Someone once said - "In poker, anything you can get away with is fair.”
Published in 1902, The Expert at the Card Table was penned by S. W. Erdnase (that's E.S. Andrews backwards) - a book about how to be an "advantage player", in other words learning how to eliminate the element of chance by manipulating playing cards. The book shows you how to false shuffle, false cut, deal from the bottom of the deck etc. This book proved popular with a lot of card magicians because of it's emphasis on naturalness, making it almost impossible to tell when cards are actually being manipulated.
This book was so good, that even the great Houdini was fooled. The Expert at the Card table remains today the single greatest book on card manipulation, no mean feat for a book originally published in 1902.
"The player who believes he cannot be deceived is in great danger.” - S. W. Erdnase
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