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The Idiot at the Card Table
by Val Andrews


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The Idiot at the Card Table by Val Andrews

From Val Andrews' introduction:

Dear Idiots. . . .

Many years ago a man called S. W. Erdnase wrote a book called The Expert at the Card Table. Any similarity between his title and mine is purely intentional. . . . After all, Mister Erdnase re-arranged the letters of my surname to make his!

I am not a "card-man", even though I can watch and admire biddies, seconds, tops, bottoms, middles and injogs. I suppose the reason why I don't do these things myself is because I can't! However, I have on occasion got quite a bit of fun out of a pack of pasteboards, and I like to think that my audiences have too! So here are a few stunts, gags and tricks for the card-man who does not take himself too seriously.

If you hear a slight whirring noise whilst you are reading this book, it will be Mr. W. Erdnase. . . revolving!


List of effects

  • Anniversary Card-trick
  • Riffle-count
  • Miracle Location
  • Cutting the Aces
  • Cutting the Deck
  • We're not ALL perfect!
  • Faulty Mechanism
  • With a reel. . . ."The Sporting Gambler"
  • Can't do it with Cards. . .
  • The Curse of Scotland
  • Snap!
  • Card in apple
  • Electric Pack Gag. . .
  • Another E.P.G.
  • Yet another!
  • Feat of Strength
  • The Hard Way. . .
  • Phew!
  • Diversion
  • An Elaboration
  • The rising card. I COULD do that!
  • Another rising card gag
  • Chinese playing-cards
  • Inside a ROCK!
  • Beatnik-card location
  • One Spade Short!
  • Upon My Sole!
  • Ice-Diamond
  • Sort it out for yourself
  • Who did you expect?
  • For bald-headed idiots only. . .
  • Off Beat Repeat
  • For Magicians only. . .
  • If at first you don't succeed. . . CHEAT

1st digital edition 2012, 15 pages.
word count: 5157 which is equivalent to 20 standard pages of text