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by Leonard Hevia
May 19th, 2018, 3:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

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: 47
Views: 3762

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: 47
Views: 3762

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: 47
Views: 3762

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: 446

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: 6777
Views: 1992966

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: 117
Views: 14065

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: 6777
Views: 1992966

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: 6777
Views: 1992966

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: 6777
Views: 1992966

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: 6777
Views: 1992966

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: 6777
Views: 1992966

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: 6777
Views: 1992966

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: 6777
Views: 1992966

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: 117
Views: 14065

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...
by Leonard Hevia
April 29th, 2018, 1:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 117
Views: 14065

Re: New John Thompson Book

by Leonard Hevia
April 29th, 2018, 10:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

Re: ERDNASE

The fact that Gallaway re-uses material from these books without attribution was the probable cause that lead me to this discovery and adds to the case , but is not the sole linchpin on which it rests. Adds to what case? All that stuff happened in the 1920s, way after The Expert. The fact that Gall...
by Leonard Hevia
April 28th, 2018, 6:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

Re: ERDNASE

People who play cards might well - especially if they are going away on a trip. No computers, no TVs. There is no evidence that Sanders knew ANYTHING about sleight of hand with cards, never mind writing an encyclopedia on the subject. People back then purchased six decks in one transaction? Sanders...
by Leonard Hevia
April 28th, 2018, 3:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

Re: ERDNASE

I have a new version of my Erdnase-Sanders linguistic correspondences online. http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~coyne/erdnase-sanders-use-of-language.html Several changes since I last posted it: 1) An introduction providing context and the overall evidence for Sanders and how the language fits into it. 2...
by Leonard Hevia
April 28th, 2018, 1:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

Re: ERDNASE

"Erdnase" didn't use anagrams ; he merely reversed a name. Sanders made a note of a mathematical card trick; there is no evidence that he knew anything about sleight of hand with cards . A name reversal is a simple anagram. And yet he purchased six decks of playing cards in one transactio...
by Leonard Hevia
April 28th, 2018, 9:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

Re: ERDNASE

I recently ran across something pretty remarkable that I haven't seen mentioned before. It's from an 1996 letter, among several available online that Bill Mullins pointed me at. Sanders, at the time, was at the Montana Historical Society. We already know that Sanders’ early diaries and notebooks co...
by Leonard Hevia
April 28th, 2018, 9:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 117
Views: 14065

Re: New John Thompson Book

Arnaud got his set. That establishment has one more copy left. The first PM I receive gets the link to the store.
by Leonard Hevia
April 28th, 2018, 9:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charles Morrit
Replies: 7
Views: 517

Re: Charles Morrit

Morritt is also the originator of Houdini's famous Vanishing Elephant that he performed at the Hippodrome in 1918.
by Leonard Hevia
April 28th, 2018, 2:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Anderson
Replies: 17
Views: 2355

Re: Harry Anderson

I like this line from Steve Bryant's website:

WISE GUY -- You would think that, if anyone could out-con Death at his own game, it would be Harry Anderson. Alas.
by Leonard Hevia
April 28th, 2018, 2:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 117
Views: 14065

Re: New John Thompson Book

Hi Arnaud--I sent you an e-mail with a link to a shop that might still have a few copies left. You need to move fast my friend!
by Leonard Hevia
April 23rd, 2018, 11:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC Testimony
Replies: 11
Views: 1482

Re: DC Testimony

Apparently the culprit that caused Mr. Cox to slip was a patch of construction dust on the floor?
by Leonard Hevia
April 23rd, 2018, 9:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

Re: ERDNASE

Also, in Marty Demarest's article, he suggests that Sanders could have met Houdini when Houdini was on tour and performed in Butte Montana (Sander's occasional home town) in the 1890s. Houdini had a diary note about being scheduled to perform there. And he also left behind an autographed picture. T...
by Leonard Hevia
April 22nd, 2018, 11:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

Re: ERDNASE

Also, in Marty Demarest's article, he suggests that Sanders could have met Houdini when Houdini was on tour and performed in Butte Montana (Sander's occasional home town) in the 1890s. Houdini had a diary note about being scheduled to perform there. And he also left behind an autographed picture. A...
by Leonard Hevia
April 22nd, 2018, 5:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 117
Views: 14065

