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The Expert at the Card Table

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by S. W. Erdnase
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The Expert at the Card Table by S. W. Erdnase

Originally entitled Artifice Ruse and Subterfuge at the Card Table, is probably the most cited and referenced book about card gambling moves - a classic in the history of magic literature. A must read for any card magician or aspiring gambling expert and an indespensable reference book. To this date it is not known who the real author was. Nobody knows, and most likely nobody will ever know. (For a comprehensive work on the search for Erdnase see Hurt McDermott's Artifice, Ruse & Erdnase.)

[This ebook is also available in a German translation.]

This book was rated one of the ten basic books for a working library of conjuring by H. Adrian Smith, historian, collector and owner of the largest private magic library in his time. Other books in this top 10 list are:

first published 1902; 218 pages; with critical comments by Prof. Hoffmann

Table of Contents

pagepage
  1. Introduction
  2. CARD TABLE ARTIFICE
  3. Professional Secrets
  4. Hold-outs
  5. Prepared Cards
  6. Confederacy
  7. Two Methods of Shuffling
  8. Primary Accomplishments
  9. Possibilities of the Blind
  10. Uniformity of the Action
  11. Deportment
  12. Display of Ability
  13. Greatest Single Accomplishment
  14. Effect of Suspicion
  15. Acquiring the Art
  16. Importance of Details
  17. TECHNICAL TERMS, Definition of
  18. POSITION FOR SHUFFLE
  19. BLIND SHUFFLES, ERDNASE SYSTEM OF
  20. I. To Retain Top Stock
  21. II. To Retain Top Stock and Shuffle Whole Deck
  22. III. To Retain Bottom Stock and Shuffle Whole Deck
  23. BLIND RIFFLES AND CUTS. ERDNASE SYSTEM OF
  24. I. To Retain Top Stock
  25. II. To Retain Bottom Stock
  26. BLIND CUTS
  27. I. To Retain Bottom Stock. Top Losing One Card
  28. II. To Retain Complete Stock
  29. III. To Retain Top Stock
  30. IV. To Retain Bottom Stock
  31. V. Combination Riffle and Cuts
  32. FANCY BLIND CUTS
  33. I. To Retain Complete Stock
  34. II. To Retain Complete Stock
  35. FANCY TRUE CUT. ONE-HANDED
  36. TO INDICATE THE LOCATION FOR THE CUT
  37. I. By Crimp
  38. II. By Jog
  39. III. By Crimp
  40. IV. By Jog
  41. BOTTOM DEALING
  42. Top and Bottom Dealing. One Hand
  43. SECOND DEALING
  44. ORDINARY METHODS OF STOCKING, LOCATING AND SECURING
  45. STOCK SHUFFLE
  46. STOCK SHUFFLING. ERDNASE SYSTEM OF
  47. Two Card Stock
  48. Three Card Stock
  49. Four Card Stock
  50. Five Card Stock
  51. Twelve Card Stock
  52. Euchre Stock
  53. CULL SHUFFLING. ERDNASE SYSTEM OF
  54. To Cull Two Cards
  55. To Cull Three Cards
  56. To Cull Four Cards
  57. To Cull Nine Cards
  58. PALMING. ERDNASE SYSTEM OF
  59. Top Palm, First Method
  60. Top Palm, Second Method
  61. Bottom Palm, First Method
  62. Bottom Palm, Second Method
  63. Bottom Palm when Cards are Riffled
  64. TO MAINTAIN THE BOTTOM PALM WHILE DEALING
  65. TO HOLD THE LOCATION OF CUT WHILE DEALING
  66. SHIFTS
  67. Two-Handed Shift
  68. Erdnase Shift, One Hand
  1. Erdnase Shift, Two Hands
  2. TO ASCERTAIN THE TOP CARDS WHILE RIFFLING AND RESERVE THEM AT BOTTOM
  3. MODE OF HOLDING THE HAND
  4. SKINNING THE HAND
  5. THE PLAYER WITHOUT AN ALLY
  6. Dealing Without the Cut
  7. Replacing the Cut as Before
  8. Holding Out for the Cut
  9. Shifting the Cut
  10. Dealing Too Many
  11. Crimping for the Cut
  12. Replacing Palm when Cutting
  13. The Short Deck
  14. THREE CARD MONTE
  15. Mexican Monte
  16. LEGEDERMAIN
  17. SHIFTS
  18. Single-Handed Shift
  19. The Longitudinal Shift
  20. The Open Shift
  21. The S. W. E. Shift
  22. The Diagonal Palm Shift
  23. THE BLIND SHUFFLE FOR SECURING SELECTED CARD
  24. FORCING
  25. PALMING
  26. The Back Palm
  27. CHANGES
  28. The Top Change
  29. The Bottom Change
  30. The Palm Change
  31. The Double Palm Change
  32. TRANSFORMATIONS, TWO HANDS
  33. TRANSFORMATIONS, ONE HAND
  34. BLIND SHUFFLES. RETAINING ENTIRE ORDER
  35. METHODS FOR DETERMINING A CARD THOUGHT OF
  36. A. By the Riffle
  37. B. By Springing Flourish
  38. C. By the Cut
  39. D. By the Gaze
  40. TO GET SIGHT OF SELECTED CARD
  41. THE SLIDE
  42. FAVORITE SLEIGHTS FOR TERMINATING TRICKS
  43. Catching Two Cards at Finger-ends
  44. Leaving Selected Card in Hand of Spectator
  45. The Revolution
  46. Cards Rising from the Hand
  47. CARD TRICKS
  48. EXPLANATORY
  49. THE EXCLUSIVE COTERIE
  50. THE DIVINING ROD
  51. THE INVISIBLE FLIGHT
  52. TRICKS WITH PRE-ARRANGED DECK
  53. THE TRAVELING CARDS
  54. THE ROW OF TEN CARDS
  55. THE ACROBATIC JACKS
  56. A MIND-READING TRICK
  57. POWER OF CONCENTRATED THOUGHT
  58. THE ACME OF CONTROL
  59. THE CARD AND HANDKERCHIEF
  60. THE TOP AND BOTTOM PRODUCTION
  61. THE THREE ACES
  62. THE CARD AND HAT
  63. CRITICAL COMMENTS
  64. EDITORIAL NOTE
  65. INTRODUCTION
  66. THE ERDNASE SHIFT (ONE HAND)
  67. THE ERDNASE SHIFT (TWO HANDS)
  68. THE ERDNASE "LONGITUDINAL" SHIFT
  69. THE S. W. E. SHIFT
  70. THE ERDNASE "OPEN" SHIFT
  71. THE ERDNASE "TOP PALM"
  72. THE ERDNASE "BOTTOM PALM"

word count: 56503 which is equivalent to 226 standard pages of text

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Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]   Date Added: Monday 14 May, 2012


Reviewed by Josh
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]   Date Added: Friday 17 February, 2006

This book is a great introduction to the world of card manipulation. Before you purchase this, make sure to realize that it is over 100 years old, and the prose of the writer reflects this. Also, some people have criticized it for how complicated some of the instructions are. This is fairly unavoidable. If you know nothing about card manipulation then yo will not be able to read through an explanation of retaining the top stock while shuffling. Reread the explanations several times and make sure to read the glossary of terms provided. That being said, there are some errors in the book that make doing the manipulations as described impossible. All of these become self explanitory if you keep reading.

Overall, this book is a wonderful tool to anyone interested in card tricks (or cheating at a card table...).

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