Robert Walker was a unicycling, high-school student. Looking five years younger than he was, he was a dyed-in-the-wool card guy tutored in Marlovian ways. He was also a precocious writer-creator, obsessed with false counts and packet tricks. He spent many hours "twisting the night away," taking voluminous notes, and developing new methods and approaches. His first mini-treatise dissected a marketed packet trick by Larry West ("Wild, Wild West") which he passed onto Jon Racherbaumer to publish. It became the second installment of the loose-leaf Avatar
, printed on pink paper and unadorned by illustrations or photographs.
His Wildest in the West mash-up is reproduced here in a slightly enhanced edition. Originally written on July 15, 1973, current students can now determine if the passing of 35 years has made a difference.
1st edition 1973, updated 2020, PDF 16 pages.
word count: 4928 which is equivalent to 19 standard pages of text