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by Karl Johnson


A famous magician's journey to find the greatest cardsharp ever evokes the forgotten world of magic where . Johnson takes us to the cardsharp's doorstep and shows us how he bestowed on Vernon the greatest secret in magic.

A famous magician's journey to find the greatest cardsharp ever evokes the forgotten world of magic where Americans found escape during the Great DepressionIt has the nostalgic quality of an old-fashioned fable, but Karl Johnson's The Magician and the Cardsharp is a true story that lovingly re-creates the sparkle of a vanished world.

Great read about a truly gifted card legerdemain artist. Fans of magic will love it but I daresay it's appeal is much greater. The Cardsharp in many ways is as fascinating as the Magician. I would also recommend this as a good companion for "Expert at the Card Table", . It helped me to better understand and study the SWE book. If you are into card manipulation and/or magic I would recommend this as a must read.

A famous magician's journey to find the greatest cardsharp ever evokes the forgotten world of magic where Americans .

A famous magician's journey to find the greatest cardsharp ever evokes the forgotten world of magic where Americans found escape during the Great Depression. It has the nostalgic quality of an old-fashioned fable, but Karl Johnson's The Magician and the Cardsharp is a true story that lovingly re-creates the sparkle of a vanished world. Here, set against the backdrop of A famous magician's journey to find the greatest cardsharp ever evokes the forgotten world of magic where Americans found escape during the Great Depression.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. It has the nostalgic quality of an old-fashioned fable, but Karl Johnson's The Magician and the Cardsharp is a true story that lovingly re-creates the sparkle of a vanished world

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Following the Crash of '29, Dai Vernon, known by magicians as "the man who fooled Houdini," is tramping down Midwestern backroads, barely making ends meet.

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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.

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. Johnson details exciting anecdotes of scams, hoaxes, and instances of conjuring. 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.

A Gweek listener recommended The Magician and the Cardsharp to me (I. .

A Gweek listener recommended The Magician and the Cardsharp to me (I can't remember who - sorry!) and I'm thankful he did. It's a well-told story about two men with intersecting lifelong goals. Author Karl Johnson does a fine job of bringing the dusty, dangerous, boisterous, exciting atmosphere of small city vice to life. The Magician and the Cardsharp. Video below shows a sample of the genius of Dai Vernon

A featured show of the story of Expert of the Card Table is also performed regularly by UK magician Guy Hollingworth. New York: Henry Holt and Co. pp. 368 pages.

A featured show of the story of Expert of the Card Table is also performed regularly by UK magician Guy Hollingworth. ISBN 978-0-8050-7406-2.

Dai Vernon was a magician, a fine hand at string and colored silks, cups and balls and coins, but he will be remembered for his finesse at cards, his astonishing, natural and casual grace

Dai Vernon was a magician, a fine hand at string and colored silks, cups and balls and coins, but he will be remembered for his finesse at cards, his astonishing, natural and casual grace. He was not a gambler, though, and spent much of his life working as a cutter of silhouettes, a pleasant art form affordable even in the Depression era.

Dai Vernon, The Professor, was the greatest card magician of the 20th century, maybe of all time. David Verner-his name was botched by a Welsh reporter early on and the approximation stuck-was born in Ottawa in 1894 and used to joke that he wasted the first six years of his life before he came to magic. Once he did, he was obsessed. Throughout his life he would be lost, sometimes for days on end, to a deck of cards as he worked on a problem

A famous magician's journey to find the greatest cardsharp ever evokes the forgotten world of magic where Americans found escape during the Great DepressionIt has the nostalgic quality of an old-fashioned fable, but Karl Johnson's The Magician and the Cardsharp is a true story that lovingly re-creates the sparkle of a vanished world. Here, set against the backdrop of America struggling through the Depression, is the world of magic, a realm of stars, sleight of hand, and sin where dreams could be realized-or stolen away. Following the Crash of '29, Dai Vernon, known by magicians as "the man who fooled Houdini," is tramping down Midwestern backroads, barely making ends meet. While swapping secrets with a Mexican gambler, he hears of a guy he doesn't quite 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. Determined to find the reclusive genius, Vernon sets out on a journey through America's shady, slick, and sinful side-from mob-run Kansas City through railroad towns that looked sleepy only in the daytime. Does he find the sharp? Well, Karl Johnson did-after years of research into Vernon's colorful quest, research that led him to places he never knew existed. Johnson takes us to the cardsharp's doorstep and shows us how he bestowed on Vernon the greatest secret in magic. The Magician and the Cardsharp is a unique and endlessly entertaining piece of history that reveals the artistry and obsession of a special breed of American showmen.

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

ISBN13: 978-0805074062

ISBN: 0805074066

Author: Karl Johnson

Category: Bio and Memoris

Subcategory: Historical

Language: English

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; Adapted edition (August 10, 2005)

Pages: 368 pages

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Rating: 4.8

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Hinewen
I knew Dai Vernon slightly during his Magic Castle years (didn't know him well, I think he tolerated me because Jay Ose liked me and I was a friend of the Larsen's) and this book captures the essence of the man as I was able to observe him. "The Professor," as Jay always referred to him, was quiet, soft-spoken, a true gentleman. An aristocrat, really in that he accepted reverence as his due but never demanded it. I didn't understand then just how much he was revered by other magicians, but I can remember night after night seeing Jay, Charlie Miller, Channing Pollack, Al Goshman, and many others hover around his table much as Pavarotti and Domingo might have hovered near Caruso.

