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by magicam
June 25th, 2020, 7:22 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 3610

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

I am a professional writer, but not a professional writer . (How's that for clarity?) Apologies if this has already been quoted: Good writing is hard to do and easy to read; bad writing is easy to do and hard to read. In the really old days, like before, say, 1970, readers had an expectation of lite...
by magicam
February 28th, 2020, 10:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: Discuss Steve Forte's Book "Gambling Sleight of Hand" HERE

Richard Kaufman wrote:In terms of The Expert at the Card Table, it's shocking to learn how much is plagarized, and that the original Erdnase shifts were published earlier elsewhere.

So Gallaway was Erdnase after all!
by magicam
February 22nd, 2020, 7:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

Hey all, I've not followed this thread of late, so apologies in advance for any rehashing or ignorance of Erdnase news! One of Brad's and Bill's posts got me thinking ... Benedict and McKinney were most likely not drinking buddies. They may have never even met. However, Benedict has been proven to ...
by magicam
April 27th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory
Replies: 35
Views: 9003

Re: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory

There’s a distinct “let’s s**t on Todd Karr” mood in this thread. With its complete lack of context, one could form the impression that Todd is an unscrupulous, bumbling publisher. Which isn’t true (at all) and does Todd a great disservice. He has published numerous quality books under the Miracle F...
by magicam
May 31st, 2018, 5:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Trial Over. Plaintiff Loses.
Replies: 28
Views: 3943

Re: Copperfield Trial Over. Victim Loses.

My understanding of NHS is that if your need is urgent (which a brain injury would be), then you are treated in short order. Sadly, this is not the case. There are waiting lists on any kind of procedure and different health authorities (at regional level) prioritize differently the services availab...
by magicam
May 24th, 2018, 5:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

But it does not count as evidence. The idea that any of us can tell, for sure, anything about the author from their choice of pseudonym makes no sense to me. Pete, of course it counts as evidence. :) Really, the printed words and the physical copies as artifacts are the best evidence we have (thus ...
by magicam
April 3rd, 2018, 6:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

@jkeyes -- Have you read the entire thread [and the other major literature]? No, Bill. I have not read the entire thread. … Sometimes reviewing old ideas from a slightly different perspective can lead to new conclusions. You are assuming, without the benefit of having a basic foundation in Erdnase ...
by magicam
April 3rd, 2018, 1:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

To "self-publish" can mean as little as to pay for the design, the printing, and the distribution of a book. Actually, just that "little" -- paying for the book production costs -- defines the publisher. S/he who pays is the publisher. Not all publishers distribute their books. ...
by magicam
January 23rd, 2018, 10:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 5168

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

I've always been more interested in the history and origins of specific tricks and methods, and the magicians and inventors responsible, than I have been of, say, Houdini's tour dates in Europe in 1919. I suspect that’s because your nature is creative, which has led to appreciation of the riches bu...
by magicam
January 12th, 2018, 3:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Science of Magic (BBC Radio 4)
Replies: 1
Views: 599

The Science of Magic (BBC Radio 4)

Apologies if this has already been noted. For an interesting and humorous 'symposium' which looks at the psychology of magic (and touches on the main topic recently debated in The Thread That Shall Not Be Named), check out this link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jrtb6
by magicam
December 13th, 2017, 8:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 44625

Re: Ennobling Magic

jkeyes1000 wrote:I am not suggesting that certain forms of deception are more acceptable to the audience than another ...

