The Expert at the Card Table - Looking for Erdnase (Rental)

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The Expert at the Card Table - Looking for Erdnase (Rental)

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Magic download (video) by Fourmat Film ($11.95)

As part of a special agreement, The Expert at the Card Table - Looking for Erdnase is now available to rent and stream exclusively at Vanishing Inc. Join the best magicians of the 21st century as they go looking for the lost author of the most legendary sleight of hand card magic book ever written.

The Expert at the Card Table - Looking for Erdnase is a captivating documentary drama by Fourmat Film that dives into the enthralling legend surrounding one of the most iconic card magic books ever written. Expert at the Card Table by S.W. Erdnase is considered to be the bible of card magic, a must-read for any serious student of sleight of hand card tricks. Yet, somehow, nobody seems to know who the author truly was.

Believed to be one of the most notorious card sharks of the 19th century, the name S.W. Erdnase was a pseudonym. Nobody thought much about who Erdnase was when Expert at the Card Table was first published in 1902, especially when you consider the fact that the book was mostly overlooked for its first 30+ years of existence.

By the time magicians started to recognize how much of a treasure trove of information Expert at the Card Table was, its author had slipped back into the shadows. Now, more than a century later, the true identity of S.W. Erdnase remains one of magic’s biggest unsolved mysteries.

The identity of Erdnase has perplexed magicians for decade. In The Expert at the Card Table - Looking for Erdnase, some of the best magicians in the world come together in attempt to piece this mystery together. Magicians like:

  • Jason England
  • Richard Turner
  • Paul Wilson
  • Richard Hatch
  • Guy Hollingworth
  • Laura London
  • Bill Mullins
  • Chris Wasshuber
  • And Florian Beyer as Erdnase

They dive into the rumors of Erdnase’s apparent suicide and other stories that will shake you to your core. While they don't uncover definitive proof of who Erdnase really was, you'll walk away realizing that it never really mattered.

This incredible film showcases the true significance of this book. You'll be treated to invaluable insights about the history of deception and the origins of some of magic's best kept secrets.

Expert at the Card Table - Looking for Erdnase is a must-watch for any magician or fan of magic. Rent it today!

“I never had so much fun watching a magic documentary” Jeremy Griffith

“Beautiful to see and very informative” Mike Caveney

Documentary Drama | 2022 | 84 Min | Streaming Rental Only

Rental Terms

You will have 72 hours from the time of your purchase to watch Expert at the Card Table - Looking for Erdnase before it expires. This is a streaming rental only. No downloads will be allowed.

 

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  • Hector asks: Are there any subtitles available? I would love to watch this with my wife but she doesn't speak any English

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Unfortunately, there are no subtitles.
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    • 1. Vernon answers: The information says, "This is a streaming rental only."
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  • Thomas asks: I'd like to show this to my magic club, which meets via Zoom and in person. Once I download it, can I "Share Screen" to show the video?

    • 1. Vernon answers: The information states, "No downloads will be allowed."
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    • 3. Bill answers: If it is playing on your screen and you have enough bandwidth for two way video transfer it should work. Not guaranteed as I haven’t tried it
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Customer reviews for The Expert at the Card Table - Looking for Erdnase (Rental)

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Michael

A very well made documentary on one of magic’s greatest secret. Who wrote the most famous book on card magic and cheating at cards. The documentary covers all the possible candidates and let’s the viewers make their own decisions. This movie is great for lovers of documentaries, magic, gambling, conmen and mysteries. Definitely worth the rental.

 
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Jose

This film is really well done. I thoroughly enjoyed this film from the production and the era to the historians and magicians with their theories on who was, Erdnase. It makes me so much more interested in the work and finding out who exactly this person was. I highly recommend this film to anyone that loves a good mystery or a great trick. Rent it today, you won't be disappointed.

 
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Don

An entertaining and intriguing look into a verified "Man of Mystery"! Enthralling!

 
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Andreas

Very well made movie. It's amazing how professional the film is produced although it is not for the mass audience. It will probably only be appreciated by people who are into magic and who can empathize with the fascination of the man who established the basic framework for what we all love so much. It is great that the author does not necessarily wants to find the final clue to who Erdnase is. Instead of this he gives us an idea of how fascinating it is to study the history of magic or at least a certain part of it.

 
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ch

very entertaining film! I went into this knowing a few theories as to who S.W. Erdnase could be and left with a larger picture that really captures the whole process of the Erdnase hunt. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in magic or even to laymen who want a well put together film on a very interesting story following a large portion of modern card magic's origins.

 
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David

Really Great!!

 
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Carl

Very enjoyable production. The film plays like a polished documentary with captivating dramatization. I highly recommend for anyone interested in card magic or gambling.

 
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Tom

Richly textured. Like following a thread of silk. Drawn to the knowing is it's own punishment. In the end only wonder carrys us onward.

 
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Steven

Absolutely stunning documentary production. Loved the reenactments and interviews. Loved the POV. Will definitely share with friends in the art.

Congrats to the team that put this together.

 
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Wayne

I have been fascinated with the whole Erdnase thing since I got into magic many many years ago. I have read all the books and articles that I came across. I thought this film was great. It doesn't really give much new info for someone who has followed this story, but it is very much worth the money. Another terrific offer from Vanishing Inc.

 
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Thom

Super enjoyable and very well done. I’ve always found the mystery of Erdnase fascinating. Highly recommend.

 
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Ralph

Wonderful, I like it very much. Might be, that Erdnase are two persons, the cardshark and a ghostwriter. I could imagine, that the ghostwriter encouraged the cardshark to add some magic tricks to get a broader audience and more customers. Who knows?

 
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Gary

I have just finished watching the expert at the card table looking for erdnase which is very interesting and informative if you are someone who is interested in the world of magic or someone who just likes mysteries. This is a very thought-provoking film and left me wanting to learn more shame it is only 84 minutes long, but I would recommend this film.

 
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Tal

A fun experience that can absolutely be enjoyed by anyone, not just someone that already practices magic and knows about the book and the mystery.
Obviously as a card magician I was happy to see that effort was put on to make sure any moves that appear in the movie are genuine sleights and not "Hollywood card magic".

 
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William

 
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Whitt

Liked it except for the music overshadowing the audio sometimes, especially during the beginning of the recreation of Martin Gardner's phone call the the illustrator of EATCT. Otherwise quite well done.

 
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Jeff

 
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Robert

A lot of fun. But be warned. It won't make the innocent vicious; or make the fool wise, or curtail the annual crop of candidates for Erdnase. Never the less, you'll enjoy the rental (and Andi and Josh need the money).

 
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Duane

Interesting, but as so much seems to be.... speculation and hope.

 
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Bob

Thanks for making this available. It was well presented and acted. Enjoyed it. It is likely more interesting to magicians than others, being so narrowly focused in content. Nevertheless, I can vision someone who is interested in mysteries to have potential to enjoy.

 
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Joe

 
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George

Not what I expected. I thought it was going to be a deep dive into the influence the book gave to card mechanics and close-up card magic. Instead, it was mainly focused on the idenity of the "mystery author". I guess I should've gleaned that from the title.
Too many magicians and not enough history. A pretty boring doc, IMHO.

 
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Peter

Bad acting in costumes interspersed by interesting interviews.