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S. W. Erdnase

S. W. Erdnase

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The identity of this man was unknown for more than 110 years and subject to heated debates in the magic community. We are now certain that S. W. Erdnase was Edward Gallaway. For more details see The Cardsharp and his Book by Chris Wasshuber.

Edward Gallaway was born on July 1st 1868 in Delphos, OH, and died May 9th 1930 in Chicago, IL. He learned the printer's art at the Delphos Weekly Herald. His career would take him across the United States with various employments in the print industry, including Bentley-Murray & Co., R. R. Donnelley and James McKinney & Co, as well as his own startup companies which included the rather short lived newspaper Payne Weekly People founded in 1889 during the boom in Fort Payne, AL, and a most surprising stint at the circus where he worked as orator (door talker), had a Punch & Judy and magic act, and later even worked as side-show manager. In 1924 he founded the School for Print Estimating in Chicago. He would eventually publish his own textbooks on print estimating in 1927 and 1929.

His remarkable writing ability is clearly seen in the various books he authored, either under his real name, under pseudonyms, or for larger corporations without any author specified. He was the author of the Monotype System and Copyfitting for Lanston Monotype, he wrote Printing Estimating (renamed later to Printing Practice) for R. R. Donnelley. And very likely he was involved with publications of the Department of Education of the United Typothetae of America.

Edward Gallaway had very likely another pseudonym, Eugene Edwards, under which he published the book Jack Pots.

For background reading on the search for Erdnase see Artifice, Ruse & Erdnase, Rethinking S.W. Erdnase, or Erdnase Resources.

Coauthors: Christian Scherer

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Article Series: Estimating for Printers by S. W. Erdnase

This series of 14 articles was written by Edward Gallaway, aka S. W. Erdnase. It is a compact but thorough introduction to estimating for printers. For many years, Gallaway taught estimating to printers at the then largest privately held printing company, R. R. Donnelley. He was an instructor in their apprentice school and was at the same time the chief estimator of the company. He would later found his own School for Print Estimating in Chicago, the only such school solely dedicated to teaching this subject. He wrote the textbook for his school Estimating for Printers as well as other works...

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The Erdnase Notebook by S. W. Erdnase

This is the workers edition of Erdnase's The Expert at the Card Table. Produced as a letter sized three ring binder so that one can insert note pages anywhere one wishes to take notes, printed in large font (16pt) on heavy coated durable paper, so that it can be read from a distance.

David Malek, who came up with this specially designed format, explains in his introduction:

... I thought of an oversized edition, one that would lie flat on the table and be big enough to read from a foot or more away. The advantage of size would also facilitate working through the book with cards in hand, while having your eyes on the text and...

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Der Experte am Kartentisch by S. W. Erdnase & Christian Scherer

Übersetzt ins Deutsche von Christian Scherer. Mit einem Vorwort von Roberto Giobbi.

Dies ist mit Sicherheit kein Werk für den Anfänger. Es ist jedoch für mehr als 100 Jahre das bedeutendste Werk der Kartenzauberei. Mehrfache Nachdrucke und Interpretationen existieren. Einige der besten Kartenkünstler sehen es als ihre Bibel - allen voran Dai Vernon.

Original Expert at the Card Table 1902, Erste Deutsche Ausgabe 1992; Zweite Deutsche Ausgabe 2009; 272 Seiten.

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The Expert at the Card Table by S. W. Erdnase

Originally entitled Artifice Ruse and Subterfuge at the Card Table, is probably the most cited and referenced book about card gambling moves - a classic in the history of magic literature. A must read for any card magician or aspiring gambling expert and an indespensable reference book. While the authorship of this book is hotly debated we are convinced it was Edward Gallaway. (For a detailed work on the search for Erdnase see Hurt McDermott's Artifice, Ruse & Erdnase.)

[A copy of this book is also included in Michael McDougall's Card Mastery. This ebook is also available in a German translation.

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The information contained in this book is the very basis of modern card conjuring. When first...

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