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by magicam
July 24th, 2016, 10:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

... Beyond associating Gallaway with the printer of EATCT, nothing else that could be considered actual evidence has been offered to date in support of Gallaway as Erdnase. Roger, I think you’ve used the term before in this thread, but there is really no such thing as “actual evidence,” at least in...
by magicam
July 23rd, 2016, 7:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

… Moreover you completely sidestepped my question about what "strong possibility" means. … Still waiting, Chris, for an answer to DChung’s reasonable – and quite pertinent – question. Perhaps it’s too much to demand a precise probability (e.g., 47.5%), but as an expert Dr. Olsson must sur...
by magicam
January 14th, 2016, 5:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Ben to Go Hairless (For a Good Cause)
Replies: 17
Views: 2621

Re: David Ben to Go Hairless (For a Good Cause)

My apologies to Julie! What the hell was I thinking?

Make that $500.
by magicam
January 14th, 2016, 5:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Ben to Go Hairless (For a Good Cause)
Replies: 17
Views: 2621

Re: David Ben to Go Hairless (For a Good Cause)

I'll pledge $250 for Julie to join David.
by magicam
January 7th, 2016, 4:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay and Buchinger
Replies: 83
Views: 11151

Re: Ricky Jay and Buchinger

For me the clincher for the “deluxe” edition was the fact that we get copies months in advance of its general public release. RJ, Bill Kalush, and the rest of CARC get my hearty thanks for this nod to the magic community. And considering that early preview and the extras on offer, I found the pricin...
by magicam
December 28th, 2015, 9:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay and Buchinger
Replies: 83
Views: 11151

Re: Ricky Jay and Buchinger

As a special commemoration Conjuring Arts and Mr. Jay have collaborated on a limited edition boxed set. Each set will be numbered and the box closed with a special numbered Buchinger seal. Included in the set is a copy of the book, two different limited edition decks of cards (the seals of each dec...
by magicam
December 22nd, 2015, 9:50 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Universities holding Magic Collections
Replies: 12
Views: 2040

Re: Universities holding Magic Collections

There are a number of them. A few more ... Houdini at LOC SAM collection at NYPL (okay, not a university) Carl Jones at Princeton Harry Price at Univ. of London Will Alma at State Library of Victoria Residue of certain elements of the McManus-Young collection at Cal Berkeley (Bancroft Library) Bob, ...
by magicam
December 21st, 2015, 3:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: If You've Received Tenyoism Please Post Here!
Replies: 100
Views: 11416

Re: If You've Received Tenyoism Please Post Here!

Standard issue boxed set received last Monday. What a lovely production! Easy to lose many hours perusing it. Haven't read this thread, so apologies if this question has already been answered. Is the slim 'side pocket' intended to hold the large envelope of tricks and DVDs? I'm not a Tenyo collector...
by magicam
September 22nd, 2015, 7:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

At the moment, on my S.W. Erdnase blog I am running a little series of posts on this whole “Erdnase hotel” business. I hope that you are not lifting material from the Genii Forum to include on "your" blog! Having known Tom for well over 40 years, I find that remark insulting to him. If yo...
by magicam
August 24th, 2015, 4:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

… Moreover you completely sidestepped my question about what "strong possibility" means. … Still waiting, Chris, for an answer to DChung’s reasonable – and quite pertinent – question. Perhaps it’s too much to demand a precise probability (e.g., 47.5%), but as an expert Dr. Olsson must sur...
by magicam
August 4th, 2015, 9:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

Okay, Chris, I'll be the first to admit my ignorance: I find the methodology and analysis incomprehensible.
by magicam
July 31st, 2015, 4:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

Also from Gardner's notes of his initial interview with M.D. Smith: "He [Erdnase] had a small board, like a chessboard, with green baize on it, and Smith thinks he remembers a small ridge about half-inch high around edges. Placed it on table. Did the card tricks on it, and used it as base for ...
by magicam
July 31st, 2015, 4:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

I think the max estimate of 10,000 copies for the first edition print run is way too much. My guess would be an absolute max of 2,000 copies, but probably more like 1,000 or perhaps even only 500. I doubt the market back then could have absorbed a ton of copies (especially in light of the apparent ...
by magicam
July 31st, 2015, 2:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

