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by Bill Mullins
November 10th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7171
Views: 2193581

Re: ERDNASE

I missed this when it first appeared -- an article about M. F. Andrews.
by Bill Mullins
November 10th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interesting Erdnase Reprint Kickstarter Campaign
Replies: 26
Views: 2542

Re: Interesting Erdnase Reprint Kickstarter Campaign

The deadline for this passed without it meeting the funding goal. Too bad -- these would look good on my shelf next to the Centennial edition.
by Bill Mullins
November 6th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube
Replies: 44
Views: 5031

Re: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube

Ian Kendall wrote:I know this is a long shot, but what are the chances that Suzy and Marion are the same woman?


Not very large. Marion Stephanie was touring through multiple cities in America in 1934 and 1935, and there is no evidence that Wandas was anywhere but in Europe during that period.
by Bill Mullins
November 6th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7171
Views: 2193581

Re: ERDNASE

Podcast on Forensic Linguistics.
by Bill Mullins
November 6th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube
Replies: 44
Views: 5031

Re: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube

Note: if the age in the last article is correct (18 years old, in 1935, and I can believe the woman in the film clip is that age), then I doubt that she really had lessons from Houdini. She would have had to have been nine or less.
by Bill Mullins
November 6th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube
Replies: 44
Views: 5031

Re: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube

Bill, could you cut and paste the information that now leads you to believe that the woman is Marion Stephanie. As I said, Kobe Van Herwegen co-wrote the recent article about Suzy Wandas recently in Genii . He has also spoken on her at the Magic Circle, and is preparing a book about her. He is &quo...
by Bill Mullins
November 5th, 2019, 11:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic, Typewriters & Classical Music
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Re: Magic, Typewriters & Classical Music

And the piece by Jerry Lewis reminded me of a similar idea by Lee Evans that seems to have taken inspiration from the Jerry Lewis mime and taken it to a whole other level: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGiuDEVf2wE I think the Evans piece is at least as much influenced by Rowan Atkinson as by Jerr...
by Bill Mullins
November 5th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube
Replies: 44
Views: 5031

Re: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube

Kobe van Herwegen (who was one of the writers of the recent article on Suzy Wandas in the Aug 2019 Genii) recently posted on Facebook some information that convinces me that the manipulator woman was Marion Stephanie.
by Bill Mullins
November 1st, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Developing a Stand-Up Act
Replies: 7
Views: 715

Re: Developing a Stand-Up Act

performer wrote:I am not really qualified to talk about this but I am going to anyway.


This applies more to many other posters (sometimes me).
by Bill Mullins
November 1st, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 43
Views: 4697

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

Does that mean that the piece on the Neyhart Rising Cards is liable to be cut?
by Bill Mullins
October 31st, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle at Halloween
Replies: 1
Views: 186

Magic Castle at Halloween

Apparently, they've gussied it up.
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by Bill Mullins
October 31st, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sniffing Out Houdini
Replies: 2
Views: 140

Re: Sniffing Out Houdini

When I think, "What do I want to smell like?", the answer is almost never "a guy who has been dead for 93 years and who, being Jewish, probably wasn't embalmed."
by Bill Mullins
October 26th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Book Collection on Facebook
Replies: 4
Views: 452

Re: Book Collection on Facebook

I did, and I'm waiting to be approved.
by Bill Mullins
October 26th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Book Collection on Facebook
Replies: 4
Views: 452

Re: Book Collection on Facebook

Seems to be a private group
by Bill Mullins
October 23rd, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 6343

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

Bob Farmer wrote: If half the show is the magician and the other half are the tricks, this is the same as the singer and the song.


That's not the right ratio. It's closer to 90% magician, 10% tricks. Maybe even 99% to 1%.
by Bill Mullins
October 20th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 6343

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

I didn't take Brad's comments to demean Shin Lim's success, but rather that his success should be viewed through a different filter than we view stage acts or close-up acts.
by Bill Mullins
October 14th, 2019, 11:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Film Version of "In & Of Itself"?
Replies: 18
Views: 1374

Re: Film Version of "In & Of Itself"?

I hope he makes an appearance himself in the movie. He was great in The Blues Brothers.
by Bill Mullins
October 14th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 98
Views: 19547

Re: Theodore Deland

Someone is doing a Kickstarter for the Daisy Deck and the Nifty Deck.
by Bill Mullins
October 13th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 80
Views: 14958

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Ricky on the Paul Daniels show

And an interview

And another, at the Glasgow Film Festival
by Bill Mullins
October 12th, 2019, 11:07 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Blackface
Replies: 21
Views: 2598

Re: Blackface

From an article in the Ottawa Citizen , Feb 6 1915. "The fancy dress skating carnival held at the Gladstone Avenue Skating Rink last night, proved to be a huge success . . . nearly three hundred skaters, dressed in all sorts of attractive costumes, were present . . . Mr. J. R. Booth, jr., and M...
by Bill Mullins
October 9th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Origins of Miscalling a card
Replies: 9
Views: 1166

Re: Origins of Miscalling a card

"A Card in the Case" by Gerald Kesky, Sphinx Jun 1930, uses a miscalled card as part of its method. But The Handbook of Poker (1892) by William James Florence refers to one player miscalling his hand as something higher than it really is, and the player with what would be the winning hand ...
by Bill Mullins
October 8th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon's life presented objectively
Replies: 2
Views: 917

Re: Dai Vernon's life presented objectively

From slightly earlier in his life -- Vernon in a centennial yearbook from Ashbury College (a boarding school). And he is fourth from the left in the back row of this photo.

