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Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

The article mentioned has some great pictures of David Devant and his young son. (I do not know how many other children, if any, were part of Devant's family.) I think at least a couple of the tricks Devant explains there are also found in Sleight of Hand , by Edwin T. Sachs, who interviewed Devant ...
by Tom Sawyer
11/25/13 09:46 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 3639

Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

Hi All, Here are a few brief comments on Sachs, Hoffmann, and the so-called "bullet-catching" trick. Both Hoffmann and Sachs explained versions of the trick. That was in Modern Magic (Hoffmann) and Sleight of Hand (Sachs). Both explanations make the trick appear to me to be unacceptably da...
by Tom Sawyer
10/14/13 04:11 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 3639

Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

Hi All, Thanks to I.M. Magician for getting involved! That ("24") actually could be correct, even though it is not really the answer I was looking for. A more objective question -- and perhaps the one I should have asked -- would be, “How old was Edwin T. Sachs when the first serialized in...
by Tom Sawyer
09/29/13 06:01 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 3639

Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

Hi All, My most recent quiz was a bit of a flop. Here is another no-prize quiz-question: How old was Edwin T. Sachs when he started writing Sleight of Hand ? I think I know the answer to that with a high degree of certainty -- and it was not easy to figure out! (And I only figured it out less than t...
by Tom Sawyer
09/29/13 03:57 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 3639

Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

Hi All, Here is my answer to the quiz question propounded in the previous post: The Secrets of Conjuring and Magic , by Robert-Houdin, translated by Professor Hoffmann. That book was originally published in 1877. The reference to Sleight of Hand is in a footnote by Hoffmann beginning on page 184. Ag...
by Tom Sawyer
09/25/13 05:51 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 3639

Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

Hi All, Here is a little quiz. I am not sure if it is very difficult, or very easy, or somewhere in between. I tend to think it is rather difficult. I think I have run across the earliest reference to Sleight of Hand in another book of magic. At least, I think it is probably the earliest separate re...
by Tom Sawyer
09/24/13 09:19 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 3639

Re: ERDNASE

Hi All, It's interesting the way this thread seems largely to move forward in "waves" of posts. In the past ninety days or so there has been only one new post I see on this thread. I guess that we are now in the trough of a wave, and I don't imagine that this post will lift the thread into...
by Tom Sawyer
09/12/13 02:31 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2746
Views: 1319613

Re: Brief videos on various books by Hoffmann or Robert-Houd

Hi Richard, That is very kind of you, and very encouraging, as you might imagine, especially in view of the fact that not very many people are viewing the videos. I guess I'll take this opportunity to "plug" the channel again, for those who might be interested. I just added another video e...
by Tom Sawyer
09/09/13 04:25 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Brief videos on various books by Hoffmann or Robert-Houdin
Replies: 3
Views: 623

Re: More videos on Victorian-era magic books . . .

Hi Andrew, I don't mind at all, and in fact it would be great if you could do that. Since my most recent post on this forum, I have posted two more videos. One deals with a copy of The Illustrated Book of Patience Games that Professor Hoffmann inscribed to Marion H. Spielmann, a noted art critic -- ...
by Tom Sawyer
09/07/13 09:41 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: More videos on Victorian-era magic books . . .
Replies: 6
Views: 894

Re: More videos on Victorian-era magic books . . .

Hi All, I have now added six more videos to my YouTube channel. They deal with magic books and other topics. You can find them here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TomSawyerTV/videos I've decided to list "nutshell" summaries (of the newest six) below, maybe with one or two other facts thrown ...
by Tom Sawyer
09/06/13 06:23 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: More videos on Victorian-era magic books . . .
Replies: 6
Views: 894

Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

Hi All, I'm not too sure to what degree magicians are interested in the history of "families" of magicians of yesterday, where the family members are not otherwise known in the magic world. I suppose that, for the most part, the findable information is not great in quantity. Below are a fe...
by Tom Sawyer
09/02/13 04:48 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 3639

Re: More videos on Victorian-era magic books . . .

Hi Joe, Thanks for the kind reply! It really meant a lot to me -- especially in light of the fact that there have been so very few "views"! I did take seven of the videos down (though I may put them back up some time). I think what saved a few of them was the fact that, although the "...
by Tom Sawyer
09/01/13 06:08 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: More videos on Victorian-era magic books . . .
Replies: 6
Views: 894

Re: More videos on Victorian-era magic books . . .

Hi All, I am going to streamline my YouTube channel by taking down a number of videos, at least temporarily. I am going to be mentioning the channel again on one of my blogs, and I want the content to be a little more focussed, at least for now. There are now 24 videos viewable, including Kitchen Ch...
by Tom Sawyer
08/31/13 03:37 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: More videos on Victorian-era magic books . . .
Replies: 6
Views: 894

More videos on Victorian-era magic books . . .

