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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (March 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568582994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568582993
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There isn't a card player who wouldn't cheat, if he knew how."

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By TJO' on November 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is not really a book for absolute beginners, and it's important that you have read "Phantom of the Card Table" (no "s" after Phantom) if you want to understand it.
This book is amazing. It's not entirely a historical book, and not entirely a technique book, it's a bit of each. I won't write what it's about, you can read that above somewhere. You will read things about some of the greatest card magicians that you did not know. If you have an involved knowledge of card sleights, you will be tipped off on some of the most subtle yet powerful work ever used. If you own the original "Phantom of the Card Table", you will learn about the information that Scott HELD BACK from McGuire, tiny details that were hugely important to his system, stuff that would freak most magicians and laypeople out, because it's been largely forgotten.
Scott was an interesting man, he lived quite a life! And Gazzo is my new hero, and not simply for his magic, but because of his experiences and what he went through to meet Walter Scott and write this book. I learned things about him that i just didn't know. The last section of this book was heart wrenching, i cried as i read it. Gazzo rules and deserves a very high place in magic history/present/future. Thanks to Britland and Gazzo, this book reads like a brilliant piece of fiction, but the fact is that it actually happened, and this makes it all the more amazing. It would make one helluva film.
Every card magician who cares about the history of the art should own this book and re-read it at least once a year. It's that important.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ed accivatti on June 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
David Britland and Gazzo have done a teriffic job of putting together a really original book on card cheats and tricks. It makes me completely hesitant to ever play cards with strangers again! The fact that these people dedicate their lives to perfecting the arts of cheating and card sharping, and the extent of their skills, is completely foreign to most players. The detail in the book highlights the best cheaters and cardsharps of all time, including "The Phantom of the Card Table", Walter Irving Scott. A must-have for any card player, gambler or aspiring magician.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dibble on May 13, 2011
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It was nice to get a revised and updated version of the Phantom manuscript. On the other hand, the store of Walter Scott, basically because of his untrusting nature, didn't quite get off the ground. If someone is really interested in a gripping tale of card sharps and magicians, I found Dai Vernon's search for the Kennedy Center Deal to be a much more exciting story: The Magician and the Cardsharp.
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By Michael C. Speros on July 8, 2013
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This is a hard to find book that is chock full of interesting information about a topic that most people know nothing about.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have been interested in the story of the phantom for a long time. One needs to open their mind and read between lines when the phantom speaks. If you are a budding magician read this book...become the best at the card table and your magic will flourish!!
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