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by Bill Mullins
March 20th, 2018, 10:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

Does anyone who posts here have an example of Gallaway' s writing and would be willing to post a few sentences or a paragraph? These are Chicago composite hour costs and are to be used by the students of this school for exercise purposes only. In actual estimating, use the hour costs which prevail ...
by Bill Mullins
March 19th, 2018, 2:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)
Replies: 26
Views: 1597

Re: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)

Kent Blackmore wrote:I've put up a short clip of the trick performed by the Professor, from a non-commercial video.
https://youtu.be/19D4Np3Cn4k



What is the source of that video? And does it contain him demonstrating/teaching the Berg Knot?
by Bill Mullins
March 19th, 2018, 2:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

nor did [Sanders] write in different 'voices' himself. This is ridiculous statement. Voice 1, from the 25th Anniversary book of the 1885 Class of Mines, of Columbia University. "Once upon a time, as all good fairy tales begin, 94 callow, bashful and hopeful youths met together by reason of an ...
by Bill Mullins
March 19th, 2018, 12:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

But Sanders supporters usually point to that one trick and claim that this is proof that he is Erdnase. I can't recall anyone other than yourself saying that the limited, circumstantial evidence we have for any of the main candidates "proves" anything. David Alexander, in his seminal arti...
by Bill Mullins
March 18th, 2018, 2:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

While I don't particularly support Benedict as a candidate, seeing criticism of him because he was known for stage magic, from an advocate of someone who is not known to have done any magic, is funny.
by Bill Mullins
March 16th, 2018, 9:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

The strongest argument against the possibility that all of these things traveled from Erdnase to Germany is that we would then expect Erdnase taking some credit for it, which he didn't. He wasn't shy taking credit for other things. We would only expect him to take credit if he did invent them. Not ...
by Bill Mullins
March 16th, 2018, 4:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

The Wilson book surfaced only recently suggesting that it wasn't a particularly widely distributed title. I think it therefore likely that Erdnase and most everybody else was not familiar with it and that Erdnase independently invented (re-invented) similar moves. I'd bet it was more widely distrib...
by Bill Mullins
March 16th, 2018, 12:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

While I am not categorically denying that possibility, the facts speak against it. Erdnase claims ownership for several things in his book. To the best of our knowledge he was always correct when he claimed he was the originator. Not so. He claimed both the Longitudinal Shift ("for which we ha...
by Bill Mullins
March 15th, 2018, 1:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

It's recently been reported that comic book writer Michael Fleisher died last month. If you were reading comics in the 1970s and 1980s, his work on DC's The Spectre and Jonah Hex may have been memorable for you. Why post this fact here? Because in 1985, in Jonah Hex #85, Fleisher included a characte...
by Bill Mullins
March 15th, 2018, 11:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (March 2018)
Replies: 6
Views: 764

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (March 2018)

What's the deal with "APRIL 16-22 Jonathan Pendragon Farewell Week"? Is he formally retiring?
(The only time I ever saw him work at the Magic Castle was in the Close-up Room. Although not what he's known for, he was quite good.)
by Bill Mullins
March 14th, 2018, 5:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

Chris's new newsletter deals with more antecedents of effects in Erdnase that appear in the German literature; specifically, "The Three Aces" and "The Card and Handkerchief". "The Three Aces" is the trick where two aces are used to mask the central heart pip in the Ace ...
by Bill Mullins
March 7th, 2018, 11:45 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic trivia question
Replies: 8
Views: 748

Magic trivia question

This question was recently on University Challenge, the UK equivalent of College Bowl What seven-letter word is this? Originally an American slang term for a dishonest means of regulating a gambling game, it can also mean an item used in a conjuring trick, a professional wrestler's in-ring persona a...
by Bill Mullins
March 6th, 2018, 1:37 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: very very tall magician
Replies: 0
Views: 267

very very tall magician

by Bill Mullins
March 5th, 2018, 6:51 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Memorization
Replies: 9
Views: 728

Re: Memorization

This has an obvious relevance in the context of remembering a script or patter or whatever you say while presenting a trick.

