Enter eBook. [1. S. W. Erdnase's. The Expert at the Card Table. The Classic Treatise on Card Manipulation. This version is hosted at aracer.mobiandnines. com. Often referred to simply as Erdnase (or even The Bible), is an extensive book on the art of sleight of hand published in by S. W. Erdnase, a pseudonymous. Free Ebook: Learn How YOU Can Become an Expert At The Card Table! The Expert At The Card Table by S.W. Erdnase is considred the cardmans' bible by.
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The card tables pay a percentage or rake off, and the management provides a look out for the protection of its patrons. However, our purpose is to account for the unknown percentage that must needs be in favor of the professional card player to enable him to live.
There is a vast difference between the methods employed by the card conjurer in mystifying or amusing his audience; and those practiced at the card table by the professional, as in this case the entire conduct must be in perfect harmony with the usual procedure of the game.
The slightest action that appears irregular, the least effort to distract attention, or the first unnatural movement, will create suspicion; and mere suspicion will deplete the company, as no one but a simon-pure fool will knowingly play against more than ordinary chances. There is one way by which absolute protection against unknown advantages may be assured, that is by never playing for money. But a perfect understanding of the risks that are taken may aid greatly in lessening the casualties.
An intimate acquaintance with the modus operandi of card-table artifice does not necessarily enable one to detect the manipulation, but it certainly makes plain the chances to be guarded against, and with this cognition the mere suspicion of skill should at once induce symptoms of cold feet. This knowledge, or thorough comprehension of the possibilities of professional card playing, can be imparted only by practical illustration of the processes employed, and the reader desiring a complete understanding should take the deck in hand and work out for himself the action as it is described.
To discriminate and show clearly the two phases of card manipulation, the first part of this work is devoted to an exhaustive review of the many advantages that can be, have been, and are constantly taken at the card table, and to those particular methods of obtaining these advantages that are least liable to arouse suspicion. The exact manner in which each artifice is performed is fully described in minutia. Part second describes the sleights employed in conjuring and many very interesting card tricks.
Professional Secrets. Works on conjuring invariably devote much space to the consideration of card tricks, and many have been written exclusively for that purpose, yet we have been unable to find in the whole category more than an incidental reference to any card-table artifice; and in no instance are the principal feats even mentioned.
Self-styled ex-professionals have regaled the public with astounding disclosures of their former wiles and wickedness, and have proven a wonderful knowledge of the subject by exhuming some antiquated moss-covered ruses as well known as nursery rhymes, and even these extraordinary revelations are calmly dismissed with the assertion that this or that artifice is employed; in nowise attempting to explain the process or give the detail of the action mentioned.
If terrific denunciation of erstwhile associates, and a diatribe on the awful consequences of gambling are a criterion of ability, these purified prodigals must have been very dangerous companions at the card table. Of course it is generally known that much deception is practiced at cards, but it is one thing to have that knowledge and quite another to obtain a perfect understanding of the methods employed, and the exact manner in which they are executed.
Hence this work stands unique in the list of card books. We modestly claim originality for the particular manner of accomplishing many of the manoeuvres described, and believe them vastly superior to others that have come under our observation. We do not claim to know it all. Many professionals have attained their success by improving old methods, or inventing new ones; and as certain artifices are first disclosed in this work so will others remain private property as long as the originators are so disposed.
We betray no confidences in publishing this book, having only ourselves to thank for what we know.
Our tuition was received in the cold school of experience. We started in with the trusting nature of a fledgling, and a calm assurance born of overweening faith in our own potency. We bucked the tiger voluntarily, and censure no one for the inevitable result. A self-satisfied unlicked cub with a fairly fat bank roll was too good a thing to be passed up.
We naturally began to imbibe wisdom in copious draughts at the customary sucker rates, but the jars to our pocketbook caused far less anguish than the heartrending jolts to our insufferable conceit. After the awakening our education progressed through close application and constant study of the game, and the sum of our present knowledge is proffered in this volume, for any purpose it may answer, to friend and foe, to the wise and the foolish, to the good and the bad, to all alike, with but one reservation, — that he has the price.
