The Experts at the Card Table


The Experts at the Card Table is a new interpretation by sleight-of-hand expert David Ben, on of the seminal work on card cheating, Artifice, Ruse and Subterfuge at the Card Table—a book that was originally self-published by an S.W. Erdnase in Chicago, in 1902.

In The Experts, Ben offers a fresh and new perspective on what he describes as “The Erdnase System for Advantage Play”— that is, an approach for cheating at card play. 

Ben has reformulated Erdnase’s original prose for greater clarity in order to illustrate clandestine card table artifice including how to secretly locate desired cards, and secure and stock them for the deal. The reader is taught, in great detail, using over seven hundred and fifity photographs, how to falsely shuffle and cut the deck, and manage and maintain the desired cards while creating the illusion that the cards are being thoroughly mixed. Finally, the reader is instructed how to place the controlled cards into desired hands.

While the general reader will find the technical information and The Erdnase System for Advantage Play highly educational, the book is intended for those with an advanced understanding of and skill-set for this arcane art.

This book is the first of three volumes which examines and discusses the science and art of manipulating playing cards for advantage play.

Regular Edition 

Hardbound, 10” x 10” (25.4 cm x 25.4 cm), dust jacket; 232 pages with over 750 photographs. 



Published price: $75 USD (plus shipping and handling).

Canadian purchases are subject to GST/HST. 

Library & Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication

Ben, David, author
The experts at the card table : a treatise on the science
and art of manipulating playing cards / by David Ben and E.S.

Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-0-9878686-3-3 (bound)

1. Cardsharping. 2. Card tricks. 3. Erdnase, S. W. Artifice,
ruse and subterfuge at the card table. I. Andrews, E. S. (Edwin S.),
1859-1922, author II. Title.

GV1247.B45 2015                                           793.8’5 C2015-902298-3


More on The Experts

To learn more about this reimagining of Erdnase, here is an interview by Alan Howard with David Ben, "Shuffling Erdnase" from MAGIC (April 2015). With permission from MAGIC Magazine.