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by Zig Zagger
February 22nd, 2020, 4:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: What Attracts You to Magic?
Replies: 108
Views: 4634

Re: What Attracts You to Magic?

Roger Ebert noting films he especially liked/remembered from his boyhood, included, "Houdini" with Tony Curtis. He noted part of the attraction of magic for kids, is being able to puzzle/fool adults, showing them a trick. Likewise, Siegfried noted, what impressed/attracted him to magic wa...
by Zig Zagger
February 22nd, 2020, 3:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Orson Bean hit by 2 vehivles and passes away
Replies: 14
Views: 1259

Re: Orson Bean hit by 2 vehivles and passes away

"In an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1974, Bean recounted the source of his new name. He credited its origin to a piano player named Val at "Hurley's Log Cabin", a restaurant and nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts, where he had once performed. According to B...
by Zig Zagger
February 19th, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What Attracts You to Magic?
Replies: 108
Views: 4634

Re: What Attracts You to Magic?

:lol: It was just too tempting to correct you at least once, and my passport informs me that this was okay.

By the way, most people are foreigners from most perspectives, even the great Brits.
by Zig Zagger
February 19th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What Attracts You to Magic?
Replies: 108
Views: 4634

Re: What Attracts You to Magic?

performer wrote:I got the idea from something that Cy Enfield came up with. But your finish sounds pretty good too!

Mark, I‘m getting a psychic vibe that Cy EnDfield will call on you and demand his „d“ back...

You‘re welcome.
by Zig Zagger
February 18th, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus Back in Print!
Replies: 11
Views: 932

Re: Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus Back in Print!

I saw a video of Daryl doing the ambitious card trick. The routine went on forever and ever and ever. I assume he shortened it a trifle when performing for laymen. I think two minutes is more than enough. I think Daryl did great. As he always did. R.I.P.! And I'm a proud owner of the original Omnib...
by Zig Zagger
February 18th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus Back in Print!
Replies: 11
Views: 932

Re: Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus Back in Print!

:lol: TOC? Difficult one...

Tricks of Cards?
Twists of Close?
Table of Contempt?
Tantrum of Chief???

Michael Close should know! He's smart.
by Zig Zagger
February 16th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: "Secret Language" by Helder Guimarães
Replies: 3
Views: 570

Re: "Secret Language" by Helder Guimarães

Thank you, Joe! That looks like a mighty fine book! I couldn't find any info on the number of pages, but with 40 chapters and 700 photos this sounds like another eminent tome. The price is 150$ plus shipping. (Side note: 150+$ seems to become the new standard...) But you may want to make sure to rea...
by Zig Zagger
February 16th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 209
Views: 43747

Re: Royal road to card magic

Must be part of Murphy's Law that there are always more mistakes in our work than we will ever find on our own!

By the way, I think I've just spotted a typo here: ;)
Richard Kaufman wrote:I'm getting Mr. Jennings Take It Easy ready for layout.
by Zig Zagger
February 16th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

Seem like he try to disguise self by affecting certain writing style - leaving out article and preposition, and not pluralize certain word in sentence he write on various thread. But then in more recent posts on this thread, was inconsistent because majority of sentences grammatically correct. But ...
by Zig Zagger
February 15th, 2020, 5:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

Solid foundation is based on writing analysis REGARDLESS OF NAME. Also, investigation of principles (such as Mr. Smith). And circumstances of book production and publication. By starting with name you are putting cart before horse. YOU CAN BE TOTALLY WRONG. Remember the words of Shakespeare: "...
by Zig Zagger
February 15th, 2020, 3:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

Brilliant! I have enjoyed a lot reading those thought of you, Jan! That's what I would call "to go to the point, instead of "beating around the bush." Thank you, Paco! It's not really rocket science, and likely all of this has been stated here before one way or the other. But I stron...
by Zig Zagger
February 14th, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Top Change Effect
Replies: 37
Views: 1690

Re: Top Change Effect

I have an unusual handling of the Top Change that will, of course, fool laymen. But it also has fooled the magicians to whom I've shown it. I felt it might be unnatural and asked Vernon about it. He said it would be perfectly natural if I did something before it. Will probably put it in Greater Mag...
by Zig Zagger
February 14th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

