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by Roger M.
July 1st, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gravity Holdout
Replies: 15
Views: 1357

Re: Gravity Holdout

Ahhhh, I should make clear that I wasn't denigrating anybodies product, or belittling the technological advancement of any given magical device. What I said what that ... at heart ... all gravity hold-outs are basically Jack Millers hold-out at their core (a true statement if there ever was one). I ...
by Roger M.
June 30th, 2018, 6:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gravity Holdout
Replies: 15
Views: 1357

Re: Gravity Holdout

I get that there may be injection molding, metal machining, etc on these contemporary hold-outs ... but ultimately they're all still the fishing weight, clothespin, and bit of string that Jack Miller imagined (and sold for $10.00) all those years ago. I you bought his book, and built one yourself .....
by Roger M.
June 22nd, 2018, 3:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

I've got a couple of dozen assorted K.C. Card, Drake, Firefly, Powner, Frost, etc editions in good to mint condition ... and I'd not value a single one of them at more than $100.00 ... indeed most (if not all) are worth between $35.00 and $85.00. I've long considered Jason's estimates of assorted EA...
by Roger M.
June 9th, 2018, 9:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: RE: Re: ERDNASE

rrath1 wrote:I know of two that will no longer post here. Both deeply invested with money in the subject. When it's time. Waiting on announcements.


So much drama ... but no loss.
by Roger M.
June 9th, 2018, 7:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

Unfortunately Roger M. (or whoever your name is) ......Errrrr, it's Roger M. If you'd like to know my last name, tell me why you need it and I'd be glad to message it to you. Otherwise no need to doubt my name ... that is of course unless you've got nothing of value to contribute to the conversatio...
by Roger M.
June 9th, 2018, 9:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: RE: Re: ERDNASE

rrath1 wrote:......
Buy it.
Sent from my LGUS995 using Tapatalk


LOL ... I wouldn't buy a newspaper or a hotdog from you nut-jobs! :lol:
by Roger M.
June 9th, 2018, 12:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

rrath1 wrote:The information is the first time anybody knows where M.D. Smith is buried...


Really, would you care to elaborate?

In the absence of a detailed explanation, it would appear that you're:
    ridiculously uninformed
    lying
    simply crazy

The floor is now yours ...
by Roger M.
June 8th, 2018, 7:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

Why is the Marshall Smith info posted next to a photo of someone else's grave? That pic is used for a few "Smiths", presumably ones without a photo of the actual stone. Look a little lower on the page and you'll see the same photo, for a different Smith. Scott Lane is involved ... that's ...
by Roger M.
June 8th, 2018, 3:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: magic forums using reCAPTCHA v1 MUST upgrade
Replies: 1
Views: 239

Re: magic forums using reCAPTCHA v1 MUST upgrade

To be clear, it's the forum page of 52 Plus Joker, which is: http://www.playingcardforum.com/index.php?action=register I know these guys frequent the Genii Forum, and I know some Genii Forum members are frequent posters to the Tenyo Forum (Richard!). Not mission critical ... but it would be nice to ...
by Roger M.
June 8th, 2018, 1:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: magic forums using reCAPTCHA v1 MUST upgrade
Replies: 1
Views: 239

magic forums using reCAPTCHA v1 MUST upgrade

For those magic forums that use reCAPTCHA v1, please wake up ... IT NO LONGER WORKS , and you can't get any new members!! It's been non functional since the middle of March 2018. A couple of forums I've tried to access, like 52Plus Joker and the Tenyo Magic Forum seem not to realize that when new re...
by Roger M.
June 7th, 2018, 7:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

Bob Coyne wrote:.......The unhelpful response was "that's why you have to buy it."


It sounds too much like a scam.
by Roger M.
June 7th, 2018, 6:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

From the description in the ebay blurb, it would seem to be an item that could be sold, and then re-sold again and again ... endlessly.