^^^ Bill, I get the gist, but I'm not sure statisticians would agree with your odds analysis. ;) But following on your oddsmaking question, I'd rephrase it thus: What are the odds that an adult male who (i) apparently had an interest in gambling books, (ii) worked for the printer who printed a gambl...
by magicam
July 31st, 2015, 1:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

^^^ Chris, electros were appreciably more expensive to create than stereos, so if plates were created for the first edition, I'd suspect that the latter were used. As an aside, both electro and stereo plates are quite durable (the former comparatively more durable), and if they were used, handled, c...
by magicam
July 30th, 2015, 6:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

If "E. C. Andrews" only contract with McKinney was in August 1902, then we can rule him out as the author, since the book was printed and available for sale no later than March 8, 1902, when two deposit copies were received at the U.S. Copyright Office. … But Richard, the contract between...
by magicam
July 27th, 2015, 2:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

Chris, You deserve much credit for hiring specialists in several fields to assist with your Erdnase research, which should (hopefully) yield more than uninformed speculation. And your even-keel demeanor in the face of others' vetting of your theory and arguments is also admirable. That said, I’m str...
by magicam
July 25th, 2015, 2:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

... one of the books Edward wrote, "Estimating for Printers'" was self-published, copyright applied for (I do have the application form) and the title page shows the price the same way as on EATCT. Pretty unusual parallel and only one of many pieces of real evidence I have gathered. No do...
by magicam
July 14th, 2015, 8:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

...Contrarily, when you see a post that devotes a thousand words to ruminations on possible variations in the binding of different editions ... then I'd just as soon be "playing solitaire to dawn with a deck of 51". ... LOL. That, and doubtless such forays could also quickly cure insomnia...
by magicam
July 14th, 2015, 11:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

Random thought: has anybody made a plea at this forum, The Magic Café, or better yet, The Thayer Forum, for people to send in snapshots of the cover and title and copyright pages of their first editions and early Drake copies, and to note the dates of any early inscriptions in the Drake issues? Smar...
by magicam
July 12th, 2015, 11:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

I have to correct a whopper of a misstatement about book formats, when I wrote, “books were always printed in formats to the power of 2, i.e., in 2s, 4s, 8s, 16s, 32s, 64s, etc.” I should have caught that major brain cramp when I went on to discuss 12mos only a sentence or two later! The notion of f...
by magicam
July 12th, 2015, 5:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

… While I disagree with Peter's conclusions, I welcome his interest in and contributions to the discussion. I hope my comments and questions are similarly welcomed. If this mystery is ever solved, it will be because someone decided that a particular person was worth investigating. If that solution ...
by magicam
July 11th, 2015, 7:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

^^^ Many thanks for your input, Marty. Very interesting! I note especially the 1905 remark in The Sphinx that The Expert was in high demand. That might help explain the timing of the first Drake issue. What month was that remark made in The Sphinx ? (I could not find it; the closest remark I could f...
by magicam
July 10th, 2015, 11:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

Pardon my brusqueness, despite a lifetime of effort to improve, I'm simply not as politically polite as Mr. Mullins and Mr. Hatch. Those two, especially Richard Hatch, are vetting Zenner’s candidate in a generally respectful way and were focusing on the merits. Perhaps you could learn a thing or tw...
by magicam
June 28th, 2015, 8:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

I have consulted with an expert. While I don't really disagree with anything you wrote, there is one point that I think can't be stated as strongly as you have. EATCT has more than 100 illustrations. Essentially the same process would be used to print these illustrations as would be used for a phot...
by magicam
June 28th, 2015, 4:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4639
Views: 1636778

Re: ERDNASE

How come you're so adamant? Because Bill M. has demonstrated over a period of years that his Erdnase research is, quite simply, second to none. Yours included. Zenner, thanks for your contribution to this thread. I certainly agree with Bill that census information isn't necessarily reliable, so you...
by magicam
November 4th, 2014, 12:58 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Houdini's Harlem House
Replies: 2
Views: 1415

Re: Houdini's Harlem House

The reference to "restrictions" in 1896 would almost certainly be to deed restrictions. In that era, building size, paint color, and other aesthetic matters were rarely addressed in recorded documents affecting the property. Instead, deed restrictions usually related to prohibiting sale of...
by magicam
February 7th, 2014, 7:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 6902

