The Magician and the Cardsharp: The Search for America's Greatest Sleight-of-Hand Artist

The Magician and the Cardsharp: The Search for America's Greatest Sleight-of-Hand Artist

by Karl Johnson

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Overview

"Johnson details exciting anecdotes of scams, hoaxes, and instances of conjuring . . . His stories unfold like magic." —David Blaine, Entertainment Weekly

In the 1920s, during an era when Americans were crazy for magic, Dai Vernon earned a reputation as a genius of the magical arts. When hard times descended after the crash of '29, the lights of New York faded, audiences dwindled, and Vernon headed west. Little did he realize that his life was about to change.

In Wichita, Kansas, while swapping secrets with a Mexican gambler, Vernon was told a story he didn't quite believe, the tale of a legendary cardsharp who could pull off the impossible—dealing perfectly from the center of the deck. Vernon set out to find the reclusive cardsharp, discovering a fascinating and dangerous kingdom of games and tricksters along the way. Did he finally get his man or did the greatest cardsharp who ever lived just vanish into thin air?

A story with the nostalgic quality of an old-fashioned fable, The Magician and the Cardsharp is a unique and endlessly entertaining piece of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805080599
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/25/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Karl Johnson, a former editor and reporter for the New York Daily News, has written for many major newspapers and periodicals. The Magician and the Cardsharp grew out of an article published in American Heritage magazine. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

1Perfect1
2Cards on the Tracks9
3Pleasant Hill37
4With It61
5Midnight91
6Single-o115
7The Best I've Met in Years151
8Dice Man173
9And a Little Child Shall Lead Them197
10The Gambler's Rose225
11One Card253
Notes283
Bibliography323
Acknowledgments331
Index339

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The Magician and the Cardsharp: The Search for America's Greatest Sleight-of-Hand Artist 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mschaefer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fine account of Vernon's search for the mythical middle deal. Would have been better if shorter and more concentrated, but still an enjoyable read.