The Expert: a new two-volume book set on Erdnase PRE-ORDER


Announcing THE EXPERT: A thrilling new epic two-volume set on S. W. Erdnase and the 1902 classic, The Expert at The Card Table

The Expert is coming soon. Pre-order your set now and save $25.

You may also order the Deluxe Edition, limited to 125 copies. These have the normal cloth binding but are signed by Todd Karr and numbered with additional material including a CD of bonus writings, memorabilia, music, and video footage. The deluxe edition of THE EXPERT will include a numbered, perfect-bound reprint of our ca. 1918 copy of The Expert at the Card Table with its author’s annotations and variations; this will only be available in the deluxe edition (our apologies, no discount for our deluxe version).

Volume 1: The Expert and His Artifice: A massive new biography of the actual author of the 1902 masterpiece on card expertise, The Expert at the Card Table, with his additional writings
Volume 2: The Card Table: An expanded, annotated version of The Expert at the Card Table with a detailed analysis of its techniques and history

Written, researched, and designed by Todd Karr
In-depth, carefully researched biography of the author
Rare photos of the author performing moves from the book
The author’s own annotations to The Expert at the Card Table
Additional techniques and variations by the author
Other magic writings by the author
The author’s life before and after The Expert at the Card Table
Selections from the author’s notebooks of card magic
Portraits of the author, film stills, family photos, letters, and rare memorabilia
Hundreds of new step-by-step illustrations
All moves explained in precise detail for learning properly
What the text means, with exhaustive new notes and analysis
Covers of every edition of The Expert at the Card Table
Complete Erdnase bibliography
History of card magic prior to The Expert at the Card Table
Vintage images of card handling
How The Expert at the Card Table was written and why
The meaning of the author’s pseudonym
The author’s notes in books from his library
Insights into Marshall D. Smith’s illustrations
How the author learned magic and writing
Erdnase in magic culture
All evidence carefully documented

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Additional information

Weight 10 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 5 in
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