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by Carlo Morpurgo
September 19th, 2013, 8:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Announcing "Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects"
Replies: 6
Views: 1981

Re: Announcing "Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effec

Sounds really good....I love math ;) AND magic...
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 16th, 2011, 11:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

I am only now reading the new October Genii....I was shocked to see my name and all the "sliding stuff"!...Richard, I can't believe you put me in there! I hope you won't regret it... ;) Thanks!
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 7th, 2011, 10:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

First, the inverted pyramid graphic design on the title page is nothing novel. This design has been used in many books printed over the past 500 years. Just yesterday I was browsing a brand new calculus book and I found this http://tinyurl.com/3p6ypey (it's the very last page of the book) could not...
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 3rd, 2011, 11:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

Because the whole point was that you can form WESANDERS by sliding the lines while staying within the margins of the page. Maybe a better and more reasonable way to state this would be "while staying within the margins of the text". I am not sure how they where printing books back then, b...
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 3rd, 2011, 7:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

I am glad we sorted this out... Anyway I think that the WES alignment fits better with other aspects of the Sanders theory (without proving anything) 1. playing with his name, vertically or otherwise 2. wanting to use a full anagram as an author 3. wanting to leave traces on how to discover his ide...
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 3rd, 2011, 3:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

I am glad we sorted this out... Anyway I think that the WES alignment fits better with other aspects of the Sanders theory (without proving anything) 1. playing with his name, vertically or otherwise 2. wanting to use a full anagram as an author 3. wanting to leave traces on how to discover his iden...
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 3rd, 2011, 2:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

Ok, I guess I'm still confused on the sliding of letters issue: If from the first line one uses the H in SLIGHTS, the second line, the L in GAMBLER, 3rd the A in DETAIL, 4th the N at the end of KNOWN, 5th the D in AND, 6th the R in CARD, 7 the E in ONE, 8th the W in DRAWINGS and finally the S in SM...
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 3rd, 2011, 12:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

You can choose one letter per line, but you can't slide the lines and align either of those names vertically....coincidence? ;) Sorry, I don't understand the constraint on sliding the lines. Why can't they be lined up vertically? Because the whole point was that you can form WESANDERS by sliding th...
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 3rd, 2011, 11:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

You can choose one letter per line, but you can't slide the lines and align either of those names vertically....coincidence? ;) If you assume that the lines can move around freely and if you take into account letter AND space frequencies, then the ballpark chances of getting WESANDERS are about 3%. ...
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 1st, 2011, 10:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

It's also possible that Sanders' father did know about his son's penchant for cheating techniques, and that a very loud conversation about the value of the family name may be the reason Expert was published anonymously. True! By the way, I made a mistake in my search at the library's web site. I no...
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 1st, 2011, 5:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

"I guess that the 'W.E.S theory' requires us to buy into the idea that Sanders was cultivating his passion for card techniques, at that very sophisticated level of details, without ever being seen around or in his room fooling around with cards." This is incorrect. There is no reason to a...
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 1st, 2011, 4:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

then it seems reasonable to me that one should look at what *other people* had to say about WE Sanders, other than the man himself, starting from his own father (whose diaries seem to be available). In his article, Marty D. does some of that by using Sander's letters from his brothers. Yes, but my ...
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 1st, 2011, 1:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

then it seems reasonable to me that one should look at what *other people* had to say about WE Sanders, other than the man himself, starting from his own father (whose diaries seem to be available). In his article, Marty D. does some of that by using Sander's letters from his brothers. Yes, but my ...
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 1st, 2011, 8:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

It's speculated that WE Sanders held a "double life", part of which was concerned with the perfecting of card sharp techniques, and gambling. If it's true that he rightly wanted to hide this part of his life, then it seems reasonable to me that one should look at what *other people* had to...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 31st, 2011, 7:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

Rick Ruhl wrote:Which was?


