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John Wyman
Wyman's Hand-Book of Magic by John Wyman

This work covers a lot of ground, from various parlor tricks, chemical tricks, card tricks, to a section on two person codes, and a section on artifices of cardsharks.

  • description Of The Magician's Table
  • How To Make A Person Jump
  • The Invisible Chicken, Or Enchanted Egg Bag, As Performed By The Celebrated Wyman
  • Scrap, Or Blowing Book, As Performed By Potter
  • Gun Cotton - How Prepared
  • Sympathetic Inks
  • Apparatus For Writing In The Dark
  • Dancing Turkeys
  • The Self-Balanced Pail
  • Sympathetic Lamp
  • The Gas Candle
  • Ice Made In A Red Hot Vessel
  • Magical Colours
  • The Magic Nosegay Blowing At The...
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David A. Curtis
Queer Luck by David A. Curtis

Poker Stories from the New York Sun

  • Why he Quit the Game
  • Freeze-out for a Life
  • A Gambler's Pistol Play
  • Queer Runs of Luck
  • Storms's Straight Flush
  • For a Senate Seat
  • The Bill Went Through
  • Poker for High Stakes
  • "Overland Jack"
  • His Last Sunday Game
  • Foss Stopped the Game
  • He Played for His Wife
  • The Club's Last Game
1st edition 1896, 235 pages; PDF 66 pages.
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Jonathan H. Green
Games and Tricks with Cards by Jonathan H. Green

You will find here card tricks, cheating exposes, card games, and gambling stories.

A later expanded version of this book was published under the title Gamblers' Tricks With Cards Exposed and Explained.

  • Chapter I
    • Invention Of Cards
    • Mysterious Trick Of Thirty Six Cards; Telling The Card You Look At Without Seeing The Pack.
    • To Tell A Card Thought Of
    • Three Jacks As Thieves, Caught By A King As A Policeman
    • To Burn A Card And Fin'd It In A Watch
    • How To Shift Cards
    • The Four Associates
    • To Make A Card Jump Out Of The Pack
    • How To Change Cards To Pictures
  • Chapter II
    • All Fours
    • Deceptions Used In The Game Of All Fours
    • How To...
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John W. Keller
The Game of Draw Poker by John W. Keller

A fairly detailed work on the rules and variations of draw poker. Also includes some advice on how to play the game successfully. This work includes Robert C. Schenck's rules for draw poker.

  • PREFACE
  • CHAPTER I
    • Introduction
    • The Element of Chance
    • The Question of Stakes
  • CHAPTER II
    • Technical Terms
  • CHAPTER III
    • The Order of Hands
    • The Straight
    • The Blaze
  • CHAPTER IV
    • Rules of Draw Poker
    • The Limit
    • The Ante
    • The Straddle
    • The Deal
    • Betting Before the Draw
    • Discard and Draw
    • Betting After the Draw
  • CHAPTER V
    • Jack Pots
    • Incidental Jack Pots
    • The "Buck"
    • Progressive Jack Pots
  • CHAPTER VI
    • Freeze Out
  • CHAPTER...
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Koschitz
Koschitz's Manual of Useful Information by Koschitz

Concerning marks and stamps, portable and fixed devices, manipulation of cards and other matters of interest to lovers of draw.

This is one of the better early books on card advantage play. We can be almost certain that Erdnase read this book.

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Marks And Stamps
  • Watermark
  • Disfigurement Of Edges
  • Nail Impressions
  • Ruffling
  • Roughening
  • Bleaching
  • Crimping
  • Erasing
  • Evaporating
  • Glazing
  • Enamel
  • Acidulated
  • Other Marks
  • Pricking
  • Trimmed
  • Briefs
  • Wedges
  • Strippers Or Humps
  • Scratches
  • Filling And Burnishing
  • Assorted
  • Cut-Off
  • Shading
  • Scrolling
  • Stamped Or Readers
  • Portable...
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Frank Bonville
The Little Secrets by Frank Bonville

A great book on the tricks of the trade of professional gamblers, how they cheat and get an advantage in the game. From the introduction:

It has been my fortune, or misfortune, whichever you wish to term it, to have traveled a good deal and to have observed not a little. I have engaged in more than one business; it pleased my fancy, and can say, with a pardonable pride, that I have met with some degree of success. During the past few years of my life I have studied human nature in all its phases, from its lowest forms in the gutter, in the slums, in the gilded dens of vice, in the gambling...

