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by Leonard Hevia
July 17th, 2018, 10:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards
Replies: 34
Views: 2190

Re: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards

Having purchased one, this deck would be nicer with the air cushion finish we see on Bicycles.
by Leonard Hevia
July 16th, 2018, 12:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 1052

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

Sorry for the long post. Just wanted to clear up that my problem with false transfers wasn't specifically aimed a coin magic. Great posts are never too long. I don't have a problem with false transfers as long as they are motivated. It's true that most people don't transfer objects except magicians...
by Leonard Hevia
July 15th, 2018, 11:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 1447

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

Richard Kaufman wrote:You don't do a "routine," you do an effect--they change places once.


I thought Presto Chango segueing into the transposition was a routine.
by Leonard Hevia
July 15th, 2018, 11:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 53
Views: 15007

Re: Stewart James

Thanks for looking that up Mark. Here is some interesting historical info on Stewart's Face Up Prediction:

http://stewartjames.magicana.com/1939.html
by Leonard Hevia
July 15th, 2018, 11:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 1447

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

I like Excalibur, but where can it fit in a copper silver transposition routine? I like the idea of starting with Presto Chango and then a copper silver transpo with the gaff as in Johnny Thompson's Commercial Classics DVD. The effects are over and the hand with the gaff goes into the pocket to retr...
by Leonard Hevia
July 15th, 2018, 3:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 53
Views: 15007

Re: Stewart James

performer wrote:Probably. It looks familiar. I suppose I had better exert myself now to check. Bloody nuisance.


Quit grumbling and check!
by Leonard Hevia
July 15th, 2018, 12:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 53
Views: 15007

Re: Stewart James

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Mark--was this the book that Ben gave you?
by Leonard Hevia
July 14th, 2018, 7:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 53
Views: 15007

Re: Stewart James

To be honest I can't remember and I haven't the energy to go and search out the book and find the title. It would take me forever and organisation is not one of my fortes. It was some book or other that David Ben in a fit of generosity gave me as a present. It is a damn good idea--I do know that. D...
by Leonard Hevia
July 14th, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 1447

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

Leonard I am not really going to comment on your opinion of C/S and how wonderful it is. Instead I would like to point out a bit of history. I got my copy of Bobo's book when I was 17. I also got a copy of Kort's book when I was 17. At the time I poured over those books again and again. Also, I per...
by Leonard Hevia
July 14th, 2018, 1:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 1447

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

And what, Leonard, do you do if you don't have an extra coin or a gaff? Al's routine is perfect. You do Al or Kort's routine if you're only carrying a copper and a silver half. But if you're carrying a copper and silver half, wouldn't you also keep the C/S gaff with them in your coin purse? I would...
by Leonard Hevia
July 14th, 2018, 1:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 1447

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

Curtis Kam has pointed out that you can get a lot of mileage out of the C/S gaff. I believe it. There comes a point when you realize the gaff can produce the kind of clean magic not possible with just sleight of hand. Nothing beats "Presto Chango" as a preamble to the Copper Silver Transpo...
by Leonard Hevia
July 8th, 2018, 9:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 53
Views: 15007

Re: Stewart James

Thanks Joe!
by Leonard Hevia
July 8th, 2018, 2:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 53
Views: 15007

Re: Stewart James

On the rare cases it didn't I devised an out which I am selfishly not going to tell you about. I can't do everything for you, you know. Anyway the point of this post is to posthumously commend Stewart James for that wonderful way of forcing a card. I recommend checking it out. Is this force publish...
by Leonard Hevia
July 1st, 2018, 8:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIP, CC
Replies: 16
Views: 944

Re: RIP, CC

The Magic Cafe has 66,906 registered members. At any given time, there will be about 14 of those members browsing. I see Genii has a banner add there. Money well spent! Business is business I suppose. Prostitutes would hang around the Coliseum during the games in search of customers. More Cafe hiji...
by Leonard Hevia
July 1st, 2018, 5:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIP, CC
Replies: 16
Views: 944

Re: RIP, CC

Brian Douglas wrote:If you are not buying (or drinking the Kool Aid) they don't want you there.


