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by Brad Jeffers
June 8th, 2018, 6:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6847
Views: 2006297

Re: ERDNASE

Why is the Marshall Smith info posted next to a photo of someone else's grave?
by Brad Jeffers
June 4th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)
Replies: 13
Views: 572

Re: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)

EndersGame wrote: what do you think of the idea of 'painting' just one side red after showing both sides restored as coloured, and then handing it out for examination?

A terrible idea, probably thought up by a dealer so the ad copy could say that the rod could be "handed out for examination".
by Brad Jeffers
May 25th, 2018, 1:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6847
Views: 2006297

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:The Gardner-Smith Correspondence has long been out of print, and copies don't often come up on the secondary market
Here's one
by Brad Jeffers
May 18th, 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 17
Views: 1049

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

The most famous version is “The Book of Fortunes,” by Alex Elmsley (pp. 347-351, The Collected works of Alex Elmsley, Volume 1 by Stephen Minch, L&L Publishing 1991) Elmsley's The Book of Fortunes is something different. I believe what you mean is Fate's Datebook , Elmsley's opening trick from ...
by Brad Jeffers
May 18th, 2018, 2:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 94
Views: 10601

Re: Theodore Deland

I am faced with the following options for a particular trick of DeLand's. 1. Use DeLand's original cards so what you will get is a reproduction of an antique. I assume that the book will contain photos of all of Deland's original gaffs, so reproductions of these as actual cards (that I will not use...
by Brad Jeffers
May 11th, 2018, 6:21 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Naked Strange (Paul Harris)
Replies: 11
Views: 786

Re: Review: Naked Strange (Paul Harris)

Ricky Jay's methodology in this trick, is arguably superior to the others. If one however, were to make the claim that it is definitely superior, they would get no argument from me. What is definitely not debatable is that Mr Jay's performance is far superior to the others, be it Blaine, that guy on...
by Brad Jeffers
May 4th, 2018, 5:31 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint
Replies: 29
Views: 1738

Re: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint

erdnasephile wrote: I couldn't bear to use a highlighter in any of my books.

Remember that book where Michael Ammar saved you the trouble ...

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by Brad Jeffers
April 30th, 2018, 2:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 15197

Re: New John Thompson Book

There are important things to take into consideration when deciding whether to reprint or not. The most important is the value of a person's work and making sure as many people who want to know about it can know about it. It's very kind of them to reprint the book so that I too may be able to own a...
by Brad Jeffers
April 23rd, 2018, 5:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6847
Views: 2006297

Re: ERDNASE

Well at least jkeyes maintains a good sense of humor.

In his praise of Chris
jkeyes1000 wrote:He keeps his emotions under control better than most of you.

:lol:

British wit.
I love it!
by Brad Jeffers
April 23rd, 2018, 2:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6847
Views: 2006297

Re: ERDNASE

... since both worked at the circus during the same time the chances of them having met and struck up a friendship is much higher than any other random guy like Sanders or E.S. Andrews. You keep referring to Gallaway and Houdini as having worked at "the" circus, as if there were only one....
by Brad Jeffers
April 15th, 2018, 11:06 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: This Day in Magic History
Replies: 8
Views: 1633

Re: This Day in Magic History

Let's see if we can find one thing for each day.

April 15, 1934
Benjamin Ruker aka Black Herman dies of a heart attack after collapsing on stage during a performance in Louisville KY.

OK ...

I've done my part. :geek:
by Brad Jeffers
April 9th, 2018, 12:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: Identifying Dice Tricks Help Needed!
Replies: 8
Views: 737

Re: Identifying Dice Tricks Help Needed!

Christopher,
I see you have these up for sale on Ebay.
Looks like someone is going to get a good deal!
By the way, the four colored dice in the wooden box is Tony Curtis's Die-Abolical, a collectible Magic Wagon item.
by Brad Jeffers
April 8th, 2018, 11:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6847
Views: 2006297

Re: ERDNASE

I take the length of the hand and multiply it by ten to get the height of the person.
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by Brad Jeffers
April 6th, 2018, 4:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?
Replies: 14
Views: 2339

Re: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?

