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by Leonard Hevia
April 23rd, 2018, 11:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC Testimony
Replies: 8
Views: 825

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 86
Views: 10735

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 20
Views: 797

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: 20
Views: 797

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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...
by Leonard Hevia
April 20th, 2018, 9:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6520
Views: 1978508

Re: ERDNASE

Unless you have information nobody else has we only know of a rowing team measurement of 5'8, and two self reported heights of 5'8 1/2 and 5'9. Given that men typically exaggerate their height by an inch, I'd say 5'8 is the best guess. Though to be completely objective, we don't know he was at leas...
by Leonard Hevia
April 20th, 2018, 12:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6520
Views: 1978508

Re: ERDNASE

In Olsson's report, he makes these statements regarding the diaries and Sanders' writing: " I could not find a single reference to a book that he read and no evidence, across the five year period, of any significant development of his vocabulary .... No authors are mentioned. ... I believe thi...
by Leonard Hevia
April 19th, 2018, 12:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

Re: ERDNASE

I forgot about Bob! Great catch!
by Leonard Hevia
April 17th, 2018, 8:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Anderson
Replies: 13
Views: 1465

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 20
Views: 797

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 88
Views: 25977

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: 88
Views: 25977

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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: 6520
Views: 1978508

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...

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