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The Expert at the Card Table

The Expert at the Card Table: The Classic Treatise on Card Manipulation is a book on cards and magic written in 1901 by S. W. Erdnase, a pseudonymous author whose identity has been a long-discussed mystery for over a century. The book is considered to be one of the most influential works on magic or conjuring with cards and card sharps.

Description of the book

The author's identity remains an unsolved mystery, despite his widespread influence on the magicians' community. (See Gardner's Foreword, pp. vii-ix.)

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; issued as a series of DVDs by a professional magician, demonstrating and explaining Erdnase's techniques and methods.

Dai Vernon, The Professor, 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.

The book is divided into sections. Each section describes individual card manipulation techniques. This article will describe the sections in précis form.

Foreword, Preface, .

Card Table Artifice

Professional secretes begins Erdnase's general discussion of card play with emphasis on card manipulation for the advantage of the reader, magician or card sharp.

Technical Terms

Erdnase defines important specialty words and topics to be used throughout the remainder of the text.

Erdnase System of Blind Shuffles

Sixteen shuffles and card cutting techniques are explained. Those are divided among eight subsections on different types of shuffles and cuts, with illustrations.

Bottom Dealing

The technique of bottom dealing is explained, with illustrations.

Top and Bottom Dealing with One Hand

The technique of bottom dealing is explained. Illustrations omitted.

Second Dealing

The technique of second dealing is explained, with illustrations.

Ordinary Methods of Stocking, Locating, and Securing

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.

Stock Shuffle

Techniques of arranging the order of the cards in the deck, while shuffling, are explained, with illustrations.

Erdnase System of Stock Shuffling

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.

Erdnase System of Cull Shuffling

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.

Erdnase System of Palming

Five card palming methods are discussed, with illustrations.

To Maintain the Bottom Palm While Dealing

The technique is discussed, with illustrations.

To Hold the Location of Cut While Dealing Shifts

Three techniques are discussed, with illustrations.

To Ascertain the Top Cards While Riffling and Reserve Them at the Bottom

The technique is discussed, with illustrations.

Mode of Holding the Hand

The technique is discussed, with illustrations.

Mode of Skinning the Hand

The technique is discussed, with illustrations.

The Player Without an Ally

The general strategies are discussed. Eight techniques for implementing the strategies are discussed in detail, with illustrations.

Three Card Monte

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.

Legerdemain

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:

Card Tricks

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:

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