I do not know how "erde" was commonly used in late 19th century, but I do know (as before mentioned) that "earth" at that time was most often used in reference to soil or ground, much less than planet. I do agree with that. And by giving both meanings and the "planet earth&...
by Zig Zagger
February 14th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

The writter may have not been specially interested in hiding his name if we assume that it is showed just backward. So, I wonder why Smith didn't want to identify the guy even decades after. Maybe the writter is actually Smith? I agree that there's another discrepancy, Paco, and thus I have questio...
by Zig Zagger
February 14th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

I got that. INK IS NOT DIRT. But Erd- does not translate as DIRT either. At least not in present times. I do not know how "erde" was commonly used in late 19th century, but I do know (as before mentioned) that "earth" at that time was most often used in reference to soil or grou...
by Zig Zagger
February 14th, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

How strange that the illustrator recalls his lettering but not the figures. Recalls soft hands and soft voice, clothes, some small talk about family, but not the tricks or the guys name. Then there's mention of Vernon noticing the Canadian copyright filing including photographs. Any hope of finding...
by Zig Zagger
February 14th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

Whew! I have just been doing some catching up on the Forum. I am just as eager as anybody to see what Messrs Forte and Karr have to say but I am not spending that kind of money on a whim. I still feel sure that Edward Douglas Benedict was "Erdnase" and will be very surprised if he turns o...
by Zig Zagger
February 13th, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

I got that. INK IS NOT DIRT. But Erd- does not translate as DIRT either. At least not in present times.
by Zig Zagger
February 13th, 2020, 4:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

I've also located a 1756 document in which "erdnasen" seems to mean either "foothills" or "sod" (my German is weak, and I'm also struggling with the old-style fraktur font). Bill, if you want to send me a link or screenshot at zzzauber [at] arcor [dot] de, I'd be happy...
by Zig Zagger
February 13th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

Thank you kindly. First time I have seen the information all gathered together in one place. I am now more convinced than ever that Mr Smith's recollections were correct. Far too specific to be misremembered. I'd say that this is a tempting yet very dangerous conclusion, performer. It's exactly the...
by Zig Zagger
February 13th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

(what is name of Zig Zagger's candidate?) Are you confusing Zig Zagger with Zenner? Yes, I may have got the wrong name. Zenner I think is the one who proposed the magician from Chicago. Thank you for pointing that out! It's important because I don't have a candidate to vouch for. That's why I canno...
by Zig Zagger
February 13th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

Roger M. wrote:So you're taking the "we needed the money" literally then?

So you're taking M.D. Smith's memories literally then? ;)
by Zig Zagger
February 13th, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

He would have been seen almost daily with a "dirty" nose by many German speaking people. But wouldn't they then use a nickname like Schumtzige Nase (dirty nose), or Shmutznase (dirt nose), or even Tintinnase (ink nose)? All that is necessary is to understand that "earth" is same...
by Zig Zagger
February 12th, 2020, 4:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What Attracts You to Magic?
Replies: 108
Views: 4634

Re: What Attracts You to Magic?

ZigZagger, you have a gift for the art of magic and the art of expression; you are, at once, a giver, and a gift. Thank you for sharing that! Among your many eloquent sentences, let me quote one, short, three-word sentence: "Something just clicked." I would venture to say that, on whateve...
by Zig Zagger
February 12th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

Suppose you went through Martin Gardner's recollections of his interviews with Smith, and through the Smith-Gardner correspondence, and the limited recollections of the few other people who met Smith at the SAM convention, and listed everything that was said about Erdnase. You'd have a list of &quo...
by Zig Zagger
February 12th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

We aren't disputing facts. There was a printer in Chicago. Dai Vernon liked the book. Smith recalled some of the illustrations. * ... :D and then things got chesty with claims and justifications. Haha, I hope you don't mind me saying that, JT, but that's probably the funniest and most spot-on post ...
by Zig Zagger
February 12th, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND
Replies: 31
Views: 1608

Re: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND

No excuses, Dave! As Alfred has stated in his scenario, you are invited to bring "one magic book of any kind, on any subject, from any time period." I had understood his criteria. And they specify that I can't have any conjuring-related hardware other than the deck of cards. So reading my...
by Zig Zagger
February 12th, 2020, 4:26 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Hofzinser's Playing Cards on eBay
Replies: 11
Views: 806

Re: Hofzinser's Playing Cards on eBay

That would be me. In my ongoing studies of Hofzinser's card material, I have long looked for a deck of cards identical to those he used. I once held a deck he actually did use, which was put into my hand by Volker Huber. Thought it was time to own one. Oh, that's great to hear! I'm glad I didn't bu...
by Zig Zagger
February 11th, 2020, 7:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What Attracts You to Magic?
Replies: 108
Views: 4634

Re: What Attracts You to Magic?