It's seems to be little more than some information and a few photos ... and the seller is making no claims of exclusivity.
by Roger M.
June 6th, 2018, 8:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

I don't specifically recall reading about it, and haven't done a search for it ... but is Smith's gravesite anything "secret"? Smith died in 1973 at 100 years old - I'm convinced he told Gardner everything he could remember ... so this ad makes very little sense unless the guy is auctionin...
by Roger M.
June 6th, 2018, 6:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Carson Passes Away
Replies: 73
Views: 9919

Re: Johnny Carson Passes Away

For me, this was the finest interview Johnny Carson ever did. Johnny was the only guy who could have done this interview, and made it funny, human, and interesting - all at the same time. It is a true example of Johnny's finest work, and a demonstration Johnny as the absolute master of the craft: ht...
by Roger M.
June 6th, 2018, 3:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

Nothing I can see on eBay related to any secret M.D. Smith documents or grave site?

Link?
by Roger M.
June 5th, 2018, 12:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Carson Passes Away
Replies: 73
Views: 9919

Re: Johnny Carson Passes Away

Mike Douglas totally in on it - he was the sell!

... although Bob could be right, and I could have interpreted it just the way Carson intended it to be interpreted, fake back palm, card already in pocket.
by Roger M.
June 5th, 2018, 12:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card to *really* impossible location
Replies: 18
Views: 1566

Re: Card to *really* impossible location

Richard Kaufman wrote:Roger, then you might enjoy a version of Chinese Sticks that I once devised at the age of 14.


.... Dare I ask? :o
by Roger M.
June 4th, 2018, 10:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card to *really* impossible location
Replies: 18
Views: 1566

Re: Card to *really* impossible location

I suppose it depends on your audience. Listening to the crowd, they seemed to either be on the borderline of tears of laughter, or already shedding tears of laughter. Personally, I found it interesting, entertaining, and a very funny take on an ancient card plot. I admire "new" thinking in...
by Roger M.
June 4th, 2018, 6:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Carson Passes Away
Replies: 73
Views: 9919

Re: Johnny Carson Passes Away

Johnny had a wicked back palm!
by Roger M.
June 4th, 2018, 5:10 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)
Replies: 13
Views: 686

Re: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)

I'm not sure any company has ever done more to rip off creators than Magic Makers have. But as noted above, do we really need a review of a Hot Rod in this forum? ... I mean really ... a Hot Rod? I also take issue with the burgeoning multitude of "magic reviewers" who have tag lines simila...
by Roger M.
May 31st, 2018, 9:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Trial Over. Plaintiff Loses.
Replies: 28
Views: 1914

Re: Copperfield Trial Over. Plaintiff Loses.

I still don't understand why, as a British citizen with full health care for free, he moved to the USA and then spent $400,000 on health care. Has anyone figured out why he moved here after he was injured? Or am I misunderstanding something. I'm Canadian, and have lived my life under a universal he...
by Roger M.
May 30th, 2018, 8:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Trial Over. Plaintiff Loses.
Replies: 28
Views: 1914

Re: Copperfield Trial Over. Victim Loses.

“Copperfield Trial Over. Victim Loses.” I don’t think he is faking his injuries. The jury certainly did, and his walking about perfectly normally when he thought there were no cameras around didn't help him any when the video footage was played back in court. It's too bad he injured himself, but th...
by Roger M.
May 30th, 2018, 1:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Trial Over. Plaintiff Loses.
Replies: 28
Views: 1914

Re: Copperfield Trial Over. Victim Loses.

Personally, if I were a layman ... I'd find a magician only run-around equally as impressive as a group run-around. I'm not sure the group adds much to a layman's take on the illusion. I get that it's way "bigger" in scale ... but I'm talking about impact from a sheer wonder point of view ...
by Roger M.
May 30th, 2018, 11:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Trial Over. Plaintiff Loses.
Replies: 28
Views: 1914

Re: Copperfield Trial Over. Victim Loses.

The only thing that was revealed in the court case was that in 2018 ... we don't yet have Star Trek transporters as a part of our daily lives.
by Roger M.
May 30th, 2018, 10:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

I would think, if anything ... confirming by consensus who the actual author was would allow us to investigate in detail what kind of amazing life Erdnase lead between roughly 1892 and 1902 ... I don't think he was doing anything amazing between 1892 and 1902, Roger. By 1892 he had retired as a pro...
by Roger M.
May 30th, 2018, 10:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Trial Over. Plaintiff Loses.
Replies: 28
Views: 1914

Re: Copperfield Trial Over. Victim Loses.

