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Audley V. Walsh

Audley V. Walsh

(10th June 1894 - 17th June 1957)

Born in New York City, NY. Vaudeville comic who left c1927 to become a policeman in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. In 1932 he was inspired seeing magician in hospital. Learned from gift book from friend. Amateur specializing in gambling exposé act and lectures. In 1946 started his fine collection of gaffed gambling apparatus.

Invented Magician's Dream (by 1938), Rabbit Wringer (in 1942), Mental Choice (1955), and probably introduced fanning powder to magicians.

Coauthors: John Scarne

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Audley V. Walsh
Rackets are my Racket by Audley V. Walsh

We are proud to reintroduce this rare manuscript of Audley Walsh's gambling exposé, which also includes a number of the author's card effects that make a perfect ending to the lecture.

Contains the "meat" of his now-famous lecture, including a brief biography; how he developed and organized the lecture; gives an excellent summary on the origin and history of playing cards; plus six excellent, illustrated card effects and sleights to present:

  • The Mystic 32 Card Trick
  • Any Name Called For
  • Rubber-Fingered Charlie
  • Use My Deck!
  • Blackjack Peek
  • Three Card Monte with Paper Clip
  • The Magnetic...
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Dice Dexterity (used) by Audley V. Walsh

Softcover stapled, 1953 Tannen. For details on contents see the digital edition.

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Audley V. Walsh
Dice Dexterity by Audley V. Walsh

From the introduction

While some of the sleights are not new, many improvements have been made. Too, many of the ideas incorporated in this book are Audley's own brain children and have never seen the light of print before.


Let it be known that dice stacking and dice manipulation have been used and known to the world's greatest dice men in gambling casinos for hundreds of years. Here is your chance to learn and do the feats which have made them legendary for their skill.

Magic dice. They stack up, vanish, appear, grow larger, shrink smaller, and act in general like they were...

★★★★ $2.50
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Sponge Ball Manipulation by Audley V. Walsh

Audley Walsh teaches you two wonderful routines including script ("The big bad wolf and the three little pigs" and "Time marches onward") plus a set of sponge ball moves. He uses a bell which he and the spectator ring several times during the routine. This is a very interesting idea for misdirection as well as camouflaging moves and palms.

The moves you will learn are

  • finger palm or finger pinch
  • finger pinch with two sponge balls
  • pick up
  • ring the bell
  • thimble move
  • sleeving
  • lapeling

1st edition 1936 8 pages; revised and enlarged 1940; original 12 pages; PDF 17 pages.

★★★★★ $7
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Audley V. Walsh & John Scarne
Three Card Monte: John Scarne explains why you can't win by Audley V. Walsh & John Scarne

This is a treatise on the sucker effects of the Three Card Monte. It starts with an intro by Nate Leipzig, includes a definition of gambling terms and goes on to explain moves, routines and schemes to work the Three Card Monte. John Scarne was a master in performing and demonstrating this sucker effect. Learn everything about it in this digital reproduction, either to be aware of the various ways this can be played and thus be protected, or to learn to perform it for entertainment purposes.

From the preface by Nate Leipzig:

For those who are not acquainted with Mr. John Scarne, I wish to say that...

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