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These are books that inspired us and that we used to perfect card trimming techniques. Books written by Steve Forte, Fast Jack and Darwin Ortiz explain some gaffs used by cheaters that we can then use for magic. There are also magicians like Doug Edwards and Dai Vernon that incorporate special type of cards in their magic.


We are always fascinated how techniques perfected by cardsharps can be incorporated in a magic presentation. As Dai Vernon once said, "anytime I heard there was gambling going on I used to try and see if I could learn anything that could be applied to magic".


- Legendary Quote -


“When I arrived home, I opened Ame’s package that he gave me as a thank you for working at the Lame Novelty Company and found it contained a number of catalogues describing crooked gambling equipment, several books exposing various cheating methods involving cards, dice, and carnival games, and several books on magic, but the one that impressed me most at the time was Expert at the card table.” 


                                                             – John Scarne, The Odds Against Me