I was half joking...but was referring to the aftermath of the Hooker Card Rise performances, in 2007....
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 30th, 2011, 11:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

Richard Hatch wrote:I'd say more, but I don't want to betray any confidences...


this comment, combined with this sudden "silence" after the big hype, reminds me of a similar situation that happened about 4 years ago.....
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 27th, 2011, 10:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

Possible breakthrough: Discovered in the same boyhood Sanders bathroom (by Ricky Smith), hand lotion (the author told Marshall Smith he "greased" his hands). Clearly set off in a box above the ingredients on the bottle of hand lotion, in large capital letters, are the initials "ESA&q...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 25th, 2011, 7:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

How common was it to title subsections in the form Italics text.- This probably means nothing, but I noticed 31 of them in Sanders' article and that Erdnase also uses them quite a bit (starting from page 1). A couple other folks in the same book use them, but not as much. I wonder if that was a part...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 24th, 2011, 10:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

Yes...I agree with Bill...I was not aware of that part of the thread...obviously there is a problem with periods or the like, since the average sentence length is not right. But the rest (especially letter and word length frequencies) seems to be in line. Can you run another similar book? For fun of...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 24th, 2011, 9:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

I was just sent this link: http://s845.photobucket.com/albums/ab11/joseph_pecore/Erdnase-Sanders%20Stylometric/?start=all meh...to me it's just corroborating standard statistics for the English language. To give it meaning there should be a "control group", including writings of unrelated...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 24th, 2011, 1:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

Just to be precise, I meant to write:

Likewise, I think it's not correct to use David's questionable "erd nose" idea in order to support the claim that his work was not compelling.
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 24th, 2011, 12:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

"I'd like to know exactly what you feel was offered by Alexander that rates as "silly"" -that "eardnase" means "earth nose," in german, and is thus a coded reference to sanders' experience in mining; -that by an absurd sequence of reconfiguration the phrase &...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 23rd, 2011, 4:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

Marty Demarest wrote:That said, I'm hoping the upcoming Erdnaseum proves to be full of enjoyable discussion and freely shared ideas. It should be fun.


Marty, are there any plans regarding "Proceedings" of some sort?
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 23rd, 2011, 12:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

Jonathan Townsend wrote:+1 "The Erdnase Triangle"


Yeah, I guess "triangle" or "trapezoid" would be a bit more appropriate, although I see it more in terms of blocks stacked on top of each other....
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 22nd, 2011, 7:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

I tried the calculation myself, without the additional constraint that the lines can't slide outside the margins, and I came up with 0.012 (assuming that lines have 38, 29, 33...9, words in them) there was a small typo in my numbers...the correct answer should be 0.055. More interesting (and diffic...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 22nd, 2011, 4:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

I'm drifting around on this too. The letters in his name (E, S, A, ...) are almost all very common. So there's roughly a 1 in 10 chance that WESANDERS would appear either forward or backwards within a block of text of that size/shape (with each line of text containing the corresponding letter of hi...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 22nd, 2011, 2:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

this is the correct link: http://tinyurl.com/42b8mjr
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 22nd, 2011, 1:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

Glad to see that some more people found this "discovery" interesting...! I am personally entertained by it, but I would be cautious about claiming that it really means something... To entertain myself even more I came up quickly with a similar "pyramidal scheme" with my own name ...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 20th, 2011, 3:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

btw, the constraint that the letters can only slide within the page and not off (an assumption I didn't make) would make WESanders appearing there by chance alone less likely. Yes...that is a stronger case...In the sense that it's reasonable that if Sanders wanted to have his name appear in that so...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 20th, 2011, 2:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

This is interesting! Here's one simple way to think about the chances. If we assume the constraint of the typography making the pyramid of the same shape and size, then the number of letters on each line is fixed. Ignoring spaces, the first line has 38 letters, the second has 29, etc. We can then c...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 20th, 2011, 11:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

That's pretty remarkable! What other names can be generated by sliding the text back and forth? who knows, probably thousands...certainly Andrews, but not ES (or MF) Andrews. I just wanted to see if I could come up with WE Sanders, assuming that 1. he wrote the book 2. he liked to play with words 3...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 20th, 2011, 10:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

Re: ERDNASE

Just fooling around with the title page (and nothing more...)

http://tinyurl.com/3gc7bzq

Can you read W.E. Sanders?
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 14th, 2011, 7:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2202030

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: 7175
Views: 2202030

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: 7175
Views: 2202030

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: 7175
Views: 2202030

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: 9273

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: 4595

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: 2617

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: 2617

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...

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