Expert at the Card Table | softback | earthnose
For nearly a century, this book has been considered essential to reach the pinnacle of card mastery. In it, SW Erdnase, a master of card manipulation, teaches card enthusiasts how to perform the dazzling tricks and slides - many of them like his own creations - that have made him famous.
The first part of the book is about card art, or to put it more bluntly, card cheating. Step by step Mr. Erdnase demonstrates his own systems of false shuffling, false rippling and cutting, dealing from below and such smooth moves as hand cards, hand skinning, even three card monte.
Part two covers the art of forcing a card, one and two-handed transformations, the sneaky slide, and more. Card crafters will love Erdnase's selection of mind-blowing card tricks including The Acrobatic Jacks, The Exclusive Coterie, The Divining Rod, The Invisible Flight, a Mind Reading Tick and many others.
In an informative preface to this edition, Martin Gardner recounts the unfortunate details of the author's personal life and tells the story of this famous book, the methods of which, Gardner says, are as useful by magicians and card thieves today as they were in 1902. This book is still the Bible of the "Mechanics" card and just as much a pleasure to read as it was in the early years of this century.
The Expert at the Card Table is the most famous, carefully studied book ever published on the art of card manipulation at the gaming table. from the foreword by Martin Gardner
Book in English, paperback format approx. A5