I wouldn't call it perfect. He was still found negligent. Indeed, that was exactly my point. Yelling "run, run, run" in and of itself implies an element of negligence, in that you have no idea what the abilities of the person you're yelling at actually are. You're negligent in your action...
by Roger M.
May 30th, 2018, 12:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Trial Over. Plaintiff Loses.
Replies: 28
Views: 1914

Re: Copperfield Trial Over. Victim Loses.

And justice is properly served. Some folks want the rest of the world to be 100% responsible for everything and anything that happens to them the minute they set foot outside of their house. Copperfield's stagehands (and by extension, Copperfield) shouldn't be yelling "run, run, run" at a ...
by Roger M.
May 29th, 2018, 8:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:A name is only a starting point.


I made a point of saying "confirming by consensus who the actual author was", which would presumably require a whole lot more than just a name in order to reach said consensus ... at least a consensus in this thread :)
by Roger M.
May 29th, 2018, 4:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

I would think, if anything ... confirming by consensus who the actual author was would allow us to investigate in detail what kind of amazing life Erdnase lead between roughly 1892 and 1902 ... and what on earth gave him the motivation to write EATCT?
by Roger M.
May 25th, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

The Gardner-Smith Correspondence has long been out of print, and copies don't often come up on the secondary market (and when they do, they carry a premium price). What I should have said was "You can get them on ebay." How about "You can get them on ebay very rarely ". They don...
by Roger M.
May 25th, 2018, 12:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 47
Views: 6543

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Well that has to go onto the "must buy" list, doesn't it.
by Roger M.
May 23rd, 2018, 12:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

.... If he was really serious about keeping his identity a secret,.... The general thinking has pretty much been that Erdnase wasn't really trying that hard to conceal his identity. Meeting Smith face to face in an unrushed session (probably more than one), giving Smith a cheque (presumably in his ...
by Roger M.
May 22nd, 2018, 6:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

Isn't it possible that the pseudonym was created to include the reversal to Andrews deliberately to hide the real name, by hiding a false name in an easily findable place? This is a pretty standard technique. To be a "pretty standard technique", one would have to be able to offer numerous...
by Roger M.
May 20th, 2018, 2:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

To declare Erdnase a de facto magician when we have absolutely no idea who he is borders on a bit silly.

Keeping an open mind until we collectively take some sort of major step forward in identifying Erdnase might be the better idea?
by Roger M.
May 16th, 2018, 10:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 94
Views: 11022

Re: Theodore Deland

USPCC also makes the Maiden back, which IMO is far nicer and more "reminiscent" of the standard Rider back than is the Mandolin back (which I don't like at all due to the weird, spindly legs of the angel).

Bicycle Maiden back would get my vote.
by Roger M.
May 12th, 2018, 9:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

There will be a new candidate announced later this year that will throw everyone into a tizzy. It's not coming from me, but from someone else. Whether it is true or not, time will tell. As long as any given candidate is proposed along with credible evidence to support their candidacy, why would an ...
by Roger M.
May 12th, 2018, 3:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

A voice of reason amongst this quagmire of quibbling! There would be a lot less "quibbling" if posters didn't show up in the forum with scant (or no) evidence at all and declare that they'd found Erdnase! When those posters then decide they've chosen the hill they're going to die on ... a...
by Roger M.
May 12th, 2018, 11:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011232

Re: ERDNASE

The old nugget that a gambler only needs a couple of moves to put food on the table, while true, isn't representative of all gamblers . There are plenty of experts on gambling today (as there were in 1902) who know a whole lot of moves, and a whole lot of magic ... but they're experts on gambling fi...
by Roger M.
May 8th, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 50
Views: 4720

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

In addition to Richards notes about serious personal issues (which can be devastating, and drain one completely of incentive to do anything at all ) I think the most common stumbling block for Kickstarter projects (that aren't a complete scam from the get-go) is the creator simply running out of the...
by Roger M.
May 7th, 2018, 7:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Anderson
Replies: 21
Views: 3195

Re: Harry Anderson

Further to my earlier post about Harry's show "Wise Guy", the show that he performed regularly at Oswalds ... does anybody know if there was ever any video released of Harry performing this specific show in Oswalds? I've read comments from those who saw the show, and they referenced the &q...

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