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Part-time magician and fully passionate by gambling gaffs and memorabilia as well as gambling sleights, he started acquiring gaff decks to try and get the feeling card cheaters of the Far West had when they worked on a mark using marked cards or strippers. But he would always end up with the same problem, the poor quality of the playing cards. The cut would clearly be visible and anyone could spot it and see the trick.
"I told old man Webster, I don’t care about other card trimmers, I want the one you’re using."
DAI VERNON AND GAFFS
Dai Vernon always said that “if a fellow wants to make any kind of a reputation in cards and be known as a magician […], he must not use trick cards.” He would advise fellow magicians to stay away from such cards.
DAI VERNON’S ELUSIVE N-STRIPPERS
This article is about my quest to find out about the elusive N also called N-stripper, In-stripper, Notches, Negative stripper, concaves and more. There is still a lot of taboo when discussing these kinds of strippers.
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of visiting Terry Roses famous secret lab in Minnesota. For a guy like me that makes gaff playing cards and dice, it was like visiting the Shangri La or going to a place where all you’re ...
It’s been a year Today that Jack passed away and even though we haven’t known each other for many years, I feel sad. I decided to post an amended excerpt from my forthcoming book as an homage to Fast Jack Farrell.