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by lybrary
April 25th, 2018, 12:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

Wouldn't you agree that the timing is a bit off? . . . Knowing a year or more ahead of time that you go bankrupt is a bit of a stretch in my opinion. Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises (1926) " "How did you go bankrupt?" Bill asked. "Two ways," Mike said. "Gradually ...
by lybrary
April 25th, 2018, 10:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

It could have been a Hail Mary pass of sorts. Doing something Benedict had never done before, write a book and self-publish it, is highly unlikely that he would choose it as a Hail Mary. Benedict's profile does not support the profile of a writer who would write to make a profit. All he wrote were ...
by lybrary
April 25th, 2018, 8:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
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Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

I used to think that it could have been a joke but then I found that on November 13 [Thursday], 1902, it was reported on page 15 of The Chicago Tribune that Edward D. Benedict had gone bankrupt. “Petitions in Bankruptcy. 8386. Edward D. Benedict. Liabilities $4,694; assets $1,561. Attorney W. Ray F...
by lybrary
April 24th, 2018, 9:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

One thing has always puzzled me about the "... he needs the money" statement and Gallaway. Since Gallaway knew the publishing industry and if he really needed money why would he self-publish a book? If someone needs money it seems like it's going to take some time before one sees a return...
by lybrary
April 23rd, 2018, 12:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
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Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

Because beyond simply owning a copy of a book that he was involved in printing, there is absolutely no reason on earth to suspect Gallaway of ever holding a deck of cards in his hands in the first place, no reason to suspect him of ever gambling in his lifetime, and perhaps most importantly ... the...
by lybrary
April 23rd, 2018, 11:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

So, like Smith's account to Gardner, it is a story which you can pick the parts that you like, and say they are accurate, and the parts you don't like, you can say they are wrong. [N.B., jkeyes1000: tell me again how logic like this is superior and rational?] Except many of the things in his bio ca...
by lybrary
April 23rd, 2018, 9:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

Chris has been aware of the impossibility of Gallaway's and Houdini's circus paths crossing ... It is not at all an impossibility. It is definitely possible. Gallaway's bio is inconsistent and incomplete in several ways. He says he started at Bentley-Murray in 1898 and stayed there for 20 years. Bu...
by lybrary
April 22nd, 2018, 3:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

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. See, now you learned something new. Eventually you will graduate from middle ...
by lybrary
April 22nd, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

In any case, Gallaway left the circus in 1894, that was a year before Houdini even joined the Welsh Brothers! As for working that fair in 1896, there is no evidence of Houdini having worked in any fairs in 1896. Leonard knows nothing! First of all, Gallaway's circus time, 1891-1894, is an estimate....
by lybrary
April 21st, 2018, 2:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

he was a card cheat Sanders? I don't dispute that Erdnase was a cheat and that not everything he said or claimed must be true, like that he was related to Dalrymple, or that his real name was Andrews, but we were talking about Sanders. One can expect that you at least understand what the subject of...
by lybrary
April 21st, 2018, 12:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

Jackpot wrote:Contact Lenses were invented in 1887.
You would need colored ones, and they were invented quite a bit later.
by lybrary
April 21st, 2018, 11:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

So Sanders' height, hair and eye color is your grievance against Sanders? Not much left to quibble over is there? Why would I constantly list all the problems Sanders has for being Erdnase? There are too many to list all the time. You have enough to do to try to explain away height, hair color, eye...
by lybrary
April 21st, 2018, 11:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

Bob Coyne wrote: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.
by lybrary
April 21st, 2018, 10:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

More wonderful Erdnasium from the great David Saltman's blog: http://www.houdinifile.com/2018/04/the-man-who-wasnt-erdnase.html Note to Bill Mullins: David Saltman also refers to TMWWE as a book written by Gardner: It was written by the late, great Martin Gardner, who did some serious detective wor...
by lybrary
April 21st, 2018, 10:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

Brad Henderson wrote:we are dealing with someone whose life is built on lies.
We are talking about Sanders. It doesn't look like Sanders life was built on lies.
by lybrary
April 21st, 2018, 10:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

And even if you want to ignore and deny that as possible factor and take the passport as literal truth, then the 5'8 1/2 on the passport is different than the 5'9 you claim was his exact height. At least be consistent with your own claims. 5'8 1/2" was his height around 50 years of age. At tha...
by lybrary
April 21st, 2018, 9:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

Jack Shalom wrote:Perhaps he was exactly one smoot tall:

https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/searc ... ubmit.y=23
Sanders was clearly one smoot and one ear tall.
by lybrary
April 21st, 2018, 8:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

Here's another article that discusses how people lie about their heights on drivers licenses. This stuff happens all the time. You really understand very little about human psychology if you can't see that. https://www.menshealth.com/trending-news/a19541675/all-guys-lie-about-height/ If Bill Mullin...
by lybrary
April 20th, 2018, 10:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

Are you being this dense on purpose? The point is that you don't actually know exactly how tall Sanders was . All we have are three different numbers, two of which were self-reported and subject to exaggeration. And even the rowing team number is not something we know how it was derived. If one is ...
by lybrary
April 20th, 2018, 9:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

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Bob Coyne wrote:I only said that it was possible (and i purposely put italics around it to make it obvious). I did not say or imply it was the case (or even likely).
Pretty much anything is possible. Aliens could land tomorrow. What's the point?
by lybrary
April 20th, 2018, 9:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

