These cards are offered to the public in commemoration of the enduring mystery of The Expert at the Card Table and its author, S.W. Erdnase. Among the men whose names have been discovered as anagrammatic equivalents (?) to the pseudonymous writer, W.E. Sanders emerges as perhaps the most compelling. A longtime card player and a student of magic, Sanders was the kind of person who took half-a-dozen decks with him on a camping trip. Skilled in deception, he rearranged the letters in his name, tore pages from his diaries and snuck out of his home for late night visits to high-rolling private clubs. A mining engineer and professional writer by trade, Sanders was eccentric and brilliant, offering no justification and seeking no credit for the knowledge he imparted. But whatever the result of his actions may be, if they inspire lovers of card entertainment and legerdemain, then they will have provided the primary motive of card table artifice, as it needs the mystery.
The back design is not that great however my explanation of S.W. Erdnase. and W.E. Sanders makes the back design concept more interesting and allows me to educate them about the true genious of S.W. Erdnase. I am from India and magic is not so popular there as it is in the U.S. However, this deck has helped me create interest among people as I talk to them about Erdnase and then do the Erdnase color change, a simple yet powerful move in magic.
This deck is truly one of my most favourite decks.
The one downside to these cards is because of their full bleed design, you cannot do reverse cards tricks such as, triumph or something like the braue method to reverse a card. Other than that, these cards are SLICKKK.
I can't tell you how much I love the design. Simple, old, and elegant. The faces are very old fashion; it's nice to see something different and it's more than different, it's beautiful. And for those complaining about it not having a white border, boo hoo. Just about every other deck on this web page and Theory11 that is for sale has a border. You have the pick of the bordered cards. All-over back designs have their virtues, and I'd advise learning a few before demanding that every card have a boarder.
Well, once I saw these for sale on Dan and Dave's website, and also who the manufacturer and artist was I knew that these would be the only cards I would perform with. The card stock is sturdy and casino quality so you know that they will last you quite awhile if you treat them more than just a normal and regular old deck. Another great feature is the entire design for both the card box and the back of the cards, which turn out to be the exact same designs when these cards were first released to the public. Top quality with a design from the very beginning of these cards, you can rest assured that they will help you accomplish your routines with style and grace.
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