A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Tony James for his Jabber Podcast (which you can read about on my last blog post).

One of the questions I was asked about was how I started to learn magic, and it was a book called “The Expert at the Card Table” by S W Erdnase which is available from Amazon. It is quite an advanced book that I normally wouldn’t recommend to a complete beginner, unless you find yourself in the rare situation of having lots of enthusiasm and nothing else to do for four weeks!

Erdnase: The Expert At YOUR Card Table

Multi-media speaker
Multi-media speaker

The book was not only influential to me, but it’s was influential to the whole magic community – being in print continuously since it was first published in 1903. What’s more the book is wrapped in mystery, and no one knows for sure exactly who S W Erdnase really was; though you may have noticed it spells E S Andrews in reverse!

Because of the unique circumstances of this book and it’s affect on me personally I now do a whole talk about it, which all includes demonstrations of the techniques discussed within it. The talk combines PowerPoint presentation along with a live feed from a camera at the table being projected onto a large screen – so that every member of the audience feels like they are sat at the card table with me.

You can find out more about the talk (and others I do) here: Expert At The Card Table Lecture.

If you do get the book please let me know how you get on with it.

The book that started me in magic
Tagged on:                                 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *