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by Jack Shalom
April 25th, 2018, 11:45 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 15
Views: 2335

Re: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now

Thanks, Michael. I somehow missed the embedded video factor in the advertising material. That's certainly a plus for the ebook format. It sounds like a wonderful set of books.
by Jack Shalom
April 24th, 2018, 6:28 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 15
Views: 2335

Re: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now

I wonder if there is any chance that there will be print versions of this--either soft cover or hardback?
by Jack Shalom
April 21st, 2018, 11:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6515
Views: 1978368

Re: ERDNASE

AJM wrote:Jack

Many thanks for adding that random YouTube video to my post.

Cheers

Andrew

LOL. that was pretty random. No idea how that got there.
by Jack Shalom
April 21st, 2018, 6:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6515
Views: 1978368

Re: ERDNASE

I have no idea who Erdnase was. (I don't particularly care as I, and most of us, have more important things to worry about.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yRRKJiWSSM But I know he wasn't Gallaway... I don't think anyone can predict that with accuracy. Perhaps tomorrow a Gallaway diary will turn ...
by Jack Shalom
April 21st, 2018, 8:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6515
Views: 1978368

Re: ERDNASE

Perhaps he was exactly one smoot tall:

https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/searc ... ubmit.y=23
by Jack Shalom
April 20th, 2018, 2:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cellphone magic
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Cellphone magic

It's a sticky subject...
by Jack Shalom
April 20th, 2018, 2:34 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 7
Views: 507

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

I enjoyed Bob's Cyclops impromptu cups and balls routine.
by Jack Shalom
April 19th, 2018, 7:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cellphone magic
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Cellphone magic

So, my question for the group is: what's the best way to present tricks involving cell phones without causing the audience to jump right to a tech method


Have them end up in the guts of a dead fish?
by Jack Shalom
April 18th, 2018, 2:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6515
Views: 1978368

Re: ERDNASE

The expert linguist with decades of experience in the authorship attribution area Dr. Olsson thinks Gallaway writes very much like Erdnase, as do several who have posted here to this forum. I would think that an expert linguistic analysis would also need an expert understanding of the work being in...
by Jack Shalom
April 17th, 2018, 11:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6515
Views: 1978368

Re: ERDNASE

I agree that Erdnase must have had prior writing experience; but the lack of available writing evidence doesn't disqualify a candidate--it may just mean that that evidence hasn't been found yet. But until it *is* found, candidates such as E.S. Andrews must be further down the list of candidates in m...
by Jack Shalom
April 15th, 2018, 10:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6515
Views: 1978368

Re: ERDNASE

Here's something of potential interest to everyone here... There's a new version of Erdnase out by Joe Crist with photos of his hands vs the old illustrations. It looks really great. In his foreword, he tells a story about Erdnase that he heard from his teacher Joe Artanis whose card teacher was ap...
by Jack Shalom
April 6th, 2018, 8:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 86
Views: 10714

Re: New John Thompson Book

Arrived in Brooklyn today. Beautiful photos and layout.
by Jack Shalom
March 26th, 2018, 11:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6515
Views: 1978368

Re: ERDNASE

Pretty interesting background for all of this:

Authorship Attribution

by Patrick Juola
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Duquesne University,

http://www.mathcs.duq.edu/~juola/papers.d/fnt-aa.pdf
by Jack Shalom
March 25th, 2018, 7:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6515
Views: 1978368

Re: ERDNASE

I once read that one of the most difficult things for an author to change is his or her paragraphing style. I have no idea if this is true. Has anyone done any analysis of this with regard to Erdnase? Do you mean with paragraphing style how long (how many words or how many sentences) a paragraph is...
by Jack Shalom
March 25th, 2018, 12:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6515
Views: 1978368

Re: ERDNASE

I once read that one of the most difficult things for an author to change is his or her paragraphing style. I have no idea if this is true. Has anyone done any analysis of this with regard to Erdnase?
by Jack Shalom
March 11th, 2018, 9:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3721

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Submitted for your approval: Garrett Thomas's Stand Up Monte.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2Ct3Dm8Boc

I'm a big fan of it.
by Jack Shalom
March 3rd, 2018, 10:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: DelGaudio's Quiz
Replies: 4
Views: 722

DelGaudio's Quiz

Yesterday, card magician Derek DelGaudio appeared on NPR radio's quiz show, Ask Me Another , where his quiz category was…playing cards. Derek answered questions like, "One of the four Kings' faces is different from the other three: which, and why?" But it was the final question that was th...
by Jack Shalom
March 2nd, 2018, 10:06 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Hacking the Lottery
Replies: 6
Views: 744

Re: Hacking the Lottery

Very entertaining read. Thanks.
by Jack Shalom
February 25th, 2018, 11:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 1963

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Richard Kaufman wrote:At this point, I don't think a cover story on Richard Himber would be of sufficient interest to most readers to justify the work involved.


