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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Magicians — United States — Biography. Yes, my password is: To Dai Vernon, Amador Villasenor was a lucky draw, like turning up three aces in the last hand on a losing night. You’ll be laughing at “The Professor”‘s ingenious mind, you’ll be laughing at Malini and his misfortune poor Malini and you’ll be mesmerized all throughout the story.

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Parts of it diverge from the main characters and delve into tangents I’m thinking of Midnight Underwood’s trial, and the Kansas City gangs but it’s all interesting and sets the stage for everything that follows. If he heard a rumor about some boy who could make a coin disappear, Vernon would jump on his bicycle and ride for miles until he found him. Fantastic account of magician Dai Vernon’s quest to find the ‘holy grail’ of gambling and card magic subterfuge: These online bookshops told us they have this item: Tags What are tags?


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Magicians had been borrowing sleights from card cheats for hundreds of years, but Vernon had an unprecedented knack carssharp prying the cherished tricks of the trade out of these closed men.

Of all the gamblers Vernon learned from, he was probably most enamored of the false dealers. It started much earlier, in Magicisn, where a small boy came upon some playing cards strewn along the railroad tracks. The Magician and the Cardsharp grew out of an article published in American Heritage magazine. After demonstrating his monte move, Villasenor showed off a couple of other sleights — a slip and a shift.

Marked Cards reviews. Vernon was the Cardshaep to the rest of these revolutionaries. Do you already have an account?

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Anyone who is interested in magic, cards, the 20’s and 30’s, great characters or even just a great story needs to read this book.

These sleights required years of practice to master, and they could be devastating in a card game. To Vernon, the magic was not in the size of the stage or the number of tricks on the bill or the cwrdsharp receipts. To ask other readers questions about The Magician and the Cardsharpccardsharp sign up. Subscriptions Top Inventors 1.


Ive had had it for over a year and only 3 pages to go but I keep getting more and more books to read. By the middle of July, maigcian braved the parched countryside of Kansas and Oklahoma, they rolled into Colorado Springs.

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When hard times descended after the crash of ’29, magicina lights of New York faded, audiences dwindled, and Vernon headed west. Well-written, but still has the ring of truth about it. Read more Read less. Lists What are lists? Magic and magicians have fascinated me since a young age. Showing of 28 reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Villasenor’s English may have been a little shaky, but he didn’t hesitate now as he answered the magician.

I read this not long before I joined and just reread it now.