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by Bill Mullins
May 24th, 2018, 5:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 46
Views: 5616

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Publisher's page on the book.
by Bill Mullins
May 24th, 2018, 10:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

I'm tempted to buy a copy of the item which includes the Gardner correspondence to carefully review the source data for who recalls what about the illustrations and the model. The Gardner-Smith Correspondence has long been out of print, and copies don't often come up on the secondary market (and wh...
by Bill Mullins
May 22nd, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

The author must have had a reason to use that pseudonym, and providing a credible reason for a candidate to do so, based on known facts without speculation or leaps of faith, strengthens that candidate's case. Isn't it possible that the pseudonym was created to include the reversal to Andrews delib...
by Bill Mullins
May 22nd, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

I'm very surprised to hear people say that to be credible, a candidate's name must be "connected" in some way to the pseudonym S.W. Erdnase. To me, credibility depends on there being an explanation for why a candidate would used the contrived pseudonym. If a candidate's name is E. S. Andr...
by Bill Mullins
May 19th, 2018, 12:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

Potter & Potter sold a 1st edition copy this morning for $6500 plus fees ($7800). A copy of Ritter's Treatise on Advantage Card Playing and Draw Poker went for $14,400.
by Bill Mullins
May 18th, 2018, 10:18 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 25
Views: 4960

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

It was announced a few months ago for plans of the remake. Be interesting what the screenwriter and director do with the story today. I think the story originally came out in Variety, and that was used as a source for a number of other websites and publications. But they all said the same thing; th...
by Bill Mullins
May 18th, 2018, 9:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 93
Views: 9867

Re: Theodore Deland

The Deland gimmicks consist of (among other things) double enders, double backers, double faces, cards with fans of cards printed on the face, odd cards like the ones for Rainbow (confetti overprint), and Fadeaway (hand overprint); illusion cards like "Grin or Grouch", "6 or 7 dice&qu...
by Bill Mullins
May 18th, 2018, 12:12 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 25
Views: 4960

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

This article, which is full of other good stuff, says that Guillermo del Toro is planning to remake Nightmare Alley.
by Bill Mullins
May 17th, 2018, 1:36 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The End Times Magazine
Replies: 21
Views: 1623

Re: The End Times Magazine

Richard Kaufman wrote:"all right," says the editor.


"All right, all right, all right" says Wooderson.
by Bill Mullins
May 16th, 2018, 8:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 93
Views: 9867

Re: Theodore Deland

Richard Kaufman wrote:Bill: who uses rubber cement any more? :)


Well, it is a poor substitute for diachylon.
by Bill Mullins
May 16th, 2018, 7:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 777

Re: P.T. Selbit

Joe Mckay wrote:Here is another Selbit trick performed by Paul Daniels.

The Bewildering Blocks.


Wasn't Bewildering Blocks from Hoffmann? The Selbit trick was the Magic Bricks.
by Bill Mullins
May 16th, 2018, 2:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 777

Re: P.T. Selbit

The Mighty Cheese is not Gouda nough for today's audiences.
by Bill Mullins
May 16th, 2018, 2:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 93
Views: 9867

Re: Theodore Deland

Many of the Deland gimmicks can easily be made with scissors and rubber cement.
by Bill Mullins
May 15th, 2018, 9:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 777

Re: P.T. Selbit

by Bill Mullins
May 15th, 2018, 9:14 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 18
Views: 1346

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

The "Remraf Reversal"? Some would say that you are influenced by Erdnase, to use a name reversal like that. Not me, but some.
by Bill Mullins
May 14th, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: wood turning
Replies: 0
Views: 174

wood turning

Carve your own (virtual) Thayer Ball Vase

http://inear.se/lathe/
by Bill Mullins
May 13th, 2018, 2:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

Erdnase was neither a gambler nor a card cheat. He was a magician. That is a definitive statement from which I will not be shaken. There is much evidence in the text of the book to back this up. And yet, Erdnase mentions on several occasions having played cards for money (often losing), but never o...
by Bill Mullins
May 10th, 2018, 4:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

Chris's most recent newsletter discusses anagrams in the context of Erdnase. His point seems to be that since he can't find examples of magicians using anagrams or reversed spellings of their names as pseudonyms, then you can't argue that Erdnase did so. The only example he found was Selbit/Tibbles,...
by Bill Mullins
May 10th, 2018, 10:10 am
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Adrian Vega Lecture 5/18 - Chicago
Replies: 1
Views: 165

Re: Adrian Vega Lecture 5/18 - Chicago

We hosted Adrian for a lecture earlier this week in Huntsville, AL. He has a very good lecture.
by Bill Mullins
May 8th, 2018, 4:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 47
Views: 3743

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

DoctorWhat wrote:This reminds me of a routine a much younger Martin Lewis did on an old John Davidson show, where he appeared with Harry Anderson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M535fujwD-Y

At 2:28, when Harry is showing off the holdout, you can see cards falling out of Martin's sleeve.
by Bill Mullins
May 7th, 2018, 2:18 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The End Times Magazine
Replies: 21
Views: 1623

