Monthly Archives: February 2013

I have posted a video on YouTube, relating to Professor Hoffmann’s card-game booklets . . .

Here is a link to a video I posted on YouTube today:  YouTube video. Now, please note that there is nothing portrayed in the video that has not already appeared in this blog. The images, one and all, came from … Continue reading

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A few additional comments on Ray Ricard’s checklist of small-format magic books . . .

In the preceding post, I tried to answer the question of whether Ray Ricard’s checklist of small-format magic books represents a worthwhile purchase if you are only interested in the portion which lists Goodall booklets by Professor Hoffmann.   The title … Continue reading

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A few comments on Ray Ricard’s checklist of small-format magic books . . .

I have mentioned Ray Rickard’s 2005 checklist of small-format magic books a number of times on this blog, and I guess I should say a bit more about it.  The title is A Short Title History and Checklist of Wee … Continue reading

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More comments on Walter Pelham (William F. Taunton) . . .

Not long ago, I received an email from Betsy Miller, who is a great-great granddaughter of Walter Pelham!  (Thanks to Mike Goodall for facilitating the contact!) Some years ago, Betsy wrote an article for the International Trumpet Guild Journal, about … Continue reading

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Comments on an obituary notice that mentions Professor Hoffmann as an “inventor of card games,” and which mentions almost nothing else!

When Professor Hoffmann is mentioned, it is often noted that he was a writer on magic.  That is his main “claim to fame.”  There are exceptions to that, for instance in this blog, where that is rarely mentioned.  Also, Professor … Continue reading

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A possible answer to this question: “How necessary is Jessel in today’s day and age?”

This post contains one answer to the question, “How necessary is Frederic Jessel’s A Bibliography of Works in English on Playing Cards and Gaming, 1905, in today’s day and age?” I threw in the phrase “in today’s day and age” almost to … Continue reading

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Comments on an interesting item relating to The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, namely a presentation “case,” from 1921, for a 1921 edition of Goodall’s publication of Ernst Bergholt’s booklet on “Royal Auction Bridge” . . .

Mike Goodall kindly sent me scans of (a) the title page of a 1921 Fourth Edition of Ernest Bergholt’s Royal Auction Bridge, and (b) the interesting little case that goes along with it.  (The scans appear to be black and … Continue reading

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