Re: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014

… the profile I've maintained has been rather unobtrusive precisely because of my lack of standing. In fact, I'm often concerned that it's a rather diffident vibe emanating. Still, I describe myself as, to use Vernon's term, "a serious student of magic." If all of this points to a thin re...
by magicam
February 1st, 2014, 2:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 6902

Re: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014

Great. Another closed "convention." If it's an issue of space, just limit the registration. This invitation only thing is a slap in the face to those who aren't invited. God forbid new people should be brought into the field. If you want to hold a private party, fine, but don't advertise ...
by magicam
January 22nd, 2014, 1:41 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Brian McCullagh
Replies: 5
Views: 1293

Re: Brian McCullagh

Brian's passing is a significant loss to the magic community. Among other things, I will miss his Aussie humor and candor, and our lengthy chats over sometimes terrible phone connections! His inspiring passion for conjuring history and bibliography spurred a staggering and admirable volume of contri...
by magicam
January 22nd, 2014, 12:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Rose by Any Other Name? Not if you're Teller
Replies: 34
Views: 9032

Re: A Rose by Any Other Name? Not if you're Teller

Teller has copyrighted this effect. ... Not sure what you mean by that, but if you're suggesting that Teller has copyrighted (that is, has an enforceable copyright to) the entirety of "Shadows" -- from every little detail of the performance to its workings (secrets) and overall concept --...
by magicam
March 28th, 2013, 2:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Alexander Adrion 1923-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 288

Alexander Adrion 1923-2013

It is with sadness to note the passing of Alexander Adrion, the distinguished German magician, historian and collector, at the age of 89. Alexander died at his home in Rösrath, Germany on February 27, with his lovely wife, Anna, at his side. Alexander was a private man, and although he remained a st...
by magicam
February 19th, 2013, 12:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)
Replies: 15
Views: 2077

Re: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)

Thanks for the kind comments, Dustin. Byron Walker has 4 copies lerft in stock, signed by my co-author, Eddie Dawes. Verbum sap! You can visit Byron's website for ordering info: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.byronwalkermagicbooks.com">http://www.byronwalkermagicbooks.com</a><!-- m -->
by magicam
December 10th, 2012, 5:30 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Teral Garrett Perpetual Lists -- Question for the Old-Timers and Collectors
Replies: 4
Views: 858

Teral Garrett Perpetual Lists -- Question for the Old-Timers and Collectors

Over the years, Teral Garrett, a Kentucky magic dealer, issued his perpetual lists, which were mimeographed on both sides of 8 x 11 paper (frequently on colored paper), and consecutively paged. Usually, he issued 4 to 8 pages in a mailing. I know he issued at least 333 pages of these lists. Did he i...
by magicam
December 10th, 2012, 5:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)
Replies: 15
Views: 2077

Re: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)

Thanks for the kind words, Bill.

Just a note to the procrastinators that Byron Walker has only about 10 copies left in stock, and these were signed by Eddie Dawes at the NEMCA meeting. This monograph will not be reprinted.
by magicam
December 10th, 2012, 4:52 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Best History of Magic
Replies: 11
Views: 1884

Re: Best History of Magic

One thing I've found is that quite a few books seem to focus on the details of individual performers, without providing much narrative in the way of how we came from A to B, cultural influences etc. One I really liked was Practicing Dark Arts, A Cultural History of Conjuring, which provides a broad...
by magicam
November 11th, 2012, 9:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)
Replies: 15
Views: 2077

Re: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)

The facsimile reprint will be published by Magicana (David Ben) next year. My apologies to all if my post was not clear. Magicana has only offered to publish the companion volume, which, as alluded to by our research partner, James Smith, will be substantial and will contain much new information on...
by magicam
November 9th, 2012, 8:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)
Replies: 15
Views: 2077

New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)

Last year, we announced that Burt Sperber would publish a facsimile reprint of the extremely rare first edition of Henry Deans iconic magic book, The Whole Art of Legerdemain, or, Hocus Pocus in Perfection ,published in London in 1722. See http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showf...
by magicam
October 8th, 2012, 2:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: First Sale Doctrine: implications for the magic industry
Replies: 7
Views: 704

Re: First Sale Doctrine: implications for the magic industry

That WSJ article either omits much critical background info, or reflects much ignorance and misinformation. For example, since when have copyrights been issued for jewelry and furniture? As far as the Kirtsaeng case goes, a publisher probably wouldnt bother suing a student for a one-off sale of fore...

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