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by Leonard Hevia
April 19th, 2018, 12:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

A 2 to 3 inch margin of error in height after 45 years is acceptable given the overwhelming circumstantial evidence surrounding Sanders. A height of 5'8 to 5'9 is still short enough for the 6'1 Smith to have looked down at him. If height is the best anyone can say to invalidate his candidacy, then A...
by Leonard Hevia
April 18th, 2018, 11:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Olsson has written a more than 40 page report. You have my ebook and thus you have his full report. That 40 Olsson page report is the cornerstone of your campaign to push more of your Gallaway e-books out the door. It has its limitations and can't cover the glaring holes in your arguments for Galla...
by Leonard Hevia
April 18th, 2018, 8:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

This not being able to hang on to the money he made could very well be due to gambling at Faro. I have yet to see any evidence to back up this twaddle. There is nothing in recorded history that points to Gallaway having gambled for high stakes money in his life. Clearly, evidence to Chris is an arc...
by Leonard Hevia
April 17th, 2018, 10:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

I forgot about Bob! Great catch!
by Leonard Hevia
April 17th, 2018, 8:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Anderson
Replies: 12
Views: 1189

Re: Harry Anderson

Anderson was a master at Three Card Monte in its various incarnations.
by Leonard Hevia
April 17th, 2018, 8:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Here's what I think about the points: I don't put much if any stock in the "having lots of free time because he was a train agent" argument. Some free time is surely needed, but it would be hard to rule anyone in or out based on that. About a third of your points are just different restat...
by Leonard Hevia
April 17th, 2018, 8:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards
Replies: 14
Views: 591

Re: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards

A set of Gypsy Curse cards would go nice with this deck.
by Leonard Hevia
April 16th, 2018, 1:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

At this late date, the easiest way to get a copy is to buy the Houdini Magic "Expert at the Card Table" DVD set , which includes a legal PDF of the book. Thanks Bill! I actually have that DVD set but it's in storage and probably still shrinkwrapped. What I know from the GSC came directly ...
by Leonard Hevia
April 16th, 2018, 1:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Sanders also received letters from people in New York appreciating the payments he had made. Those letters included gambling slang such as "sporting" noted in Bob's post, "square" and "the right turns." After graduating Columbia in 1885, Sanders made frequent trips to N...
by Leonard Hevia
April 15th, 2018, 11:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Gallaway’s daughter-in-law commented: He made a lot of money but it just slipped through his fingers ... he couldn't hang on to it. This not being able to hang on to the money he made could very well be due to gambling at Faro. From his diaries we know that Sanders frequented the Silver Bow Club in...
by Leonard Hevia
April 15th, 2018, 9:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Sanders advocates argue that Erdnase must not have needed the cash, because it was a fairly slow process. But that is all the better reason to dispense with small talk! Too much time had been wasted already. Quite the opposite. Sanders most likely didn't need the cash so he had the luxury of spendi...
by Leonard Hevia
April 15th, 2018, 8:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

So it would be very natural for personal attributes to be conveyed one way or another. I don't think it matters much why Dalrymple, specifically, was mentioned. It could well have been because he thought Smith would be interested as a fellow artist. But, whatever the reason, it's all just part of m...
by Leonard Hevia
April 15th, 2018, 6:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

...yes, I am questioning Smith on that. Naturally you are questioning Smith on his hunch that Erdnase was not married. It contradicts your edict that Gallaway was there. Yet you adamantly agree with Smith whenever his memory aligns with your claims. If Gallaway had not been married, you would have ...
by Leonard Hevia
April 15th, 2018, 5:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

So married or not, there was no way for Smith to know if he was married, unless Erdnase would have told him. Yet Smith got the feeling Erdnase wasn't married. Are you questioning Smith? Or do you only question Smith when his recollections don't quite match with your narration? But why would Erdnase...
by Leonard Hevia
April 15th, 2018, 5:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