I wonder how useful it may be in memorizing other things a magician may need to know.
by Bill Mullins
March 5th, 2018, 12:20 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Memorization
Replies: 9
Views: 728

Memorization

Ken Levine is a really talented script writer (M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier) with a good blog. He recently did a couple of posts on how actors memorize their scripts. Possibly of interest . . . .
by Bill Mullins
March 2nd, 2018, 5:20 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Hacking the Lottery
Replies: 6
Views: 820

Hacking the Lottery

Interesting account of an old man who discovers circumstances in which a state lottery pays off.
by Bill Mullins
February 28th, 2018, 7:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Searching for the Zen Spread
Replies: 16
Views: 1192

Re: Searching for the Zen Spread

June 2006 issue, with Dai Vernon on the cover. Also in 52 Memories.
by Bill Mullins
February 28th, 2018, 6:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

I see. Most of what you wrote about referred to a (singular) bent corner, which (in Erdnase) corresponds more closely to the bent corner ruse than to bending the corners so cards go under each other easier. My mistake. But, given that Roterberg was familiar with Willman's and Conradi's publications,...
by Bill Mullins
February 28th, 2018, 10:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

And with respect to the Mexican Turnover, in the context of Three Card Monte. He notes that Erdnase includes the bent-corner ruse, and suggests that since this ruse is included in Conradi (written in German in 1896), where he finds the first description of the Mexican Turnover, and not in Roterberg ...
by Bill Mullins
February 28th, 2018, 10:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

Lybrary.com's newsletter came out this morning, and in it Chris has a couple comments on Erdnase (if you follow this thread, you should get his newsletter -- he brings up stuff in it that doesn't always make it into the comments here. Today's newsletter also contains an extensive discussion of the h...
by Bill Mullins
February 27th, 2018, 1:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 2115

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Dustin Stinett wrote:I did an article on someone in magic that no one but his family members knew. Isn't part of our job to educate?


I wish someone had done likewise in 1903 or so about someone whose name was probably E. S. Andrews . . . .
by Bill Mullins
February 23rd, 2018, 1:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardini Decks Now Available
Replies: 15
Views: 1491

Re: Cardini Decks Now Available

Haversat and Ewing have a couple of original decks in their current [url=http://haversatewing.hibid.com/catalog/123533/haversat-and-ewing-winter-auction/
]auction[/url].
by Bill Mullins
February 23rd, 2018, 12:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle
Replies: 17
Views: 1195

Re: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle

Jon -- can you point me to that trick? is it in either the Card Conjuring book (I've got the Dover reprint), or the big Magic Christian book?
by Bill Mullins
February 23rd, 2018, 10:59 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle
Replies: 17
Views: 1195

Re: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle

Hofzinser used the Mexican Turnover? I didn't know it was that old.
by Bill Mullins
February 22nd, 2018, 3:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is Now Live Online
Replies: 13
Views: 712

Re: The March Issue of Genii is Now Live Online

Todd Karr links to an old interview with Tony Asher (member of the Magic Castle, lyricist for the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album). The interview talks about the recording of the album, and how some notes are made by plucking piano strings instead of playing them. It says "Brian would say, “Okay, ...
by Bill Mullins
February 22nd, 2018, 2:11 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus
Replies: 28
Views: 5745

Re: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus

Bob Farmer wrote:The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox and the Bammo Gaffus Maximushave both been nominated as two of the best books of 2017 on the Magic Cafe website.


If I had a book to sell, I'm not sure this is what I'd be saying to promote it.
by Bill Mullins
February 22nd, 2018, 2:09 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 32
Views: 1771

Re: Darwin's Rules (?)

