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.
Containing over one hundred and fifty of Herb's most cherished secrets, sleights and routines, most of which appear here in print for the first time. The book, a distillation of one humble man's journey to the essence of his art, is destined to join a short list of true classics of magic.