The Expert at the Card Table — Alchetron, the free social encyclopedia
Despite his widespread influence on the magician community, the author's identity remains an unsolved mystery. Many believe his real name was E.S. Andrews (S.W. Erdnase spelled backwards). (See Gardner's Foreword, pp. vii-ix.)
Originally the author started selling the book for $2.00 in 1902 and the next year it dropped to $1.00 and he sold the rights. Although the author did not renew the copyright, the book has remained in print since 1902, albeit small private printings on occasion.
The influence of this book is such that it has been issued in annotated form; translated into Japanese, German, Spanish, French, and Italian; and issued as a series of DVDs by a professional magician, demonstrating and explaining Erdnase's techniques and methods.
A featured show of the story of Expert of the Card Table is also performed regularly by UK magician Guy Hollingworth.
«The Professor» (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.
In Expert Card Technique, Jean Hugard said of it, «… perhaps no other book in all the list of conjuring books has been so avidly read, so affectionately regarded.» Erdnase's glossary of terms was in itself extremely influential, and has been reproduced more or less directly by numerous authors, including Hugard, and Henry Hay.
The book is divided into sections. Each section describes individual card manipulation techniques. This article will describe the sections in précis form.
Martin Gardner wrote the foreword to the 1995 edition. S. W. Erdnase's preface and introduction from the 1902 edition follow.
Professional Secrets begins Erdnase's general discussion of card play with emphasis on card manipulation for the advantage of the reader, magician or card sharp.
Erdnase defines important specialty words and topics to be used throughout the remainder of the text.
Sixteen shuffles and card cutting techniques are explained. Those are divided among eight subsections on different types of shuffles and cuts, with illustrations.
The technique of bottom dealing is explained, with illustrations.
The technique of bottom dealing is explained. Illustrations omitted.
The technique of second dealing is explained, with illustrations.
Techniques of arranging the order of the cards in the deck are explained, with illustrations. This is referred to as «stacking the deck» in modern terms. As Erdnase uses the terms, the «stock» is the portion of the full deck that has been «stacked» with «culled» cards.
Seven individual techniques are discussed in detail, with illustrations. Each technique applies to a different number of cards to be stocked, from two cards to twelve and two methods of Euchre stocking.
Four individual culling techniques are discussed in detail, with illustrations. Each technique applies to a different number of cards to be culled. Erdnase defines culling as «the act of selecting one or more cards.» The culled cards may be stocked, as described earlier in the text.
Five card palming methods are discussed, with illustrations.
The technique is discussed, with illustrations.
Three techniques are discussed, with illustrations.
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The technique is discussed, with illustrations.
The general strategies are discussed. Eight techniques for implementing the strategies are discussed in detail, with illustrations.
Techniques for both European-style and Mexican-style three-card Monte are discussed, both honest and manipulated, from the viewpoint of the dealer, with illustrations.
Twelve sections define and discuss over thirty techniques of performance magic, with illustrations. Erdnase defines legerdemain as sleight of hand with cards, as opposed to his definition of card tricks.
The techniques Erdnase presents, with illustrations, in this section are as follows:
Fifteen card tricks are discussed. Erdnase defines card tricks as including either or both sleight of hand and self-working illusion effects. The latter do not always require legerdemain for their performance.
The techniques Erdnase presents, with illustrations, in this section are as follows:
Is Expert at the Card Table Worth Reading?
The most famous book on how to do card magic is Expert at the Card Table by S.W. Erdnase.
Is the book still useful for magicians?
Should it be recommended to beginners, or viewed only as an historical text?
Why is Expert at the Card Table so popular?
There’s no denying the importance of the book to magicians. Expert at the Card Table has remained in print since 1902. More than any other book on card magic, Expert at the card Table has played a central role in the training of magicians.
It has been reprinted many times. both in its traditional format and as annotated versions, including the new release by Mike Caveney – Annotated Erdnase. The book has been translated into Japanese, German, Spanish, French, and Italian.
“… perhaps no other book in all the list of conjuring books has been so avidly read, so affectionately regarded.” – Jean Hugard
Magician Guy Hollingworth performs an excellent show presenting the story of Expert of the Card Table.