If you remember it from multiple places, it may be because Mike Close repeated it several times over the years in his reviews.
by Bill Mullins
February 20th, 2018, 12:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Looking for good lecturers
Replies: 12
Views: 1013

Re: Looking for good lecturers

I've never seen Acer lecture, but I've seen Menotti, Conn, and Frank all lecture locally, and can confirm that they all do a great job. Our club's most recent lecturer was Geoff Williams. We've hosted him 3 times in the last decade or so, and each one was excellent. Also recently enjoyed Norman Beck...
by Bill Mullins
February 14th, 2018, 11:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 6273

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Joe Mckay wrote:He also came up with the best souvenir in the history of magic.


There used to be a guy in our club who had an honest-to-goodness, real shrunken head.

Top that.
by Bill Mullins
February 12th, 2018, 5:44 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Chinese Bit
Replies: 12
Views: 875

Re: The Chinese Bit

From an Eddie Gibson ad in Abracadabra , 12/25/1976: "Ken Brooke's Magic Place hold NO RIGHTS to this piece of coin equipment known as the "CHINESE BIT". It is MY ORIGINAL IDEA, PERFECTED and MANUFACTURED by myself. Until JUNE 1976 I supplied it to this "Establishment". I NO...
by Bill Mullins
February 9th, 2018, 3:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardini Decks Now Available
Replies: 15
Views: 1491

Re: Cardini Decks Now Available

Already sold out.

The reproduction's picture looks to be a linen/air cushion stock. Weren't the originals smooth?
by Bill Mullins
February 9th, 2018, 9:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

Some academics have recently decided that Shakespeare had read and was influenced by an obscure manuscript, "A Brief Discourse of Rebellion and Rebels," by George North, written in the late 1500s. They came to this conclusion by running the Bard's plays and the North manuscript through som...
by Bill Mullins
February 8th, 2018, 9:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

So it would be more accurate to say he had "A magic book [ Expert ] and a couple other gambling books" than to say "He had magic and gambling books", in which the number of magic books is ambiguous. (and which ambiguity I believe you are taking advantage of, to the benefit of you...
by Bill Mullins
February 8th, 2018, 12:20 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: A Visit to the Tenyo Factory
Replies: 1
Views: 704

A Visit to the Tenyo Factory

Those Tenyo people are WACKY

Link
by Bill Mullins
February 8th, 2018, 12:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

Well, that's kinda the point, Jon. He wasn't a working card shark in 1923, nor had he ever been. Gallaway didn't have any special interest in cards, as either a gambler or magician, so when the Lakeside Press wrote a bio of him, they didn't mention cards as being either a recreational or professiona...
by Bill Mullins
February 8th, 2018, 9:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

Are you suggesting he did card magic at a professional level in 1923? Odd that there is no record of it, then.
by Bill Mullins
February 7th, 2018, 11:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

Chris - I can see the rationale for being sub rosa with respect to advantage play, but half the book is magic. Where's the shame in that? The fact that he didn't practice magic as a hobby is one more reason to be certain that "The Magic Wand" and "bag of tricks" are figures of sp...
by Bill Mullins
February 7th, 2018, 4:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

. . . because Gallaway's favorite author was Dickens. In looking this up in your ebook, I came across this line, which is immediately following the reference to Dickens in the Lakeside Press biography: [Gallaway's] one great hobby is astronomy He had one hobby, and it was astronomy. Not magic. Not ...
by Bill Mullins
February 7th, 2018, 9:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

Chris -- I guess I am missing your point. You said "this thing doesn't exist" and I showed that it did. (I'm happy to admit that the examples I gave were of minor authors, but in the grand scheme of things -- in the real world that most people live in -- Erdnase was a minor author.) People...
by Bill Mullins
February 7th, 2018, 2:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6768
Views: 1992119

Re: ERDNASE

The number of people who truly consider Expert to be important, I fear, could fit in a medium-sized conference room (in fact in 2011, they fit in a bed and breakfast in Helana, Montana). It is a big deal in magic circles; elsewhere it is just old book printed on brittle paper, which was fortunate to...

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