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by Bill Mullins
March 20th, 2019, 1:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorized Deck Question
Replies: 22
Views: 2354

Re: Memorized Deck Question

Brad Jeffers wrote:I can't imagine how this would work!?


Deck is face up . . .
by Bill Mullins
March 18th, 2019, 2:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

I'd also note that it's not the "palmed off" phrase that I find to be the strongest connection to Erdnase in these new texts. It's the whole extended passage it comes from, which is a remarkably close parallel to Erdnase's . . . Which is why I've been so critical of the "palmed-off&q...
by Bill Mullins
March 17th, 2019, 1:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

So, unless I'm misreading them, the fact that the writers are deliberately linking "palming off" to sleight of hand in these examples indicates that *they* think there's a connection. Whether Sanders or any of the other people using it figuratively had that in mind is, of course, a very d...
by Bill Mullins
March 16th, 2019, 1:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

Do other magic/gambling books of or before that era refer to the SLEIGHT as palming ‘off’ or just palming? Prof Hoffmann, More Magic p. 23 "If proficient in sleight of hand you might again pick up the cards with the indicated heap undermost, thereby making the chosen card the top card ; palm o...
by Bill Mullins
March 16th, 2019, 1:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

Bob -- Where I said "significant," I should have said "dominant". My bad. But I'm not sure that 9 examples over a 47 year stretch rises to the level of "significant". I searched for "palm off/palming off" without "sleight of hand", and the vast major...
by Bill Mullins
March 15th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 5792

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

I took Mahdi's point(s) to be, - Your magic hobby is no longer your own -- it is your brand, and how you are marketed to by Google. - The videos you post are no longer a one-way transmission of information from you to the viewer. They are the start of a conversation between advertisers and viewers. ...
by Bill Mullins
March 13th, 2019, 12:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

Jonathan Townsend wrote:? where did you find that story - found "The Way of the Assassin"
https://fritzfreiheit.com/wiki/Harlan_Ellison


Not sure what you're getting at, Jon -- the links are in the post.
by Bill Mullins
March 12th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: William Link
Replies: 2
Views: 771

Re: William Link

Richard Levinson's heirs and William Link may be about to come into some money.
by Bill Mullins
March 12th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

Another reversed-name pseudonym: Science fiction author Harlan Ellison had a story called "Assassin!" published in the Feb 1957 issue of Science Fiction Adventures . Just a few months before, however, in Science Fiction Five-Yearly #2 (Nov-Dec 1956), he started a serial called "!Nissa...
by Bill Mullins
March 12th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

And since the linked article didn't copy any of Wasshuber's or your own work, or anything that appeared on the forum, I can't see how plagiarism is even considered here. Since I have not published anything about Benedict anywhere else but on this Forum, they have obviously obtained their informatio...
by Bill Mullins
March 11th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

If you click on the link that Zenner provided above and read it, there was a sylistic exercise performed in 2011 on 8 candidates for the identity of Erdnase. None of the writings of the original names investigated showed similarity to the Expert. If you go to the actual study itself ("Stylomet...
by Bill Mullins
March 11th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

The evidence (in the 1870 phrase book, modern blogs, and default assumptions based on the established meaning of "palming" on its own) points towards it being understood as referring to sleight of hand (covertly hiding something in the palm). The "evidence" you've mentioned isn'...
by Bill Mullins
March 11th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

Hmmmm - I have just come across this on the Internet - https://iase-web.org/icots/10/proceedings/pdfs/ICOTS10_C278.pdf So, students have obtained grants to study The Expert at the Card Table . Messrs Galloway and Benedict are included and yet neither The Genii Forum, Chris Wasshuber or myself have ...
by Bill Mullins
March 10th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

Thomas Baker born in England in 1837, died in Helena MT in 1919 . Definitely a real person. He edited the first daily newspaper in Montana, The Montana Post . That it is so easy to assume that articles which seem similar in style and vocabulary are written by the same person, when it can shown that ...
by Bill Mullins
March 10th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Thompson Passes
Replies: 20
Views: 3549

Re: Johnny Thompson Passes

And he's being remembered in some "mainstream" places, as well.
by Bill Mullins
March 10th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

It doesn’t matter what modern people think. What matters is what people in sanders time thought. Here are 600+ examples of the use of the phrase "palm/palmed off" from 1895, when Sanders used it. I'm not going to go through all of them, but of the first forty, none of them explicitly are ...
by Bill Mullins
March 9th, 2019, 11:22 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Re-sale of digital media
Replies: 7
Views: 833

Re: Re-sale of digital media

As a novelist who has always resented the fact that my work can be purchased once and then loaned out forever by libraries or sold repeatedly by used book sellers without me ever seeing another darn dime for all the time, guts, heart, and sweat I pour into my work, Why do you resent it? Owning the ...
by Bill Mullins
March 9th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

I just think we should have one academic source that establishes that gambling/sleight of hand was the origination of this turn of phrase. Unfortunately, it is extremely unlikely that the origination of a phrase like this could be established with certainty. The best that lexicographers and etymolo...
by Bill Mullins
March 9th, 2019, 10:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

I was going to snoop around in the OED to try to help clarify derivation of the phrase, . The OED doens't have an entry specifically for "palm off". For the verb "palm": palm, v. Pronunciation: Brit. /pɑːm/, U.S. /pɑ(l)m/ Origin: Formed within English, by conversion. Etymology: ...
by Bill Mullins
March 8th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sonny Fontana
Replies: 2
Views: 453

Re: Sonny Fontana

by Bill Mullins
March 8th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sonny Fontana
Replies: 2
Views: 453

Sonny Fontana

I saw on Michael Close's most recent newsletter that Sonny Fontana had passed away.