Dai Vernon often quoting from it, including page references, when teaching card magic at the Magic Castle.
Problems with Expert at the Card Table:
There are several problems with Expert at the Card Table from the beginners perspective. It’s outdated and it’s older style of writing can make it a very hard read. Textbooks have moved on considerably over the last century, and modern students are used to information being presented in a much clearer and considerate layout.
The book is know to contain ‘misinformation’, ‘errors’ or ‘traps’ depending on who you ask. Regardless of Erdnase’s intentions, the text does need an interpretation in parts.
The methods taught in the book have become classic techniques for magicians. Many of the best have been perfected and developed further over the years. New methods replace old and it could be argued that the best parts of the book are now available in improved texts that are easier for beginners to learn.
Is Expert at the Card Table suitable for total beginners? Impressive recommendations, but should The Merchant of Magic recommend it to beginner magicians that ask us which magic books they should read? Our first recommendation to complete beginners has always been Royal Road to Card Magic, but what is the next step?
Adam Symons writes: ‘Worth reading? It depends what the reader is expecting from it – don’t forget its essentially a manuscript on card table sleights with a few tricks bolted on at the end. While some of the techniques have been superseded, the advice of deportment, and attitude etc is still as valid as it was over a hundred years ago (as, IMHO, is the advice on the Shift), and there’s still plenty of useful card work in there. I also think there’s a degree of snobbishness surrounding it.’
‘Personally I think the balance lies somewhere in between – I’ve taken a lot of useful things from it, but I don’t regard it as the ‘be all and end all’ of cards.
I’d definitely recommend it to a novice, though not as a first text, if only for the undoubted historical contribution to their art.
What do you think? Has Expert at the Card Table become nothing more than an icon or badge for card magicians? Is it a case of the ‘Emperors new cloths’?
Should it be essential reading for beginners?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below:
The Expert at the Card Table: The Classic Treatise on Card Manipulation
In offering this book to the public the writer uses no sophistry as an excuse for its existence. The hypocritical cant of reformed (?) gamblers, or whining, mealymouthed pretensions of piety, are not foisted as a justification for imparting the knowledge it contains.
To all lovers of card games it should prove interesting, and as a basis of card entertainment it is practically inexhaustible. It may caution the unwary who are innocent of guile, and it may inspire the crafty by enlightenment on artifice.
It may demonstrate to the tyro that he cannot beat a man at his own game, and it may enable the skilled in deception to take a post-graduate course in the highest and most artistic branches of his vocation.
But it will not make the innocent vicious, or transform the pastime player into a professional; or make the fool wise, or curtail the annual crop of suckers; but whatever the result may be, if it sells it will accomplish the primary motive of the author, as he needs the money.
The passion for play is probably as old, and will be as enduring, as the race of man. Some of us are too timid to risk a dollar, but the percentage of people in this feverish nation who would not enjoy winning one is very small. The passion culminates in the professional. He would rather play than eat. Winning is not his sole delight.
Some one has remarked that there is but one pleasure in life greater than winning, that is, in making the hazard.
To be successful at play is as difficult as to succeed in any other pursuit. The laws of chance are as immutable as the laws of nature. Were all gamblers to depend on luck they would break about even in the end.
A colored attendant of a club-room, overhearing a discussion about running up two hands at poker, ventured the following interpolation: Don’t trouble ’bout no two han’s, Boss. Get yo‘own han’. De suckah, he’ll get a han’all right, suah! And many old players believe the same thing.
However, the vagaries of luck, or chance, have impressed the professional card player with a certain knowledge that his more respected brother of the stock exchange possesses, viz. — manipulation is more profitable than speculation; so to make both ends meet, and incidentally a good living, he also performs his part with the shears when the lambs come to market.
Hazard at play carries sensations that once enjoyed are rarely forgotten. The winnings are known as pretty money, and it is generally spent as freely as water. The average professional who is successful at his own game will, with the sublimest unconcern, stake his money on that of another’s, though fully aware the odds are against him.
He knows little of the real value of money, and as a rule is generous, careless and improvident. He loves the hazard rather than the stakes. As a matter of fact the principal difference between the professional gambler and the occasional gambler, is that the former is actuated by his love of the game and the latter by cupidity.