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John Morris
Wanderings of a Vagabond by John Morris

A classic in gambling literature.

  • Introductory
  • Chapter I: Early Days
  • Chapter II: Early Days
  • Chapter III: Profession
  • Chapter IV: The Club
  • Chapter V: Captain William Smith
  • Chapter VI: Diplomacy
  • Chapter VII: Major George Jenks
  • Chapter VIII: Faro
  • Chapter IX: Departure
  • Chapter X: Phantoms Of The Memory
  • Chapter XI: Wheeling
  • Chapter XII: "On To Richmond"
  • Chapter XIII: The Horse
  • Chapter XIV: Washington City
  • Chapter XV: Inventors
  • Chapter XVI: Incubi
  • Chapter XVII: Sharpers
  • Chapter XVIII: Scenes At Long Branch
  • Chapter XIX: Second-Class "Skinning-Houses"
  • Chapter XX: Sharpers
  • Chapter...
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John Scarne
Scarne's Encyclopedia of Card Games by John Scarne

This encyclopedia is the essential, all-inclusive guide to card playing. Here is everything you ever wanted to know about the histories and variations of the world's most popular card games:

  • Draw Poker & Stud Poker
  • Bridge, Whist & Euchre
  • Canasta, Pinochle, Cribbage, Hearts & All-Fours
  • Baccarat, Chemin de Fer, Card Craps, Quince, Black Jack, Faro, Monte & Bezique
  • Solitaire, Old Maid & Others
Plus you will learn many card games for children and families, odds and probabilities of getting the hands you want. There is also a solid chapter on how to detect cheating, a complete glossary...
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Randall Klitz
The Winner's Guide to Dating: What I learned about love and sex from playing Texas Hold 'em by Randall Klitz

This little gem of a book consists of five chapters - with prudent advice backed up by years of painful observation and field work. Are you a winner?

  • Does everyone you know seem to be having more sex than you?
  • Do your facial expressions give away your intentions?
  • Do you know when to "cut your losses?"
This book will help you "tilt the odds" in your favor every time you date.

Illustrations by Muriel Alvarez.

1st edtion 2007; 63 pages.

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Alan K. Long
Craps for Low Rollers by Alan K. Long

This is a Craps Championship winning strategy.

This is an ebook about "how to win" at playing craps. It covers all of the basics of the game so you will have a working knowledge of the table layout and various bets. Many of the craps wagers that you see players make are sucker bets and don’t apply to this winning strategy. Yes, the house can be beaten on a regular basis!

Twenty five chapters of do's and dont's with full color examples including an explanation of why this winning strategy works. You will pay for this ebook with the first roll of the dice!

If you are a beginner or new...

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Eddie Joseph
The Manual of The Three Shell Game by Eddie Joseph

This is one of the best explanations of the Three Shell Game or Thimble Rig including 24 moves and 3 full routines. Jack Lamonte has drawn 86 clear illustrations to make studying the moves and routines a lot easier.

From the introduction

The Shell Game is essentially a close-up effect. It has no appeal, we admit, beyond the intimate range, but when demonstrated within its rightful sphere it commands a peculiar fascination.

1st edition 1959, 30 pages; 1st digital edition 2013, 49 pages.

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John Philip Quinn
Why Gamblers Win by John Philip Quinn

This booklet was most likely published around 1920 and describes a number of games of chance and how they are being rigged or operated to cheat:

  • Dice
  • Three Card Monte
  • Shell Game
  • Faro
  • Drop Case
  • Paddle Wheel
  • The O'Leary Belt
  • The Striker
  • Upright Roulette Wheel
  • Bee Hive
  • Spindles
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KC Card Co
Blue Book 1960 by KC Card Co

Just 15 years after WWII, life was good. As the world rebuilt itself, prosperity reigned. Returning soldiers who needed an outlet to keep their competitive edge found what they were looking for in gambling. Neighborhood poker games, back-alley craps, and illegal casinos were everywhere if you knew where to look. Grifters followed the money trail, too, and not all of them relied on skill. Many used devices such as holdouts, shiners, gaffed cards and crooked dice to ensure that they fleeced the lambs just as surely as if the marks openly handed their cash to the swindler.

Catering to the demand...

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Devin Knight
How Psychics Locate Missing People by Devin Knight

This is an exposure of a psychic scam being worked today that is almost foolproof. The unusual thing about this scam is that the sucker in most cases never realizes he was conned. Therefore he never reports the psychic to the authorities and the psychic can operate in the same area for years with immunity!

