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[quote] On 2004-08-08 17:21, tommy wrote: I have not made up my mind yet about Erdnase but he certainly grips the imagination and evokes passionate ideas about who and what kind of man he was. I can not give an informed opinion about Erdnase having not read the opinions of those who have studied the book and moves in depth and know more than I about magic. I have spent many years at the card table and what I read in the cardsharp section seems to me to be credible. He seems to know what he is talking about and all the moves he details could pass in a real game I believe. He also seems to know how a real pro cheat thinks and behaves. On the other hand he appears to know great a deal about the performance of magic. From these basic opinions that I have formed I have not come to a conclusion but I tend to think he might have been both a magician and an advantage player. Why would he write the book is probably where the answer is to the mystery. It is like asking who killed JFK. If you know why, you would know who. That however leads to a lot of different answers. I have not read “The Man Who was Erdnase” but from what I have read about that books theory it appears to me that the theory does not hold up. I have a personal friend who is a top advocate and he makes a fortune out of arguing points. He told me “Never make a bad point in an argument” I did not understand and he explained that I could win 100 trivial points and make just one good one and lose the argument because your good point is lost among the hundred, so it is far better to make your good points only and leave it at that. The Man Who was Erdnase book seems to me to make a lot of bad points to support the theory that he was Milton Franklin Andrews. I myself have not learnt the advocates lesson but think it a lesson worth the learning. I have read Glens theory and saw PC and others argue with it but I do not think we have heard their theories. Forgive me if I am wrong. With respect, I for one would like to hear them. [/quote]
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