His consuming passion—his obsession—was magic, especially card magic built on the techniques of professional cardsharps. “He’s nuts on the gambling. The Magician and the Cardsharp has ratings and 20 reviews. Harold said: I read this not long before I joined and just reread it now. I thoroughly enj. I’m on a library computer right now because I’m at a library. I picked up a great book called “The Magician and the Cardsharp”.

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The copy that I received was in great condition although not new. Little did he realize that his life was about to change.

Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Their techniques were rare in magic, and invaluable, allowing him to do tricks that even other accomplished card magicians thought were impossibilities. He had found some of the cardsharps’ secrets in a mysterious book called The Expert at the Card Tablea bold volume he took as his bible but which most other magicians shied away from, dismissing it as indecipherable.

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The hard times descended after the crash of ‘ Dai Vernon had a ,agician for sleight of hand. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. By the middle of July, having braved the parched countryside of Kansas and Oklahoma, they rolled into Colorado Springs. Johnson, a former editor at New York’s Daily News, details Vernon’s long search for Allen Kennedy —a cardsharp who plied his trade with loaded dice and deceitful deck handling. Dec 18, Greg rated it really liked it.

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He moved away from the pick-a-card tricks that always started the same way, preferring instead to have people merely think of a card without touching the deck. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

Be the first to add this to a list. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are interested in that time period this is a great read. Magic and magicians have fascinated me since a young age. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. They came to hold Vernon in awe.

He was as different from an old-style illusionist as an Impressionist was from a sign painter. May 2, Messages: Holt Paperbacks; Reprint edition July 25, Language: I would also recommend this as a magidian companion for “Expert at the Card Table”, i.

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It was great fun and a very interesting ride. He began firing questions, asking Villasenor again and again how the man’s deal had looked. Reminded me of why I like magic and it’s subculture. The Magician and the Cardsharp: Great magic history lesson. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. If he saw con men at the racetrack, he would skulk around for hours, deflecting their threats, until he discovered just what they were up to.

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And the best props were not floating women or disappearing automobiles, but bits of string, colorful silks, cups and balls, coins and cards.

I wish I could cadsharp half as well as he has. The tuxedoed, ministerial Howard Thurston, then considered the most popular magician in the world, offered up his portentous Wonder Show of the Universe with ever-more elaborate levitations and disappearances, including the “Vanishing Whippet Automobile,” packed with seven gorgeous young beauties.

Vernon was thrilled to find master magician Paul Fox working a little carnival there, and he magciian Fox struck up a fast friendship. One of the oldest tricks in magic is the Cups and Balls. The answer finally came in a little white house in Missouri. Sorry that I waited.