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The Man Who Was Erdnase by Bart Whaley, Martin Gardner, Jeff Busby

(c. 1991) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Details: This electrifying book is the definite story of the life and methods of the mysterious cardsharp who called himself “Erdnase” – Milton Franklin Andrews. As exciting as a mystery novel, highly acclaimed, and winner of multiple awards, it’s the only book telling the true story! Full of fascinating information available in no other source, you’ll follow Andrew’s life from birth to grave. You’ll learn about the start of his career doing magic, his conversion to a card cheat, and his travels around the world hustling in card games. You’ll read about his partners in cheating, his family, and his girlfriends. You’ll learn about the murders of which he was accused, the police chase across two continents, and follow Erdnase and his lover on his sensational escape to San Francisco that made headlines of the day!

And for the first time, you’ll find out the true story of the tragic events that led to Erdnase’s death. You’ll read the complete story of the multi-faceted search to uncover the identity of this mysterious man. You’ll follow the discovery of the exact whereabouts of his grave. And, you’ll read statements from his family and friends, proving Milton Franklin Andrews was the man who was Erdnase!

You’ll read about the magicians who actually met and had sessions with Erdnase. You’ll get previously unpublished details on his three favorite magical card routines! You’ll read about the methods, presentations, and props he used when performing close-up card magic.

Plus, there is an extensive technical section teaching the correct method and use of the Erdnase Grip. You’ll read new methods and ideas for the Erdnase Bottom Deal, and discover the truth about the Mechanic’s Grip!

Contents:

II Frontispiece
VII Foreword
VIII Preface
XI Introduction

PART ONE: A MATTER OF LIFE & DEATH
003 Rogue’s Run
031 The Last Hour
042 TheMan
052 The Author
080 On the Road with Bessie
099 For the Love of Nulda

PART TWO: POST MORTEM
122 Post Mortem
123 Suicide or Snuff?
134 American Bluebeard?

PART THREE: MAGNUM OPUS
146 The Magical Erdnase
147 Personal Effects
166 Sources & Inspirations
238 Latter Day Methods & Myths

PART FOUR: MAGICFANS AS DETECTIVES
265 The Hunt for Erdnase
292 Questioned Documents
300 Revelations
321 A Case of Identity

PART FIVE THE STORY OF A BESTSELLER
328 The Story of a Bestseller
330 Drake & Beyond
350 Bookmen, Pirates & Ghosts

365 CONCLUSION: THE LEGACY
366 Afterword

367 APPENDIX A: “Alibi” Note to the Examiner

380 APPENDIX B: “Alibi” Note to the Chrorncle

383 NOTES

420 BIBLIOGRAPHY

429 INDEX OF PERSONS

433 COLOPHON

Submitted by Dietrich Keller

  • Publisher: Jeff Busby Magic Inc.
  • Pages: 434
  • Location: Wallace, ID, USA
  • Dimensions: 5″x7″
  • Date: 1991
  • Binding: hardbound

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1 review for The Man Who Was Erdnase by Bart Whaley, Martin Gardner, Jeff Busby

  1. Andy Martin

    A bit too heavy for me!

    This is a very thorough book about the man who susposedly wrote one of the great card Classics: The Expert at The Card Table by S.W. Erdnase. Unfortunately, for me it was a bit too heavy going. Over 430 pages of fairly small type. I managed the first 100 pages and flipped through the rest.

    The conclusions reached by Bart Whaley, Martin Gardner and Jeff Busby are the subject of a great deal of contention and there appears to be a lot of evidence to support the theory that S.W. Erdnase was not Milton Franklin Andrews. A great thread on this whole subject can be found on the Genii Forum by clicking here.

    I think you would find this very stimulating reading if you were a big fan of Erdnase, but given that I have not read it yet (oh my word!) its hard for me to get too excited by it. I have however just ordered the 100 year Anniversary edition so maybe I will revisit this book another day after I have emersed myself in the classic itself!

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