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The Expert at the Card Table: The Classic Treatise on Card Manipulation (Dover Magic Books)
 
 

The Expert at the Card Table: The Classic Treatise on Card Manipulation (Dover Magic Books) [Kindle Edition]

S. W. Erdnase
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3009 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (9 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A3IL71U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic - but not for everyone 15 Dec 2003
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After reading the previous reviews on this book I feel compelled to clarify. The Expert At The Card Table is the first advanced instructional text ever released for card mechanics and card magicians. This is the reason why it is of such importance but it is also the reason why it's not for everyone. As it was written over a hundred years ago, many of the techniques explained have been superseded but there is still a wealth of useful information for the serious card worker (the palming techniques, for example, are still extremely practical and were tens of years before their time when the book was written). Most people who are serious about cards have studied this text - not just read it, studied it. This is a book for the student of card work and it's history, it's not a book for someone with a casual interest who wants to learn a few basic tricks. If you fall into the latter category then The Royal Road to Card Magic or something similar is more suited to your requirements.
A review of this book would not be complete without mentioning The Annotated Erdnase by Darwin Ortiz. This book offers the reader an expert's insight into this classic text. Darwin Ortiz is the world's foremost expert on cards (in respect of the fields of "magic" and crooked gambling) so his opinions have to be respected. It's sadly out of print but is still available from some dealers and a used copy may be available on this site.
In summary, for the beginner or someone with a passing interest, The Expert At The Card Table really isn't worth buying but for the individual aspiring to become a serious card worker knowledge of this text is essential.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Starting Point 1 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is the famous first book on card magic. It makes no excuses for being originally written as a way to cheat at cards for money. A few of the sleights have been updated since, you wouldn't want to deal from bottom as described within, and you wouldn't want to deal seconds as described here either, but the rest is pure magic. This only deals with 'PURE' card manipulation, no dodgy decks for erdnase. If you are prepared to put in the practise, and you want to be more impressive than David Blane, buy this book, if you want quick easy magic, but only being able to do one trick, buy a svengali deck. by the way, S.W. Erdnase is actually E.S. Andrews backwards. A professional gambler and cardsharp of the early 1900's.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 July 2001
By Glyndle
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is an excellent piece of history. The first complete course on card manipulation, it is fair to say it changed the course of card magic in the 20th century. Dai Vernon, the father of modern magic knew the book by heart by the age of 12.
It is less detailed than some parts of Royal Road to Card Magic (which is my view is still the place to start as a beginner) and some of the descriptions require intense concentration. However it does have some gems within it's pages including a good description on how to perform the classic 3 card monte effect.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 23 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a good book, and to be honest there aren't many similar books to choose from. My only real critisim is that you often have to reread sections before you fully understand what to do. More diagrams should be included. I'd like to read the royal road to card magic as it comes highly recommended and is possibly a better book. However, despite the critisms this is still a good book and is well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expert at the Card Table 28 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
this is a very good book for learning all the basics, and even later on much more complex sleights ect.

i do feel however that the lack of pictures can sometimes make it very difficult to work out what he is saying.

in the first couple of chapters there were two moves that i couldn't do as i didnt understand then, and they may only have one picture which didn't show the bit i was confused about.
although sometimes the picture was the confusing bit and it allowed to learn the move.

this book is good, but can be very confusing at times, and in turn quite frustrating.

i was able to get a film called 'weapons of the card shark'. which has most if not all of the moves in it, but in a video form which is much easier to understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great addition to anyones library 20 May 2010
Format:Paperback
this book is over 100 years old and is still a gem. I wouldn't reccomend it as a book to get if you're only beginning to learn card manipulation... "The Royal Road To Card Magic" would be a better starting point
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By Andreas
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it is an amazing book for every magician/card magician and even beginners! i totally love it even though the cover was crumpled and a bit ripped on the left hand corner! its an amazing book though
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! 15 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not the easiest book to follow but one of the best!!!! Take your time and enjoy this, there's much more in it than you think!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fFrst class info for any one intrested in card tricks or magic tricks
first class info for any one intrested in card tricks or magic tricks it is the best of it's kind easy to read and very good value
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is a miracle... Best book I can suggest, if you believe in reading and practicing. sometimes it takes time to understand the hand position, but with practice things work... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Abhinay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, some parts outdated
This book has loads of well taught sleights and rountines, all have illustrations to help
Perfect for the beginner or expert!
Published 18 months ago by magic1243
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Important Book on The Science and Manipulation of Playing...
This book has stood the test of time, it inspired the legendary Dai Vernon, who championed its contents throughout his life. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Michael V. Louis
2.0 out of 5 stars OK, but a "teach-yourself" DVD would be better for beginners
This is not a book for beginners - it assumes you know the basics of card manipulations.

The illustrations and descriptions are OK, but anyone seriously interested in... Read more
Published on 20 July 2011 by Al
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
This book's pretty good but only if you have a vague idea what you're doing to start with. Some of the descriptions and diagrams are pretty bad (and some are actually impossible to... Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2003 by Ben
3.0 out of 5 stars Know one better!
For the price this is a good book, though there are few pictures to explain a inticate technique. This book is great for ideas and certain skills. Read more
Published on 14 July 2003 by Kooner
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