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[quote] On 2004-08-07 17:51, Euan wrote: Dear Mister Bishop From what I can gather, you're main point seems to be that as Erdnase stated [i]"if it sells it will accomplish the primary motive of the author, as he needs the money."[/i] (Erdnase, Preface, page x) which, by your standpoint offers undeniable truth that Erdnase was a magician. Surely this is quite a weak argument? How can you be sure that this small fragment of text was not offered up as a joke? Books focusing on such a small specialized field almost always sell miserably, perhaps he was being sarcastic? Or was writing with tongue planted firmly in cheek? Personally I don’t think money was Erdnase’s main concern at all, a view which is backed up by the text itself. [i]“The passion for play is probably as old, and will be as enduring, as the race of man. Some of us are too timid to risk a dollar, but the percentage of people in this feverish nation who would not enjoy winning one is very small. The passion culminates in the professional. He would rather play than eat. Winning is not his sole delight. Some one has remarked that there is but one pleasure in life greater than winning, that is, in making the hazard.”[/i] (Erdnase, Introduction, page xi) The most important point being [i]“there is but one pleasure in life greater than winning, that is, in making the hazard”[/i]. So, it appears that this is not really your theory at all. Books written with the sole purpose of making money are seldom as well written as The Expert At The Card Table. It must have taken quite some time, perhaps even a number of years to complete the text. With that in mind, what are you're theories as to how he survived while writing the book? Best wishes Euan :smoke: [/quote]
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