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by Carlo Morpurgo
August 14th, 2011, 7:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7644
Views: 2355651

Re: ERDNASE

Marty Demarest wrote:I think the Caledonian banquet took place in 1908, but others might read the evidence differently.


The evidence says "Thursday, May 14". Hence, it cannot be 1907...(since it was a Tuesday).
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 11th, 2011, 4:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7644
Views: 2355651

Re: ERDNASE

Mike Vance wrote:If there were extra copies of the Expert anywhere, they would have been in Wilbur's office, which burned down.


I suspect that the house will be subject to much further scrutiny....loose floor tiles, hidden knobs, pulls...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 11th, 2011, 3:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7644
Views: 2355651

Re: ERDNASE

Maybe it has been written before, but who owns the Helena house now? Are they related somehow to the Sanders' family? I saw a couple of names on the B&B website. Did they just let you go in and take apart furniture? Are they acknowledged anywhere? I am also curious about the "secret compart...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 9th, 2011, 11:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7644
Views: 2355651

Re: ERDNASE

I'm sorry, but if the big "reveal" contains additional conjecture, or even hard proof that Sanders was Erdnase, it's not a derivative (or "new") bit of work........ it's David Alexanders work . Sanders is David Alexanders candidate. It's somewhat insane to imagine that anybody w...
by Carlo Morpurgo
November 1st, 2010, 12:07 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Ackerman & Erdnase
Replies: 21
Views: 9414

Re: Ackerman & Erdnase

I am no expert but not a fool either. I've bought the dvd's, and got disappointed about the fact that 2 out of 2 demos I watched were not using the techniques that were explained afterwards. For example the second deal. He does a push off deal as in E. but only dealing to himself - easier. In the de...
by Carlo Morpurgo
October 11th, 2010, 3:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: House of Fakini contact
Replies: 5
Views: 4688

Re: House of Fakini contact

I wonder what happened to the House of Fakini - is it still alive? Does anyone know the new address/Phone number, (if any). The one mentioned above does not work anymore.
by Carlo Morpurgo
October 10th, 2010, 12:29 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magic Technique
Replies: 16
Views: 2678

Re: Magic Technique

I agree, but my point was that thinking about (or answering) questions such as "what is your role in this? Do you possess some skill that facilitates this? Are you demonstrating something that naturally happens? If it naturally happens, why is it amazing? How does this process work?" is li...
by Carlo Morpurgo
October 10th, 2010, 10:13 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magic Technique
Replies: 16
Views: 2678

Re: Magic Technique

I do think that the initial presentation needs some adjustments, but these questions you are asking, Brad, are complicating matters a lot more.... I think the word "forget" perhaps is out of place in this bit. Too much of a hard sell to tell they "forgot" the queen is on top as t...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 16th, 2010, 9:33 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Short manipulation video
Replies: 5
Views: 1219

Re: Short manipulation video

David Alexander wrote:Having had a few friends who combated prostate cancer, anything you can do to raise awareness is a good thing.

The work looked nice and gets the message across.

Good for you. It will save lives.


Oh boy..it's not me doing the magic! It's Silvan....
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 15th, 2010, 11:54 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Short manipulation video
Replies: 5
Views: 1219

Short manipulation video

http://www.netdata.it/video/spot_silvan_prevenzione.wmv

What do you guys think of this? It's a spot for prostate cancer prevention, but I only want to point out the magic until 00.18
by Carlo Morpurgo
March 16th, 2010, 10:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)
Replies: 128
Views: 40852

Re: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)

IMHO it's more about when one's actions appear both incongruent and contrived that folks are wont to presume the tricky stuff is happening. As long as that's your conscious choice in the matter and you've factored that into your work on both the method and presentation layers - not a problem. these...
by Carlo Morpurgo
March 16th, 2010, 4:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)
Replies: 128
Views: 40852

Re: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)

Well - This is definitely an area that most coin tricks seem to overlook. Indeed - for most bare handed coin vanishes, I find it hard to see how you could justify a hand-to-hand coin transfer at all. I mean if you had real magic powers surely you would show the coin with one hand and then close the...
by Carlo Morpurgo
March 15th, 2010, 9:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)
Replies: 128
Views: 40852

Re: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)

