This is the epitome of Karson's comedic talent. Other than "Zombie" this trick is often the only other thing remembered about Joe Karson. When he published this effect, Karson was riding the crest of his wave of popularity. The World's Fastest Card Trick was often a show stopper when he performed it at various magic conventions and shows.
Karson explains in this ebook the entire work on this trick. He gives the reader the presentation, the method, the patter, and most importantly, the timing. This trick literally got screams of laughter.
[For a discussion of this effect by Ken de Courcy see Ken de Courcy Discusses "The World's Fastest Card Trick".]
1st edition 1948; 11 pages.
word count: 3778 which is equivalent to 15 standard pages of text