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by Bill Mullins
November 19th, 2018, 1:36 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 49
Views: 7155

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

The following is by a British bookseller from another forum. With his permission, I'm reposting here. Re: Disposal of Collections Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:39 am (PST) . Posted by: simonjpatterson We try to specialise in rare and valuable titles in speculative fiction. We do have plenty of books around the...
by Bill Mullins
November 16th, 2018, 6:48 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Death from a Top Hat
Replies: 0
Views: 182

Death from a Top Hat

There is a new edition out.
by Bill Mullins
November 16th, 2018, 6:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?
Replies: 134
Views: 39314

Re: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?

From an article by Schwarzman in MUM , May 2007: "Perhaps someday Frank's [Thompson] notes, like the Phoenix, will emerge again. They were in safekeeping with Phil Thomas, who had an unfortunate fire at the old Yogi Magic Shop location, and many of the damaged books and boxes that were removed ...
by Bill Mullins
November 8th, 2018, 1:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2052372

Re: ERDNASE

Earlier in the thread I've listed magicians who used anagrams of their names as pseudonyms. I've found another:

The science fiction writer Reginald Bretnor wrote as Grendel Briarton, Bertrand Gironel, and E. Bertrand Loring.
by Bill Mullins
November 4th, 2018, 11:22 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ring and Spring
Replies: 2
Views: 492

Ring and Spring

Kenna Thompson's current auction has a Ring and Spring which is currently at $76.

Good for Kenna, but what the heck? That seems really high. Is there something special about this particular one that I'm missing?
by Bill Mullins
November 2nd, 2018, 4:54 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: BoM: Milo & Roger by Arthur Brandon
Replies: 51
Views: 26818

Re: BoM: Milo & Roger by Arthur Brandon

performer wrote: Ali wasn't working in the late 1940s!


Zaharee was advertising effects from Ali Bongo in the Aug 1947 issue of "The Wizard".
by Bill Mullins
October 29th, 2018, 1:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 39
Views: 8937

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

Same thing with Mike Caveney's impromptu linking coathangers.
by Bill Mullins
October 14th, 2018, 2:28 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon's Silhouettes
Replies: 12
Views: 4213

Re: Vernon's Silhouettes

Compare the signatures to the ones in these auctioned silhouettes.
by Bill Mullins
October 13th, 2018, 6:42 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon's Silhouettes
Replies: 12
Views: 4213

Re: Vernon's Silhouettes

Sorry, Brad -- I don't know of any Savannah newspapers online that would answer your question.
by Bill Mullins
October 13th, 2018, 2:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2052372

Re: ERDNASE

I must say, the idea that Marshall Smith could have had some reason to keep Erdnase's identity secret means a jolly huge amount of reconsidering of evidence. But it's just an idea. If there were any evidence to support it, then it could be upgraded to a theory. If Smith was "in on it," wh...
by Bill Mullins
October 11th, 2018, 1:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2052372

Re: ERDNASE

Rob Block wrote:
Jonathan Townsend wrote:
A fun story.


Also not written by Houdini.


Yes, it was ghost-written for him by H. P. Lovecraft.
by Bill Mullins
October 11th, 2018, 12:43 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon's Silhouettes
Replies: 12
Views: 4213

Re: Vernon's Silhouettes

From the July 21 Asheville NC Citizen-Times

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by Bill Mullins
October 11th, 2018, 12:39 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon's Silhouettes
Replies: 12
Views: 4213

Vernon's Silhouettes

From the May 30, 1931 Atlanta Constitution

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by Bill Mullins
October 8th, 2018, 11:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Plan 9
Replies: 1
Views: 533

Plan 9

It looks like Rob Zabrecky will be participating in a staged reading of Plan 9 from Outer Space. That should be a hoot. Lots of other talented people as well.
by Bill Mullins
October 5th, 2018, 12:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2052372

Re: ERDNASE

Scott Lane wrote:There is also a theory that Ella Fontaine Binkley, the illustrator of Sargent’s book Smoke and Bubbles, was once married to M D Smith. His death certificate states that he was “widowed”.


Per the 1900 Census, Smith's wife was named Alice.
by Bill Mullins
October 3rd, 2018, 11:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2052372

Re: ERDNASE

Writing at the bottom designed to be read when the illustration is held almost parallel to the sight line? Two such? ( viewed from bottom corners ) Pictures from Jonathan: https://magichistoryblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/jont1.jpeg?w=680 https://magichistoryblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/jont...
by Bill Mullins
October 3rd, 2018, 7:47 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: A few good books, a few good prices
Replies: 9
Views: 856

Re: A few good books, a few good prices

That's a good price for Repertoire . ..
by Bill Mullins
October 1st, 2018, 3:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: goodby and welcome
Replies: 7
Views: 743

Re: goodby and welcome

Has someone warned Ms. Lucas about, you know, magicians?
by Bill Mullins
September 30th, 2018, 3:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Magic Venue in London
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Re: New Magic Venue in London

Tom Moore wrote:Magic in Europe is valued much higher than the US.


Are any European magicians making as much money as Copperfield? Penn & Teller?
by Bill Mullins
September 30th, 2018, 2:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"
Replies: 11
Views: 662

Re: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"

I like Steve Martin so much that I would almost sit through a Martin Short performance to see Steve Martin. Almost.
by Bill Mullins
September 30th, 2018, 2:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2052372

Re: ERDNASE

Earlier in the thread I've listed writers who have used an anagram of their name as a pseudonym, in support of the idea that S. W. Erdnase is an anagram. I've found another -- science fiction author Randall Garrett used "Darrel T. Langart" as a pseudonym.
by Bill Mullins
September 30th, 2018, 2:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2052372

Re: ERDNASE

Since I posted the earlier picture, Scott has asked for some assistance with posting some more detailed views. Here they are. https://magichistoryblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/powerpoint-presentation-rev-6-161.jpeg?w=840 https://magichistoryblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/powerpoint-presentation...
by Bill Mullins
September 29th, 2018, 12:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2052372

Re: ERDNASE

Roger M. wrote:Ergo, anybody can say anything they want and be no more "wrong" or "right" from the next guy who may say something completely different!