Concisely put Brian. The Kool Aid is flowing there like wine in the Roman Coliseum.
by Leonard Hevia
July 1st, 2018, 5:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIP, CC
Replies: 16
Views: 944

Re: RIP, CC

Richard Kaufman wrote:Jack, what is the point of your post? Why would a climate change thread have any place on The Magic Cafe in the first place?


The Cafe has this menu:

Not very magical, still...
A place to discuss things which have nothing to do with magic
by Leonard Hevia
July 1st, 2018, 1:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIP, CC
Replies: 16
Views: 944

Re: RIP, CC

Here are a few thread titles from the Green Monster, copy and pasted: 1. What is the best coin effect out there? 2. Best Impromptu Coin Tricks (No gaffs involved) 3. Best way to vanish 4 dollars 4.Best trick with two ungimmicked cards 5. When will you say "This is my trick"? 6. How often h...
by Leonard Hevia
June 9th, 2018, 8:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010622

Re: ERDNASE

Leonard Hevia, I do apologize, texting and driving is against the law. I never studied English like you. Most foreigners do that. Quick to criticize, insult but nothing to contribute except 'its all in the Gardner Correspondences'. What if Gardner got it wrong? What if M.D. Marshall was lying? But ...
by Leonard Hevia
June 9th, 2018, 6:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010622

Re: ERDNASE

Unfortunately Roger M. (or whoever your name is) others have and are quite pleased. It will one day become public knowledge, photographs and all. On that day, I will take comfort in knowing, I don't just write 1500 posts (i.e. Roger M) in Genie Forum, but go out and do research. Walk the streets li...
by Leonard Hevia
June 7th, 2018, 11:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010622

Re: ERDNASE

Great find Bob! I would put Sanders in the 5'8 range . He appears to be slightly taller than Starek on the far left who is 5'7 and a half, and shorter than Englehardt who is 5'10. All three men appear to be standing on the same back step.
by Leonard Hevia
June 7th, 2018, 8:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010622

Re: ERDNASE

The Burnaby Kid wrote:So... when this thread hits 2 million views, how will you guys be celebrating? I'm thinking Arby's.


I don't believe anybody who posts on this thread is fixated on the amount of views, but if that's your bag TBK, by all means continue counting all day and knock yourself out.
by Leonard Hevia
June 3rd, 2018, 6:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010622

Re: ERDNASE

As of May 28, 2018, Bob updated his linguistic analyses between Sanders and Erdnase:

http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~coyne/erdna ... guage.html
by Leonard Hevia
May 29th, 2018, 9:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Auke Van Dokkum R.I.P.
Replies: 1
Views: 462

Re: Auke Van Dokkum R.I.P.

Rest in peace Auke.
by Leonard Hevia
May 28th, 2018, 11:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: A Plunger Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1233

Re: A Plunger Question

I believe the Robinson/Krenzel pinky On the Up and Up Rise makes the plunger principle obsolete. There is nothing to hide beneath the deck and the rise can be performed openly with one hand, or two if desired.
by Leonard Hevia
May 27th, 2018, 10:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 15684

Re: New John Thompson Book

A shrinkwrapped copy is for sale by a fellow on the Green Monster at the $295 price:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view ... 0&forum=78
by Leonard Hevia
May 19th, 2018, 3:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010622

Re: ERDNASE

Richard published a theory once that T. Nelson Downs was actually Charles Jordan. Is it possible that T. Nelson Downs (1867-1938) was Erdnase as well? Maybe T. Nelson Downs was an incredible genius who published under multiple names? I don't believe that Downs fits Marshall's description since he w...
by Leonard Hevia
May 14th, 2018, 8:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 50
Views: 4682

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

Leo, you cannot compare an advertised product such as the Braue Notebooks to a crowd-funded project which is known to have a chance of not happening. Read Tom's note just above. Apples and oranges. I did read Tom's post. I also read Erdnasephile' s link and prefer what Attorney General Bob Ferguson...
by Leonard Hevia
May 13th, 2018, 9:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 50
Views: 4682

