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S.W. Erdnase's The Expert at the Card Table republished with an introduction by Joe Crist and photographs by Rosa Polin.
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For the first time, the most classic card book ever made is being republished with photographs by Rosa Polin and an introduction by legendary Joe Crist. For any earnest student of serious card manipulation this will be a God send. Mr. Crist and Ms. Polin are re-envisioning S.W. Erdnase’ The Expert at the Card Table, a study book meant to be carefully gone over with the idea of improving one’s "overall card handling ability.” Truly original work will always withstand the test of time. Such is the story of the little book on card manipulations by S.W. Erdnase. The quality of the sleights, the finger positions necessary to achieve real success, and his painstaking descriptions separate Erdnase’ book from all others. 

We feel it is about time that actual photographs of the hand positions of each card sleight be available to the aspiring student of serious card manipulations, who is seeking, without help from a knowledgable personal instructor, to improve "overall card handling ability."  Our book will smoothly carry this masterwork into the 21st century. All 101 photographs are of Mr. Crist’s hands performing the various sleights. In the introduction, Mr. Crist will disclose one of the most closely guarded revelations in the history of playing cards. Known by just a handful of card experts worldwide, the 180 year old secret of the practice board is lauded as the greatest tool in developing "overall card handling ability" of all time.

To pre-order the book, contribute $200 to this Kickstarter. This will guarantee your pre-ordered copy at a substantially reduced price. Once the campaign is over, the book will be available on eBay for the official price of $250, a real bargain considering the previously undisclosed information about S.W. Erdnase and the practice board contained in Mr. Crist’s introduction. For those who don’t necessarily want a copy for themselves but who would like to join in support of our project nonetheless, we will happily accept donations of any amount. 

Since he was a child, Mr. Crist has been whispered about amongst the best card handlers, and acknowledged by them as the greatest natural card handler of all time. He is not famous but he is extremely legendary. Very few people have had the opportunity to see him work with the cards. Of those who have, every one has said he is the best they’ve ever seen. This is the only book he will ever do. Should we reach our campaign goal of $5,000, we will make 300 copies, signed by Joe Crist and Rosa Polin. Once sold, that’s it.

Risks and challenges

We have put together a beautiful book with 101 black and white photographs and an introduction chock full of thrilling and valuable information. We are so excited to share this project and to see it help those who are seeking to improve their "overall card handling ability." We would love to produce and distribute 300 copies, but in order to bring this goal to fruition we need the funds to carry it out. The $5,000 raised here will cover the cost of printing and shipping the books as well as purchasing ISBN numbers in order to sell it to you through eBay. We face the risk of not meeting our goal, which means we cannot share our project with you.

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    Signed 8.5"x11" Print

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    2 signed Pre-ordered Books and 2 Prints

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