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

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Courier Dover Publications, 1995 - Games - 130 pages
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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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Review: The Expert at the Card Table: The Classic Treatise on Card Manipulation

User Review  - James Macdonald - Goodreads

Absolutely outstanding work. Anyone who is interested in doing card magic has to be familiar with this book. Read full review

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

User Review  - Barry Wiley - Goodreads

The classic on advantage card playing for 110 years. Though there have been heated discussions about the "true" identity of Erdnase (see Ernase Unmasked for the latest inputs. I think David Ben has it ... Read full review

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Contents

CARDTABLE ARTIFICE
1
Hold Outs
2
Confederacy
4
Two Methods of Shuffling
5
Primary Accomplishments
6
Deportment
7
Acquiring the Art
8
TECHNICAL TERMS
9
SKINNING THE HAND
64
THE PLAYER WITHOUT AN ALLY
66
Replacing the Cut as Before
67
Dealing Too Many
68
Replacing Palm When Cutting
69
The Short Deck
70
THREE CARD MONTE
71
Mexican Three Card Monte
74

ERDNASE SYSTEM OF BLIND SHUFFLES
10
BUND SHUFFLES
11
I To Retain Top Stock
12
III To Retain Bottom Stock and Shuffle Whole Deck
13
ERDNASE SYSTEM OF BLIND RIFFLES AND CUTS
14
BLIND RIFFLES
15
II To Retain Bottom Stock
16
BLIND CUTS
18
I To Retain Bottom Stock Top Losing One Card
19
III To Retain Top Stock
20
IV To Retain Bottom Stock
21
COMBINATION RIFFLE AND CUTS
22
II To Retain Complete Stock
23
TO INDICATE THE LOCATION FOR THE CUT
24
II By Jog
26
III By Crimp
27
TOP AND BOTTOM DEALING WITH ONE HAND
30
SECOND DEALING
31
ORDINARY METHODS OF STOCKING LOCATING AND SECURING
33
STOCK SHUFFLE
37
ERDNASE SYSTEM OF STOCK SHUFFLING
39
ThreeCard Stock
41
FiveCard Stock
42
Euchre Stock
43
Euchre Stock
44
ERDNASE SYSTEM OF CULL SHUFFLING
45
To Cull Three Cards
46
To Cull Nine Cards
47
ERDNASE SYSTEM OF PALMING
48
Top Palm Second Method
49
Bottom Palm First Method
50
Bottom Palm Second Method
51
Bottom Palm When Cards Are Riffled
53
TO MAINTAIN THE BOTTOM PALM WHILE DEALING
55
TO HOLD THE LOCATION OF CUT WHILE DEALING
56
SHIFTS
57
TwoHanded Shift
58
Erdnase Shift One Hand
59
Erdnase Shift Two Hands
61
TO ASCERTAIN THE TOP CARDS WHILE RIFFLING AND RESERVE THEM AT BOTTOM
62
MODE OF HOLDING THE HAND
63
LEGERDEMAIN
77
SHIFTS
79
The Longitudinal Shift
80
The Open Shift
81
The S W E Shift
83
The Diagonal PalmShift
85
THE BLIND SHUFFLE FOR SECURING SELECTED CARD
88
FORCING
89
PALMING
90
The Back Palm
91
CHANGES
92
The Bottom Change
93
The DoublePalm Change
94
TRANSFORMATIONS TWO HANDS
95
Second Method
96
Fourth Method
97
TRANSFORMATIONS ONE HAND
99
Second Method
100
BLIND SHUFFLES RETAINING ENTIRE ORDER
101
Second Method
102
Third Method
103
Fourth Method
104
METHODS FOR DETERMINING A CARD THOUGHT OF
105
D By the Gaze
106
THE SLIDE
107
The Revolution
108
CARD TRICKS
109
The Divining Rod
111
The Invisible Flight
112
TRICKS WITH THE PREARRANGED DECK
113
The Traveling Cards
117
The Row of Ten Cards
119
The Acrobatic Jacks
121
A MindReading Trick
122
Power of Concentrated Thought
124
The Card and Handkerchief
125
The Top and Bottom Production
126
The Three Aces
128
The Card and Hat
129
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