And, come to think of it, the reference to the weather might have been related to the meeting with Smith. As the cold would naturally stiffen the hands, which Erdnase would need to warm up before demonstrating the card moves. Your intuition is spot on. Here is the relevant note: He remembers scene ...
by Leonard Hevia
April 15th, 2018, 5:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Which only supports the notion that Erdnase's remarks were pertinent to the project. There is no discussion about home life--or personal habits that do not touch upon gambling. If he were as chatty as you suggest, then why would he have neglected to inform Smith of his career in the printing busine...
by Leonard Hevia
April 15th, 2018, 11:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Or maybe he thought that Dalrymple was more relevant to the conversation. Really? Speaking of Dalrymple, what was the title of the political cartoon connected to Erdnase that Dalrymple illustrated? If you had followed Bill Mullin's suggestion to read up on the relevant material you might be able to...
by Leonard Hevia
April 15th, 2018, 1:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Smith recalls nothing that would suggest Erdnase had a wife. A quote from our old friend Roger M. who had listed what Smith remembered from that meeting. Gallaway had married in June of 1901 and would have been a 6 month newlywed by December of that year. It is most likely that the meeting in the h...
by Leonard Hevia
April 14th, 2018, 3:11 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 84
Views: 25547

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

Mr. Sommers got away with it for a time because the world was less connected in the 1970s. Stealing is not acceptable behavior but you can see why he nicked it: It's the perfect illusion. No special lighting required, no threads, no bad angles, can be done surrounded, and it's self-contained. What's...
by Leonard Hevia
April 14th, 2018, 10:41 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 84
Views: 25547

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

Caveney published an article in Magic years ago about that Zig Zag controversy. A magician here in the U.S. built a version sometime around the early 1970s? and began to perform it without Harbin's permission. Caveney also published an article in Magicol about that pirated copy of the Harbin book an...
by Leonard Hevia
April 14th, 2018, 10:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

A VERY interesting bit of speculation on Erdnase by the great David Saltman on his blog:

http://www.houdinifile.com/2018/04/houdini-erdnase.html
by Leonard Hevia
April 13th, 2018, 9:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Richard Hatch wrote:But I agree that based on Marshall Smith's eyewitness testimony concerning the author's age...we can probably rule him out. Also, to me, his writing does not sound much like Erdnase.


Gallaway does not sound much like Erdnase to me either.
by Leonard Hevia
April 11th, 2018, 11:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Bill and others here get upset when I state my conviction that I have found Erdnase. It would be intellectually dishonest of me not to say what I believe. That is what I believe. You can believe something else, but to excuse your attacks with my convictions is a lame excuse, and just as intellectua...
by Leonard Hevia
April 10th, 2018, 8:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Despite variations and noise, illustration 79 allows one to take an estimate of the hand size of Erdnase, and thus allows an estimate of his stature. This is a completely reasonable and rational evaluation of the evidence we have. The fact that it matches what Smith told us about Erdnase's stature ...
by Leonard Hevia
April 8th, 2018, 10:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Sanders is too tall, and he has the wrong hair and eye color. It can't get any clearer. Eye color and height are two characteristics Sanders could not change. I don't think they had colored contact lenses back then. Your final refuge to invalidate Sanders' possible candidacy as author is to use Smi...
by Leonard Hevia
April 8th, 2018, 9:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

lybrary wrote:Here is an image that shows Sanders' hands. He did not have small hands.


Hard to tell from that 1890 photo. It's a long shot, not a close up of the hands, and he's not holding any object to compare it to his hand size. You can see in that photo that he's not a big, stout, heavy guy.
by Leonard Hevia
April 8th, 2018, 8:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

They're less accurate when there's a bigger height difference, where they tend to put people into buckets. And clearly the certainty of any estimate would atrophy over time. Smith put Erdnase into the 'very small man' bucket. 5'9" is not a very small man by any measure, even if you are 6'1&quo...
by Leonard Hevia
April 7th, 2018, 10:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

