Issue No. 180 News

  • The Expert at the Card Table
  • The Expert at the Card Table

It’s at the printers.

Issue No. 180 will be in the mail soon. As previously noted, this is a special Erdnase Issue focusing on the mystery and identity the author of The Expert at the Card Table, S.W. Erdnase.

Magicana is pleased to publish the findings of Richard Hatch, the world’s pre-eminent authority on the subject, along with sleight-of-hand artist David Ben’s profile of the author drawn from the content of the book. Together, they make a compelling case that one man – E. S. Andrews – was the author of this seminal text. This publication also contains Hurt McDermott’s illuminating analysis of why The Expert at the Card Table, and books of its ilk, was published anonymously, and in Chicago. Jason England, a world-renowned authority on advantage play, provides a detailed description of the published variants and ancillary products.

In addition to our regular Magicolissue, we are also producing a limited-edition run of the issue calling it,Erdnase Unmasked. As a bonus, the special edition includes “Editions of Erdnase” by Martin Gardner fromMagicol Vol. 2, No. 1, August 1951.

As a 2010 subscriber to Magicol you will receive your regular issue shortly, but we are also offering subscribers this limited edition softbound book [ 5.5” x 8.5” (14 cm x 21.5 cm), 84 pages] at a discounted rate. It will retail in magic shops for $35 plus postage, but subscribers can enjoy the discounted rate of $30 post paid within the USA, otherwise $40 post paid internationally. Click here to take advantage of this offer. Note: There are only 75 copies available at this rate. One copy per subscriber, while supplies last.

(Bundle your savings by adding Magicana’s historical reprints of How Gamblers Win and A Grand Exposé on the Special Offers page).


To augment Jason England’s exploration of over 100 years of The Expert in print, we are pleased to announce the release of a newly created online exhibition,Everything Erdnase.

It is based on England’s aforementioned article discussing the numerous variants of Erdnase and the onslaught of additional ephemera, collectibles and discourse on the author and the contents. We invite you to explore the pages of this free exhibition, Everything Erdnase.

Thank you for your ongoing support and look forward to your feedback on the next issue.

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