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S. W. Erdnase

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 Hunt for Erdnase: and the Path to Edward Gallaway 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 three year stint at the circus where he worked as orator, manager, and performer. In 1924 he founded the School for Print Estimating in Chicago. He would later publish his own textbooks on print estimating.

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 and Rethinking S.W. Erdnase.

Coauthors: Christian Scherer

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S. W. Erdnase

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

This book was rated one of the ten basic books for a working library of conjuring by H. Adrian Smith, historian, collector...

2005 / 6 / 14

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S. W. Erdnase & Christian Scherer

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

2010 / 1 / 7

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