Mickey Silver's coin vanish is beautiful. But - I agree with Michael Close who wrote that placing a coin from one hand into the other is a very strange and un-natural thing to do. It is an action which only ever takes place during a magic trick. There is no other reason to do it... I don't think I ...
by Carlo Morpurgo
March 15th, 2010, 5:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)
Replies: 128
Views: 40852

Re: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)

there is also a suspicious change in focus at 0:07
by Carlo Morpurgo
March 15th, 2010, 2:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)
Replies: 128
Views: 40852

Re: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)

About the video I posted...now I can see small flashes near the edge of the table (at about 0:41), which makes me believe that he simply dropped the coins and then edited them out (but not thoroughly)....the retention move looks real, but at this point I doubt the overall validity of the video.
by Carlo Morpurgo
March 15th, 2010, 11:56 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)
Replies: 128
Views: 40852

Re: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)

I see...there's a huge thread on the topic at the magic cafe'. The summary seems to be: he did not give any details on the technique for the SUV. He detailed another vanish, and he delivered powerful messages on the overall philosophy behind vanishing a coin. I am finding this very disappointing.......
by Carlo Morpurgo
March 10th, 2010, 10:36 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: I Know the Secret of the Berglas Effect!
Replies: 122
Views: 50300

Re: I KNOW THE SECRET "THE BERGLAS EFFECT"!!!

Jeez, I just looked at the guy's final YouTube video. He has a card selected (not named, not thought-of) from a second deck, then fiddles around with the first deck for half a minute while a huge red block of text covers his hands, and then he cuts to a card in the second deck to find a number (not...
by Carlo Morpurgo
November 15th, 2009, 11:36 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic 1400s-1950s
Replies: 57
Views: 26052

Re: Magic 1400s-1950s

Massive....and beautiful....I've got the perfect coffee table for it (massive, with metal and tiles). It's a pleasure to peek inside it once in a while and browse through the beautiful images. The only thing that leaves me a bit puzzled is the choice they made regarding the chronological order.
by Carlo Morpurgo
November 2nd, 2009, 7:48 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Science of Magic
Replies: 9
Views: 2110

Re: The Science of Magic

I was going to say...I think the CBS show was mostly referring to those tricks involving an obvious misdirection of some sort, especially verbal, and how to use those as a diagnose for early autism. But not all the effects have to be that way... I think it would be pretty easy for any magician to st...
by Carlo Morpurgo
November 1st, 2009, 9:57 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Science of Magic
Replies: 9
Views: 2110

Re: The Science of Magic

Teller is not supposed to speak. Perhaps that had something to do with it. I heard about this show and I was told the exact opposite. I understood that the programme showed that autistic children actually are not fooled easily by magicians. Mind you neither are non-autistic children. What do you me...
by Carlo Morpurgo
November 1st, 2009, 9:41 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Science of Magic
Replies: 9
Views: 2110

Re: The Science of Magic

The end result of the article seems to be that magicians can't fool those who are mentally challenged. How disappointing. I am not sure what kind of disappointment that would be for you. The piece was referring specifically to autistic kids, to their ability (conscious or unconscious) to focus on d...
by Carlo Morpurgo
October 26th, 2009, 7:21 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: If you could study under any 5 living Close-Up card magicians in the world, they'd be...?
Replies: 88
Views: 12691

Re: If you could study under any 5 living Close-Up card magicians in the world, they'd be.

Upon reading these messages I am now convinced - here's my list:

1. Mark Lewis
2. Mark Lewis
3. Mark Lewis
4. Mark Lewis
5. Mark Lewis
by Carlo Morpurgo
October 25th, 2009, 7:42 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Martin Gardner Puzzling People With Mathematics
Replies: 6
Views: 2028

Re: Martin Gardner Puzzling People With Mathematics

What ever happened to Gardner's revision of his Encyclopedia?
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 20th, 2009, 8:47 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The Impossible test video
Replies: 3
Views: 1295

Re: The Impossible test video

Very nice....I watched it 10 times carefully, and I could only find one explanation that would fit with what I see from the video...almost by logic....
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 11th, 2009, 11:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: A New Mathematical Principle - George Blake
Replies: 13
Views: 2068

Re: A New Mathematical Principle - George Blake

Would that be that if you deal four hands the chance that one of them will contain a singleton will be 73%? The odds of any given hand being deal a singleton must be a much lower percentage. Close (who is still fogged from FISM) for one hand it's not too bad, you have to count all possible groups o...
by Carlo Morpurgo
April 19th, 2009, 5:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rising Card Trick
Replies: 61
Views: 13079