Richard, just wondering: does the circulation of the magazine vary from month to month based on the cover, or is it pretty consistent from month to month?
by Jack Shalom
February 22nd, 2018, 7:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is Now Live Online
Replies: 13
Views: 683

Re: The March Issue of Genii is Now Live Online

My print issue actually arrived before this announcement. That's the first time that's happened for me.
by Jack Shalom
February 21st, 2018, 9:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Close Up Practice Mirrors
Replies: 35
Views: 1221

Re: Close Up Practice Mirrors

PhotoBooth, already on most Macs, shows on your monitor what it is recording in real time. A little external Logitech camera will provide a lot of flexibility with angles. I would guess there are equivalent Windows programs. Cool! Can you use multiple cameras at a time or switch between cameras? Mu...
by Jack Shalom
February 21st, 2018, 10:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: Close Up Practice Mirrors
Replies: 35
Views: 1221

Re: Close Up Practice Mirrors

PhotoBooth, already on most Macs, shows on your monitor what it is recording in real time. A little external Logitech camera will provide a lot of flexibility with angles. I would guess there are equivalent Windows programs.
by Jack Shalom
February 12th, 2018, 9:40 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Chinese Bit
Replies: 12
Views: 818

Re: The Chinese Bit

The old C-S-T gimmick
by Jack Shalom
February 7th, 2018, 7:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive
Replies: 25
Views: 1818

Re: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive

It's still pretty buggy and frustrating from where I sit. MacAir laptop. Lots of random navigating to get to a proper link, and then any given page may or may not load.
by Jack Shalom
February 4th, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New EATCT book by David Ben
Replies: 69
Views: 20929

Re: New EATCT book by David Ben

That's what they'd like you to believe...

Farmer = one who knows all about the earth...
by Jack Shalom
February 4th, 2018, 7:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6515
Views: 1978368

Re: ERDNASE

The problem with the ES Andrews as a gambling alias theory is that I would think that that is exactly the character who he wouldn't want to get credit--not so nice to be known as the bean spiller among peers. Calling Val Valentino... That is why he reversed it to S.W. Erdnase. It prevented the situ...
by Jack Shalom
February 3rd, 2018, 4:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6515
Views: 1978368

Re: ERDNASE

The problem with the ES Andrews as a gambling alias theory is that I would think that that is exactly the character who he wouldn't want to get credit--not so nice to be known as the bean spiller among peers. Calling Val Valentino... Here's another (though unlikely) scenario: the author's real name ...
by Jack Shalom
February 1st, 2018, 4:24 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Buster Keaton disappears
Replies: 6
Views: 845

Re: Buster Keaton disappears

In the stunt where he fell from the water tower, he broke bones in his shoulder and neck; he didn't find out about them until years later.
by Jack Shalom
January 27th, 2018, 9:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 3228

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

NEW! 2017 Death! Pedro Ruiz III - Monday evening, June 26, 2017. 19-year-old Killed Attempting Bullet Catch stunt gone wrong for YouTube!

http://www.bulletcatch.com/

A nice little tour through some highlights...
by Jack Shalom
January 23rd, 2018, 10:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6515
Views: 1978368

Re: ERDNASE

I'm lost. Map, please? Still have many questions about evidence vs. conjecture. We've seen lots of trees, time for the forest? If you have seen the trees, then you have the evidence. Some people can see the forest, or at least A forest, reading in between the lines, that is what makes them special....
by Jack Shalom
January 23rd, 2018, 7:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6515
Views: 1978368

Re: ERDNASE

I'm lost. Map, please?

Still have many questions about evidence vs. conjecture. We've seen lots of trees, time for the forest?
by Jack Shalom
January 14th, 2018, 7:19 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Cy Endfield
Replies: 18
Views: 1817

Re: Cy Enfield

On the Pat Page Archive recordings, there are about 2 hours of Cy Endfield being interviewed; much of it is not about magic, but his career as an inventor.
by Jack Shalom
January 6th, 2018, 5:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Credit Card To Wallet
Replies: 20
Views: 1508

Re: Credit Card To Wallet

I think Mr. McCabe is on the right track. It's more effective to switch the credit card while inspecting it, than "vanish" it.
by Jack Shalom
January 4th, 2018, 10:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6515
Views: 1978368

Re: ERDNASE

Thanks for your reply, Scott. I'll echo Richard Hatch here, that there's a lot of interesting matter here. But... In your presentation it is not clear a) what is pure conjecture, b) what you think is backed by circumstantial evidence (and what that is), and c) what you feel is based on hard evidence...
by Jack Shalom
January 4th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6515
Views: 1978368

Re: ERDNASE

Hard to know where to begin, but: You make lots of statements about the syndicate of men who you think wrote the book. Is there any hard evidence to your conclusions that Andrews was the main writer and that Oliver Limerick was the stylistic polisher? Also, any evidence that Hilliar stole the manusc...
by Jack Shalom
January 4th, 2018, 12:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6515
Views: 1978368

Re: ERDNASE

Wow. Gasp. Any manuscripts survive?
by Jack Shalom
January 3rd, 2018, 3:30 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3428

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

Interesting new effect on the Reel Magic site Tuesday Night Tricks section called What in the World. It doesn't meet all the specifications by a long shot, but it's a pretty interesting take on the Open Prediction with quite a lot of freedom. Performer puts a prediction card face down on the table. ...
by Jack Shalom
December 29th, 2017, 7:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 5955

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I like the view that the best tricks give the spectators a great story to tell their friends: "Then we did this , and that happened!" OOTW, perhaps? What better story for a spectator to tell his friends? Yes. Or "And then he threw the deck of cards upwards, off the edge of the boat, ...

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