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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The hard times descended after the crash of ‘ Heard on Morning Edition. Vernon would smile and follow the devil himself if it meant he could bring back something, a sleight, a mwgician, a line of patter, that he could use in his art.

Pages – Softcover. I knew card tricks, coin tricks, and how to make a live dove materialize out of nowhere.

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Books Featured In This Story. If you are interested in that time period this is a great read. Julien Bruy rated it really liked it Jan 03, Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. But did his hopes pan out? This excellent magicisn tells a fascinating historical story so well, there are times it feels like a novel. Get to Know Us.

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By recounting the shadowy careers of these two men, the author successfully evokes the picturesque world of illegal gambling during the s, ’30s and ’40s. Johnson creates a vivid and magicia narrative with flashy, cinematic writing. I’d heard the rumors.


Indeed, the way the Mexican announced this news, so boldly, made Vernon think it could be the truth. Well, Karl Johnson did-after years of research into Vernon’s colorful quest, research that led him to places he never knew magickan.

No smoke, no mirrors, no trap doors, no digital effects computers were a tad scarce back then. If he does sign me up. Inthe trail finally led him to a little white house in Pleasant Hill, Mo.

That was mgaician his line. Jul 16, Mark Potts rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. A Magician’s Quest for the Perfect Card Cheat Dai Vernon was among the most influential magicians of the 20th century, but cardshqrp trick continued to elude him.

Then, he moved on to his false deals. Cover looks just like the picture on Amazon. Not Enabled Word Wise: Dai Vernon, considered among the most influential magicians of the 20th century, could do just about any trick that called for sleight of hand.

Interestingly, Dai Vernon picked up a lot of his card slights from back hall gamblers and card charlatans. Hardcoverpages. It was cool and instantly restorative. We’re proud to let you read our mail. The Last Greatest Magician in the World: If I have any complaint it’s that twice the book diverges without explanation for about 20 pages to talk about Pleasant Hill, Missouri. If he heard a rumor about some boy who could make a coin disappear, Vernon would jump on his bicycle and ride for miles until he found him.


Vernon saw everything coming. ComiXology Thousands of Cardharp Comics.

The End by Rick. It was what he puzzled over, theorized about, dreamed of. The research that went into this book is extaordinary, considering the secretive nature of both the gambling world and the magic world. Jul 16, Terry rated it liked it Shelves: And the best props were not floating women or disappearing automobiles, but bits of string, colorful silks, dardsharp and balls, coins and cards.

Did this review help you? Rather than larger and faster, he preferred to make magic that seemed more casual, and thus more natural. The Wichita jail was an imposing building that held a small town’s cardeharp of prisoners, over eight hundred, from murderers down to bad-check writers.

We are treated to a “dueling banjos” type of structure, following first magician Dai Vernon and then gambler Allen Kennedy in alternating chapters. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The lights of New York faded, audiences dwindled, and Vernon headed west.

He never saw crdsharp thing. You must log in or sign up to post here. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. The crime carsdharp happened long before Vernon arrived in Wichita and it didn’t really interest him.