Often referred to simply as Erdnase (or even The Bible), is an extensive book on the art of sleight of hand published in by S. W. Erdnase, a pseudonymous. One of the biggest thing in Magic at the moment is Erdnase x Madison. For those of you that don’t know, Daniel Madison has set out on a quest. The Expert at the Card Table: The Classic Treatise on Card Manipulation (Dover Magic Books) [S. W. Erdnase] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying.

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View our magic tricks index. All that said, I think it’s important to read this book but, as with Royal Road, I would encourage reading it with the DVD-set as an accompaniment. FIrst off, this is something I should address.

Yes, my password is: The Expert at the Card Table has been used by many of the top card men as a sort of blueprint to attain the highest levels of card mastery. Erdnase really is all that And a lot of the stuff is just repetitive. Our first recommendation to complete beginners has always been Royal Road to Card Magicbut what is the next step?

Then, instead of claiming to be the best or “better than Erdnase” he could’ve let the work speak for itself. The Other Brothers Assistants Clubs Conventions Exposure Stores.

Well past ninety years of age, Vernon was fond of quoting from it, with page numbers, when discussing card techniques with his colleagues at the Magic Castle.

Expert at the Card Table by S.W. Erdnase Book

Efdnase the DVD set if I haven’t made that clear enough yet. More than any other book on card magic, Expert at the card Table has played a central role in the training of magicians.


Some people got offended on the internet and the whole thing spread like wildfire. Neither are that great but lots of people think otherwise. As an example, everyone talks up Royal Road to Card Magic.

Maybe its because I don’t do a lot of gambling-style magic or cheat at all, but a lot of the content is useless. For example in a performance, I myself, experrt giving the deck to the spectator would only really mix ex;ert the deck once or twice, if I even do that over a different control.

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I just don’t give it the erdase it truly deserves. We’ve been asked to block out numbers incase members of our community contact these aggressors and interfere with Police investigations.

Step by step, Mr. THere are a ton of things in here that are hidden and not commonly used. Sure, it was the first.

I’ve read it twice, but to me it’s not great. No, create an account now. I am personally with the former, but still have a lot of learning ahead of me, I have 5 different copies laying around in my room.

Is The Expert at The Card Table really all that? | theory11 forums

The price isn’t that bad so I would recommend it. He uses slang words and other terms used in the gambling scene that some of us might not understand.

I talk better than I write. The most erdase book on how to do card magic is Expert at the Card Table by S. And yes, I was among them until recently. Maaz Hasan likes this. It doesn’t even matter if there is an answer. Anyone who jumps out to say: Notify me of follow-up comments by email.


It’s two groups of fanboys who think that if they “Defend there heros! I know you want that out of a product: This kind of fun has been missing from the magic industry and if anything, Ellusionist is all about fun. Erdnasd, I don’t find a lot of the stuff usable in my routine.

So obviously this is my personal view point on the book, though a lot of what I said can actually be proven, or has been proven by other magicians. Instead of doing yet another annotated copy of Expert at the Card Table, Madison should’ve published something along the lines of “Master at the Card Table” or “Ghost at the Card Table” which could have featured Madison’s own fresh thinking, innovations, and creativity.

If I mixed up a deck 16 times exaggerating herewouldn’t you get suspicious, or bored? Sure, a lot of the false cuts erdnaee a lot of the moves are useful, but he never truly elaborates on how to use them, and he teaches a good portion of them incorrectly. One of the biggest thing in Magic at the moment is Exppert x Madison.

Should it be essential reading for beginners? Why would I “Study” a book for 20 years to master a technique that has been replaced by far better techniques that have been developed recently? Maybe one day I’ll quit being so lazy and spend time with these books.