To the best of my knowledge, the only convention appearance by Marshall Smith was the 1947 SAM Convention in Chicago that May. The program includes a photo of Smith circa 1902, one of his paintings, and an article by Martin Gardner, The Mystery of Erdnase (reprinted in Darwin Ortiz's THE ANNOTATED ...
by Leonard Hevia
April 7th, 2018, 6:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Nobody can tell me by looking at these two photographs of David Ben's hands how tall he is. I rode in an elevator with him and know how tall he is. Anyone unfamiliar with him cannot tell me his height from these two photographs. This is just more bunk from Chris. http://davidben.com/wp-content/uploa...
by Leonard Hevia
April 7th, 2018, 6:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

We know the length of the card to be 88 mm, which allows one to determine the hand to be ~163 mm long. Using human proportions, which were already known to Da Vinci, you get a man of about 163 cm or 5'4". We know the length of the playing card, and from that you extrapolated "facts."...
by Leonard Hevia
April 7th, 2018, 5:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Of course, not everybody will exactly exhibit these proportions, so perhaps the man was anywhere from 5'2" - 5'6". But he was not 5'8 1/2" - 5'9". (The 5'8" is when he entered school. It appears he grew another half inch, which is not uncommon for men ~20 years of age.) You...
by Leonard Hevia
April 7th, 2018, 5:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

btw, David Alexander, in this thread years ago said that Gardner was able to get Smith to admit that Erdnase could have been 5' 7". (I can't vouch for that being true, not having the notes of the interview). So, if that's the case, then we're talking a one inch difference. Seems like Sanders i...
by Leonard Hevia
April 7th, 2018, 3:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

The hands depicted in Expert are not those of a 5'8"-5'9" man. They are those of a ~5'4" which independently corroborates Smith's statement of no more than 5'6". Sanders is too tall to be Erdnase. Sanders was a rower, an athlete, not a 'very small man of slight build'. 130 pound...
by Leonard Hevia
April 7th, 2018, 2:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

In The Man Who Was Erdnase , Smith is described as "a TALL and handsome man of about 25". So sounds like he was probably in the 5' 11 or 6' range (and would have to look up at the over 6' 1" MFA). At that height, he would be quite a bit taller than Sanders. That is an interesting fin...
by Leonard Hevia
April 7th, 2018, 12:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Which now begs the question--how tall was Marshall Smith? If you apply a bit of logic and combine Smith's statements that he was certain he was looking down on him, and that Erdnase was no taller than 5'6", that would make Smith probably 5'7" or very close to that. No--The more accurate a...
by Leonard Hevia
April 7th, 2018, 11:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

FWIW, Gallaway's 1918 Passport application says his height was 5' 8-1/2". This is a typo. It should read "Sanders' 1918 Passport application says his height was 5' 8-1/2"." Which independently corroborates his own bio with 5'9" and firmly establishes that Sanders was too ta...
by Leonard Hevia
April 7th, 2018, 12:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Then that would disqualify Gallaway since his 1918 passport application listed his height as 5' 8 and a half. Gallaway is not 5'8 1/2". We have photos of him which allow a fairly good estimate which turns out to be somewhere around 5'3". So then you are implying that Gallaway exaggerated ...
by Leonard Hevia
April 7th, 2018, 12:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

Smith's first statement on height to Gardner was: "Andrews was a very small man of slight build. Not over 5’ 6"." Then that would disqualify Gallaway since his 1918 passport application listed his height as 5' 8 and a half. Bill--That was a mind boggling post of literary sources that...
by Leonard Hevia
April 6th, 2018, 10:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

And if you are going to virtually accuse poor Sanders of exaggerating his physical stature, how will you defend his other claims? Might we not question any boast? Doesn't look like a good course to take. Sanders' accomplishments, apart from any possible connection to The Expert, are known. What he ...
by Leonard Hevia
April 6th, 2018, 8:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6389
Views: 1971797

Re: ERDNASE

I will let somebody else explain it to you. I sincerely hope you have somebody who takes care of you. You should be sincerely hoping to reveal the source of those Gallaway quotes that Bill has repeatedly requested from you. As he pointed out, secret data is considered nonexistent in the context of ...

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