A professional rarely squeals when he gets the worst of it; the man who has other means of livelihood is the hardest loser.
Advantages that are bound to ultimately give a percentage in favor of the professional are absolutely essential to his existence, and the means employed at the card table to obtain that result are thoroughly elucidated in this work.
We have not been impelled to our task by the qualms of a guilty conscience, nor through the hope of reforming the world. Man cannot change his temperament, and few care to control it. While the passion for hazard exists it will find gratification. We have neither grievance against the fraternity nor sympathy for so-called victims.
When we speak of professional card players we do not refer to the proprietors or managers of gaming houses. The percentage in their favor is a known quantity, or can be readily calculated, and their profits are much the same as any business enterprise. Where the civil authorities countenance these institutions they are generally conducted by men of well known standing in the community.
The card tables pay a percentage or rake off, and the management provides a look out for the protection of its patrons. Where the gaming rooms must be conducted in secret the probabilities of the player’s apparent chances being lessened are much greater.
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. — The secrets of professional card playing have been well preserved. 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.
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Р� С‚РµРїРµСЂСЊ РїРѕ СЌС‚РѕР№ РєРЅРёРіРµ Wesley James РЅР° РїР°СЂСѓ СЃ Simon Lovell-РѕРј РІС‹РїСѓСЃС‚РёР» РѕР±СѓС‡Р°СЋС‰РёР№ СЃРµРјРёРЅР°СЂ РёР· 7 DVD РІ РєРѕС‚РѕСЂРѕРј РѕС‡РµРЅСЊ РїРѕРґСЂРѕР±РЅРѕ РѕР±СЉСЏСЃРЅСЏРµС‚СЃСЏ РІСЃС‘ РЎ СЃРѕРґРµСЂР¶Р°РЅРёРµРј РєРЅРёРіРё СЏ РЅРµ СЃРІРµСЂСЏР»СЃСЏ С‚Р°Рє РєР°Рє РѕРЅРѕ РґРѕРІРѕР»СЊРЅРѕ Р±РѕР»СЊС€РѕРµ РЅРѕ РІ РІРёРґРµРѕ РѕР±СѓС‡РµРЅРёРµ РёРґС‘С‚ РїСЂРёРјРµСЂРЅРѕ РІ С‚РѕРј Р¶Рµ РїРѕСЂСЏРґРєРµ С‡С‚Рѕ Рё РІ РєРЅРёРіРµ РџРµСЂРІР°СЏ С‡Р°СЃС‚СЊ- «Р�СЃС‚РѕСЂРёСЏ РєРЅРёРіРё» РЅРµ СЃРѕРґРµСЂР¶РёС‚ РЅРёРєР°РєРёС… РѕР±СѓС‡Р°СЋС‰РёС… С‚РµС…РЅРёРє Р”Р»СЏ С‚РµС… РєС‚Рѕ РЅРµ Р·РЅР°РµС‚ Р°РЅРіР»РёР№СЃРєРѕРіРѕ РјРѕР¶РЅРѕ РЅРµ РєР°С‡Р°С‚СЊ Р”Р°Р»СЊС€Рµ РїРѕРґСЂРѕР±РЅРѕРµ (СЏ Р±С‹ СЃРєР°Р·Р°Р» РґР°Р¶Рµ С‡РµСЂРµСЃС‡СѓСЂ РїРѕРґСЂРѕР±РЅРѕРµ) РѕР±СѓС‡РµРЅРёРµ РІСЃРµРј РґРІРёР¶РµРЅРёСЏРј .Р’ РїРѕСЃР»РµРґРЅРёС… РґРІСѓС… РґРёСЃРєР°С… РµСЃС‚СЊ С„РѕРєСѓСЃС‹ Р’РѕРѕР±С‰РµРј РІСЃС‘ РєР°Рє Рё РІ РєРЅРёРіРµ РЎРјРѕС‚СЂРёС‚Рµ Рё СѓС‡РёС‚РµСЃСЊ РЎРµРјРёРЅР°СЂ РїРѕ С€СѓР»РµСЂСЃРєРёРј С‚РµС…РЅРёРєР°Рј РѕС‡РµРЅСЊ РЅРµРїР»РѕС…РѕР№
Р”Р°РЅРЅР°СЏ РєРЅРёРіР° РЅРµСЃРѕРјРЅРµРЅРЅС‹Р№ С€РµРґРµРІСЂ РСЂРґРЅР°Р·Рµ. РќРё РѕРґРЅР° РёР· РµРіРѕ С‚РµС…РЅРёРє РЅРµ Р±С‹Р»Р° СѓР»СѓС‡С€РµРЅР° СЃРїСѓСЃС‚СЏ РіРѕРґС‹.
