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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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.

Anyone who could actually pull it off was assured of finding wealth and fame. The Other Brothers Set up a giveaway. Cover looks just like the picture on Amazon.

I was interested to read about Kansas City in the early s. Share your thoughts with other customers.

He was maagician about 5 years old. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Magic made his dull days cutting silhouettes in a department store in this wheat-and-oil town passable. An accomplished card cheat, sleight-of-hand magician and silhouette portraitist, Vernon was so expert at duplicitous card techniques that he once fooled Houdini with tricks he’d learned as a child from S. He was tenacious, and he could handle people as well as he handled cards.

His quest to learn its secret led him magucian one sleazy dive to another. 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 carsharp follows. Brad rated it really liked it Aug 01, Tags What are tags? I would also recommend this as a good companion for “Expert at the Card Table”, i.

D But in all seriousness, this was a very good book. An aristocrat, really in that he accepted reverence as his due but never demanded it. Not only did I get more of an interest in what Dai Vernon has done, but I learned a lot that I cardsharl knew before. The Wichita jail ccardsharp an imposing building that held a small town’s worth of prisoners, over eight hundred, from murderers down to bad-check writers.


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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. Cardsbarp Notebook Barry Gordemer was a professional magician for 15 years. I found reading this comparable to listening to a serial podcast—one that hooks you with a tantalizing topic, just a little off the beaten path, and then fills itself to the brim with unexpected details.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. They came to hold Vernon in awe. 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.

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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.

It was what he cared about more than anything else. Julien Bruy rated it really liked it Jan 03, Summary “In the s, during an era when Americans were crazy for magic, Dai Vernon earned a reputation as a genius of the magical arts.

I wish I could write half as well as he has.

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To most of the great illusionists of that golden era, bigger was better. Showing the Most Helpful Newest. Magic would keep Vernon up for days at a time with no thought of food or rest. He decided to sell the shop about five years ago. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Has Karl Johnson written anything else? He was as different from an old-style illusionist as an Impressionist was from a sign painter.


The Magician and the Cardsharp

Johnson assembles a well-researched history of the life of Allen Carvsharp the cardsharp and Dai Vernon the magician. English Choose a language for shopping. Also, I’d really have liked to hear more about the techniques and tricks these card handlers perfected; it was very hard to visualize them from the scant descriptions given. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

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 of the life cardzharp times of these two magiciam, both with peculiar vocations.

They were the elite among the cardsharps. The divine comedy is what im spending most of my reading time on. It was a word Vernon always shunned. He had found some of the cardsharps’ secrets cardshaarp a mysterious book called The Expert at the Card Tablea bold volume he took mqgician his bible but which most other magicians shied away from, dismissing it as indecipherable.

My favorite non-fiction read in a long time – a fascinating overview of a forgotten time and place in American history, a broad and encompassing look at the worlds of performance magic and card cheating, and a gripping story to boot – a genuine historical mystery, solved.

Add both to Cart Add both to List. It’s fun, it makes me miss working street fairs.

Anyone who is interested in magic, cards, the 20’s and kagician, great characters or even just a great story needs to read this book. Language English View all editions Prev Next edition 2 of 2. Jun 01, Target rated it it was amazing.