Origin of "Murphy's Law" Pushed Back to 1911 (now OT:) (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Mon Dec 3 15:30:33 UTC 2007

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_The War Magician_ was about Jasper Maskelyne, son of Nevil Maskelyne
co-wrote _Our Magic_ with David Devant), who was son of John Nevil
an important 19th Century British illusionist.

> Thanks, Fred, for bringing Maskelyne back to my attention. I
> read _The War Magician_ a number of years ago and was very
> impressed. I mentioned it to my wife just now on reading your
> letter, and googled the title. What came up on top was a
> debunking site, Richard Stokes's http://www.maskelynemagic.com/.
> m a m
> On Nov 30, 2007 11:23 PM, Shapiro, Fred <Fred.Shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
> > Indeed this appears to be the case.  I have found a letter to the
> > editor by Wallace R. Rust in _Science News_, Aug. 8, 1992,
> in which Rust wrote:
> >  "As a magician, I have long been familiar with a passage
> in the book
> > _Our Magic_  (1911, Nevil Maskelyne and David Devant, E. P. Dutton).
> >
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