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The 52 Wonders: Cards Manipulated by Science
by C. H. Wilson

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The 52 Wonders: Cards Manipulated by Science by C. H. Wilson

This is quite an interesting relatively early book on card moves, tricks and cons. It was published in 1877. Some believe that the author C. H. Wilson could be the elusive Erdnase, the author of The Expert at the Card Table, because the S.W.E. Shift is explained in The 52 Wonders.

Chapters are:

  • Chapter I: The Double and Single Passes
    • The Long Pass
    • The Short Pass
    • The Magic Pass
    • The Rolling Pass
    • The Grand Pass
    • The Invisible Pass
    • The Vizard Pass and Change
    • The Circle Pass
    • The Dovetail Pass
    • The Single Short Pass
  • Chapter II: Miscellaneous Passes
    • The Elbow Pass
    • The Side Pass
    • The Monte Pass
    • The Table Pass
    • The Slip
    • The Greenhorn's Pass
  • Chapter III: Mysterious Card Tricks
    • Astrological
    • Alphabetical
    • Mathematical
  • Chapter IV: Confidence and Short-Card Games
    • Slip-Jack
    • Three Card Monte
    • The Top and Bottom Dice Game
    • The Strap Game
    • The Twine or Chain Loop
    • The Padlock Game
    • The Dummy Bags
  • Chapter V: Astronomical Calculations (day of the week for any date)
  • Chapter VI: Some Valuable Recipes
  • Chapter VII: A Few Curious Facts in Figures
  • Chapter VIII: Miscellaneous Paragraphs

1st edition 1877, original 32 pages, PDF 23 pages.
word count: 9763 which is equivalent to 39 standard pages of text

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Magic & Conjuring / Cards

Magic & Conjuring / Published 1800-1899