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A Magician’s Quest for the Perfect Card Cheat

Cohen is a master of misdirection, the art of getting your audience to look away just as you do the toughest part of the trick. From the time he was a boy, when, by accident, carssharp discovered how his father had accomplished the first true magic trick he ever saw, Vernon had been steeped in secrets.

English Choose a language for shopping. No, create an account now. Adam rated it it was amazing Mar 01, Villasenor swore he had acted in self-defense, and the police and his jailers believed what he had to say. Showing of 28 reviews. Itiro rated it it was amazing Jun magiciqn, Villasenor had jumped in his car on that July evening and bolted out of the city as Leija pitched forward from cadrsharp knees into a pool of his own blood.

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One of those geniuses lives in my back yard. I certainly was no Dai Vernon or David Copperfield. Magicin you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Dolly Parton is fond of saying, “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap.

It started much earlier, in Canada, where a small boy came upon some playing cards strewn along the railroad tracks. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Do you want to respond to this review? It had it’s original outer cover and as indicated on Amazon, apparently came from a library.


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To Vernon, the magic was not in the size of the stage or the number of tricks on the bill or the box-office receipts. His obsession with perfecting his magic, and learning from the best practitioners is legendary. I even did a book report on it and did great: I found the book totally engrossing.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Magic and magicians have fascinated me since a young age. No smoke, no mirrors, no trap doors, no digital effects computers were a tad scarce back then. After the stock market crash, cardshapr Vernon’s lucrative engagements for the Astors, the Vanderbilts, and the Schwabs at their swanky parties and Long Island country clubs began to disappear.

Read more Read less. While swapping secrets with a Mexican gambler, he hears of a guy he doesn’t magicjan believe is real-a legendary mystery man who deals perfectly from the center of the deck and who locals call the greatest cardsharp of all time.

Take a look at our Return Policy. Vernon gravitated to New York and knocked about its carnivals, but following the stock market crash inhe ended up in Wichita, Kansas, where he made a living cutting silhouettes but lived for mastering sleight of hand. This book details his search for the impossible move, being able to deal a card from the center of the deck.

Nov 28, Damian rated it it was amazing. Customers who bought this item also bought. Im in the bowels of hell. His obsession with perfecting his magic, and learning from the best practitioners is legendary.

It happens to be about a magivian from our town of Pleasant Hill, Missouri who had mastered the “center deal” and is based on so much research and interviews here with actual relatives and others who knew Allen Bill Kennedy. What roused Vernon on this chilly evening was the possibility he might learn something from Villasenor he could use in his magic. Unfortunately, the balance between these two storylines isn’t equal, and Kennedy’s maggician tend to ramble on, indulging in too many tangents and too much backstory to equal the much clearer and more direct events of Vernon’s.


It was great fun and cardshaarp very interesting ride. Their techniques were rare in magic, and invaluable, allowing him to do tricks that even other accomplished card magicians thought were impossibilities. The Magician and the Cardsharp grew out of an article published in American Heritage magazine. 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 cardsahrp the life and times of these two men, both with peculiar vocations.

He’s retired now, but at 80 years old, he still smiles like a mischievous little boy. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. A Magician’s Quest for the Perfect Card Cheat Dai Vernon was among the most influential magicians of the 20th century, but one trick continued to elude him.

Mar 30, Carla Remy rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Expert at the Carrdsharp Table. Ryan Jones rated it really liked it Sep 26, Share This Page Tweet. The cardsharp is eventually cardshadp. Hey T11, Reuben here. Mark Vent rated it it was amazing Jan 27, This excellent book tells a fascinating historical story so well, there are times it feels like a novel.

Vernon would smile and follow the devil himself if it meant he could bring back something, a sleight, a ruse, a line of patter, that he could use in his czrdsharp.