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by magicam
December 6th, 2017, 3:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 44625

Re: Ennobling Magic

We know there are a number of readers of this thread that wish to stay out of the discussion. Are they remaining silent because they fear offending me with their disapproval, or Brad? My two cents: when someone claims to "have engaged in thousands of debates in all sorts of places, on great to...
by magicam
December 5th, 2017, 9:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 44625

Re: Ennobling Magic

We know there are a number of readers of this thread that wish to stay out of the discussion. Are they remaining silent because they fear offending me with their disapproval, or Brad? My two cents: when someone claims to "have engaged in thousands of debates in all sorts of places, on great to...
by magicam
December 2nd, 2017, 10:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

the point is if it's common for books to be taken by print shop workers It wasn't common before Erdnase, it wasn't common during Erdnase's time, it wasn't common after Erdnase, it is not common today. It only happens if a worker has an interest in the subject. I have spoken with several printers an...
by magicam
November 30th, 2017, 6:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

Olsson merely reported an opinion that Gallaway is the likeliest candidate of the other 4 or 5 candidates, which is an extremely small sample. That is a very misleading way to put it. Who are all those other strong candidates which should have been included in the study? Judging by the posts on thi...
by magicam
November 29th, 2017, 8:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

How about you quit exaggerating what Olsson said about Gallaway? He said "In my opinion, given the foregoing tests and the last commentary section, Gallaway is the likeliest candidate of the candidates presented in this analysis for the authorship of Expert." To paraphrase, Gallaway write...
by magicam
November 28th, 2017, 7:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 44625

Re: Ennobling Magic

jkeyes1000 wrote: I have engaged in thousands of debates in all sorts of places, on great topics involving Science, Religion, and Government. ... I daresay I never lost.

Well, now we know Trump's alias on this board. Didn't know he had an interest in magic.
by magicam
November 27th, 2017, 2:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 44625

Re: Ennobling Magic

Over the past 46 years or so, I have heard a wide variety of spectator criticisms of magicians' performances. I have never heard a spectator say something along the lines of, "s/he's not very good or entertaining because I can't tell when s/he's lying and when s/he's telling the literal truth.&...
by magicam
November 27th, 2017, 1:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

Chris, Either you don’t understand what scholarship is, or you have knowingly conflated advocacy and publicity with scholarship. Scholars are, on the whole, credible, and their work is respected and has intellectual integrity. When an Edwin Dawes or a Ricky Jay makes a statement of fact, I am inclin...
by magicam
November 7th, 2017, 5:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Words About Wizards Dust Jacket -- A Rarity in Book Publishing
Replies: 0
Views: 686

Words About Wizards Dust Jacket -- A Rarity in Book Publishing

The rarity is that it took the publisher 23 years to add a dust jacket to the book! This message is from old friend David Meyer: Robert Parrish’s book, Words About Wizards: Recollections of magicians and their magic, 1930-1950 , was published in 1994. Publisher David Meyer always regretted not issui...
by magicam
November 3rd, 2017, 8:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

^^^ Or (if Erdnase's text was handwritten) a clearer "r" in the second reference, or both references were typeset as "Charlies Pass" but only the typo on p. 192 was caught in the proofreading stage? As you say, who knows! :) Topics are often inadvertently "recycled" in ...
by magicam
November 2nd, 2017, 1:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

It’s fairly well-known (at least, it’s not a secret) that someone in New York (that is, not Professor Hoffmann) did the initial proofreading of Hoffmann’s Latest Magic . I was ignorant of that tidbit (or perhaps I should say “titbit” in honor of the Professor!), and find it fascinating. Thanks for ...
by magicam
November 1st, 2017, 12:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

^^^ Chris, my reaction is that you raise an interesting point re "erde" and "nase." But for it to be a potentially significant point, I'd want to know that Gallaway actually possessed such books. Tom, re mistakes being more easily spotted by the author than by anyone else, I susp...
by magicam
November 1st, 2017, 2:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

Hi Leonard, Here’s the upshot on the more technical stuff: if the Expert typesetter was working from Erdnase’s typescript , then I think it more likely that the erroneous “Charlies Pass” came from Erdnase, i.e., it wasn’t a mistake by the typesetter. You noted that Sanders’ cursive "r" cou...
by magicam
October 31st, 2017, 6:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

Do typesetters work from handwritten manuscripts? If not, did they at one time? I believe that typewriters were in common use around the turn of the 20th century, so Erdnase's book could well have been in typescript, in which case it would seem unlikely that a compositor would mistake the "r&q...
by magicam
October 28th, 2017, 1:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

