World’s Greatest Card Trick Explained

Posted in Magic on May 13, 2008 by magicmafia

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Al Sharpton: Terrorist

Posted in Uncategorized on May 7, 2008 by magicmafia

(AP) An upcoming day of civil disobedience to protest the Sean Bell verdict will hopefully end with participants arrested while on their knees praying, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Saturday.

For the massive pray-in, Sharpton is asking protesters to gather Wednesday at 3 p.m. in at least six places around the city: 125th Street and Third Avenue; 60th Street and Third Avenue; 34th Street and Park Avenue; Varick and Houston streets; One Police Plaza; and House of the Lord Church on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

“Where we go from there is anybody’s guess,” Rachel Noerdlinger, Sharpton’s spokeswoman, said later, adding that wherever protesters end up, “they’ll be arrested praying.”

Sharpton said the protesters would fan out from their meeting points, but he would not disclose their destinations.

He has promised to “close this city down” to protest the April 25 acquittals of three police detectives in the 50-shot barrage that killed the unarmed Bell on his wedding day in 2006. Two friends were wounded.

Sharpton was joined Saturday at his Harlem headquarters by Bell’s fiancee, Nicole Paultre Bell, and Trent Benefield, one of the wounded men.

Paultre Bell will participate in Wednesday’s protest and any other action “’til justice is done,” she told several hundred people gathered at Sharpton’s National Action Network headquarters in Harlem.

He said that the planned pray-in is only the start of whatever actions are necessary to oppose the verdict.

“It’s going to be a long struggle, but the race isn’t given to the swift or the strong, but to those who endure,” Sharpton said.

How is Sharpton getting away with what in this day and age would be considered nothing more than a terrorist act? To intentionally close down a major metropolitan city is an act that would merit arrest for Joe Q. Public. And if you think that he truly cares about the Bell verdict, you are dead wrong. Sharpton cares about one thing and one thing only: publicity for himself.

My Definition of Political Correctness

Posted in Politics on May 4, 2008 by magicmafia

Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical, liberal minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

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.