Hold Outs. The simplest form is a steel spring with an awl-like attachment at one end which can be pressed into the under side of almost any table in an instant. The spring snaps up against the table, the end curving slightly downwards to receive the cards. The thumb of either hand can put in or take several cards from the apparatus without the hands leaving the table.
A more complicated table machine passes the cards from below completely over the edge of the table, and the hands, held naturally on the table top, receive and make the discard without a sign to denote the procedure.
Hold outs that are adjusted to the person are of most ingenious construction and very expensive. A sleeve machine which passes the cards into and from the palm by spreading the knees may be worth from seventy-five dollars to several hundred dollars.
Some are worked by arm pressure, some pass the cards through an opening in the vest about the usual height the hands are held. One of the most novel and perfect machines ever constructed makes the sneak by simply expanding the chest an inch or two, or taking a deeper breath than usual.
In almost all cases where hold outs are used the principal skill possessed by the player is that of working his apparatus perfectly and secreting the extra cards while in his hands; but to employ a machine successfully requires considerable address, and especially nerve.
However, a full description of these devices or their uses is not contemplated by us. They can be downloadd from the dealers in club-room articles, and, anyway, the expert professional disdains their assistance. They are cumbersome, unnecessary, and a constant menace to his reputation.
Prepared Cards. Marked cards, generally known as readers, can be distinguished by the backs as readily as by the faces when the key is known. Printed cards are manufactured, but these are rarely used by professionals.
The designs are not the same as those now of standard make, and consequently would be difficult to introduce.
The usual plan is to mark the standard decks by hand. For the benefit of the unenlightened or curious reader we shall describe the process. It is not at all difficult, and a deck can be doctored in an hour or so. Nearly all standard cards are red or blue. Cards of intricate design are best adapted for the purpose. Each card is marked at both ends, so as to be read in any position.
The peculiarity of the figures or design across the end is first closely considered, and twelve fairly distinct points, or dots or dashes, are noted and located.
Then the four Aces are laid out, and with a fine pen the first point located is shortened barely enough to notice. Despite his widespread influence on the magician community, the author's identity remains an unsolved mystery. Many believe his real name was E. Andrews S. Erdnase spelled backwards. See Gardner's Foreword, pp. Although the author did not renew the copyright, the book has remained in print since , albeit small private printings on occasion.
Dai Vernon is credited with popularizing this influential text in the community of professional magicians. Well past ninety years of age, Vernon was fond of quoting from it, with page numbers, when discussing card techniques with his colleagues at the Magic Castle. A film based on the life of the mysterious author, adapted by German director Hans-Joachim Brucherseifer , is currently in production. The magicians Yann Yuro S. Erdnase and Alfonso Rituerto himself play the lead roles.
It is scheduled to be released in November, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Expert at the Card Table: Retrieved January 13, Professional Magician Location: Thanks dude!!! Sep 2, Messages: Creator Location: Dallas Texas Home Page: Is this like youtube in some sort of way? Appreciate that sir!
Mighty fine of ya. Well, this is actually piracy, but since it's on Erdnase's site, and also since I have no authority whatsoever to say anything against piracy, thanks. It's pretty common. This isnt piracy, copnjuring arts published it, they can out it on the internet. Thanks for the link. Inside a Kangaroo, Australia Home Page: Haha glad im at work, just printed off the whole thing. Dude, Erdnase isn't the authors real name. That's why everyone says S.
Erdnase and not his full name because no one knows his real full name. The publisher of this edition has posted a free downloadable version so everyone can have it so it's not piracy. I never said it was Erdnase's official site.
Erdnase is probably dead now. He was an adult in so I highly doubt he's still alive. Or you could download it for free Jan 6, Messages: Software Project Manager Location: Seattle Home Page: