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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
11/04/14 01:58 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Houdini's Harlem House
Replies: 2
Views: 614

Re: Hello Genii and Exciting News about Free Ask Alexander!

Thanks, gents. Just tried it now, but as in the past the http://askalexander.org/ link comes up with the message noted in my earlier post.
by magicam
05/13/14 08:51 AM
 
Forum: Ask Alexander
Topic: Hello Genii and Exciting News about Free Ask Alexander!
Replies: 9
Views: 6004

Re: Hello Genii and Exciting News about Free Ask Alexander!

Dan Smith wrote:I hope you won't mind this teach-a-man-to-fish answer..

Thank you, Dan. As a non-member of CARC, I do not have access to AskAlexander, so that's why I posted the question.
by magicam
05/11/14 04:01 AM
 
Forum: Ask Alexander
Topic: Hello Genii and Exciting News about Free Ask Alexander!
Replies: 9
Views: 6004

Re: Hello Genii and Exciting News about Free Ask Alexander!

Alas, I get a "This page can't be displayed" message. Are any of the following titles available for viewing in Ask Alexander? If so, can the complete text be read or just a few pages? Shevlin, C. H. -- Historians' Guide to Conjuring (San Leandro, CA, 1983) Shevlin, C. H. -- The Historians'...
by magicam
05/09/14 12:50 AM
 
Forum: Ask Alexander
Topic: Hello Genii and Exciting News about Free Ask Alexander!
Replies: 9
Views: 6004

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
02/07/14 08:36 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 5160

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
02/01/14 03:49 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 5160

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
01/22/14 02:41 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Brian McCullagh
Replies: 5
Views: 835

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
01/22/14 01:59 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Rose by Any Other Name? Not if you're Teller
Replies: 26
Views: 6023

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
03/28/13 02:00 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Alexander Adrion 1923-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 153

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
02/19/13 01:03 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)
Replies: 15
Views: 1699

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

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Going, going ...
by magicam
02/12/13 05:55 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)
Replies: 15
Views: 1699

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
12/10/12 06:30 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Teral Garrett Perpetual Lists -- Question for the Old-Timers and Collectors
Replies: 4
Views: 605

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
12/10/12 06:02 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)
Replies: 15
Views: 1699

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
12/10/12 05:52 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Best History of Magic
Replies: 11
Views: 1529

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
11/11/12 10:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)
Replies: 15
Views: 1699

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
11/09/12 09:00 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)
Replies: 15
Views: 1699

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...
by magicam
10/08/12 02:12 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: First Sale Doctrine: implications for the magic industry
Replies: 7
Views: 580

Re: Incredible Auction at Bloomsbury's in September

^^^ Kevin, could be that the materials youve bought fall under an exception to customs duties. For example, I think antiquarian books are exempt. But beware another snag: your state and federal govts. may want you to pay sales tax on the value of what you import.
by magicam
09/04/12 06:07 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Incredible Auction at Bloomsbury's in September
Replies: 31
Views: 2482

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:A photograph of Smith in his studio. (Or perhaps a self-portrait painting?)

Bill,
Prove it.
C.
by magicam
08/21/12 11:27 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2987
Views: 1364935

Re: ERDNASE

^^^ Thoughtful post, Tom! Thank you. I have the impression that a number of people have assumed that S.W. Erdnase himself wrote the wording of the title page of the first edition. However, I do not recollect ever having read any of the reasons why anyone believed that to be true. Maybe reasons have ...
by magicam
08/10/12 02:16 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2987
Views: 1364935

Re: 48 hour Cafe Special

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED??!!!
by magicam
08/03/12 03:17 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: 48 hour Cafe Special
Replies: 10
Views: 854

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:
CHS wrote:And whos Sam Clemens?

Mark Twain

And who's Mark Twain?
by magicam
08/02/12 02:31 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2987
Views: 1364935

Re: ERDNASE

Ah, Jonathan, once again applying centrifugal force to a fixed circle And BTW, the Mayans may well regard your phrase updated Mayan calendar as a double pleonasm.

Bill, I take your points about a weak pseudonym. But I still wonder: why bother? And whos Sam Clemens?
by magicam
08/01/12 05:53 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2987
Views: 1364935

Re: ERDNASE

Bill, I dont know how important the anonymity for safety argument is and am not sure that its worth pressing much more. It seems a given that cheating was a shadowy culture and rough justice could be meted out in that world, so to me the matter of an exposers personal safety seems a natural concern....
by magicam
08/01/12 12:05 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2987
Views: 1364935

Re: ERDNASE

^^^ Interesting, Tom. I believe Hilliar had the background to write or provide information for such a book, although if memory serves, his physique would not appear to jibe well with that of the person Smith recalls meeting in the hotel room. Richard, thanks for the info. I agree, a man in Andrews p...
by magicam
07/31/12 11:19 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2987
Views: 1364935

Re: ERDNASE

I have no problem with McKinney having the entire inventory of the book, distributing it, and selling copies on favorable terms to Atlas (and possibly others) as a result of the bankruptcy. But I also see no evidence of this yet, other than the one known copy that Adrian Plate apparently obtained f...
by magicam
07/31/12 05:04 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2987
Views: 1364935

