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Michael MacDougall

Michael MacDougall

(USA: 1906 – 17th March 1996)

Learned in 1917 as apprentice to Horace Goldin as Indian boy in rope trick and in 1918 by reading Erdnase. Semi-pro cardman, including working a Svengali pitch cross-country and at 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Sometimes did a nightclub act. Then a gambling investigator and lecturer, competing bitterly with John Scarne in 1940s. Later left magic to be a stamp and coin dealer.

Wrote Gamblers Don't Gamble (1939, 166pp, with J.C. Furnas), Card Mastery (1944, 81pp), MacDougall on Dice and Cards (1944, 90pp), Card Mastery (1944, 81+205pp), Don't Be A Sucker! (1945, 80pp), and MacDougall on Pinochle (1951, 90pp). Memoir is Danger in the Cards (1943, 319pp).

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Danger in the Cards by Michael MacDougallA fascinating casebook of true stories from the self-styled "Card Detective" that reveals the inner workings of backroom poker cheats, dice scams, bunco artists, horse race swindles, rigged games of the carnival and midway and much, much more.

Written in a breezy style, "Mickey" MacDougall takes the reader along for an entertaining and informative ride as he consults with casino bosses and card room owners to stamp out cheaters and grifters.

Swindlers take many forms and purvey their trade anywhere people gather: aboard trains and cruise ships, at the racetrack, in back alleys, military...

2018 / 4 / 28

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Card Mastery by Michael MacDougallMichael MacDougall explains new sleights, new methods of culling and stacking, new bottom steal, and more. Of interest to all card men, magicians and demonstrators. The second part of the book is S.W. Erdnase's seminal work on the art of sleight of hand with playing cards, The Expert at the Card Table.

1st edition 1944, reprinted by D. Robbins 1975, 205 pages; PDF 164 pages.

2015 / 8 / 15

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