Yes, he explains, the 1902 “Expert at the Card Table,” credited to the pseudonymous S. W. Erdnase, is regarded as a kind of magician’s holy book. But once, on a New York subway, a woman thought his gilt-edged, leatherette-bound edition was a real Bible. “Bless you,” she told him. Mr. Stone, “stifling the urge to stand up and start preaching from the legerdemain section,” instead decides to flash her an “innocent altar boy look.
Okay so this little book Expert at the Card Table that is mentioned in this review of Alex Stone’s Fooling Houdini? I bought a copy of it when I visited the magic library he writes about in his book and I will be giving it away to a lucky patron when the author visits the Library July 19th.