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by Bill Mullins
September 15th, 2018, 12:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: A Question About the TV Series, The Avengers
Replies: 12
Views: 572

Re: question about a old tv serie, the avengers

Linda Thorson was lovely. However . . . .
by Bill Mullins
September 14th, 2018, 6:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031419

Re: ERDNASE

I've checked 1940 and earlier censuses many times, through several different access portals. no luck.

The 1950 census has not been released by the Census Bureau yet. It has to be 70 years after the census before they will make it publicly available, so it will become searchable sometime after 2020.
by Bill Mullins
September 14th, 2018, 12:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031419

Re: ERDNASE

From the Moline, IL Dispatch , of 8 March 1946. ARREST CARBON CLIFF MAN ON DRIVING COUNT Silvis -- E. Erdnase of Carbon Cliff was arrested last night and jailed on a charge of reckless driving. The Carbon Cliff motorist was still in jail this morning awaiting arraignment before Magistrate Lawrence B...
by Bill Mullins
September 14th, 2018, 10:54 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)
Replies: 26
Views: 1405

Re: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)

But the term "Giant Hot Rod" would have worked just as well. Only as a descriptive term. It would not be as successful as a marketing term, if you are targeting people who are inclined buy things because they are labeled "street". I would have thought that such a group would be ...
by Bill Mullins
September 14th, 2018, 12:51 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)
Replies: 26
Views: 1405

Re: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)

I know there isn't really an answer to this question, but . . .

What is it that makes this a "street" hot rod? How would it be different if it weren't "street"?
by Bill Mullins
September 12th, 2018, 1:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Request for MAGIC Live 2018 Updates please
Replies: 15
Views: 1650

Re: Request for MAGIC Live 2018 Updates please

What was the name of the guy with the zebra act? This is a different guy with a zebra act, right? https://youtu.be/x-SRA47S0JA?t=1m25s Glenn Singer, aka El Glen-o Grande. Your video is not him. This is him, doing more or less what he did at MagicLive. I heard it was a horse. It was a zebra.
by Bill Mullins
September 10th, 2018, 6:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Request for MAGIC Live 2018 Updates please
Replies: 15
Views: 1650

Re: Request for MAGIC Live 2018 Updates please

Marc Summers, in his talk at MagicLive, mentioned being on Jay Leno alongside Burt Reynolds. Here's some back story.
by Bill Mullins
September 8th, 2018, 7:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: USPS The Art of Magic Stamps & More
Replies: 14
Views: 1164

Re: USPS The Art of Magic Stamps & More

EndersGame wrote:I liked the presentation idea of Karate Card: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibiz_Ws56DQ

Mac used the same trick / presentation in his book "Campfire Magic "
by Bill Mullins
September 6th, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031419

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:I just noticed this palindrome by Philip T. Goldstein, quoted by Denis Behr at his Conjuring Archive website:

"S. W. Erdnase? He's Andrews!"


I was informed offline that this has been brought up on the forum twice already, and that one of the bringer-uppers was me. Sorry about that.
by Bill Mullins
September 6th, 2018, 1:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031419

Re: ERDNASE

I just noticed this palindrome by Philip T. Goldstein, quoted by Denis Behr at his Conjuring Archive website:

"S. W. Erdnase? He's Andrews!"
by Bill Mullins
September 5th, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 113
Views: 3622

Re: About doing magic

It is also a great way of implanting false memories. This is something Juan Tamariz is a master of. For instance - you have the spectator give the deck as many cuts as they want. Later - you refer to the fact that the deck was freely mixed by the spectator. And then after revealing the climax - and...
by Bill Mullins
September 3rd, 2018, 1:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Justin Willman's Magic For Humans
Replies: 4
Views: 447

Re: Justin Willman's Magic For Humans

Ultimately - the Justin Willman show feels like a series of practical jokes that use magic to achieve them. At MagicLive, he showed some clips from the show. When the little boy raised the cup and the marshmallow was gone and he started crying, it really felt to me like the energy in the room turne...
by Bill Mullins
September 3rd, 2018, 1:33 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Houdini's The Master Mystery at UCLA
Replies: 4
Views: 177

