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About Us was founded in 2000 by Chris Wasshuber with the idea to make hard to get magic books available in electronic form. later expanded to include gambling books, books on games and several other subject areas typically neglected by big book stores. We have defined our focus very narrowly to be able to serve these subject areas particularly well and knowledgable. We feel that Magic, Gambling and Games fit well together because they touch and partly overlap. Magic, Gambling and Games often use the same objects like cards, coins or dice. Chess and Magic are linked at least by two classic magic tricks, the knight tour and the chess playing machine or the Turk. Magicians and cheating gamblers often use the same or similar moves, the magician to achieve a magic effect, the cheating gambler to achieve an advantage in the game. Further, there have been gamblers who later became magicians and vice versa. Notable authors like John Scarne, David Malek or Steve Forte are expert magicians as well as experts in gambling. And often somebody who is a good chess player is also often quite good in poker or other games of skill.

We frequently publish digital versions of old books not because we think we will realise a big profit, but because we know there are treasures and gems hidden in them and because we want to preserve this arcane knowledge in digital form for many generations to come. If you are in the possession of a unique or rare manuscript, pamphlet, booklet or book or other ephemera, please contact us. We would love to digitize it to preserve it for posterity. We have developed our own proprietary scanning setup which allows us to scan precious books with no damage to binding or paper. In this setup books are only opened by 90 degree, which ensures that there is no damage to the binding of even the most fragile books.

To improve ebooks and to make better use of digital media, we are also active in pushing the state-of-the-art of ebook technology and design. For example, we were the first to introduce a magic ebook, Card College 1, with dozens of short embedded video clips to further assist the reader in learning sometimes very difficult moves. The reader had now access to text, illustrations and video, and each medium was used in its most appropriate form. Text is detailed, precise and searchable. Illustrations capture important moments and allow the reader to study a particular snapshot for as long as he or she wishes. And video clips convey the timing and other subtle information often in just a few seconds. This effort was later recognized with a nomination for finalist in the prestigeous EPPIE 2004 ebook award.

How You Can Help Us would not exist without the help of many loyal customers and friends. I don't primarily mean the support through purchasing of products which certainly helps us, but rather the support and help we receive on many other levels. If you think is providing a unique service or if you enjoy our ebooks and other products, then please consider supporting us in the following ways, if you are not already doing it.
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