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The Magician and the Cardsharp

The Magician and the Cardsharp
Author : Karl Johnson
Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
Release Date : 2006-07-25
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :368
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A famous magician's journey to find the greatest cardsharp ever evokes the forgotten world of magic where Americans found escape during the Great Depression It has the nostalgic quality of an old-fashioned fable, but Karl Johnson's The Magician and the Cardsharp is a true story that lovingly re-creates the sparkle of a vanished world. Here, set against the backdrop of America struggling through the Depression, is the world of magic, a realm of stars, sleight of hand, and sin where dreams could be realized - or stolen away. Following the Crash of '29, Dai Vernon, known by magicians as "the man who fooled Houdini," is tramping down Midwestern backroads, barely making ends meet. While swapping secrets with a Mexican gambler, he hears of a guy he doesn't quite believe is real - a legendary mystery man who deals perfectly from the center of the deck and who locals call the greatest cardsharp of all time. Determined to find the reclusive genius, Vernon sets out on a journey through America's shady, slick, and sinful side - from mob-run Kansas City through railroad towns that looked sleepy only in the daytime. Does he find the sharp? Well, Karl Johnson did - after years of research into Vernon's colorful quest, research that led him to places he never knew existed. Johnson takes us to the cardsharp's doorstep and shows us how he bestowed on Vernon the greatest secret in magic. The Magician and the Cardsharp is a unique and endlessly entertaining piece of history that reveals the artistry and obsession of a special breed of American showmen.

The Cardsharp and the Magician

The Cardsharp and the Magician
Author : Jenő Heltai
Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date : 2019-05-10
Category :
Total pages :260
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For 21st century readers this novel takes us back exactly 100 years and opens a world as troubled and uncertain as our own. Had Heltai been born an American, he would have been part of the Lost Generation, and his unnamed protagonist and main character in his novel would have been considered as a mirror image of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby, namely how somebody of rank and wealth reverts into a penniless nobody. Whether he is seen as a friend or foe of this impoverished nobleman, Mr Selfridge, the 'Magician', is a man who also lives on the edge, but due to his maturity, is more enterprising and more cautious in matters of survival. It is the grey-eyed blonde who completes the trio, and unwittingly fuels the flames of both love and hate, honour and betrayal, and is ultimately the cause which leads the story towards its dramatic end.

52 Ways to Cheat at Poker

52 Ways to Cheat at Poker
Author : Allan Zola Kronzek
Publisher : Penguin
Release Date : 2008
Category : Games
Total pages :192
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It?s no news that cheating pervades American culture. Americans cheat on taxes, tests, sports and spouses. But the largest arena for cheating may be at the poker table! With an estimated 60-80 million Americans playing poker every week?for the highest stakes ever?you can be sure that not everyone is playing by the rules! In this fascinating look at the card sharper?s art?from its origins in Renaissance Italy to the high-tech methods of today?deception expert Allan Kronzek reveals 52 of the most diabolical scams ever invented. Topics include codes and signaling systems, hidden cameras and miniature ear pieces, false shuffles, cuts and deals, peeking and flashing, deck and card switches, culling, instant stacks, marked cards, ?location play,? the ?cooler,? and dozens of other devious devices. Each chapter zeroes in on a single cheating concept and provides expert advice on how to spot and foil the scam (when possible!). You?ll learn the secrets of shade, flash, and juice?the subtlest marking systems; why cutting the cards doesn?t guarantee an honest deal, how a crooked dealer can stack the flop in hold ?em, why casino card rooms are not 100% safe, and how cheating crews crush the opposition without marked cards or sleight of hand. Thoroughly illustrated and researched, and enlivened with historical sidebars, 52 Ways to Cheat at Poker is essential reading for anyone who plays cards for money? or anyone interested in the ingenious ways cheats steal your money while appearing to do nothing at all.

