The Expert at the Card Table

The Expert at the Card Table : Classic Treatise on Card Manipulation

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"The Expert at the Card Table is the most famous, the most carefully studied book ever published on the art of manipulating cards at gaming tables." --from the Foreword by Martin Gardner. For almost a century, this book has been considered indispensable to attaining the highest level of card mastery. In it, S. W. Erdnase, a supreme master of card manipulation, teaches card enthusiasts how to perform the dazzling tricks and sleights -- many of them his own creations -- that made him famous. The first section of the book deals with card table artifice, or, to put it more bluntly, cheating at cards. Step by step, Mr. Erdnase demonstrates his own systems of false shuffling, false riffling and cutting, dealing from the bottom, and such slick moves as palming cards, "skinning the hand" -- even three-card monte. The second section covers legerdemain: the art of forcing a card, one- and two-hand transformations, the devious "slide" and more. Card handlers will love Erdnase's selection of dazzling card tricks, including The Acrobatic Jacks, The Exclusive Coterie, The Divining Rod, The Invisible Flights, A Mind Reading Trick, and many others. In an informative Foreword to this edition, Martin Gardner relates the unhappy details of the author's personal life, and recounts the history of this famous book, whose methods, Mr. Gardner asserts, "are as useful today by magicians and card hustlers as they were in 1902. This book is still the bible of card 'mechanics, ' and as much a delight to read as it was in the early years of this century."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 136 x 212 x 10mm | 181.44g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0486285979
  • 9780486285979
  • 30,252

Table of contents

Foreword to Dover Edition Preface Introduction CARD-TABLE ARTIFICE   Professional Secrets   Hold Outs   Prepared Cards   Confederacy   Two Methods or Shuffling   Primary Accomplishments   "Possibilities of the "Blind"   Uniformity of Action   Deportment   Display of Ability   Greatest Single Accomplishment   Effect of Suspicion   Acquiring the Art   Importance of Detail TECHNICAL TERMS ERDNASE SYSTEM OF BLIND SHUFFLES   POSITION FOR SHUFFLES   BLIND SHUFFLES   I. To Retain Top Stock   II. To Retain Top Stock and Shuffle Whole Deck   III. To Retain Bottom Stock and Shuffle Whole Deck   ERDNASE SYSTEM OF BLIND RIFFLES AND CUTS   BLIND RIFFLES   I. To Retain Top Stock   II. To Retain Bottom Stock   BLIND CUTS   I. To Retain Bottom Stock. Top Losing One Card   II. To Retain Complete Stock   III. To Retain Top Stock   IV. To Retain Bottom Stock   COMBINATION RIFFLE AND CUTS   V. To Retain Bottom Stock   FANCY BLIND CUTS   I. To Retain Complete Stock   II. To Retain Complete Stock   ONE-HANDED FANCY TRUE CUT   TO INDICATE THE LOCATION FOR THE CUT   I. By Crimp   II. By Jog   III. By Crimp   IV. By Jog   BOTTOM DEALING   TOP AND BOTTOM DEALING WITH ONE HAND   SECOND DEALING   "ORDINARY METHODS OF STOCKING, LOCATING AND SECURING"   STOCK SHUFFLE   ERDNASE SYSTEM OF STOCK SHUFFLING     Two-Card Stock     Three-Card Stock     Four-Card Stock     Five-Card Stock     Twelve-Card Stock     Euchre Stock     Euchre Stock   ERDNASE SYSTEM OF CULL SHUFFLING     To Cull Two Cards     To Cull Three Cards     To Cull Four Cards     To Cull Nine Cards   ERDNASE SYSTEM OF PALMING     "Top Palm, First Method"     "Top Palm, Second Method"     "Bottom Palm, First Method"     "Bottom Palm, Second Method"     Bottom Palm When Cards Are Riffled   TO MAINTAIN THE BOTTOM PALM WITH DEALING   TO HOLD THE LOCATION OF CUT WHILE DEALING   SHIFTS     Two-Handed Shifts     "Erdnase Shift, One Hand"     "Erdnase Shift, Two Hands"   TO ASCERTAIN THE TOP CARDS WHILE RIFFLING AND RESERVE THEM AT BOTTOM   MODE OF HOLDING THE HAND   SKINNING THE HAND   THE PLAYER WITHOUT AN ALLY     Dealing Without the Cut     Replacing the Cut as Before     Holding Out for the Cut     Shifting the Cut     Dealing Too Many     Crimping for the Cut     Replacing Palm When Cutting     The Short Deck   THREE CARD MONTE     Mexican Three Card Monte LEGERDEMAIN   SHIFTS     Single-Handed Shift     The Longitudinal Shift     The Open Shift     The S. W. E. Shift     The Diagonal Palm-Shift   THE BLIND SHUFFLE FOR SECURING SELECTED CARD   FORCING   PALMING     The Back Palm   CHANGES     The Top Change     The Bottom Change     The Palm Change     THE Double-Palm Change   TRANSFORMATIONS. TWO HANDS     First Method     Second Method     Third Method     Fourth Method     Fifth Method     Sixth Method   TRANSFORMATIONS. ONE HAND     First Method     Second Method   "BLIND SHUFFLES, RETAINING ENTIRE ORDER"     First Method     Second Method     Third Method     Fourth Method     Fifth Method   METHODS FOR DETERMINING A CARD THOUGHT OF   A. By the Riffle   B. By Springing Flourish   C. By the Cut   D. By the Gaze   TO GET SIGHT OF SELECTED CARD   THE SLIDE   FAVORITE SLEIGHTS FOR TERMINATING TRICKS     Catching Two Cards at Fingertips     Leaving Selected Card in Hand of Spectator     The Revolution     Cards Rising from the Hand CARD TRICKS   Explanatory   The Exclusive Coterie   The Divining Rod   The Invisible Flight   TRICKS WITH PREARRANGED DECK     The Traveling Cards     The Row of Ten Cards     The Acrobatic Jacks     A Mind-Reading Trick     Power of Concentrated Thought     The Acme of Control     The Card and Handkerchief     The Top and Bottom Production     The Three Aces     The Card and Hatshow more

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