РњРЅРѕРіРёРµ РёР· РµРіРѕ РјРµС‚РѕРґРѕРІ С‚Р°Рє Р¶Рµ РґРµР№СЃС‚РІРёС‚РµР»СЊРЅС‹ СЃРµР№С‡Р°СЃ, РґР»СЏ С„РѕРєСѓСЃРЅРёРєРѕРІ Рё РєР°СЂС‚РѕС‡РЅС‹С… С€СѓР»РµСЂРѕРІ, РєР°Рє РѕРЅРё Р±С‹Р»Рё РІ 1902 РіРѕРґСѓ.
РљРЅРёРіР° РІСЃРµ РµС‰Рµ Р±РёР±Р»РёСЏ РєР°СЂС‚РѕС‡РЅС‹С… «РјРµС…Р°РЅРёР·РјРѕРІ», Рё РІС‹Р·С‹РІР°РµС‚ РІРѕСЃС…РёС‰РµРЅРёРµ РїСЂРё С‡С‚РµРЅРёРё РєР°Рє СЌС‚Рѕ Р±С‹Р»Рѕ РІ РЅР°С‡Р°Р»Рµ СЌС‚РѕРіРѕ СЃС‚РѕР»РµС‚РёСЏ.
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The Expert at the Card Table by S. W. Erdnase
Author:S. W. Erdnase [Erdnase, S. W.] , Date: March 15, 2018 ,Views: 85
Author:S. W. Erdnase [Erdnase, S. W.] Language: eng Format: epub Publisher: Dover Publications Published: 2012-10-06T04:00:00+00:00
A second method of making the throw or deal is to hold the two right-hand cards between the second finger and thumb only, the right third finger taking no part in the action and being held rather ostentatiously straight out.
When the top card is thrown, the left little finger is moved in under the end of the third finger, and the tip catches and holds the corner of the lower card, while the second finger releases both, so as to let the top card fall. Then the second finger instantly retakes its original position, and the little finger is released.
An addition to the game is made by putting in a crimp or upturn in a corner of the Ace. Then several throws are made, and a player finds he can locate the Ace “just for fun” every time.
When perfect confidence is inspired, and the cupidity of the player tempts him to cover the odds, a throw is made, the player selects the card with the corner turned, and is amazed to find he has missed the “cinch.
” In a confidence game, the corner of the Ace is turned by a “capper,” who seizes an opportunity when the careless (?) dealer turns to expectorate, or on any pretext neglects his game for a moment. But the crimp can be put in, taken out, and again put in the corner of another card during the procedure of the throw.
To crimp the corner, pick up the Ace with the second finger and thumb of right hand, second finger at middle of end, and let the third fingertip rest on top of the card close to second finger. Then catch the corner with the little finger and squeeze it in, pressing down with third fingertip, and the corner is crimped upward.
The corner is turned down again by slipping the third fingertip over the end, and pulling up; and pressing down on the corner with the little fingertip. Either action can be performed in an instant as the card is picked up.
Now to make the “corner” throw the Ace is picked up, shown, and crimped, then the second card is picked up with the third finger and thumb and shown, the left hand picks up and shows the third card, and a natural throw is made which leaves the Ace in the middle.
Then the right hand picks up the right-hand card, shows it, crimps the corner, picks up the Ace, shows it, and the left hand picks up the last card. Now the right hand holds the two turned corner cards, but the fact that the upper one is crimped cannot be seen because of the positions of the fingers, even when the face of the under one, which is the Ace, is shown.
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