Millions of people go missing each year and many unscrupulous psychics and mediums claim they can find these people for a FEE.

This is an exposure of a scam that was worked on the author in his younger years. It shows step-by-step how the psychic makes it appear that he has found the...

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J. H. Johnson
The Open Book by J. H. Johnson

This is the book that tells the truth about cards, dice, punch boards, gambling wheels, races, and all other kinds of gambling.

Don't be a sucker! The Open Book reveals how crooked gamblers, cheats, and con artists fleece the innocent and unwary public out of thousands of dollars daily. Even that carnival game at the local fairgrounds may not be as innocent as it looks. Get the inside scoop.

Valuable secrets of marked cards, gaffed dice, ink formulas, holdouts and other cheating devices -- all clearly explained. Also included are scams and cons used by the unscrupulous to bilk the unwary....

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Brick Tilley
Spot the Spot by Brick Tilley

Any red showing loses!

The spot game is the black widow of the midway because an untrained player has little chance to cover the red spot using the five zinc plates supplied. Rules: the player must drop the plates one at a time from a distance of at least an inch attempting to cover the entire red area. He is later allowed to drop fewer plates bettering his chances of winning.

The spot game is seldom seen these days because law enforcement consider it to be beyond the possibility of chance. It is an excellent aid to the magician, especially when combined with a demonstration of a short...

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Brick Tilley
China's Song by Brick Tilley

This is China's version of the Three Shell Game or the Three Card Monte Game. It is played with three sticks held between the fingers of one hand. One stick has a little string tied to it. The task for the spectator is to identify the stick with the string. As you can imagine this is a crooked game and the performer decides when he lets you win. This game was brought by Ching Ling Foo to America in 1899.

1st edition 2016, 4 pages.

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Brick Tilley
Bug House by Brick Tilley

A streamlined version of Ray Grismer's Shorty Routine.

1st edition 2017, 4 pages.

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Joseph Ernest Meyer
Protection: the sealed book by Joseph Ernest Meyer

An underground classic, now available as an ebook! This amazingly insightful book, written by a newspaper reporter, contains full details of gambling devices and methods used by professionals to beat and cheat casinos and other players.

Also described and illustrated are rigged carnival and gambling games, card gambling games, marked cards, holdouts, and much, much more.

Not content to describe methods that others may also have exposed, Meyer went the extra step to purchase the rights to gambling systems that sold for as much as $25 each. These are also detailed, in their various author's...

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John Philip Quinn
Fools of Fortune by John Philip Quinn

The original description read:

A history of the vice in ancient and modern times, and in both hemispheres; an exposition of its alarming prevalence and destructive effects; with an unreserved and exhaustive disclosure of such frauds, tricks and devices as are practiced by "professional" gamblers, "confidence men" and "bunko steerers."

This is a massive tome on gambling, the largest one at that time, describing gambling locations, games, scams, fraud and how they are operated, as well as many personal stories from the author. Makes for fascinating reading if you are interested in the subject...

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Edwin C. Hood
H. C. Evans Catalog 1929 by Edwin C. Hood

In 1929 H. C. Evans was a large company specializing in the manufacture and sale of sporting goods and casino equipment.

  • Casino supplies
  • Trade Stimulators
  • Pocket Novelties
  • Amusement Park Supplies
  • Fair Ground Games
  • Shooting Galleries

1st edition 1929, 160 pages.

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unknown
Scientific Betting by unknown

This is an exceptionally good ebook on odds and percentages of various popular games including horse races.

  • Purpose Of This Book
  • Chances Involved In Tossing Coins
  • Dice Throwing And Craps
  • Combinations And Chances With Dice
  • Casino Dice
  • Matching Games With Coins
  • Probability Of Repetitions
  • Roulette
  • Draw Poker
  • Chuck-O-Luck
  • Hazard
  • The Big Six
  • The Slot Machine
  • Chances In Horse Racing
  • Systems And Fallacies
  • Why The Bank Invariably Wins

1st edition 1947, 120 pages; PDF 87 pages.

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Michael MacDougall
Danger in the Cards by Michael MacDougall

A 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...

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KC Card Co
Blue Book 1961 by KC Card Co

KC Card Company specialized in legit and crooked gambling supplies.

  • Dice and measuring tools to make sure they were properly manufactured.
  • Game layouts
  • Marked cards
  • Crooked dealing boxes
  • Holdouts
  • Books on gambling
  • and more

1st edition 1961, 77 pages.

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