Phantoms of the Card Table: Confessions of a Card Sharp

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Walter Irving Scott was the sharpest man to ever deal a card. Throughout the 1930s and '40s, he dazzled and frustrated fellow players by dealing himself winning hands from shuffled decks. Sixty years later, Gazzo, an expert magician with a specialty in cons and scams, tracked down the elusive Scott in a Rhode Island retirement home. This is his amazing story. Phantoms of the Card Table takes us into the hidden world of the professional cardsharp, telling the history and methods behind such moves as "The Take," ...
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Walter Irving Scott was the sharpest man to ever deal a card. Throughout the 1930s and '40s, he dazzled and frustrated fellow players by dealing himself winning hands from shuffled decks. Sixty years later, Gazzo, an expert magician with a specialty in cons and scams, tracked down the elusive Scott in a Rhode Island retirement home. This is his amazing story. Phantoms of the Card Table takes us into the hidden world of the professional cardsharp, telling the history and methods behind such moves as "The Take," "The Key," "The Sniff Peek," and of course -- "The Scott Bottom Deal." Seventy years ago, New York's finest magicians gathered to watch Walter Scott, and later paid handsomely to learn his secrets. Now, for the rest of us, the mysteries of the card table are finally laid bare.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781843440031
  • Publisher: High Stakes Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 13
Chapter 1 Beware of the Shark 15
Of Rogues and Knaves 16
The Reformed Gamblers 21
The Sharper Detected 29
Risky Business 32
Game Over 35
Chapter 2 The Expert at the Card Table 39
Lessons in Legerdemain 44
Secrets for Sale 45
The Search for Erdnase 47
Chapter 3 Dai Vernon--The Professor 57
Chapter 4 The Phantom Comes to Town 65
Chapter 5 The Gambler from the Golden West 73
Max Malini 75
Next Stop Horowitz 77
Vernon Calling 80
Chapter 6 The Phantom Vanishes 87
The Search for the Middle Deal 87
The Beautiful Second 89
The Twenty Dollar Manuscript 91
A Talk to Card Enthusiasts 91
The Mysterious Don Romano 95
Chapter 7 Card Detectives 97
The Man who Fools Magicians 100
Expert Card Technique 102
Chapter 8 The Phantom Returns 105
Scott in New England 107
The Ghost of Eddie McGuire 111
A Classic of Gambling Literature 114
Chapter 9 Search for the Phantom 117
The Three-card Monte 119
The Great Quest 121
Pleased to Meet You, Mr Scott 124
Chapter 10 The Phantom Speaks 131
Natural Born Dealer 132
The Sorcerer's Apprentice 134
The Hustler 137
A Mysterious Mentor 138
Chapter 11 Meeting McGuire 143
The Magic of Music 147
New York, 1930 150
Aftermath 154
Chapter 12 Friends and Enemies 157
The Phantom on Film 157
The Phantom Vanishes 158
The Modern School of Music 159
A Ghost from the Past 161
Chapter 13 Confessions of a Card Cheat 169
A Lesson in Dishonesty 172
The Almighty Second 174
The Smart Cheater 176
The Real Work 177
The Big Game 180
The Confidence Man 181
The Front 183
Cheating the Cheaters 184
The Double Cross 186
The Greatest Card Cheat that Ever Lived 189
Chapter 14 The Legacy of Walter Scott 193
Chapter 15 The Phantom of the Card Table Revisited 201
Master Second Dealing 202
The Key 202
The Take 203
Things to Avoid 205
Practising 206
Using It in a Game 207
Top Card Peek 208
Bottom Card Peek 211
The Sniff Peek 212
The Scott Bottom Deal 213
Practice Bottom Deal 213
The Take 214
Preferred Bottom Deal 215
The Key 216
The Take 216
Scott's Punch 218
Making the Punch 218
Fixing the Punch 219
Marking the Cards 220
Pegging during Exhibition Work 222
The Blindfold Deal 224
Slick Ace Formula 227
The Bug 230
Edge Work 234
Putting in the Work 234
Reading the Marks 235
Locating the Cards 236
A Typical Exhibition 236
Chapter 16 Final Thoughts 239
Which Brings Us to the Present 241
The Second Deal 241
The Punch 243
The Bottom Deal 246
Slick Cards 247
Top Card Peek 248
Final Thoughts 249
Recommended Reading 251
Early Cheats and Gamblers 252
S. W. Erdnase 253
Walter Scott and Eddie McGuire 253
Magicians and Card Detectives 254
Cheats and Hustlers 255
Video Material 256
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2004

    Awesome

    This book was amazing it summarizes everything that has happened in card cheating since books were written. It also refers to alot of other great card cheat books so with this and a couple others you too can cheat at cards.

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