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I agree that it is silly to compare the research into Erdnase with curing diseases or other life changing research. It is certainly not of the same importance, not even close. But that doesn't mean to find out who Erdnase was is useless. Understanding history is a worthwhile pursuit.
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Understanding history (sometimes sadly not learning from it) is one thing.

However, I don't think discovering who Erdnase was is going to stop wars, cure cancer, end famine and de-nuclearise the planet.

The funniest scenario of course would be that Erdnase was just some complete random.......causing the Erdnase community to stand, jaws dropped, saying "who the fkkk was he"?

By the way, I've absolutely nothing against older literature. Expert Card Technique was my first bible - and for what its worth, I truly believe its' content and quality to bury some of the utter tripe in EATCT.
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On Jun 12, 2018, Merc Man wrote:However, I don't think discovering who Erdnase was is going to stop wars, cure cancer, end famine and de-nuclearise the planet.


But nobody ever claimed that discovering Erdnase would stop wars, cure cancer, end famine,disease, and rid the planet of nuclear weapons. That doesn't mean scholars should stop looking for his true identity, or quit looking for that other writer who might have written Shakespeare's plays.

By your logic Merc Man, what is the point in another biography of Winston Churchill? Let the diplomats, doctors, and scientists worry about that other pesky stuff.
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What magic books did Gallaway have in his library? I can't think of any serious fan of magic who doesn't have at least a few books on the subject.
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How much background is there on the folks who did the printing?
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On Nov 18, 2019, Cristian Vidrascu wrote:
What magic books did Gallaway have in his library? I can't think of any serious fan of magic who doesn't have at least a few books on the subject.


Sorry for the late reply, I am just seeing this now. We know that Gallaway had a first edition of "Expert at the Card Table" and several other books on gambling because copies of these books were found in the 1950s that had Gallaway's bookplate in them. Unfortunately, we don't know the titles of the other gambling books. Jay Marshall, who reported on these findings in a letter to Martin Gardner, did not specify the titles.
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On Nov 28, 2019, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
How much background is there on the folks who did the printing?


There is actually quite a lot of knowledge about James McKinney, who did the printing of "Expert at the Card Table". Many years ago, Richard Hatch researched James McKinney extensively. Tom Sawyer found items about the printer. A few years ago, I discovered the James McKinney bankruptcy files which tell us a lot about the printer, and even list his employees, assets, etc. For more details see https://www.lybrary.com/the-james-mckinn......390.html
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From the new research on Erdnase, an interesting find has emerged. It seems that Erdnase wrote another book but under a different pseudonym, and it is a book of stories about a travelling gambler. It is called Jack Pots. The pseudonym of the writer is Eugene Edwards this time. There are no "moves" or magic tricks, but are stories only, which still is interesting for possible patter or presentational gambits. Also, lovers of Erdnase will like to know that he wrote another book.
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