Re: ERDNASE

Richard, in the spirit of rigorous debate Lets step back for a moment. You wrote that McKinneys stock of The Expert (assuming he had any copies, which is clearly an assumption, although not unreasonable if Adrian Plates comments are correct, and there is no reason I know of to doubt Plates assertion...
by magicam
07/31/12 03:42 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2987
Views: 1364935

Re: ERDNASE

... Again, to me the fact that Atlas is flogging the book aggressively (Sphinx, Police Gazette, Billboard) at half price strongly implies that they took stock of a goodly quantity on very favorable terms in February 1903. Did they get them from the author and supply Drake, or did Drake get them and...
by magicam
07/31/12 02:19 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2987
Views: 1364935

Re: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI

Better magic minds have ruminated on, debated, discussed, and philosophized on the pros and cons of exposure, but Ill nonetheless engage in the conceit of sharing my views. As one who performed magic as a child and teenager, I have a visceral attraction to secrecy. Why? After some thought, Im not ex...
by magicam
06/27/12 07:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI
Replies: 118
Views: 16450

Re: URGENT -- Simple Graphic Design Help Needed Today/Tomorrow

^^^ Thank you kindly for the offer. GF member Vince Hancock responded immediately and very generously did the design last Friday morning, and did it well! Vince, hope you don't mind me mentioning your name. Clay
by magicam
06/10/12 05:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: URGENT -- Simple Graphic Design Help Needed Today/Tomorrow
Replies: 3
Views: 608

URGENT -- Simple Graphic Design Help Needed Today/Tomorrow

Hi Folks, A group of Burt Sperbers friends in the magic community are banding together to purchase some tribute adverts in the upcoming fundraiser being held by weSPARK, a cancer charity. weSPARK provides ancillary assistance to cancer victims and their families (counseling, information, etc.), and ...
by magicam
06/07/12 08:27 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: URGENT -- Simple Graphic Design Help Needed Today/Tomorrow
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: ERDNASE

^^^ Tom, great work! Your efforts reflect the kind of bibliographically-related digging that is sometimes necessary. I agree with you that one should not use addresses as a foolproof method of dating a book (for one reason, because the sheets and/or wrappers for a book bearing an old (i.e., out of d...
by magicam
05/22/12 03:14 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2987
Views: 1364935

Re: Ammar's Complete Cups and Balls Collector's Edition available

When I'm reading a paper bound book that is densely footnoted (such as, for example, The Man Who Was Erdnase ), I typically will insert two bookmarks so that I can quickly flip from text to note on the fly. I've just started reading Robert Caro's biography of Lyndon Johnson (40 pages down, 5000 lef...
by magicam
05/22/12 03:09 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ammar's Complete Cups and Balls Collector's Edition available
Replies: 112
Views: 7570

Re: Ammar's Complete Cups and Balls Collector's Edition available

What difference does it make if the limited editions are sold years ago or today? It's still the same amount on the market, still being sold at the same price. For starters, I have no ax to grind with L & L. I think the only time I ever interacted with L & L, I found the staff to be courteo...
by magicam
05/20/12 02:26 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ammar's Complete Cups and Balls Collector's Edition available
Replies: 112
Views: 7570

Re: ERDNASE

For those who consider themselves serious about the bibliographical aspects of TEATCT , its time to properly use bibliographical terms. The correct use of bibliographical terms will in turn lead to much clearer thinking and analysis of the various editions (not) of Erdnase. For example, please stop ...
by magicam
05/17/12 02:49 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2987
Views: 1364935

Large Book List Now Available - Make Offers!

I have a list of about 25 pages of books and pamphlets to sell. Send an email to me at chshevlin at the domain address below my name (delete empty spaces, add at symbol in front, etc.) to request the list. Please put Send Magic List in the re line.

Thanks,

Clay

s b c g l o b a l . n e t
by magicam
03/25/12 03:11 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Large Book List Now Available - Make Offers!
Replies: 0
Views: 300

Re: Something troubling in Steinmeyer's new book

Umpa, its a pity that we couldnt take your gracious cues for serious, on-point dialog on this topic. My thoughts are as follows: In many respects, magic has a unique culture. As I noted when interviewing a scientist/magician, magic seeks to mystify, while the sciences seek to de mystify. If we use t...
by magicam
01/08/12 03:03 PM
 
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Something troubling in Steinmeyer's new book
Replies: 123
Views: 12883

Re: Magic Collectors Weekend in May

My only complaint is that I wish they would offer one day passes and even the option to "buy" tickets to the dealer room. ... Frances, I think those are good ideas, but there may be good reasons why they aren't available. And for what it's worth, the L.A. Conference on Magic History has t...
by magicam
01/08/12 07:29 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend in May
Replies: 29
Views: 1911

Re: ERDNASE

Bill, Im not saying that Erdnase didnt publish the book. Im simply stating my opinion that under the circumstances as we know them, its unwise to blindly accept the Published by the author statement as true, in part because we know (at least believe strongly) that S. W. Erdnase was not the authors r...
by magicam
12/19/11 02:55 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2987
Views: 1364935

Re: ERDNASE

Bill, I could not open the third, gambling link you provided, but the other three clippings are readily distinguishable from the risk of McKinney being convicted under the Comstock or a related law for printing EATCT. The first two clippings concern a man named Marvin, who was engaged in the act of ...
by magicam
12/16/11 03:46 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2987
Views: 1364935
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