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

Leo, you cannot compare an advertised product such as the Braue Notebooks to a crowd-funded project which is known to have a chance of not happening. Read Tom's note just above. Apples and oranges. I did read Tom's post. I also read Erdnasephile' s link and prefer what Attorney General Bob Ferguson...
by Leonard Hevia
May 13th, 2018, 6:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 50
Views: 4682

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

I would not say that Dave is acting like a thief ... how do thieves act? That's subjective. I think he's gotten himself into a mess and doesn't know what to do about it. That might be bad judgement or stupidity rather than thievery. When Busby accepted the money for subscriptions to The Braue Noteb...
by Leonard Hevia
May 13th, 2018, 5:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deju Vu (Harry, too)
Replies: 1
Views: 620

Re: Deju Vu (Harry, too)

Dick Cavett had a guest die on his show:

https://www.aol.com/article/2014/06/23/ ... /20918318/
by Leonard Hevia
May 13th, 2018, 11:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010622

Re: ERDNASE

And yet, Erdnase mentions on several occasions having played cards for money (often losing), but never once mentions having personally performed a magic trick. He definitely played in gambling houses and often losing as Bill points out, but I think he was an amateur magician who also performed for ...
by Leonard Hevia
May 12th, 2018, 3:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 15684

Re: New John Thompson Book

Looking at the photos of Thompson's beautiful silver plated Bertram/Miller cups in the book, I think it would be cool if a cup maker would spin a limited edition set of these cups in .925 silver and engraved with hieroglyphics: The Johnny Thompson Cups.
by Leonard Hevia
May 12th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010622

Re: ERDNASE

Plus Benedict (and Gallaway) have no connection that I've heard related to the pseudonym and/or anagram. That's a HUGE missing piece and extremely difficult to overcome. I noticed that as well. Candidates are proposed with only half baked evidence. Good points by the Chief Genii, Roger, and Bob. I ...
by Leonard Hevia
May 12th, 2018, 10:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010622

Re: ERDNASE

Zenner wrote:Guess who!


Can you provide a few examples of Benedict's writing to exhibit any syntactic similarities to Erdnase? Being a magician is only half the equation.
by Leonard Hevia
May 3rd, 2018, 9:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010622

Re: ERDNASE

I recommend browsing the first several (even just 5) pages of this thread, from way back (2003). I just did, and it's pretty amazing how different things were back then. Stimulating, fun, civilized. I do not find this stimulating at all, maybe because the tone of the discussion is just plain annoyi...
by Leonard Hevia
May 1st, 2018, 8:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010622

Re: ERDNASE

Just for a change from the quibbling about Messrs Sanders and Gallaway — On April 12, 1900, an advert in The Chicago Tribune indicated that E.D. Benedict was operating from an office at 1050, The Monon Building. The Monon Building was at 320-326 Dearborn Street, according to Rand McNally’s Bird’s E...
by Leonard Hevia
May 1st, 2018, 8:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010622

Re: ERDNASE

I must be missing something somewhere. Probably because you still haven't read Bob's essay on the writing similarities between Sanders and Erdnase. Perhaps I should be speaking to the organ grinder rather than his monkey. I read the Marty Demarest article in the Genii again last night. A very good ...
by Leonard Hevia
April 30th, 2018, 8:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010622

Re: ERDNASE

I must be missing something somewhere. Probably because you still haven't read Bob's essay on the writing similarities between Sanders and Erdnase. His authorship of the Monotype System is wonderfully supported by his unattributed re-use, linguistic fingerprint, and photographic evidence. I could h...
by Leonard Hevia
April 30th, 2018, 12:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010622

Re: ERDNASE

After reading Bob's updated analyses of the writing similarities between Sanders and Erdnase, I can't possibly accept that he was not the author of The Expert. There is such a vast array of similarities in the writing that to adamantly believe Sanders is not a viable candidate is to be in denial. Wh...
by Leonard Hevia
April 29th, 2018, 11:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 15684

Re: New John Thompson Book

The value in these books for me are the finesses and tips Johnny imparts. His handling of the Bluff Pass and Vernon's Multiple Shift are wonderful. Rich magic history abounds within the descriptions of the effects. I was wowed reading the detailed description of Vernon's Castle act. I knew his set l...

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