Re: Houdini's The Master Mystery at UCLA

This material is in the public domain and stipulations along the line of the donor's are not legally viable. Mebbe so, but OTOH you've still got to follow the University's rules to see the footage, and they are under no obligation to let anyone make a copy. The University may continue to treat the ...
by Bill Mullins
September 3rd, 2018, 1:20 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Attribution Needed
Replies: 19
Views: 689

Re: Attribution Needed

Legend also has it that one night when the cannibals were having dinner together, one of them announced, "I hate my mother-in-law!" -- -- to which one of the others responded, "So try the potatoes." Legend also has it that the cannibals wouldn't eat clowns -- -- because "th...
by Bill Mullins
September 2nd, 2018, 11:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Attribution Needed
Replies: 19
Views: 689

Re: Attribution Needed

Lynn Searles used that principle as a force (Jinx 1936) and later on as a change/vanish method in his Cannibal Cards. You make a reference of the Lynn Searles' Cannibal Cards marketed in 1959 but do you know if this trick has been explained in a book or magazine? The Magicpedia entry on the trick l...
by Bill Mullins
August 30th, 2018, 8:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031419

Re: ERDNASE

The "Eight Kings" stack makes an interesting appearance in the newspaper detective comic strip " Kerry Drake " in June 1945. The villian, Shuteye, needs to get a message to his moll, Roulette, but knows he's about to be picked up by Kerry. 6/26/1945 "Gripping the bridge card...
by Bill Mullins
August 30th, 2018, 6:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031419

Re: ERDNASE

I've been looking at the sequence as well. What struck me as interesting is that usually, it was "nine fine ladies" or "nine fair ladies" pre-Erdnase. Then Hoffmann, in Modern Magic , used "ninety-five ladies" and used it again in More Magic . Roterberg, in New Era Card...
by Bill Mullins
August 30th, 2018, 1:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031419

Re: ERDNASE

Earlier in the thread I've listed magicians who used their names reversed as pseudonyms. I've found another:
Mel Stover wrote as "Rev. O. T. Slem" in A Fork Full of Appetizers II.
by Bill Mullins
August 30th, 2018, 1:28 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: David Alexander silhouettes book?
Replies: 17
Views: 6029

Re: David Alexander silhouettes book?

Did David Alexander cut silhouettes himself? There's one signed with that name in this lot.
by Bill Mullins
August 29th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: USPS The Art of Magic Stamps & More
Replies: 14
Views: 1164

Re: USPS The Art of Magic Stamps & More

Highlights from the First Day of Issue ceremony at MagicLive.
by Bill Mullins
August 28th, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Great Article on Why Magic Conventions Are Great
Replies: 4
Views: 527

Re: Great Article on Why Magic Conventions Are Great

Spymaster -- John McLaughlin Obsessively thorough Swiss magician - Roberto Giobbi Industrial chemist -- Gene Anderson Literature professor by day, Magic Castle producer by night -- ?? Retired marshal of Harvard University -- Richard Hunt (I had to cheat and look that up in AskAlexander) Top Washingt...
by Bill Mullins
August 25th, 2018, 1:15 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Of Dice and Men (the Hug/Kill trick) by Tom Stone
Replies: 9
Views: 771

Re: Of Dice and Men (the Hug/Kill trick) by Tom Stone

Or tell the students that grades based on merit are so passe', and now the students will roll for them. The student rolls, gets an "A", and all the other cards show "FLUNK".
by Bill Mullins
August 24th, 2018, 1:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand
Replies: 42
Views: 2709

Re: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand

Variety 12/5/1914 p 16 The biggest trick Han Ping Chien does is not wholly pleasant for an American audience. It is the insertion and withdrawal of several short sticks into and from the nose. New York Clipper 1/23/1915 p 7 Han Ping Chien, presenting "Pekin Mysteries," with the assistance...
by Bill Mullins
August 23rd, 2018, 11:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wenk's Misled
Replies: 19
Views: 2749

Re: Wenk's Misled

Leonard Hevia wrote:Does anyone know when Wenk first released Misled?


It's advertised in the Mar 1987 Linking Ring.
by Bill Mullins
August 22nd, 2018, 11:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Here are The Performers For the 2019 Genii Convention!
Replies: 6
Views: 670

Re: Here are The Performers For the 2019 Genii Convention!

Tom Stone wrote:Five female magicians!


Lindsay Benner, Anna DeGuzman, Alexandra Duvivier, Carisa Hendrix and ?

