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The Expert at the Card Table: The Classic Treatise on Card Manipulation (Dover Magic Books) Paperback – July 19, 1995
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First of all, this book is considered the bible of card work because of its historical significance. It seemed to be the first major public known book that contained wholesome magic material (second half of the book, LEGERDEMAIN), whilst also carrying a good blend of card cheating techniques using sleight of hand--the first half of the book.
So, the second half focuses on magic / card conjuring practice and theory / card tricks... some of these moves quite extraordinary... but nonetheless still amazingly wonderful when mastered.
I wouldn't recommend this book as a beginning for card magic (although it wouldn't be a bad choice if you have strong determination), but nonetheless this book is a must have. It will increase your knowledge on the subject (other authors reference his text) and may also interest you to practice some of these moves.
S.W. Erdnase's style is incredibly mysterious: For a master card cheat, he has a master of vocabulary (This will also stun you) (I believe he self-edited the book). There are many theories as to the author's true identity, and I don't buy into the most popular one, that being the Milton Franklin Andrews theory. (Too much conflicting evidence)
(Look at the name S.W. Erdnase, then spell it backwards. Interesting huh!)
Also, there are 5 mistakes in this Dover Edition. These are common knowledge among the greatest card men in the world, and I share them here with you now. These correspond to the Dover edition (Green cover).
(Corrections in CAPS)
1. Page 22
(To Retain Complete Stock, 6th line)
...Now suddenly draw out the middle packet with the right THIRD finger and thumb, and release ....
2. Page 28
(Third paragraph in middle of page)
The THIRD finger and thumb do the work.
3. Page 29
(A little under middle of the page)
After the hold is established, the main task is in acquiring facility to push out the bottom card with the THIRD fingertip.
4. Page 82
(Middle of page)
The RIGHT third and little finger take no part in the action and are held idly out of the way.
5. Page 128
(Fourth line from top)
This leaves >>C<<'s cards in position.
There you have it. Good luck!
Now even though a majority of these sleights and some effects are out-dated, but if it were not for these specific sleights and card routines, then we wouldn't have nearly as many creative Magicians who really pour their heart and soul into their work. Which is the exact same feeling that I get whenever I am reading Expert at the Card Table, and there have been a few occasions when the author refers to himself as "we" so it could very well be more than just one person writing such a revolutionary book on cards. So I highly suggest any Magicians, Gambler or just the curious to pick up a copy because you're bound to find a sleight/trick/etc that will fit your own personal routine, perfectly.
Of course, fitting all this text into such a small book requires printing it in type so small that it's a bit of a challenge for my aging-Baby-Boomer eyes. This may not suffice as your only copy of "The Expert," but you will enjoy owning it nonetheless. It will feel like your own little "card catechism," since it closely resembles many classic editions of the New Testament.
An excellent edition, all told. Highly recommended.
In this book, the reader will find all the information necessary for second dealing, bottom dealing, palming cards, dealing two cards as one; techniques for moving a card from the center of the deck to the top in one, undetectable motion. In a word, it's a bible of card manipulation.
Written at the turn of the 20th century, the language is a bit dated, but the illustrations and text provide excellent direction for every detail of each move.
If you're interested in card manipulation, this is a must for your library.
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