Gotta disagree here. As this thread has proven several times, some people can be much, much more wrong than the next guy.
by Bill Mullins
September 28th, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2052372

Re: ERDNASE

Image

I don't see it.
by Bill Mullins
September 23rd, 2018, 12:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How To Become A Magician
Replies: 8
Views: 3168

Re: How To Become A Magician

Q. Kumber wrote:Meanwhile I am working diligently on becoming an adept at thaumaturgy. I leave legerdemain to the twelve year-olds.


Thaumaturgy? Isn't that a prerequisite to necromancy?
by Bill Mullins
September 22nd, 2018, 1:20 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 2801

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

I was initially inclined to agree with Chris's post. (Much of EndersGame's review is cut and pasted from the source material.) You gave him some legitimate focused criticism, and he responded graciously. But then, Chet gave you some legitimate, focused criticism, and you snapped back at him. Take a ...
by Bill Mullins
September 22nd, 2018, 1:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How To Become A Magician
Replies: 8
Views: 3168

Re: How To Become A Magician

Not only is Mahdi using the word correctly, and not only is he entirely capable of teaching sleight of hand in addition to self-working tricks, he is quoting a classic text of magic (I will leave identifying that text to you, as an exercise for the student). Don't try to teach your grandmother to su...
by Bill Mullins
September 21st, 2018, 5:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2052372

Re: ERDNASE

Edward Gallaway's bookplate includes a cherub ornament in its design. That ornament can be found in the specimen books of the American Type Founders, which also include samples of the font "Post Oldstyle". As I mentioned above recently, that seems to be the font used on the front cover of ...
by Bill Mullins
September 15th, 2018, 12:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: A Question About the TV Series, The Avengers
Replies: 12
Views: 893

Re: question about a old tv serie, the avengers

Linda Thorson was lovely. However . . . .
by Bill Mullins
September 14th, 2018, 6:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2052372

Re: ERDNASE

I've checked 1940 and earlier censuses many times, through several different access portals. no luck.

The 1950 census has not been released by the Census Bureau yet. It has to be 70 years after the census before they will make it publicly available, so it will become searchable sometime after 2020.
by Bill Mullins
September 14th, 2018, 12:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2052372

Re: ERDNASE

From the Moline, IL Dispatch , of 8 March 1946. ARREST CARBON CLIFF MAN ON DRIVING COUNT Silvis -- E. Erdnase of Carbon Cliff was arrested last night and jailed on a charge of reckless driving. The Carbon Cliff motorist was still in jail this morning awaiting arraignment before Magistrate Lawrence B...
by Bill Mullins
September 14th, 2018, 10:54 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)
Replies: 26
Views: 1908

Re: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)

But the term "Giant Hot Rod" would have worked just as well. Only as a descriptive term. It would not be as successful as a marketing term, if you are targeting people who are inclined buy things because they are labeled "street". I would have thought that such a group would be ...
by Bill Mullins
September 14th, 2018, 12:51 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)
Replies: 26
Views: 1908

Re: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)

I know there isn't really an answer to this question, but . . .

What is it that makes this a "street" hot rod? How would it be different if it weren't "street"?
by Bill Mullins
September 12th, 2018, 1:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Request for MAGIC Live 2018 Updates please
Replies: 15
Views: 1875

Re: Request for MAGIC Live 2018 Updates please

What was the name of the guy with the zebra act? This is a different guy with a zebra act, right? https://youtu.be/x-SRA47S0JA?t=1m25s Glenn Singer, aka El Glen-o Grande. Your video is not him. This is him, doing more or less what he did at MagicLive. I heard it was a horse. It was a zebra.
by Bill Mullins
September 10th, 2018, 6:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Request for MAGIC Live 2018 Updates please
Replies: 15
Views: 1875

Re: Request for MAGIC Live 2018 Updates please

Marc Summers, in his talk at MagicLive, mentioned being on Jay Leno alongside Burt Reynolds. Here's some back story.
by Bill Mullins
September 8th, 2018, 7:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: USPS The Art of Magic Stamps & More
Replies: 14
Views: 1408

Re: USPS The Art of Magic Stamps & More

EndersGame wrote:I liked the presentation idea of Karate Card: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibiz_Ws56DQ

Mac used the same trick / presentation in his book "Campfire Magic "
by Bill Mullins
September 6th, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2052372

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:I just noticed this palindrome by Philip T. Goldstein, quoted by Denis Behr at his Conjuring Archive website:

"S. W. Erdnase? He's Andrews!"


I was informed offline that this has been brought up on the forum twice already, and that one of the bringer-uppers was me. Sorry about that.
by Bill Mullins
September 6th, 2018, 1:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2052372

Re: ERDNASE

I just noticed this palindrome by Philip T. Goldstein, quoted by Denis Behr at his Conjuring Archive website:

"S. W. Erdnase? He's Andrews!"
by Bill Mullins
September 5th, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 4871

Re: About doing magic

It is also a great way of implanting false memories. This is something Juan Tamariz is a master of. For instance - you have the spectator give the deck as many cuts as they want. Later - you refer to the fact that the deck was freely mixed by the spectator. And then after revealing the climax - and...

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