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The Expert at the Card Table

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

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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.]

This book was rated one of the ten basic books for a working library of conjuring by H. Adrian Smith, historian, collector and owner of the largest private magic library in his time. Other books in this top 10 list are:

first published 1902; 218 pages; with critical comments by Prof. Hoffmann
  1. Introduction
  2. CARD TABLE ARTIFICE
  3. Professional Secrets
  4. Hold-outs
  5. Prepared Cards
  6. Confederacy
  7. Two Methods of Shuffling
  8. Primary Accomplishments
  9. Possibilities of the Blind
  10. Uniformity of the Action
  11. Deportment
  12. Display of Ability
  13. Greatest Single Accomplishment
  14. Effect of Suspicion
  15. Acquiring the Art
  16. Importance of Details
  17. TECHNICAL TERMS, Definition of
  18. POSITION FOR SHUFFLE
  19. BLIND SHUFFLES, ERDNASE SYSTEM OF
  20. I. To Retain Top Stock
  21. II. To Retain Top Stock and Shuffle Whole Deck
  22. III. To Retain Bottom Stock and Shuffle Whole Deck
  23. BLIND RIFFLES AND CUTS. ERDNASE SYSTEM OF
  24. I. To Retain Top Stock
  25. II. To Retain Bottom Stock
  26. BLIND CUTS
  27. I. To Retain Bottom Stock. Top Losing One Card
  28. II. To Retain Complete Stock
  29. III. To Retain Top Stock
  30. IV. To Retain Bottom Stock
  31. V. Combination Riffle and Cuts
  32. FANCY BLIND CUTS
  33. I. To Retain Complete Stock
  34. II. To Retain Complete Stock
  35. FANCY TRUE CUT. ONE-HANDED
  36. TO INDICATE THE LOCATION FOR THE CUT
  37. I. By Crimp
  38. II. By Jog
  39. III. By Crimp
  40. IV. By Jog
  41. BOTTOM DEALING
  42. Top and Bottom Dealing. One Hand
  43. SECOND DEALING
  44. ORDINARY METHODS OF STOCKING, LOCATING AND SECURING
  45. STOCK SHUFFLE
  46. STOCK SHUFFLING. ERDNASE SYSTEM OF
  47. Two Card Stock
  48. Three Card Stock
  49. Four Card Stock
  50. Five Card Stock
  51. Twelve Card Stock
  52. Euchre Stock
  53. CULL SHUFFLING. ERDNASE SYSTEM OF
  54. To Cull Two Cards
  55. To Cull Three Cards
  56. To Cull Four Cards
  57. To Cull Nine Cards
  58. PALMING. ERDNASE SYSTEM OF
  59. Top Palm, First Method
  60. Top Palm, Second Method
  61. Bottom Palm, First Method
  62. Bottom Palm, Second Method
  63. Bottom Palm when Cards are Riffled
  64. TO MAINTAIN THE BOTTOM PALM WHILE DEALING
  65. TO HOLD THE LOCATION OF CUT WHILE DEALING
  66. SHIFTS
  67. Two-Handed Shift
  68. Erdnase Shift, One Hand
  69. Erdnase Shift, Two Hands
  70. TO ASCERTAIN THE TOP CARDS WHILE RIFFLING AND RESERVE THEM AT BOTTOM
  71. MODE OF HOLDING THE HAND
  72. SKINNING THE HAND
  73. THE PLAYER WITHOUT AN ALLY
  74. Dealing Without the Cut
  75. Replacing the Cut as Before
  76. Holding Out for the Cut
  77. Shifting the Cut
  78. Dealing Too Many
  79. Crimping for the Cut
  80. Replacing Palm when Cutting
  81. The Short Deck
  82. THREE CARD MONTE
  83. Mexican Monte
  84. LEGEDERMAIN
  85. SHIFTS
  86. Single-Handed Shift
  87. The Longitudinal Shift
  88. The Open Shift
  89. The S. W. E. Shift
  90. The Diagonal Palm Shift
  91. THE BLIND SHUFFLE FOR SECURING SELECTED CARD
  92. FORCING
  93. PALMING
  94. The Back Palm
  95. CHANGES
  96. The Top Change
  97. The Bottom Change
  98. The Palm Change
  99. The Double Palm Change
  100. TRANSFORMATIONS, TWO HANDS
  101. TRANSFORMATIONS, ONE HAND
  102. BLIND SHUFFLES. RETAINING ENTIRE ORDER
  103. METHODS FOR DETERMINING A CARD THOUGHT OF
  104. A. By the Riffle
  105. B. By Springing Flourish
  106. C. By the Cut
  107. D. By the Gaze
  108. TO GET SIGHT OF SELECTED CARD
  109. THE SLIDE
  110. FAVORITE SLEIGHTS FOR TERMINATING TRICKS
  111. Catching Two Cards at Finger-ends
  112. Leaving Selected Card in Hand of Spectator
  113. The Revolution
  114. Cards Rising from the Hand
  115. CARD TRICKS
  116. EXPLANATORY
  117. THE EXCLUSIVE COTERIE
  118. THE DIVINING ROD
  119. THE INVISIBLE FLIGHT
  120. TRICKS WITH PRE-ARRANGED DECK
  121. THE TRAVELING CARDS
  122. THE ROW OF TEN CARDS
  123. THE ACROBATIC JACKS
  124. A MIND-READING TRICK
  125. POWER OF CONCENTRATED THOUGHT
  126. THE ACME OF CONTROL
  127. THE CARD AND HANDKERCHIEF
  128. THE TOP AND BOTTOM PRODUCTION
  129. THE THREE ACES
  130. THE CARD AND HAT
  131. CRITICAL COMMENTS
  132. EDITORIAL NOTE
  133. INTRODUCTION
  134. THE ERDNASE SHIFT (ONE HAND)
  135. THE ERDNASE SHIFT (TWO HANDS)
  136. THE ERDNASE "LONGITUDINAL" SHIFT
  137. THE S. W. E. SHIFT
  138. THE ERDNASE "OPEN" SHIFT
  139. THE ERDNASE "TOP PALM"
  140. THE ERDNASE "BOTTOM PALM"

word count: 56503 which is equivalent to 226 standard pages of text

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Voice Review
★★★★★   Date Added: Monday 14 May, 2012


Reviewed by Josh
★★★★★   Date Added: Friday 17 February, 2006

This book is a great introduction to the world of card manipulation. Before you purchase this, make sure to realize that it is over 100 years old, and the prose of the writer reflects this. Also, some people have criticized it for how complicated some of the instructions are. This is fairly unavoidable. If you know nothing about card manipulation then yo will not be able to read through an explanation of retaining the top stock while shuffling. Reread the explanations several times and make sure to read the glossary of terms provided. That being said, there are some errors in the book that make doing the manipulations as described impossible. All of these become self explanitory if you keep reading.

Overall, this book is a wonderful tool to anyone interested in card tricks (or cheating at a card table...).

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