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

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Considered by many magicians and card sharps to be the one essential guidebook to attaining the highest level of card mastery. Includes author's own systems of false shuffling, false riffling and cutting, dealing from the bottom, palming cards, "skinning the hand" — even three-card monte, plus 14 dazzling card tricks.
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Overview


Considered by many magicians and card sharps to be the one essential guidebook to attaining the highest level of card mastery. Includes author's own systems of false shuffling, false riffling and cutting, dealing from the bottom, palming cards, "skinning the hand" — even three-card monte, plus 14 dazzling card tricks.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486285979
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 7/19/1995
  • Series: Dover Magic Books Series
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 198,490
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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 Hat
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2001

    Excellent

    Ideal for a thorough guide to card manipulations. It will take alot of practice but believe me every move is possible to exucute without the sleightest regognition from others at the table. Also ideal for magic tricks. If you are going to buy one book this is it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2008

    The bible for serious card workers

    Among serious card workers, Erdnase is *the* book to study, bar none. It is easily argued that all modern card magic has its basis in this book, which the author admitted he wrote under a pen name 'as he needs the money.' 'Just who S. W. Erdnase actually was remains one of the great mysteries of magic.' Having said that, this is not a book for you to buy if you're just starting out. There are more modern and easier books from which you can learn sleight of hand choosing this as a first book to learn from can be extraordinarily frustrating. Erdnase may be the bible of card magic, but as Bible scholars will tell you, true study requires years of patience.

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