The other problem with Chris' theory is that he's assumed that Gallaway exclusively (or at least primarily) set type by hand. But is there any evidence that this was indeed the case? By the time Gallaway was working as a typesetter, Linotype machines were in widespread use throughout the US, and ev...
by magicam
October 27th, 2017, 3:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

If he never played cards or did any sleight-of-hand work, then why should I or anyone else trust his opinion about what makes a good sleight of hand worker? Because common sense confirms it. A typesetter develops very agile, nimble and toned fingers due to the constant work with his fingers. That i...
by magicam
October 20th, 2017, 2:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

Applying Occam's razor, any chance the italicized a is simply the result of having run out of the regular ones? Jack, see the image below. Note that the 'a' slants the wrong way; not only that, but its width is appreciably exaggerated compared to the other type (especially the letters in the italic...
by magicam
October 19th, 2017, 4:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

But specifically, what it absolutely does is puts a deck of cards in Andrews hands, which would, to me, be the important part. Agreed! When Gutenberg invented metal movable type his intention was to mimic as closely as possible the beautiful handwritten bibles. … to do that he created characters of...
by magicam
October 18th, 2017, 3:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

Spraying to all fields … A general note: if respected magic historians found Chris W.’s evidence and conclusions convincing, there’d be considerable more buzz at large in that community. But there isn’t. Of course, that says nothing about the actual merit of Gallaway as a candidate, but to some degr...
by magicam
July 27th, 2017, 5:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why New People Cannot Join the Genii Forum at the Moment
Replies: 2
Views: 1237

Re: Why New People Cannot Join the Genii Forum at the Moment

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by magicam
May 25th, 2017, 4:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 47
Views: 12929

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

Well, it is indeed exciting news.

The SoCal Sodality dinner has finally been scheduled for June 15! :shock:
by magicam
May 13th, 2017, 10:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls
Replies: 21
Views: 12467

Re: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls

'Bob Farmer' inexplicably wrote:I could never reconcile how magic, which works with lies and deception, could be used to communicate a religious truth or belief. If the performer is lying about one thing, is he lying about the other and how do you tell the difference?
Someone has obviously hijacked Bob's account ...
by magicam
April 20th, 2017, 1:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

John and Jason, when it comes to the Erdnase market, I’m sure you have your finger on the pulse far better than I do. My less-sanguine view reflects seeing a number of “booms and busts” in magicana prices over the past 45 years of collecting. You guys may be too young to remember, but (for example) ...
by magicam
April 19th, 2017, 9:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

^^^ Only time will tell! Just curious, how many years have you been a dedicated collector, i.e., more than an accumulator who purchases books in the course of learning magic?
by magicam
April 13th, 2017, 5:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347706

Re: ERDNASE

^^^ Or, you could wait ten years and then be ecstatic to get $300-$400 per copy. The Erdnase renaissance is wonderful, but the prices of earlier editions are not sustainable.
by magicam
February 19th, 2017, 7:35 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Calling All London Collectors! Research Help Requested!
Replies: 1
Views: 1269

Re: Calling All London Collectors! Research Help Requested!

Update: lodging secured!

Now to the Dean editions!
by magicam
February 16th, 2017, 11:26 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Calling All London Collectors! Research Help Requested!
Replies: 1
Views: 1269

Calling All London Collectors! Research Help Requested!

Hi All, A few of you know that Dr. Edwin A. Dawes and I have been working on a bio-bibliography of Henry Dean and his book, The Whole Art of Legerdemain, or Hocus Pocus in Perfection , the first edition of which was published in London in 1722. Over the next 150 years, nearly 40 editions of his book...
by magicam
January 23rd, 2017, 4:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Julie Eng's Husband Suley Has Died
Replies: 15
Views: 4264

Re: Julie Eng's Husband Suley Has Died

I was so happy to see Julie get the recognition so richly deserved in a recent Genii, and applaud RK for once again digging deeper into the magic world to credit its unsung heroes.

Jules, not much to add to what I've already said to you in private. Just know we're here for you! C.

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