MAGICIAN CARDSHARP PDF

Vernon sought these men out diligently. Great introduction to Dai Vernon. It started much cardshxrp, in Canada, where a small boy came upon some playing cards strewn along the railroad tracks. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Did Vernon get his man or did the man some call the greatest cardsharp who ever lived just vanish into thin air? Has Karl Johnson written anything else?

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David Verner—his name was botched by a Welsh reporter early on and the approximation stuck—was born in Ottawa in 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. He would session with other magicians for endless hours, forgetting to eat or to go home. Vernon understood the importance of psychology in magic. Johnson relates an incidence where Vernon told a New Orleans casino dealer to take a deck of cards Vernon had shuffled and start dealing them out, stopping wherever he liked.

The dealer laid out 50 cards and stopped, only two cards left in his hand, a grin spreading across his face. Vernon asked him the card he was thinking of. Vernon told him to turn over the top card in his hand, which was, of course, the six of clubs. Another magician asked him how he did it. This style allows luck to take part. While at military school, Vernon was heading to the showers when he noticed a card lying on the floor.

He took it into the shower and fiddled with it. The commandant nearly fainted. Apparently, he was pretty good. Even in the Depression, he was able to support his family and live well. The Professor saved his best stuff for other magicians.

Houdini claimed to be able to discover the secret of any trick after seeing it three times. Houdini, who had an enormous ego and was not considered much of a close-up artist by his magical brethren, stomped out and refused to admit he had be stumped. As good as Vernon was, he knew that the best card magicians were not magicians at all, but gamblers. Card mechanics, cheaters. All mechanics, and all magicians, know the bottom deal, wherein a card is seemingly, and fairly, dealt off the top but actually comes from the bottom of the deck, a place where wanted cards were stacked.

There are dozens of variants of the bottom deal, and hundreds of methods to stack cards in certain spots in the deck. Further, all gamblers know this and so insist on a cut before the deal begins. The cut spoils any stacking the cheat might have hoped for by removing the cards to a random spot in the middle of the deck. But how? Everybody who had tried it had failed. It was always obvious that the cards were coming from the center.

There were whispers that one man had done it. Vernon eventually found his man and learned the center deal, and kept it a closely guarded secret for years. The Professor eventually moved to Los Angeles where he became a permanent fixture of The Magic Castle, a hideout, club, and theater for nothing but magic.

Everybody came and sat at the feet of the master, learning from him and being entertained by his stories and his magic right up until the end.

Vernon lived to He also smoked cigarettes until his 70s, then cigars and drank daily. Which either means those activities are good for you, or he pulled off the best trick of his life. Diaconis was the man who proved that you have to riffle shuffle a deck of cards at least seven times to thoroughly mix them. Share this:.

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David Verner—his name was botched by a Welsh reporter early on and the approximation stuck—was born in Ottawa in 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. He would session with other magicians for endless hours, forgetting to eat or to go home. Vernon understood the importance of psychology in magic. Johnson relates an incidence where Vernon told a New Orleans casino dealer to take a deck of cards Vernon had shuffled and start dealing them out, stopping wherever he liked.

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The year-old Vernon had come to Kansas with his wife, Jeanne, and their young son, Ted, for the new year, lured by invitations from his friend and fellow magician Faucett Ross and the promise of work cutting silhouette portraits of customers at the store. Ross had helped the Vernons get settled, and the two men did nothing for several days but practice and talk magic. One of their sessions ran from 3 in the afternoon until 11 the next morning. Then, finally, Vernon knuckled down and went to work. Although he was best known for magic, the Innes job was no fluke. Vernon had been practicing the delicate, fading art of silhouette cutting since his teens, and whenever money was a problem—which was often—he relied on his scissors to pay the bills. By he was a distinctive and sought-after stylist, and the store agreed to his condition that he start work late, at 11 in the morning, and knock off by

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