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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This book details his search for the impossible move, being able to deal a card from the center of the deck. After reading in the newspaper about the kagician resort of Reno, they decided to work their way across the country to Nevada to see what all the fuss was about.

The Magician and the Cardsharp: The Search for America’s Greatest Sleight-of-Hand Artist

He had a broad, roughly framed face and thick, black hair. The bottom dealers — subway dealers, they were called — could do the same with the bottom card. The centre deal would in effect, eliminate the hurdle created by the cut before the deal in poker, since any stock created during his shuffles would be able to be dealt from the centre of the deck. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Learn more ccardsharp Amazon Giveaway.

The answer finally came in a little white house in Missouri. Johnson assembles a well-researched history of the life of Allen Kennedy the cardsharp and Dai Vernon the magician.

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After the stock market crash, even Vernon’s lucrative engagements for the Astors, the Vanderbilts, and the Schwabs at their swanky parties and Long Island country clubs began to disappear.


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You won’t be disappointed in this true tale. Lists with This Book. Does he find the sharp?

View our Frequent Questions. The Cups and Balls relies solely on sleight of hand and misdirection The research that went into this book is extaordinary, considering the secretive nature of both the gambling world and the magic world.

Quickly, quietly, he had begun to steer his art in a new direction. The copy that I received was in great condition although not new.

I have owned a copy of this book for years and love it. The faint murmurs about the center dealer, who supposedly lived somewhere in the Midwest, swirled into myth. Heard on Morning Edition. But the story of his great quest didn’t begin on that wet, raw night in Wichita. The end of his session with Villasenor marked the start of Vernon’s search for this secret that had been beyond his imagining, a secret held by a man he would come to consider the greatest sleight-of-hand artist of them all.

Open Preview See a Problem? But the trick is still amazing people literally thousands of years later. It’s ostensibly the story of Vernon’s quest to find a great card move all for the sake of seeing and learning itbut it serves as a detailed history of the life and times of these two men, both with peculiar vocations.

With a single deal from the center of the deck, this cardsharp could make all the rules and the very laws of chance itself vanish.

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He decided to sell the shop about five years ago. We hope you found the magic tricks you were looking for! In the s, during an era when Americans were crazy for magic, Dai Vernon earned a reputation as a genius of the magical arts. Tags What are tags?


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Brad rated it really liked it Aug 01, Still other secrets he learned in person after tracking down gamblers. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get to Know Us. Interesting stuff, downright gripping at some points, but it does run too long on biography and backstory and tends to repeat certain info and phrases throughout.

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They were the choice instrument for his audacious style of magic. Caddsharp Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. He deals cards from the center of the pack It’s a good read, detailing a great American story. I would also recommend this as a good companion for “Expert at the Card Table”, i.

It started much earlier, in Canada, where a small boy came upon some playing cards strewn along the railroad tracks. He lives in New York City. Following the Crash of ’29, Dai Vernon, known by carfsharp as “the man who fooled Houdini,” is tramping down Midwestern backroads, barely making ends meet. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.