David Ben wrote about Vernon's years at Ashbury in their alumni magazine here (starts page 24).
by Bill Mullins
October 8th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon and the Rainbow Room
Replies: 3
Views: 662

Re: Dai Vernon and the Rainbow Room

Here is the Jack Stinnett article referenced. And this NY Sun review from July 1938 also places him at the Rainbow Grill.
by Bill Mullins
October 3rd, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7171
Views: 2193581

Re: ERDNASE

My father was a coin collector, and a collector of related things. He also collected medals and tokens, paper money, depression scrip, and old checks drawn on middle Tennessee banks (where he lived his whole life). So when he died, Mom and I and to go through a lot of stuff. Amongst other things, he...
by Bill Mullins
September 29th, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interesting Erdnase Reprint Kickstarter Campaign
Replies: 26
Views: 2542

Re: Interesting Erdnase Reprint Kickstarter Campaign

I hope you aren't seeking this as an inscription for your headstone -- "He devoted his life to Zen-like tedium. "
by Bill Mullins
September 28th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interesting Erdnase Reprint Kickstarter Campaign
Replies: 26
Views: 2542

Re: Interesting Erdnase Reprint Kickstarter Campaign

Chris Aguilar wrote:Ehh, I'm tempted to nicely format a clean copy of EATCT to allow anyone to print (via print on demand) a nice hard copy whenever they want.


CARC has already done this -- their "bible edition" is a PDF to download.
by Bill Mullins
September 28th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interesting Erdnase Reprint Kickstarter Campaign
Replies: 26
Views: 2542

Re: Interesting Erdnase Reprint Kickstarter Campaign

$150 bucks for what is essentially just stock EATCT in a nice hardback binding. Hard pass. The "Centennial Edition" started out at $50, had a higher print run, competes with Chuck Romano's inexpensive facsimile, and still goes for $300 and up. In a few years, I think a bunch of people are...
by Bill Mullins
September 27th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory
Replies: 35
Views: 7456

Re: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory

If the new attention to Annemann causes people to go back looking through The Jinx, well, that's a good thing. Steve's review mentions in passing The Jinx Companion, which may guide your review of Annemann's magazine. And if you don't have a copy, be advised that the authors have it online, in its e...
by Bill Mullins
September 25th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory
Replies: 35
Views: 7456

Re: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory

Received my copy today, but haven't had a chance to look it over. I can tell you that it is a large book with a black DJ.
by Bill Mullins
September 20th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The October Issue of Genii is Now Live
Replies: 4
Views: 728

Re: The October Issue of Genii is Now Live

Chloe's article on The Sacred Riana is really good. (and Chloe was at MagicLive? I wish I had been able to meet her; she's doing excellent work for the magazine.)
by Bill Mullins
September 20th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Castle dues going up again
Replies: 17
Views: 1877

Re: Castle dues going up again

I would love to join both the AMA and the Magic Circle, as non-resident. But when I compare the benefits to the costs, it is difficult to justify. For the AMA, almost all of the benefits they mention on the "membership" page (from my perspective) would be associated with access to the buil...
by Bill Mullins
September 20th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Castle dues going up again
Replies: 17
Views: 1877

Re: Castle dues going up again

What are the current full/associate/non-resident membership rates? It doesn't look like they are posted on the AMA's web site.
by Bill Mullins
September 20th, 2019, 12:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: October issue
Replies: 0
Views: 385

October issue

Got mine today, with Sacred Riana on the cover.
by Bill Mullins
September 18th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 80
Views: 14958

Re: Ricky Jay Death

This issue of Threepenny Review that Steve linked to contains transcripts from several folks who spoke at Ricky's memorial in Los Angeles -- Sally Lapiduss, Dan Chariton, Michael Weber, Eddie Gorodetsky, Mamet, and Mark Singer. Singer's words (he wrote the excellent New Yorker profile) are also onli...
by Bill Mullins
September 18th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Shipping to the United States
Replies: 2
Views: 764

Shipping to the United States

. . . may be about to get a lot more expensive.
by Bill Mullins
September 17th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory
Replies: 35
Views: 7456

Re: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory

The Miracle Factory web page shows it to be in stock and shipping now.
(I just ordered).
by Bill Mullins
September 17th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 67
Views: 6513

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Thanks, David, for the fascinating background. Often, while the story is interesting, the story behind the story is even more so.

(and why, then, did Vernon not serve in WWI, if his broken arm did not prevent it?)
by Bill Mullins
September 16th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 67
Views: 6513

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Billboard , Mar 4 1922 "Programs of the banquet and entertainment recently accorded Houdini by the Chicago Assembly of the Society of American Magicians are not to be bad at a premium. Including Houdini and his charming wife, who always accompanies him on his tours, the party numbered an even ...
by Bill Mullins
September 16th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Tony Curtis Auction
Replies: 6
Views: 806

Re: Tony Curtis Auction

Old news, but prices realized have been added: 71 Includes 1959 photo of Curtis doing card trick for his family (est $200 300) $320 253 Includes a Houdini ex-libris bookplate ($200 400) $1408 402 Art print by Curtis. Giclee on canvas entitled "Houdini" ($800 1200) price realized not listed...

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