This out-of-print book is HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE and VERY HARD TO FIND.The few other copies currently available are priced from $135 to $150! And they don't give you free shipping like we do!
Basically, this is the full text of the classic EXPERT AT THE CARD TABLE, with notes and annotations by Dai Vernon.
It's an interesting story.Back when he was a young boy, Dai Verson became fascinated with the writing of "Erdnase", the mysterious magician/gambler who penned the legendary EXPERT AT THE CARD TABLE book.Meant to be a guide for gamblers, the book contains some complex techniques that are hard to decipher.It became a decades-long quest for Vernon to work through and interpret the techniques in Erdnase's book; he made copious notes over many years.Eventually, other magicians learned of the book and of Vernon's efforts, and encouraged Vernon to write a book about the book.After many false starts, in the 1960s Vernon and his "team" organized the notes and took dozens of photographs of Vernon's hands to illustrate the book.Unfortuantely, the photographs were lost, and the notes were put aside.Finally in the early 1980s, the project was started up again, and the result is this book, REVELATIONS.By the way, those long-lost photos were recently discovered, and a new addition of this book was printed in 2012.This is NOT the easy-to find reprint- it is the original HARD TO FIND edition from 1982.
FROM THE PUBLISHER:In a book devoted to card table artiface, it should not be out of place to discuss "odds," and the odds of this book being created at all are astounding. In the entire history of gambling and entertaining with playing cards, one book stands high above all others. First published in 1902 by a shadowy figure writing under the name S.W. Erdnase, The Expert at the Card Table has become the absolute masterwork on the manipulation of playing cards.One man remembers when this book was first published and has spent eight decades studying its fine points. Dai Vernon, or the Professor as he is known to his thousands of friends and students around the world, is the one person who is most qualified to accurately annotate this classic textbook. And annotate it he did...nearly twenty-five years ago. What became of that treasured manuscript for those many years could well be the subject of another book. Suffice it to say, here it is in its entirety...REVELATIONS.
This is a 1984 original edition of this book, with original dust jacket.
Condition: very good. Dust jacket shows some shelf wear and some very minor chipping. There is the residue of a sticker on the top right front. There is a small mark on the left inside board. Inside pages are nice and tight.AUTHOR: Dai Vernon with Faucett RossPUBLISHED: 1984 by Magical PublicationsHardbound book. 224 pages.
You will receive the exact book shown in the photo above.