Jon,
Mahdi Gilbert's playing cards should be exactly what you've been looking for.

Poker size, no indices, white borders.

Case closed!
by Brad Jeffers
March 31st, 2018, 6:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1601

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

Do you have any feelings about how to strengthen conviction and/or dispel suspicion, when a double lift or turnover is done. One way to strengthen conviction is to utilize an offset replacement technique, the most elegant of these being the one devised by Vernon. The Vernon method is used with a do...
by Brad Jeffers
March 24th, 2018, 5:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4931

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

I once saw someone conclude their performance of Ultimate Monte by using the Eric Decamps ruse; which he employs in his Wild Card routine; of changing the gaffed cards into money.

I liked it.
by Brad Jeffers
March 22nd, 2018, 1:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: Identifying Dice Tricks Help Needed!
Replies: 8
Views: 737

Re: Identifying Dice Tricks Help Needed!

The last two pictures are Jack Avis's Poker Pot.
It's a neat variation of Chink-A-Chink.
A complete set has four dice and two of the little metal boxes.
by Brad Jeffers
March 17th, 2018, 5:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Channing Pollock - playwright
Replies: 2
Views: 363

Re: Channing Pollock - playwright

Our Channing Pollock was in fact named after the other Channing Pollock. His pregnant mother, met the famed Broadway playwright and essayist whom she admired greatly, and as the story goes, it was the playwright himself who suggested naming the new baby "Channing". PS - You can get a DVD o...
by Brad Jeffers
March 11th, 2018, 1:37 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multiplying Balls - Vernet VS Fakini
Replies: 21
Views: 10357

Re: Multiplying Balls - Vernet VS Fakini

JC225 wrote: I think it is safe to say that I was in the right place at the right time for these. It was a deal that I could not refuse.

Was it as good a deal as THIS ?
by Brad Jeffers
March 1st, 2018, 2:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Searching for the Zen Spread
Replies: 16
Views: 1408

Re: Searching for the Zen Spread

Things would become greatly complicated and tedious if you needed to get permission every time you wanted to teach something that you learned from reading books and magazines.
by Brad Jeffers
February 23rd, 2018, 1:50 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 32
Views: 2045

Re: Darwin's Rules (?)

But I think making something easier has to always be an improvement. If you are speaking of making something easier by practicing the difficult until it becomes no longer difficult, then that is always an improvement. If however you are speaking of making something easier by replacing the difficult...
by Brad Jeffers
February 23rd, 2018, 1:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Close Up Practice Mirrors
Replies: 35
Views: 1659

Re: Close Up Practice Mirrors

As we know, time/tech changes (sometimes for the better) and I feel certain that at least some of the masters would avail themselves of video if they were alive today because of some of the distinct advantages. And if the internet had been around in 1932, Vernon could have saved himself a great dea...
by Brad Jeffers
February 22nd, 2018, 12:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Close Up Practice Mirrors
Replies: 35
Views: 1659

Re: Close Up Practice Mirrors

HERE is one from Jason Ladanye that looks really good.
I might get one of these myself.
by Brad Jeffers
February 18th, 2018, 3:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 31
Views: 2970

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

Kaminskas has a tendency to sell out fast

Apparently, as they're sold out right now.
by Brad Jeffers
February 17th, 2018, 5:23 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: New marked ESP cards
Replies: 1
Views: 659

Re: New marked ESP cards

There are a lot of ESP tricks that involve a cube, like THIS,
THIS,
& THIS.
It would be nice, if in addition to the five standard ESP symbols, your cards also included the sixth symbol used on these cubes (usually a triangle, but sometimes the infinity symbol).
by Brad Jeffers
February 5th, 2018, 3:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians in Trouble
Replies: 83
Views: 15584

Re: Magicians in Trouble

Jeffers old chap. You really are an awful busybody you know. No doubt you are in charge of your local neighbourhood watch committee. You are correct sir. For a while I even had one of those neighborhood watch signs in my front yard. I had to remove it however, as people kept knocking on my door wan...
by Brad Jeffers
February 4th, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6847
Views: 2006297

Re: ERDNASE

lybrary wrote: It prevented the situation where he sits at a gambling table, introduces himself as E.S. Andrews, and is immediately associated with the book.

