Stevens Magic Emporium is very excited to offer this book to our esteemed customers who appreciate the best! The book is a masterpiece in layout, editing, formatting and narrative. Equally remarkable, it features incredible photography including close-up sequential shots, like I have never seen. And yes, there is even the elusive photo of E.S. Andrews. David Ben is a consummate perfectionist, and his work on this most revered title (by E. S. Andrews), culminates in an absolute “must have” book for any aficionado, serious student or collector of high quality magic publications. – Joe Stevens
The Experts at the Card Table is a new interpretation of the seminal work on card cheating, Artifice, Ruse and Subterfuge at the Card Table, self-published originally by an S. W. Erdnase, in Chicago in 1902.
Here, Ben offers a fresh and new perspective on what he describes as “The Erdnase System for Advantage Play” – that is, an approach for cheating at card play. Ben has reformulated Erdnase’s original prose for greater clarity in order to illustrate clandestine card table artifice including how to secretly locate desired cards, and secure and stock them for the deal. The reader is taught, in great detail, using over 750 photographs, how to falsely shuffle and cut the deck, and manage and maintain the desired cards while creating the illusion that the cards are being thoroughly mixed. Finally, the reader is instructed how to place the controlled cards into desired hands.
While the general reader will find the technical information and The Erdnase System for Advantage Play highly educational, the book is intended for those with an advanced understanding of and skill-set for this arcane art. This book is the first of three volumes which examines and discusses the science and art of manipulating playing cards for advantage play.
Specs: Hardbound, 10” x 10” (25.4 cm x 25.4 cm), dust jacket; 232 pages with over 750 photographs. This book is offered at an incredible price considering it’s quality on all fronts. Note: Excerpts from Magic Magazine used “with permission.”
“This book is a pleasure to page through, and is an important and welcome addition to Erdnasiana. It deserves all the praise it is already getting, and will surely create rabid anticipation for the next two volumes in the trilogy.” – John Lovick
“…if you have some card technique under your belt and if you’ve wanted to plunge into the Erdnase pond, this is a great way to experience the material – demonstrated and organized by a man who has spent his life studying it.” – Michael Close, August 2015
“…David has made the once-daunting material more accessible than ever. For my first time, I read the text cover to cover, and it all made sense. Previous attempts with the original caused my eyes to glaze over.” – Steve Bryant, July 2015