Re: Rising Card Trick

Angelo, if you don't mind me asking, how durable is the apparatus?
Naturally before spending $400 one would like to make sure it will last a while.
by Carlo Morpurgo
April 19th, 2009, 8:41 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rising Card Trick
Replies: 61
Views: 13079

Re: Rising Card Trick

Nice....at least I can watch this effect more than once....
by Carlo Morpurgo
March 29th, 2009, 9:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Books for Beginners
Replies: 35
Views: 9885

Re: Books for Beginners

Richard, what book are you writing?
by Carlo Morpurgo
March 2nd, 2009, 8:12 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Uri
Replies: 139
Views: 44325

Re: Uri

mrgoat wrote:
I, myself, personally, find tautology abhorrent.


how do you define tautology?
by Carlo Morpurgo
February 28th, 2009, 10:37 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: TARANTULA by Yigal Mesika - Official Trailer
Replies: 29
Views: 9692

Re: TARANTULA by Yigal Mesika - Official Trailer

This does not smell so good...Can anybody explain?
by Carlo Morpurgo
January 30th, 2009, 8:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7644
Views: 2355651

Re: ERDNASE

Believe me, I got your point. What you are saying is obvious. I could tell you that you that even perfect anagrams will generate many more names than yours, and I can reiterate that the rules of permuting letters as opposed to choosing a subgroup and permuting those, or even changing one letter and ...
by Carlo Morpurgo
January 29th, 2009, 9:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7644
Views: 2355651

Re: ERDNASE

Carlo, I think you're pulling my leg. Actually I wasn't.... I really do believe that your anagram is just as worth as the various Fred zig-zagging. Also, as I understand it the name Fred came about before the pyramid thing, not afterwards. Carlo ps. I know my opnion here counts near nothing, since ...
by Carlo Morpurgo
January 28th, 2009, 9:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7644
Views: 2355651

Re: ERDNASE

Carlo, I've been writing about "W.E. Sanders" as an anagram of "S.W. Erdnase" for over nine years. Where ya been? I understand, more or less, the rules for creating regular anagrams. I know there are a few pen names created by "imperfect anagrams" but those may be spec...
by Carlo Morpurgo
January 28th, 2009, 2:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7644
Views: 2355651

Re: ERDNASE

Imperfect anagrams are also "standard rules", used in the past to create pen names - this is proven.... The whole point is whether there is other strong evidence associated to a rule. Dismissing a potential rule in itself is not a valid argument in my opinion, that was my point. Even anagr...
by Carlo Morpurgo
January 28th, 2009, 12:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7644
Views: 2355651

Re: ERDNASE

David Alexander wrote:I decided to have a bit of fun and show that nearly anything can be spelled out if you want to apply special rules.



Did you apply special rules when you read "W.E. Sanders" inside S.W. Erdnase? or is that a standard rule?
by Carlo Morpurgo
January 28th, 2009, 12:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7644
Views: 2355651

Re: ERDNASE

This is how I would have done it for a book cover

http://tinyurl.com/cnce6y

(click on photos for a larger view)
by Carlo Morpurgo
January 28th, 2009, 12:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7644
Views: 2355651

Re: ERDNASE

Is there a "theory" behind the pyramid? If it was just supposed to be touch of "art" then I don't understand why he chose to split the words "conjurer" and "illustration". It does not look so good, and also the third line is longer than the second. I get a bet...
by Carlo Morpurgo
January 27th, 2009, 9:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7644
Views: 2355651

Re: ERDNASE

Look at the title page of Expert, at that inverted pyramid, down along the right side toward the bottom. You can see the name "FRED" in several different ways, down, up, etc. See if you think I'm dreaming this about the wordplay-prone Erdnase. Which version of the book should we be lookin...
by Carlo Morpurgo
January 25th, 2009, 12:06 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Hiro Sakai Magicana
Replies: 21
Views: 7002

Re: Hiro Sakai Magicana

Well, I haven't seen the program in a while, but I recall that the "walking through a table" effect began with what I believe was Andrew Mayne's "Pocket Sawing in Half" it was a bit more than Pocket Sawing. Looks more like the original Steve Fearson Sawing in half, juding from t...

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