I have played poker five days a week for over ten years and not once has anyone ever introduced themselves by anything other than their first name.
by Brad Jeffers
February 3rd, 2018, 4:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians in Trouble
Replies: 83
Views: 15584

Re: Magicians in Trouble

performer wrote:This is the first time I have ever looked at this thread. I thought it was about Sucker Tricks!

If you're going to resurrect an eight year old thread, couldn't you find something better than this?
by Brad Jeffers
January 12th, 2018, 12:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Recommend me a dove act!
Replies: 17
Views: 1251

Re: Recommend me a dove act!

Susan Arendt wrote:The few I've seen have all been nearly identical and also...well, corny is the only word that fits.

What is it about dove acts that you consider to be "corny"?
by Brad Jeffers
January 7th, 2018, 2:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6847
Views: 2006297

Re: ERDNASE

Pete McCabe wrote: On the last page of the Other Connections section, there's a photo of an article from The Blue Pencil Club Magazine that mentions TEATCT.

Where exactly in THIS ARTICLE is there any mention of TEATC?
by Brad Jeffers
December 29th, 2017, 4:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6847
Views: 2006297

Re: ERDNASE

This discussion is about the identity of "Erdnase" not about the book somebody wrote under that alias. Originally it was about the book ... I'm ready to resume my study of "The Expert". My question is how does one properly study Erdnase? Should I start with the Legerdemain secti...
by Brad Jeffers
December 26th, 2017, 3:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Christmas loot description thread
Replies: 21
Views: 2007

Re: Christmas loot description thread

Was there a Caveney edition?
Mike Caveney edited the CARC edition.
There is a Mickey Hades edition in paperback.
by Brad Jeffers
December 25th, 2017, 4:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Kelton Garwood?
Replies: 4
Views: 771

Re: Kelton Garwood?

Kelton Garwood, also going by the name Jonathan Harper, was born in Columbus, Ohio on May 21,1928. He went to Ohio State University, where he appeared in college plays and as an amateur magician. He became a student teacher and floor manager for a local TV station in Cleveland. He acted in everythin...
by Brad Jeffers
December 25th, 2017, 3:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 6811

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

When it comes to sponge balls routines, I have never seen one better than THIS.
by Brad Jeffers
December 15th, 2017, 2:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 27459

Re: Ennobling Magic

jkeyes1000 wrote: Thus I logically infer the finger.
I think you may logically infer the finger from all of Brad's posts in this thread.
by Brad Jeffers
December 9th, 2017, 4:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6847
Views: 2006297

Re: ERDNASE

Yes, he would, and did, use it in the Hoyle book as would be expected. But in other contexts, I think he would probably use the more common and familiar 'Pinochle'. I don't see why he would ever use 'Penuckle', unless of course ... That's exactly what Foster would have done if he were trying to thro...
by Brad Jeffers
December 9th, 2017, 4:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 27459

Re: Ennobling Magic

Brad Henderson wrote:and finally ...
Really?
by Brad Jeffers
December 9th, 2017, 3:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 27459

Re: Ennobling Magic

Just before the reveal, I say, “You shuffled the cards (Lie #1 not these cards), I shuffled the cards” (Lie #2 It was a false shuffle) As I interpret jkeyes position, I don't think these two statements would be considered to be lies. Lies would be, "You shuffled these cards" and "I l...
by Brad Jeffers
December 9th, 2017, 2:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6847
Views: 2006297

Re: ERDNASE

In the 1909 edition of Foster's Complete Hoyle , he uses "binocle" as the preferred spelling, and lists "pinochle" and Erdnase's "penuckle" only as variant spellings, suggesting perhaps that Foster did not write Expert . He does not characterize binocle as the preferre...
by Brad Jeffers
December 5th, 2017, 3:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 27459

Re: Ennobling Magic

Damn! You are now on page eight while I am still stuck on Chapter 7. I cannot allow this lead to stand and tomorrow I will try to catch up. Mark, I am assuming that in each chapter of your book you try to put forth new information and ideas, rather than merely repeat what you have said in previous ...

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