that it is so difficult to write anything of substance monosyllabically. Everyone writes polysyllabically. As a thought experiment, though . . . . See Dick play cards. See Dick bet! Watch Dick. Watch Di...

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