Revolutionary Card Technique

Revolutionary Card Technique
Author : Edward Marlo
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2003-05-01
Category : Card tricks
Total pages :568
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Give Yourself Goosebumps: Under the Magician's Spell

Give Yourself Goosebumps: Under the Magician's Spell
Author : R. L. Stine
Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
Release Date : 2015-06-30
Category : Juvenile Fiction
Total pages :144
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"Reader beware--you choose the scare! GIVE YOURSELF GOOSEBUMPS! You, and your little sister, and your best friend just found a new magic shop at the mall. The man inside calls himself the Magician. He's pretty creepy. Before you know it, your little sister runs out of the shop with his book of magic spells. If you read one of the spells, you find yourself in the magician's workshop. Suddenly you are part of a magic act. You are forced onstage, about to be sliced into a million pieces! If the three bullies from the school grab the book, you must find it before the magician makes your sister disappear...forever! The choice is yours in this scary GOOSEBUMPS adventure that's packed with over 20 super-spooky endings!"

Bluff

Bluff
Author : Michael Kardos
Publisher : Grove Press
Release Date : 2018-04-03
Category : Fiction
Total pages :288
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A down-on-her-luck female magician is drawn into a dangerous criminal scheme in this “hopelessly addictive” thriller (Megan Abbott, Edgar Award–winning author of Give Me Your Hand). At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she took first place at the World of Magic competition at eighteen and has never again reached such heights. Now she lives alone in a New Jersey apartment with her pigeons and a pile of overdue bills. In a desperate ploy for extra cash, she follows up on an old offer to write for a glossy magazine and pitches the editor a seductive topic: the art of cheating at cards. But when Natalie meets the perfect subject for her piece—a poker cheat who dazzles at sleight of hand—what begins as a journalistic gamble soon leads her into a dangerous proposition with the highest of stakes . . . “Truly gasp-worthy.” —Library Journal, starred review “[A] delightfully surprising thriller.” —The Florida Times-Union “If you haven’t read Kardos yet, Bluff is the perfect place to start!” —Lisa Scottoline, New York Times–bestselling author of Someone Knows

The Dai Vernon Book of Magic

The Dai Vernon Book of Magic
Author : Lewis Ganson
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2019-07-07
Category :
Total pages :240
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This book is a classic of magic and includes Dai Vernon's linking rings moves and cups and balls routine. It uses high quality B&W photos throughout to show many of the moves. Each routine ends with an outline of the routine, which is great for practicing from. Highly Recommended.CONTENTS IN BRIEF INCLUDEForeword: How the Book Came To Be, and Some Introductory Remarks by Dai VernonIntroduction: About Writing the Book, by Lewis GansonB&W Photo of "The Professor"Chapter 1: The Background to a Legend. Biographical notes on the magical life of Dai VernonChapter 2: The Vernon Touch. Lots of anecdotes about other magicians such as Nate Leipzig, Malini, and others.Chapter 3: A Chinese Classic. Routine for Coins Through the Table.Chapter 4: Penetration of Thought. Chapter 5: Three Ball Transposition. Chapter 6: Application of the Tenkai Palm. Chapter 7: The Linking Rings. Chapter 8: Seven Card Monte. Chapter 10: Expansion of Texture: Copper & Silver placed in hanky.Chapter 11: The Challenge. Chapter 12: Dai Vernon's Double Lift: with a well covered get ready.Chapter 13: The Cups & Balls. Dai Vernon's routine is a must study for effectiveness and routining. Chapter 14: Nate Leipzig's Card Stab.Chapter 15: Tips on Knots.Chapter 16: Six Card Repeat.Chapter 17: Free and Unlimited Coinage of Silver.Chapter 18: Mental Spell.Chapter 19: Pot Pourri. Chapter 20: Ball, Cone, and Handkerchief. Chapter 21: The Last Trick of Dr. Jacob Daley: Four Ace Transposition packet trick.Chapter 22: Paul Rosini's Impromptu Thimble Routine.Chapter 23: Vernon Poker Demonstration (Thanks to Jay Marshall). Chapter 24: The Thumb Tie: a full routine.

The Odds Against Me

The Odds Against Me
Author : John Scarne
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2020-04-03
Category : Games & Activities
Total pages :560
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If he's had a touch of larceny in him, he could have been the number one card sharp of ail time. Instead the author of these fabulous memoirs, born to a mother who considered gambling "the devils tool" put his extraordinary gifts to far different purposes. He has used his incredible gambling sense, his miraculously dexterous fingers (as a magician he vied with Houdini) his brilliant mathematical mind, and his fascination with carnival and gambling life, to become America's number one authority on gambling and odds. He is the greatest living practitioner and analyst of card and slight of hand ( his artistry impressed FDR as well as underworld overlords). He has been consultant to the top casinos in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Las Vegas. He was chosen by the US Army in World War II to show GI's how not to be fleeced in crooked games. He was a front page witness in 1961 before the Senate's investigation of gambling and crime. There is nothing about the international gambling world - its personalities, stories, methods - that he doesn't know. And his own colorful and knowing personality makes his autobiography one of the most fascinating documents of our day. " Illustrated with 16 pages of photographs, 537 pages.