I wasn't hugely familiar with him or his work beyond his appearance at the first Genii Convention (at which he did a very strange act), but I haven't seen it noted anywhere else.
by Bill Mullins
March 8th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

In both samples the dot over the letter "i" is a bit to the right above the next letter in the word. In the index card the dot is over the letter "c" in "Chicago." Now look near the top of the camping list where it says "2 shirts." The dot in the letter "...
by Bill Mullins
March 8th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

Leonard Hevia wrote:
Bill Mullins wrote:
Leonard Hevia wrote: If you are correct, we have two people that wrote in cursive similarly.


A phenomenon I have run into before.


In other words, the person at the copyright office who filled out that Oz application wrote in a style similar to Jamieson?


That's my best guess.
by Bill Mullins
March 8th, 2019, 12:05 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Re-sale of digital media
Replies: 7
Views: 833

Re-sale of digital media

by Bill Mullins
March 8th, 2019, 12:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

Leonard Hevia wrote: If you are correct, we have two people that wrote in cursive similarly.


A phenomenon I have run into before.
by Bill Mullins
March 7th, 2019, 11:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

I believe these cards were prepared by people who worked in the Copyright Office in DC. No reason to think that Sanders was there in Feb 1902 . . .
by Bill Mullins
March 7th, 2019, 10:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

If you go to the Library of Congress to search the copyright history of a work, you are directed to a huge 3x5" card index, like an old-style card catalog. The LoC has scanned these cards. One of them may be of interest. https://cdn.loc.gov/service/copyright/hprcatcard/18/98/19/37/EO/-E/R/18981...
by Bill Mullins
March 7th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20014

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

skmayhew wrote:the MTV VMAs have eliminated gender references completely


They also have eliminated music videos from their programming.


Brad Jeffers wrote:In the 40's Dai Vernon had business cards made that read simply, Dai W. Vernon - The New York Card Expert.
Do you know why he did that?


Cause he was from Ottawa?
by Bill Mullins
March 6th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20014

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

It is neither inaccurate or irrelevant if it is applied to a man or men. Merriam Webster man: an individual human Dictionary.com man: the human individual as representing the species, without reference to sex; the human race; humankind Oxford English Dictionary man: A human being (irrespective of s...
by Bill Mullins
March 5th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20014

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Foodies and historians also worry about the words they use, and the connotations they carry.
by Bill Mullins
March 5th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20014

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

If you read the recollections of groundbreaking women who became fire fighters (formerly called "firemen"), or joined the enlisted ranks of the U.S. Air Force (formerly called "airmen") or became cops (formerly called "policemen"), you will certainly see stories of sexi...
by Bill Mullins
March 4th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

I didn't read the article. Did it conclude Edward Galloway wrote Shakespeare? People that believe that the plays were written by Shakespeare are Stratfordians, since Willie the Shake was from Stratford-upon-Avon. If you credit them to Devere, the Earl of Oxford, you are an Oxfordian. If you believe...
by Bill Mullins
March 3rd, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 37
Views: 3438

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

I believe that the acronym stands for Point At Any Two, Eliminate One. A minor, but perhaps important distinction. My source is Ken DeCourcy's pamphlet on the subject, in which he takes credit for coming up with the name and acronym. Apparently the originator, Roy Baker hadn't provided a name when ...
by Bill Mullins
March 3rd, 2019, 12:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7140
Views: 2120372

Re: ERDNASE

Interesting article about using anti-plagiarism software to identify a source document for Shakespeare.
by Bill Mullins
March 2nd, 2019, 9:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 37
Views: 3438

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Sounds very intriguing. I am not familiar with it. So, you would need nothing more than a business card (or other writing surface) and a pen to do it? "PATEO" is Pick Any Two, Eliminate One. If you have a group of objects and you want to force one, Spec pics a pair, and you eliminate one ...
by Bill Mullins
March 2nd, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Packet trick creator info requested
Replies: 37
Views: 2962

Re: Packet trick creator info requested

erdnasephile wrote: So, who was the real Ralph Gironda?


Maybe this guy?
by Bill Mullins
March 1st, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magic on Marketplace
Replies: 0
Views: 264

Magic on Marketplace

The public radio show Marketplace had a segment on the modern business of magic today.
by Bill Mullins
March 1st, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Recommended Kindle Magic related book
Replies: 3
Views: 543

Re: Recommended Kindle Magic related book

Archive.org has Sachs in PDF and other formats, as does Project Gutenberg . Both claim to offer .mobi formats for Kindle, but the Archive.org version wouldn't download for me. Bobo exists in two editions. For the first one ( Modern Coin Magic , 1952), someone (Jay Marshall?) forgot to renew the cop...
by Bill Mullins
March 1st, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Recommended Kindle Magic related book
Replies: 3
Views: 543

Re: Recommended Kindle Magic related book

Are you okay with reading PDF books on Kindle? Sachs is available that way, for free.
by Bill Mullins
March 1st, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Blackface
Replies: 20
Views: 1840

Re: Blackface

Yes, there were blackface magicians: "Harry Lathrop, well known in the profession as Harry Eugene St. Cyr, a magician and black-face comedian, died in Auburn, N. Y., on January 21." Sphinx Feb 1905 From Variety Apr 13 1907, a listing of the acts performing at the Empire in Frankford, PA sa...

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