Great story, too. If I have any complaint it's that twice the book diverges without explanation for about 20 pages to talk about Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Not to worry. All Is Revealed later.
Hinewen
I knew Dai Vernon slightly during his Magic Castle years (didn't know him well, I think he tolerated me because Jay Ose liked me and I was a friend of the Larsen's) and this book captures the essence of the man as I was able to observe him. "The Professor," as Jay always referred to him, was quiet, soft-spoken, a true gentleman. An aristocrat, really in that he accepted reverence as his due but never demanded it. I didn't understand then just how much he was revered by other magicians, but I can remember night after night seeing Jay, Charlie Miller, Channing Pollack, Al Goshman, and many others hover around his table much as Pavarotti and Domingo might have hovered near Caruso.

Great story, too. If I have any complaint it's that twice the book diverges without explanation for about 20 pages to talk about Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Not to worry. All Is Revealed later.
Samugor
Great read about a truly gifted card legerdemain artist. I would also recommend this as a good companion for "Expert at the Card Table", i.e. Erdnase's book. It helped me to better understand and study the SWE book. If you are into card manipulation and/or magic I would recommend this as a must read. The copy that I received was in great condition although not new. Cover looks just like the picture on Amazon. It had it's original outer cover and as indicated on Amazon, apparently came from a library. Looks great in our library. This also has an interesting and educational early 1900's history of card sharps and card slights, plus the argot. Interestingly, Dai Vernon picked up a lot of his card slights from back hall gamblers and card charlatans.
Samugor
Great read about a truly gifted card legerdemain artist. I would also recommend this as a good companion for "Expert at the Card Table", i.e. Erdnase's book. It helped me to better understand and study the SWE book. If you are into card manipulation and/or magic I would recommend this as a must read. The copy that I received was in great condition although not new. Cover looks just like the picture on Amazon. It had it's original outer cover and as indicated on Amazon, apparently came from a library. Looks great in our library. This also has an interesting and educational early 1900's history of card sharps and card slights, plus the argot. Interestingly, Dai Vernon picked up a lot of his card slights from back hall gamblers and card charlatans.
Cordann
I purchased this book to learn a little more about Dai Vernon and I ended up being drawn into a world of the 20's and 30's. It was great fun and a very interesting ride. It seems like most people would only read this if they were interested in magic or card handling and it's history but this book is really about a wonderful story and is extremely well told. (Has Karl Johnson written anything else? If he does sign me up. I wish I could write half as well as he has).

The story is about Dai Vernon, a giant in the world of magic, especially with a deck of cards, who goes looking for the famous center deal. Along the way you meet a lot of very interesting people and places at a time when the colors of the world were bright, clear and strong. The author is able to take you into the time and brings it to life. If you are interested in that time period this is a great read.

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.
Cordann
I purchased this book to learn a little more about Dai Vernon and I ended up being drawn into a world of the 20's and 30's. It was great fun and a very interesting ride. It seems like most people would only read this if they were interested in magic or card handling and it's history but this book is really about a wonderful story and is extremely well told. (Has Karl Johnson written anything else? If he does sign me up. I wish I could write half as well as he has).

The story is about Dai Vernon, a giant in the world of magic, especially with a deck of cards, who goes looking for the famous center deal. Along the way you meet a lot of very interesting people and places at a time when the colors of the world were bright, clear and strong. The author is able to take you into the time and brings it to life. If you are interested in that time period this is a great read.

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.
Tetaian
If you find cheating at cards and/or card magic to be interesting, then you may very well enjoy this tale centering on two greats in their respective fields. Johnson assembles a well-researched history of the life of Allen Kennedy (the cardsharp) and Dai Vernon (the magician). It's ostensibly the story of Vernon's quest to find a great card move (all for the sake of seeing and learning it), but it serves as a detailed history of the life and times of these two men, both with peculiar vocations.

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. It's a good read, detailing a great American story.
Tetaian
If you find cheating at cards and/or card magic to be interesting, then you may very well enjoy this tale centering on two greats in their respective fields. Johnson assembles a well-researched history of the life of Allen Kennedy (the cardsharp) and Dai Vernon (the magician). It's ostensibly the story of Vernon's quest to find a great card move (all for the sake of seeing and learning it), but it serves as a detailed history of the life and times of these two men, both with peculiar vocations.

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. It's a good read, detailing a great American story.
CrazyDemon
Excellent read about small town gamblers and their tricks. It happens to be about a man 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. You won't be disappointed in this true tale.
CrazyDemon
Excellent read about small town gamblers and their tricks. It happens to be about a man 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. You won't be disappointed in this true tale.
avanger
This book works on so many levels - as a partial biography of the great Dai Vernon, as a portrayal of an America during the railroad age, as a history of magic during the era, as an inside view into the life of gamblers. Fans of magic will love it but I daresay it's appeal is much greater. The Cardsharp in many ways is as fascinating as the Magician.
avanger
This book works on so many levels - as a partial biography of the great Dai Vernon, as a portrayal of an America during the railroad age, as a history of magic during the era, as an inside view into the life of gamblers. Fans of magic will love it but I daresay it's appeal is much greater. The Cardsharp in many ways is as fascinating as the Magician.
Inth
Magic and magicians have fascinated me since a young age. I remember learning about this magician, Dai Vernon, who was considered the greatest magician of the 20th century. His obsession with perfecting his magic, and learning from the best practitioners is legendary.
This book details his search for the impossible move, being able to deal a card from the center of the deck. His search reads like a detective novel, fast moving and fun to read. Highly recommended.
Inth
Magic and magicians have fascinated me since a young age. I remember learning about this magician, Dai Vernon, who was considered the greatest magician of the 20th century. His obsession with perfecting his magic, and learning from the best practitioners is legendary.
This book details his search for the impossible move, being able to deal a card from the center of the deck. His search reads like a detective novel, fast moving and fun to read. Highly recommended.
Loved the story behind the middle deal
Loved the story behind the middle deal