Diary of a Blind Magician

Diary of a Blind Magician
Author : Gary Haun
Publisher : AuthorHouse
Release Date : 2010-09-13
Category : Performing Arts
Total pages :288
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In this book Gary reveals how magic has helped him overcome his limitations. As a blind magician, Gary explains what he has had to do to perform magic. He discusses the techniques and methods that have enabled him to become one of the world’s finest blind magicians. In Diary of a Blind Magician, Gary shares his passion for magic with you. He not only gives you some very interesting information about magic he actually teaches you how to perform some easy to do magic tricks.

Expert Card Technique

Expert Card Technique
Author : Jean Hugard,Frederick Braué
Publisher : Courier Corporation
Release Date : 2012-04-30
Category : Games & Activities
Total pages :480
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Definitive work on card technique: everything from basic manipulations to advanced flourishes; also a wide variety of tricks. 318 illustrations.

American Heritage 50-year Cumulative Index

American Heritage 50-year Cumulative Index
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2004
Category : American heritage
Total pages :1109
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The Unsinkable Titanic Thompson

The Unsinkable Titanic Thompson
Author : Carlton Stowers
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 1992-08-01
Category : Gamblers
Total pages :256
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Fooling Houdini

Fooling Houdini
Author : Alex Stone
Publisher : Bond Street Books
Release Date : 2012-06-19
Category : Psychology
Total pages :320
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An exploration of the world of magic that teaches the reader many tricks--including how better to understand the real world. Alex Stone--journalist and part-time conjurer--is here to amaze you. But first he had to amaze his fellow magicians. Fooling Houdini is his fascinating, revealing, and nailbiting account of his attempt to win the 23rd World Championships of Magic, the "Magic Olympics," the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind. Alex Stone managed to qualify for entry and began preparing to astonish people who astonish others for a living. It didn't help his nerves that he was placed on the bill straight after Canadian magician Shawn Farquhar, winner of more magic competitions than anyone in history. Stone's preparations and participation provide his readers with in-depth exploration of the world of magic, and magic's meaning. He spills many professional secrets, arguing that what is important is to ask questions about what lies behind the tricks: how the mind perceives the world and parses everyday experience, about how the mind works--and why sometimes it doesn't, about why people need to believe. As we become more attuned to the limits of our own perception, we become better at distinguishing reality from illusion, at reading the angles and decoding the fine print, he says. We gain intuition and understanding into how people behave. We even learn ways to influence this behavior. This makes us less susceptible to all manner of deception. It is to gain and maintain this sixth sense that Alex Stone--a schoolboy prestidigitator--has continued performing magic well into adulthood. In Fooling Houdini he takes us into that other world, populated by truly astounding characters, and leaves us with a heightened sense of awareness about the supposedly real world.

The Publishers Weekly

The Publishers Weekly
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2005
Category : American literature
Total pages :129
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Phantoms of the Card Table

Phantoms of the Card Table
Author : David Britland,Gazzo
Publisher : Running PressBook Pub
Release Date : 2004-03
Category : Games
Total pages :256
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Walter Irving Scott may have been the greatest card shark ever. In 1930, Scott bamboozled a room full of New York's finest card manipulators by dealing himself winning poker hands from a shuffled deck, one of his many tricks. He liked to say that he "cheated the cheats." His skill with cards was extraordinary and he soon became known as "The Phantom of the Card Table." That's why Gazzo, a magician from England, decided to track Scott down some 60 years later. The two became friends and Scott openly discussed his work with a view to its finally being published. "I don't care what you say," said Scott, "as long as you tell the truth." This is the truth about Walter Irving Scott and other phantoms of the card table who spent years practicing a craft they rarely talk about — cheating at cards. A special chapter revealing master card tricks is also included.