Re: The End Times Magazine

And the refund is in my Paypal account -- thanks very much!
(Did I make the first 50 subscribers?)
by Bill Mullins
May 6th, 2018, 11:27 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The End Times Magazine
Replies: 21
Views: 1623

Re: The End Times Magazine

So I just subscribed (10:23 p.m. local time) and was hit for the full $100, not $75. What's the deal?
by Bill Mullins
May 5th, 2018, 12:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

Since Bill's pseudo-science knowledge is so dishonest I suggest for anybody who is genuinely interested in this subject to read for example this article http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~vmp93/Confe ... 16_CFP.pdf What you will learn is that recognizing profile images from frontal images is a common prob...
by Bill Mullins
May 4th, 2018, 8:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

Bob -- that's Chris's subtle way of saying, "No, I don't have validation." He doesn't validate his linguistic techniques, either. He doesn't validate his "analysis" of finger shapes, he doesn't offer any explanation other than his say-so for most of what he calls evidence. For Ch...
by Bill Mullins
May 4th, 2018, 5:32 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint
Replies: 29
Views: 1534

Re: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint

Christopher1979 wrote: You are correct in what you say regarding my line of work.


Uh, what is your line of work?
by Bill Mullins
May 4th, 2018, 1:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

drawing red lines is not proof of facial recognition Another subject you know nothing about. Facial recognition uses spatial distances of various facial features. Drawing red lines to compare where various facial features are located is therefore a form of facial recognition. Just because you don't...
by Bill Mullins
May 3rd, 2018, 5:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

Now, here is the trouble with Bill's logic: he needs to question the credibility of other statements by Erdnase in order to "pound the square peg into a round hole". You can consider the "no confidences" statement relative to a single other statement ("sum of our present kn...
by Bill Mullins
May 3rd, 2018, 1:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater
Replies: 31
Views: 2210

Re: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater

Greater Magic 2: Electric Boogaloo
by Bill Mullins
May 3rd, 2018, 12:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

He also makes a very interesting observation about the perspective issue in the photos which would seem to undermine the claim that they were traced. There are some drawings from the Expert's POV (Figs 12, 13, 17, 30, for example) that if they were originally traced from photographs, the camera wou...
by Bill Mullins
May 3rd, 2018, 1:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Georges Méliès 5 DVD Set Available!
Replies: 7
Views: 1491

Re: Georges Méliès 5 DVD Set Available!

Today's Google Doodle is an animation of Georges Méliès, in recognition of the 106th anniversary of the release of The Conquest of the Pole. Background here.
by Bill Mullins
May 3rd, 2018, 12:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

We have proof he played cards. We have proof that some guy, who probably wasn't Gallaway, referred to playing cards. We have a photo of him making a beautiful fan with rulers. No proof it was Gallaway. He titled his company theater number "The Magic Wand", and he loves to use magic phrase...
by Bill Mullins
May 3rd, 2018, 12:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

Bill, Erdnase is not stating that there are "confidences" to betray. He is stating that there are not. If he is not aware of the other methods, the "confidences", then it makes no sense to refer to them. Likewise, where he previously says "as certain artifices are first dis...
by Bill Mullins
May 2nd, 2018, 10:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

Bill obviously meant to say that "total" (vs "sum") is not included in the quote. In other words, nothing unusual. Bill saying one thing but meaning actually the opposite. Actually, this is unusual. I normally say exactly what I mean. And when I get something wrong, I immediatel...
by Bill Mullins
May 2nd, 2018, 10:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

In the opening pages of EATCT, we find this interesting remark--"...the sum total of our present knowledge is proffered in this volume...". Just to be pedantic, the word "sum" does not appear in the quote. The word "sum" appears in the edition I am reading, Bill. Doh!!...
by Bill Mullins
May 2nd, 2018, 4:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

In the opening pages of EATCT, we find this interesting remark--"...the sum total of our present knowledge is proffered in this volume...". . . . If we take the above quote literally, it can only mean that the author had far more experience in legerdemain than in advantage playing. Just t...
by Bill Mullins
May 2nd, 2018, 1:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater
Replies: 31
Views: 2210

Re: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater

Will this include material beyond what was in The Lost Notebooks of John Northern Hilliard?

And given the difficulties with Jones's family that have so far prevented reprinting the book, will you at some point tell us the story of how this new one is coming about?
by Bill Mullins
May 2nd, 2018, 1:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

Given the relative dearth of advice on how to comport oneself during a card game in the gambling section Holy cow, have you even read the book? Spend some time with pp. 22 and 23. And it's not a "gambling" section, it's "Card Table Artifice". Which doesn't include wagering, bluf...
by Bill Mullins
May 2nd, 2018, 1:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

This thread is notorious for the pursuit of trivia in an exhaustive attempt to demonstrate this point or that. It is remarkable that in my case, not a soul is motivated to do so. Just a hunch, mind you, but I strongly feel that if anybody had the capacity to lift a finger in order to put my argumen...
by Bill Mullins
May 1st, 2018, 11:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992896

Re: ERDNASE

and to zenner: the trick recorded in sanders notes is more than a mere puzzle. it is a very well known magic trick that people have been entertaining each other with, in different forms, for decades. At the first Genii Convention, Jim Steinmeyer lectured on a version of it. It's published in the Au...

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