Here's my take: I also don't know why, but from early on, long before books or magic sets, I have simply been fascinated by magic, mysteries, secrets, riddles, and unanswered questions. I begged my parents to let me watch every magic bit on TV. I once dived into every available bit on von Däniken's ...
by Zig Zagger
February 11th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

No, he didn't fit Smith's physical description, or even come close. Smith notes Erdnase as "blondish" , and "not having dark hair or eyes" ... Roterberg has dark hair and a huge dark moustache. Smith also recalls that Erdnase "spoke in good english" , Smith also noted ...
by Zig Zagger
February 11th, 2020, 5:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

The name "Erdnase" is basically a contraction of Erden-Nase (Erdennase). You could say that elimination of two letters ("Erd[en]nase") was done to fit Sanders name. Although it could also be used for Andrews, etc. As has been stated correctly before by Chris Wasshuber, our Germa...
by Zig Zagger
February 11th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

It has become well known that the least reliable type of evidence is eye-witness testimony. I don't see anything that Smith said as having much value, and like most inaccurately remembered eye-witness testimony, it only serves to divert people from focusing on more valuable information. Exactly my ...
by Zig Zagger
February 11th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

I'm far from exemplary in the memory department, but as a 63 year old man today, I have vivid recollections of dozens to hundreds of different scenarios that occurred when I was 20 in and around the touring club band scene (even with the associated booze). Those memories are confirmed by friends wh...
by Zig Zagger
February 11th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

In addition to the connection between Erdnase/earth-nose and Sanders' knowledge of German and profession of a prospector and mining engineer, there's another significant tie-in between Erdnase and mining. In the trick The Divining Rod, the patter centers around a mining-related theme, where a pen k...
by Zig Zagger
February 11th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

No, he didn't fit Smith's physical description, or even come close. Smith notes Erdnase as "blondish" , and "not having dark hair or eyes" ... Roterberg has dark hair and a huge dark moustache. Smith also recalls that Erdnase "spoke in good english" , Smith also noted ...
by Zig Zagger
February 11th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Hofzinser's Playing Cards on eBay
Replies: 11
Views: 806

Re: Hofzinser's Playing Cards on eBay

No problem, Mike!

Whew, this wonderful deck went for a hefty price: 142 Euros!

There's surely one happy card connoisseur out there now...
by Zig Zagger
February 10th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND
Replies: 31
Views: 1608

Re: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND

Zig Zagger, Thank you for your exceptionally well-written and truthful observations, and for your kind words towards me. Your post helped greatly to relieve the sadness and disillusionment I was feeling. I should probably be devoting more time to practicing, anyway. I spent some time over at your b...
by Zig Zagger
February 10th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND
Replies: 31
Views: 1608

Re: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND

which I'd hoped would generate responses and stimulating discussion from magicians talking about their favorite magic books and playing cards My favourite magic book wouldn't be a card book. Which is why I hadn't replied. Not trying to divert this thread. Merely hoping to assuage your disappointmen...
by Zig Zagger
February 10th, 2020, 2:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

Paco, I think the Chief Genii was just mocking the recent discussions here with one of the most improbable candidates ever. ;) Or, he was just trying to misdirect us, to keep us away from the new hottest candidate... Apart from that, it certainly doesn't hurt to learn a bit more about the Golden (No...
by Zig Zagger
February 10th, 2020, 3:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251777

Re: ERDNASE

Being a tiny bit of a creator myself, I'd have a hard time believing that you would attach a totally unrelated name to your brain child (like the S.W.E. Shift). Hence I would argue that, no matter what the real meaning behind it, S.W.E. had a significant meaning for the author. (This certainly woul...

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