Edited to add: just now realized that Romany is not Paul Romany. Question answered.
by Bill Mullins
August 22nd, 2018, 11:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand
Replies: 42
Views: 2709

Re: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand

I did some editing of this material over the past NINE years. Do not miss this extraordinary achievement by Richard Kaufman describing the magic of a troubled genius, Theodore DeLand. It contains great magic and an amazing story. And a deck of gaffed cards! Heed Matt's advice. I've seen the manuscr...
by Bill Mullins
August 21st, 2018, 3:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Behaving Badly
Replies: 3
Views: 564

Magicians Behaving Badly

by Bill Mullins
August 21st, 2018, 12:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031419

Re: ERDNASE

For anyone who cares, I'm pretty sure that the font of the front cover of the 1st edition of Expert is Post Oldstyle . The font was derived from the cover design of The Saturday Evening Post , which made me go "D'oh!" when I read it -- I've been staring at copies of covers of that magazine...
by Bill Mullins
August 21st, 2018, 12:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031419

Re: ERDNASE

Eight Kings goes back to 1876 (at least) (Hoffman's Modern Magic ). Eight Kings was first described in The Expositor, or, Many Mysteries Unravelled - Including that of the Learned Pig published in Boston in 1805 by William Frederick Pinchbeck. The trick begins on page 95: "By what manner the P...
by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2018, 10:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031419

Re: ERDNASE

The Erdnase/tobacco cards possible connection begs the question: Were the card tricks on those tobacco trading cards popular effects with card magicians in the late 19th century? Much like the packet trick craze of the 1970s. I think they are (mostly) more or less "standard" tricks, popul...
by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2018, 9:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031419

Re: ERDNASE

John Moehring had an interesting article about these tobacco cards in the June 2001 issue of MAGIC magazine. Check out page 52. The article went on for the next two issues, as well. It featured Burton Sperber's set of the cards, who also wrote them up in an issue of his publication "A Real Mir...
by Bill Mullins
August 17th, 2018, 1:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031419

Re: ERDNASE

I've only been "into" magic seriously for 20 years. I started collecting cards in the late 1970s, and have known about this particular set for a long time. I only just now took the trouble to compare them to Erdnase, though.
by Bill Mullins
August 17th, 2018, 3:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031419

Re: ERDNASE

Jonathan Townsend wrote: Great find in terms of history. Does the explanation text scan as familiar?


Not to me, it doesn't.
by Bill Mullins
August 15th, 2018, 11:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031419

Re: ERDNASE

In Sept 1889, the Duke & Sons tobacco company released a set of 24 trade cards in association with their "Honest Long Cut" tobacco entitled " Tricks with Cards ", each of which described a card trick. Trick #1 was a Rising Card (from a glass). Erdnase included a Rising Card t...
by Bill Mullins
August 15th, 2018, 10:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: USPS The Art of Magic Stamps & More
Replies: 14
Views: 1164

Re: USPS The Art of Magic Stamps & More

At MagicLive, where the First Day of Issue ceremony was held, there were also lapel pins of the stamps available. And the magic kit was put together by Mac King.
by Bill Mullins
July 28th, 2018, 6:47 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Declassified Government Psi Research
Replies: 7
Views: 538

Declassified Government Psi Research

The Star Gate Archives, Volume 1 (of 4): Remote Viewing, 1972-1984 Reports of the United States Government Sponsored Psi Program, 1972-1995

a review
by Bill Mullins
July 27th, 2018, 4:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 36
Views: 3052

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

Steve Bryant wrote:Thanks for that, Johathan.

This one might have looked great on Penn and Teller, especially if he didn't return for the verdict:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rALFNou60ug


That is a valuable mystery. A Million Dollar Mystery . . . .
by Bill Mullins
July 27th, 2018, 4:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 36
Views: 3052

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

A method occurred to me as I was watching Danny's cool effect. Perhaps he had a special vertical, clear piece of plastic or glass affixed to the front of his performing area. The two lights shined onto the glass to prevent reflections. It appeared that he was sticking the blocks to the glass. He wa...
by Bill Mullins
July 25th, 2018, 3:41 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Purse Frames
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Purse Frames

All the purse frames you could want.

(not mine, I've got no interest in this, just thought someone might could use the information)

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