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by Bill Mullins
October 14th, 2018, 2:28 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon's Silhouettes
Replies: 11
Views: 530

Re: Vernon's Silhouettes

Compare the signatures to the ones in these auctioned silhouettes.
by Bill Mullins
October 13th, 2018, 6:42 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon's Silhouettes
Replies: 11
Views: 530

Re: Vernon's Silhouettes

Sorry, Brad -- I don't know of any Savannah newspapers online that would answer your question.
by Bill Mullins
October 13th, 2018, 2:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6967
Views: 2036270

Re: ERDNASE

I must say, the idea that Marshall Smith could have had some reason to keep Erdnase's identity secret means a jolly huge amount of reconsidering of evidence. But it's just an idea. If there were any evidence to support it, then it could be upgraded to a theory. If Smith was "in on it," wh...
by Bill Mullins
October 11th, 2018, 1:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6967
Views: 2036270

Re: ERDNASE

Rob Block wrote:
Jonathan Townsend wrote:
A fun story.


Also not written by Houdini.


Yes, it was ghost-written for him by H. P. Lovecraft.
by Bill Mullins
October 11th, 2018, 12:43 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon's Silhouettes
Replies: 11
Views: 530

Re: Vernon's Silhouettes

From the July 21 Asheville NC Citizen-Times

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by Bill Mullins
October 11th, 2018, 12:39 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon's Silhouettes
Replies: 11
Views: 530

Vernon's Silhouettes

From the May 30, 1931 Atlanta Constitution

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by Bill Mullins
October 8th, 2018, 11:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Plan 9
Replies: 1
Views: 364

Plan 9

It looks like Rob Zabrecky will be participating in a staged reading of Plan 9 from Outer Space. That should be a hoot. Lots of other talented people as well.
by Bill Mullins
October 5th, 2018, 12:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6967
Views: 2036270

Re: ERDNASE

Scott Lane wrote:There is also a theory that Ella Fontaine Binkley, the illustrator of Sargent’s book Smoke and Bubbles, was once married to M D Smith. His death certificate states that he was “widowed”.


Per the 1900 Census, Smith's wife was named Alice.
by Bill Mullins
October 3rd, 2018, 11:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6967
Views: 2036270

Re: ERDNASE

Writing at the bottom designed to be read when the illustration is held almost parallel to the sight line? Two such? ( viewed from bottom corners ) Pictures from Jonathan: https://magichistoryblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/jont1.jpeg?w=680 https://magichistoryblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/jont...
by Bill Mullins
October 3rd, 2018, 7:47 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: A few good books, a few good prices
Replies: 9
Views: 671

Re: A few good books, a few good prices

That's a good price for Repertoire . ..
by Bill Mullins
October 1st, 2018, 3:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: goodby and welcome
Replies: 7
Views: 506

Re: goodby and welcome

Has someone warned Ms. Lucas about, you know, magicians?
by Bill Mullins
September 30th, 2018, 3:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Magic Venue in London
Replies: 5
Views: 442

Re: New Magic Venue in London

Tom Moore wrote:Magic in Europe is valued much higher than the US.


Are any European magicians making as much money as Copperfield? Penn & Teller?
by Bill Mullins
September 30th, 2018, 2:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"
Replies: 11
Views: 452

Re: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"

I like Steve Martin so much that I would almost sit through a Martin Short performance to see Steve Martin. Almost.
by Bill Mullins
September 30th, 2018, 2:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6967
Views: 2036270

Re: ERDNASE

Earlier in the thread I've listed writers who have used an anagram of their name as a pseudonym, in support of the idea that S. W. Erdnase is an anagram. I've found another -- science fiction author Randall Garrett used "Darrel T. Langart" as a pseudonym.
by Bill Mullins
September 30th, 2018, 2:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6967
Views: 2036270

Re: ERDNASE

Since I posted the earlier picture, Scott has asked for some assistance with posting some more detailed views. Here they are. https://magichistoryblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/powerpoint-presentation-rev-6-161.jpeg?w=840 https://magichistoryblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/powerpoint-presentation...
by Bill Mullins
September 29th, 2018, 12:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6967
Views: 2036270

Re: ERDNASE

Roger M. wrote:Ergo, anybody can say anything they want and be no more "wrong" or "right" from the next guy who may say something completely different!


Gotta disagree here. As this thread has proven several times, some people can be much, much more wrong than the next guy.
by Bill Mullins
September 28th, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6967
Views: 2036270

Re: ERDNASE

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I don't see it.
by Bill Mullins
September 23rd, 2018, 12:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How To Become A Magician
Replies: 8
Views: 752

Re: How To Become A Magician

Q. Kumber wrote:Meanwhile I am working diligently on becoming an adept at thaumaturgy. I leave legerdemain to the twelve year-olds.


Thaumaturgy? Isn't that a prerequisite to necromancy?
by Bill Mullins
September 22nd, 2018, 1:20 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 1110

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

I was initially inclined to agree with Chris's post. (Much of EndersGame's review is cut and pasted from the source material.) You gave him some legitimate focused criticism, and he responded graciously. But then, Chet gave you some legitimate, focused criticism, and you snapped back at him. Take a ...
by Bill Mullins
September 22nd, 2018, 1:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How To Become A Magician
Replies: 8
Views: 752

Re: How To Become A Magician

Not only is Mahdi using the word correctly, and not only is he entirely capable of teaching sleight of hand in addition to self-working tricks, he is quoting a classic text of magic (I will leave identifying that text to you, as an exercise for the student). Don't try to teach your grandmother to su...
by Bill Mullins
September 21st, 2018, 5:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6967
Views: 2036270

Re: ERDNASE

Edward Gallaway's bookplate includes a cherub ornament in its design. That ornament can be found in the specimen books of the American Type Founders, which also include samples of the font "Post Oldstyle". As I mentioned above recently, that seems to be the font used on the front cover of ...
by Bill Mullins
September 15th, 2018, 12:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: A Question About the TV Series, The Avengers
Replies: 12
Views: 649

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: 6967
Views: 2036270

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: 6967
Views: 2036270

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: 1554

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: 1554

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: 1741

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: 1741

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: 1274

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: 6967
Views: 2036270

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: 6967
Views: 2036270

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: 116
Views: 3885

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: 480

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: 11
Views: 451

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: 752

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: 752

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: 6967
Views: 2036270

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: 6967
Views: 2036270

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: 6967
Views: 2036270

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.

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