Re: New John Thompson Book

James Alan noted today on the Cafe: We are pleased to announce that The Magic of Johnny Thompson is now sold out, and officially out of print. Although individual dealers may still have individual copies in stock, so if you look quickly you may still be able to get one. Because of the size of the bo...
by Leonard Hevia
April 22nd, 2018, 5:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

Re: ERDNASE

But you did state 1891-1894 as fact on Saltman's blog--and without the exact information to justify that statement. Again wrong. I wrote "~1891-1894". That little tilde in front of the dates means approximately. Little tildes...oh, allright then. The West Lebanon Warren County I am referr...
by Leonard Hevia
April 22nd, 2018, 3:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

Re: ERDNASE

Edward Gallaway worked at the circus ~1891-1894." Allright then. First of all, Gallaway's circus time, 1891-1894, is an estimate. It could just as well have been 1892-1895. We don't have the information to exactly pin it down . Oh? It could very well have been 1982 to 1895? But you did state 1...
by Leonard Hevia
April 22nd, 2018, 12:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

Re: ERDNASE

More wonderful Erdnasium from the great David Saltman's blog: http://www.houdinifile.com/2018/04/the-man-who-wasnt-erdnase.html Wasshuber could not resist leaving his Gallaway calling card at Saltman's blog. In his fictional narrative, Gallaway also met Houdini when they both worked at the circus: ...
by Leonard Hevia
April 22nd, 2018, 11:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards
Replies: 29
Views: 1389

Re: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards

It would also be great to get a few double backs and a MacDonald's four ace set with this deck. That's a set of double faced cards consisting of the 4 aces on one side and low spot cards on the other. This deck is great for Hofzinser type of effects.
by Leonard Hevia
April 22nd, 2018, 10:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards
Replies: 29
Views: 1389

Re: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards

A set of Gypsy Curse cards would go nice with this deck. What is that? Also, I do not produce occult items. My pack of cards don't have anything to do with that world. Not to worry Mahdi, it doesn't have to use Tarot or strange occult cards. Gypsy Curse is a packet trick much like Wild Card. Here i...
by Leonard Hevia
April 21st, 2018, 4:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

Re: ERDNASE

Note: In the above quotes, Sanders writes in his style where he mimics accents and colloquial speech patterns (eg "sez" -> "says") Similar to what Erdnase does in the clubroom scene in the intro. I transcribed into normal english words for readability. The use of vernacular spee...
by Leonard Hevia
April 21st, 2018, 11:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

Re: ERDNASE

Of course none of that changes the fact that you can't claim with any certitude that he was 5'9. Not with certitude, but with a very high probability bordering on certitude. We can also be certain he had dark eyes and dark hair. So Sanders' height, hair and eye color is your grievance against Sande...
by Leonard Hevia
April 21st, 2018, 11:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

Re: ERDNASE

As for passport applications, Houdini, who was 5"5, lied on his 1919 application and added an inch to his height. So back in 1919, men were exaggerating their height: https://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/houdinis-passport-full-of-red-flags/ Nice find Leonard! My pleasure Bob! we are dealing with some...
by Leonard Hevia
April 21st, 2018, 10:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

Re: ERDNASE

More wonderful Erdnasium from the great David Saltman's blog:

http://www.houdinifile.com/2018/04/the- ... dnase.html
by Leonard Hevia
April 21st, 2018, 10:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

Re: ERDNASE

First, we are talking about the norms and attitudes of a hundred years ago, not today. These most likely changed. Second, a passport application is a much more serious document than a driver license. The US passport around 1918 not only listed age and height, but also a description of forehead, eye...
by Leonard Hevia
April 20th, 2018, 11:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6777
Views: 1992966

Re: ERDNASE

Many people who played Faro lost their shirt. It is not a mere academic possibility. Absolutely. Many people at the turn of the century played the pasteboards and lost their money gambling. That Gallaway was possibly among them is your creation. But I suppose when you have nothing to put on the tab...

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