By S. W. Erdnase
For virtually a century, this publication has been thought of imperative to reaching the top point of card mastery. In it, S. W. Erdnase, a ideally suited grasp of card manipulation, teaches card fanatics find out how to practice the surprising methods and sleights — a lot of them his personal creations — that made him famous.
The first component of the publication bargains with card desk artifice, or, to place it extra bluntly, dishonest at playing cards. step-by-step, Mr. Erdnase demonstrates his personal platforms of fake shuffling, fake riffling and slicing, dealing from the ground, and such slick strikes as palming playing cards, "skinning the hand" — even three-card monte.
The moment part covers legerdemain: the paintings of forcing a card, one- and two-hand modifications, the devious "slide" and extra. Card handlers will love Erdnase's collection of fantastic card methods, together with The Acrobatic Jacks, The particular Coterie, The Divining Rod, The Invisible Flights, A brain studying Trick, and plenty of others.
In an informative Foreword to this variation, Martin Gardner relates the sad information of the author's own lifestyles, and recounts the background of this well-known booklet, whose tools, Mr. Gardner asserts, "are as beneficial this day through magicians and card hustlers as they have been in 1902. This booklet remains to be the bible of card 'mechanics,' and as a lot a satisfaction to learn because it used to be within the early years of this century."