Hi All, I have uploaded another eight or so videos to my YouTube channel. If you are interested in Victorian-era magic books, you might consider checking them out. The most recent one shows a copy of Cyclopaedic Science Simplified inscribed by the author, John Henry Pepper. Other recent videos deal ...
by Tom Sawyer
08/31/13 02:30 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: More videos on Victorian-era magic books . . .
Replies: 6
Views: 894

Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

Hi All, A book by H.E. Heather, entitled Cards and Card Tricks , appears to be germane to this thread, as should become clear in the course of this post. I doubt that the book is particularly scarce, as there are at least three copies on eBay at this moment. (I know nothing about the publication his...
by Tom Sawyer
08/30/13 03:38 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 3639

Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

Hi All, This post relates to a few things Edwin Corrie stated earlier in this thread, about different versions of the first edition of Sleight of Hand . I don't think I have ever seen a copy of the first edition of Sleight of Hand , and I tend to think it is very scarce. I do have the impression tha...
by Tom Sawyer
08/29/13 03:53 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 3639

Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

Hi All, Speaking of Edwin T. Sachs and Sleight of Hand , I have for some time been fascinated by the oft-seen statement that the book was first published (as to the book version) in 1877. Much of the reason for this fascination has been the fact that I have never seen any "proof" of that -...
by Tom Sawyer
08/28/13 02:22 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 3639

Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

Hi All, In a post above, Edwin Corrie refers to Edwin O. Sachs. Below are a couple of relevant comments. Hopkins's Magic (first issued in 1897) includes a bibliography which was one of the first conjuring bibliographies, perhaps the first important magic bibliography, compiled by Henry Ridgely Evans...
by Tom Sawyer
08/27/13 12:26 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 3639

Re: Interesting facts about Peck & Snyder . . .

Richard, that is an excellent point.

The same was true of Gamages (department store) and is still true of Hamleys (toy-seller).
by Tom Sawyer
08/22/13 05:52 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Interesting facts about Peck & Snyder . . .
Replies: 5
Views: 767

Re: Interesting facts about Peck & Snyder . . .

Speaking of Peck & Snyder's address, my rule of thumb for determining whether or not an American edition of Modern Magic is a first American edition (in the book-collector's sense) is as follows. If a copy of Modern Magic has Peck & Snyder advertisements with the address "Nos. 124 &...
by Tom Sawyer
08/21/13 10:25 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Interesting facts about Peck & Snyder . . .
Replies: 5
Views: 767

Interesting facts about Peck & Snyder . . .

If you've seen certain super-early American editions of Professor Hoffmann's Modern Magic , you probably have seen two pages of Peck & Snyder advertisements at the back. Also, I believe that most -- probably all -- American editions of Modern Magic mention Peck & Snyder on pages 12 and 121. ...
by Tom Sawyer
08/21/13 04:24 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Interesting facts about Peck & Snyder . . .
Replies: 5
Views: 767

Brief videos on various books by Hoffmann or Robert-Houdin

Since my most recent announcement on the Genii Forum, I have posted eight or so more videos. They deal with the first American edition of More Magic , the first American edition of Later Magic , the second English edition of Modern Magic , the first edition of Professor Hoffmann's translation of Rob...
by Tom Sawyer
08/20/13 03:14 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Brief videos on various books by Hoffmann or Robert-Houdin
Replies: 3
Views: 623

Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

A periodical called The London Bicycle Club Gazette has quite a few references to Edwin T. Sachs. The volume for 1883 has references to him as an actor, as a conjurer, and as a lacrosse player, as well as references to certain brothers. This link is relevant: http://books.google.com/books?id=enNMAAA...
by Tom Sawyer
08/17/13 07:32 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 3639

Videos on "Every Boy's Annual" and "Magic at Home"

Hi All, I recently added two more videos on my YouTube channel, in my "Kitchen Chat" series. One deals with Every Boy's Annual for 1875, and one deals with Professor Hoffmann's translation of Magic at Home . Each one is about two minutes long. Here is a link: http://www.youtube.com/user/To...
by Tom Sawyer
08/15/13 04:06 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Videos on "Every Boy's Annual" and "Magic at Home"
Replies: 0
Views: 208

Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

Hi Edwin, Thanks for the comments! I'm not sure about posting the photo. But it's not a super-revelatory photo. If you search Google Books for "E.T. Sachs," some information comes up. I posted some info on one of my blogs based on such information a long time ago. Sachs was a member of the...
by Tom Sawyer
08/13/13 03:18 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 3639

New videos relating to Professor Hoffmann's "More Magic"

Hi All, Last night I posted two new videos to my YouTube channel. One relates to the first English edition of Professor Hoffmann's More Magic , published in 1889, and the other relates to the second English edition, published in or near 1893. Here is a link: http://www.youtube.com/user/TomSawyerTV/v...
by Tom Sawyer
08/13/13 01:26 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: New videos relating to Professor Hoffmann's "More Magic"
Replies: 0
Views: 215

Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

Hi All, Today I was rummaging through some stuff in connection with a recent move, and I ran across a book I bought on eBay three years ago. It was written by J.A. Hammerton and is entitled Books and Myself: Memoirs of an Editor . My copy was issued in the mid-1940s, but there may have been other pr...
by Tom Sawyer
08/10/13 06:42 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 3639

Re: List of "cornerstones of modern magic literature" . . .