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 lybrary
April 20th, 2018, 8:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

maybe he bought it for a gift and never had the chance to deliver it? Yeah, and before he presents the gift he glues his own bookplate into the book, because that is what one does when one gifts a book. You can't make this up. It must require real effort to construct that incoherent an argument. If...
by lybrary
April 19th, 2018, 4:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cellphone magic
Replies: 8
Views: 325

Re: Cellphone magic

Is it possible to perform cell phone magic and leave the audience with no possible explanation? No. Even the better tricks done with a smart-phone are on the level of a bar bet. They are great things to do if you need to kill some time, but they are lacking that deep and profound mystery a good mag...
by lybrary
April 19th, 2018, 3:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

"Our tuition was received in the cold school of experience. . . . . We bucked the tiger voluntarily, and censure no one for the inevitable result." I meant something besides the author's own claims, an independent record. It was a successful book from its early days. If it was such a mone...
by lybrary
April 19th, 2018, 1:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

Your mathematical inequalities argument is just wrong. If I say a person is not an inch over 5'11, I'm implying that they're close to that height. I wouldn't say that about someone who is 5'2 (other than ironically, etc). That's common usage and you can't make inferences divorced from that. Smith n...
by lybrary
April 19th, 2018, 12:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

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Of course anything can be said. The issue is what's normally said and what we can infer from it. You're missing the most obvious of points, yet again! You wrote: "You never say". You should be more precise. But as I said, there are ways to express that somebody is at least as tall as some...
by lybrary
April 19th, 2018, 11:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

You never say "not an inch under 5'7". i.e. The implied scale is always of height, not smallness. There's not even a good word for smallness (or lack of height). That should tell you something. From "Election Year" by Francisco Feliciano: "The man who stood there against th...
by lybrary
April 19th, 2018, 11:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

and here chris demonstrates he has more interest in semantic games and argument winning then in actually having a real discussion. I was afraid you wouldn't get it. erdnase was never a famous writer. but he was a well established gambler. so there should be records of having cards in his hands. Rea...
by lybrary
April 19th, 2018, 10:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

I love it when I wake up and see that all my friends, Bill, Bob, Brad, Roger, Leonard, have responded to my messages. Thank you Leonard for mentioning my ebook. As a reminder it can be purchased here https://www.lybrary.com/the-hunt-for-erdnase-and-the-path-to-edward-gallaway-p-673843.html The word ...
by lybrary
April 19th, 2018, 1:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

In reality, you havn't brought anything at all new in any of your posts for ages ... choosing instead to post on an almost daily basis only insults, and misguided (and often just plain wrong) comments and statements designed to bolster your long ago debunked Gallaway theory. And you haven't posted ...
by lybrary
April 19th, 2018, 12:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

In other words, after being asked by Gardner to think about it in depth ... Smith notes that Erdnase was between 5'5" and 5'7". That was not at all what happened. Gardner didn't ask him to think neutrally about it. He presented him with too tall MFA and pushed and pleaded with Smith to re...
by lybrary
April 19th, 2018, 12:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

5'3" is getting a bit too short not to specifically comment that the guy was bordering on a midget In other words a very small man as Smith said, with very small hands as Erdnase describes himself. My bad, I forget that you are all so intellectually honest, so fair, so objective evaluators of ...
by lybrary
April 19th, 2018, 12:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

That's not exactly what Smith said. Smith was not speaking like a mathematician in terms of inequalities. What he actually said: I think this fellow was about 5'6", at most 5'7". Could be he was 5'5" . And this was in response to Gardner pushing the 6' 1 1/2" MFA. So Smith was s...
by lybrary
April 19th, 2018, 12:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

If Sanders is too tall compared to Smith's recollection of 5'6", then Gallaway is too short. Time to brush up on your math! Not at all. Smith said no taller than 5'6". Or in mathematical terms <=5'6". My estimate for Gallaway is smaller than 5'6" perfectly in line with Smith's s...
by lybrary
April 19th, 2018, 12:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

Leonard Hevia wrote:The discoveries of a private detective in the hunt for Erdnase are far more convincing than the 40 page report of a linguist for hire.
Your detective missed that his candidate is too tall. :lol: You don't need to be a detective to notice that.
by lybrary
April 18th, 2018, 11:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

If Olsson has additional evidence or arguments to contribute, then so much the better. It can all be evaluated along with everything else. That's how science and intellectual inquiry, more generally, works. How amazingly kind of you that Olsson is allowed to contribute, your highness. Your arroganc...
by lybrary
April 18th, 2018, 10:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

Regarding Olsson, I said that what he *thinks* (i.e. his opinion) is irrelevant. Why is this irrelevant? His thinking, his opinion formed because of the analysis he did. You are rejecting the opinion of an expert, which you apparently haven't even studied, who has taken the time to study the eviden...
by lybrary
April 18th, 2018, 8:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

I'll repeat: what's needed are good arguments, analysis, and evidence. You're the one constantly making both ad hominem attacks and arguments from perceived authority. Yes, because your statements are so ridiculous and false that no other response is possible. Olsson has written a more than 40 page...
by lybrary
April 18th, 2018, 7:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

where did i say it would be ‘just as easy’ to find out if some one was a gambler 100 years ago as opposed to a writer? Wonderful, then you agree with me. That was my point. It is much harder on average to find out if somebody was a gambler than if somebody was a writer. Now that you agree let's see...
by lybrary
April 18th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6511
Views: 1978094

Re: ERDNASE

When some folks claim a deep, investigative and analytical understanding of EATCT - and when those very same folks couldn't do (or even describe) an Erdnase stock or cull shuffle if their lives depended on it ... it's difficult to take anything they say seriously - at least as it relates to EATCT o...

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