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- DescriptionJohnson details exciting anecdotes of scams, hoaxes, and instances of conjuring . . . His stories unfold like magic. David Blaine, Entertainment Weekly In the 1920s, during an era when Americans were crazy for magic, Dai Vern earned a reputation as a genius of the magical arts. When hard times descended after the crash of '29, the lights of New York faded, audiences dwindled, and Vern headed west. Little did he realize that his life was about to change.In Wichita, Kansas, while swapping secrets with a Mexican gambler, Vern was told a story he didn't quite believe, the tale of a legendary cardsharp who could pull off the impossible dealing perfectly from the center of the deck. Vern set out to find the reclusive cardsharp, discovering a fascinating and dangerous kingdom of games and tricksters along the way. Did he finally get his man or did the greatest cardsharp who ever lived just vanish into thin air? A story with the stalgic quality of an old-fashioned fable, The Magician and the Cardsharp is a unique and endlessly entertaining piece of history.
- Author BiographyKarl Johnson, a former editor and reporter for the New York Daily News, has written for many major newspapers and periodicals. The Magician and the Cardsharp grew out of an article published in American Heritage magazine. He lives in New York City.
- Author(s)Karl Johnson
- PublisherSt Martin's Press
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSt Martin's Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight499 g
- Width150 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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