Hi Dustin, Great comments! In one of my blogs, I had a somewhat expanded list that went beyond ten (totaling, actually, seventeen within the timeframe). Erdnase and also New Era Card Tricks were both on that longer list. The longer list was more a list of “collecting highpoints” than a list of “corn...
by Tom Sawyer
07/28/13 05:02 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: List of "cornerstones of modern magic literature" . . .
Replies: 4
Views: 754

List of "cornerstones of modern magic literature" . . .

Hi All, In light of of the discussion of Matt Field’s five-foot shelf, I thought I would post a list of mine that approaches the subject from a completely different point of view. It could be called a list of “cornerstones of modern magic literature.” The main limiting factors I used were: 1. It cov...
by Tom Sawyer
07/28/13 01:43 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: List of "cornerstones of modern magic literature" . . .
Replies: 4
Views: 754

Re: Ananyms

Two others: Draklof was Charles Folkard, a magician known primarily as one of the great illustrators. He wrote Tricks for the Trenches and Wards , which I believe appeared in two separate booklets. Folkard and Stanley Collins were close friends. Folkard designed Collins's bookplate. Someplace I have...
by Tom Sawyer
06/19/13 02:19 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ananyms
Replies: 6
Views: 720

Re: A video relating to Professor Hoffmann's card-game writings

Dustin, thanks for the kind words! --Tom
by Tom Sawyer
02/28/13 04:17 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A video relating to Professor Hoffmann's card-game writings
Replies: 2
Views: 295

A video relating to Professor Hoffmann's card-game writings

Hi All, Today I uploaded onto YouTube a little video relating to Professor Hoffmann. It is titled Professor Hoffmann: Images of Card-Game Booklet Covers. Here is a link to the YouTube video . If you are at all interested in Professor Hoffmannn -- but especially if you are interested in Hoffmanns wor...
by Tom Sawyer
02/27/13 08:01 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A video relating to Professor Hoffmann's card-game writings
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Re: ERDNASE

Hi All, I thought about posting something in reply to Rogers post about Hurt McDermotts outstanding book Artifice, Ruse & Erdnase . I even wrote something I was thinking about posting, but I didnt post it. It is hard for me to write something that is adequately refined, and expresses certain nua...
by Tom Sawyer
10/16/12 08:40 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2746
Views: 1319613

Re: ERDNASE

Hi All, One of the "Eight Kings" or related mnemonics that uses "from one sick knave" is found in The Games Book for Boys and Girls . The version in that book is: Eighty kings threatened to save Ninety-five ladies from one sick knave. I believe that the book is undated, and that ...
by Tom Sawyer
09/16/12 03:21 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2746
Views: 1319613

Re: ERDNASE

Hi All, Concerning the "Eight Kings" arrangement that Geno Munari mentioned, one of the interesting features of the Erdnase version is that it says "from one sick knave." I suspect, but am not sure, that "for one sick knave" was more prevalent. New Era Card Tricks and M...
by Tom Sawyer
09/15/12 12:03 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2746
Views: 1319613

Re: ERDNASE

Daniel, to me those seem like excellent questions. If you asked him his name, and no other questions regarding his identity, and if he said "E.S. Andrews," that might not help much in establishing who he was! Hence, asking his place of birth is a good idea. However, I would like to think t...
by Tom Sawyer
09/07/12 11:37 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2746
Views: 1319613

Re: ERDNASE

Hi All, Those are five really good "questions for S.W. Erdnase" that Bill Mullins stated, in my opinion. One that I might have might be similar to one of David Levy's questions that he would ask Hoyle. I would probably want to ask S.W. Erdnase something like this. I would count this as one...
by Tom Sawyer
09/05/12 07:13 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2746
Views: 1319613

Re: ERDNASE

Hi All, A man named David Levy is a collector and bibliographer of books on card games and related subjects, primarily of works by Edmond Hoyle. He operates a blog called Edmond Hoyle, Gent. Even though it is only remotely related to magic, I imagine that most magic collectors and people interested ...
by Tom Sawyer
09/05/12 02:33 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2746
Views: 1319613

Re: ERDNASE

Hi All, In a recent post, I discussed one of the reasons why I am not convinced that Edwin S. Andrews (the railroad guy) was S.W. Erdnase. That had to do with the photograph of E.S. Andrews and his family. By the way, I am not necessarily super-enamored of such arguments, even though I did make that...
by Tom Sawyer
08/31/12 02:07 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2746
Views: 1319613

Re: ERDNASE

Hi All, By the way, complicated notices similar to those typically on the back of the title page of The Expert at the Card Table are not unheard of elsewhere. An example that is easily findable at the Hathi Trust Digital Library website is: Ropps New Calculator and Short-Cut Arithmetic , by C. Ropp,...
by Tom Sawyer
08/23/12 01:52 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2746
Views: 1319613
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