Archive for April, 2008

Ready For FDA Approval

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2008 by magicmafia

Why Learning English in America is Important

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2008 by magicmafia

Pam Anderson in Good Hans

Posted in Magic, Uncategorized on April 14, 2008 by magicmafia

The truth behind why Pam Anderson had to leave Hans Klok’s Las Vegas show finally revealed: she needed new, more reliable implants:

Who Was S. W. Erdnase?

Posted in Magic on April 13, 2008 by magicmafia

Published in 1902, The Expert at the Card Table is apparently the classic text on card manipulation, also known as cheating. The author wrote under the pseudonym of S.W. Erdnase. A hundred years later people are still searching for his true identity.

Erdnase is such as awkward false name that it seems reasonable to guess that it’s a reversal or some other anagram of the author’s true name. The Wikipedia entry names Franklin Andrews and Wilbur Edgerton Sanders as candidates for being Erdnase, and ends with this teaser:

Research for an upcoming documentary has uncovered correspondence between noted physicists and authors Stanley Wesley Stratton and Robert Andrews Millikan on the subject of conjuring and crooked gambling. In 1896 Stratton suggested a textbook on the subject. Further evidence suggests that Millikan and Stratton hired Professor Hoffman to write the book based (partly) on notes they provided.

An August 16, 2000 Wall Street Journal article by Rachel Emma Silverman, “Into Thin Air: Writer Reveals Magic Tricks, Then He Disappears” gave popular coverage to Erdnase. I don’t have access to the article, but summaries say it mentions Erdnase candidate Wilbur Edgerton Sanders, as well as a James Andrews and an Edwin Sumner Andrews.

Todd Karr has much more information about what is known and what is supposed about Erdnase. He offers his own best guess as to the author’s true identity:

On November 23, 1901, shortly before the publication of The Expert at the Card Table, the Fort Wayne News reported on a scam perpetrated in Kokomo by “A stranger giving his name as E. S. Andrews of the Brandon Commercial Company, Chicago.” The news report stated that the con man had a clever collections-agency scheme that succeeded in bilking forty local merchants and physicians.Andrews had come to Kokomo three weeks prior and convinced the businessmen and doctors to hire him to collect their debts. Each participant paid Andrews a “membership fee” of $15 (or about $900 total). The newspaper reported that “Before leaving, Andrews collected several accounts from debtors, all of which he took with him, the merchants or physicians receiving nothing.”

We thus have a candidate whose name is a precise reversal of the pseudonym S. W. Erdnase, a con man based in Chicago who was clever enough to swindle businessmen and doctors, and someone who appears to have had over $900 in his pocket just before The Expert at the Card Table was published.

Another article lists several candidates, and claims that “erdnase” would translate to “earth nose” in German. That could be a clue pointing towards mining engineer Wilbur Edgerton Sanders, though it seems like a bit of a stretch.

Mystery Hole?

Posted in Magic on April 13, 2008 by magicmafia

Anyone else find the title of this trick a little more than amusing?

Good Night? I Don’t Get It!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 13, 2008 by magicmafia

So, why is this video sweeping the Internet like wildfire? Why am I receiving countless emails linking to it? Is it because she’s a bimbo? Is it because of the penis lollypop? Is it the boob shake? I don’t get it… Maybe you do.

Vodpod videos no longer available. from tinypic.com posted with vodpod

First Look at the New G.I. Joe Movie!

Posted in Movies on April 1, 2008 by magicmafia

Our spy in Hollywood has sent to us the VERY FIRST LOOK at Stephen Sommers‘ G.I. Joe movie, hitting theaters next summer!

It’s pretty rough footage and could always end up on the cutting room floor, but this clip is intriguing nonetheless – first off, you get a broad sense of what the plot is going to be, which has been kept under wraps up until now.

G.I. Joe hits theaters August 7, 2009.

April Fool’s, tools.