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Gambling & Bunco
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Jonathan Green – Gambling Unmasked! or the Personal Experience of J. H. Green the Reformed Gambler.  1848 “Third Edition, Improved”.  G. B. Zieber & Co, Philadelphia. 312 pages, Frontispiece of the author (with tissue guard) and all 6 additional plates present.  Copy has been trimmed and rebound in drab but solid boards with cloth spine.  Only minor foxing to the early pages.  $350

The Bunco Book by Walter Gibson, 1986 Citadel Press edition.  (6) plus 115 pages, 8 ½ by 11 in bright yellow pictorial flexible boards.  Note that only this edition adds 19 pages of gambling & bunco (three card monte, carnival gaffs, etc.) from the 96 page 1927 First and the 96 page 1946 Second Editions.  As new - $15

Shams, or Uncle Ben’s Experience with Hypocrites by John S. Draper.  1899, 412 pages in attractive pictorial, silver stamped maroon cloth.  Back cover water spotted, otherwise good.  “Uncle Ben’s trip to Chicago and California and his experience with the shams and sharpers of the Metropolitan world” $45
The Odds Against Me by John Scarne.  1966, 537 pages plus 16 pages of photographs.  This is the expanded version, not just the 412 page The Amazing World of John Scarne (1956 with no photos).  A fine copy in fine, price-clipped DJ.  $30
MacDougall on Dice and Cards by Mickey MacDougall.  1944, HB, vi plus 90 illustrated pages.  Cheating at craps, poker, gin rummy and black jack, interesting Glossary of terms, etc.  Nice, clean copy.  $20
Sting Shift: The Street-Smart Cop’s Handbook of Cons and Swindles by Lindsay Smith and Bruce Walstad.  1993, 128 pages.  A fine compendium of cons, carnival game swindles, shortchanging, pickpocketing, gypsy scams, etc.  Extensive Bibliography and Glossary of terms.  New copy.  $25
Dealing Casino Blackjack by Thomas Hughes.  1979 First Edition with the fine photos.  Iii plus 59 pages, 8 ½ by 11, 46 large clear  photos.  Two pages of cheating, Glossary of terms.  Nice clean copy.  $20
Nick the Greek: King of the Gamblers by Cy Rice.  1969 First Edition. xv plus 235 pages.  Explains some of his cheating methods along with great anecdotes.  Fine copy in fine DJ.  $20
Play Gin to Win by Irwin Steig.  1965, 142 pages, fine HB copy in near fine DJ.  Contains 8 pages on cheating, 9 pages on card memory, 5 page Glossary, etc.  $15
The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man and the Confidence Game by David Mauer.  1949 Pocket Books Edition.  316 pages.  A decent SB reading copy.  $10
“Yellow Kid” Weil – Con Man as told to W. T. Brannon.  1957 Pyramid Books Edition.  192 pages.  A decent SB reading copy in pictorial yellow (appropriate) covers.  $10
Making Lemonade the John Scarne Way by Bill Ragsdale was introduced at the Conference on Magic History Nov 8, 2013 and sold out in an hour.  This is the biography of John Scarne, well illustrated with photos, many in color, New edition enlarged to 76 pages, 8 ½ by 11.  Included is a 22 page Checklist of Scarne’s books, articles, films and games.  $25
A Grand Expose of the Science of Gambling by “An Adept”.   A nice HB reprint, gold stamped on front cover and spine, of the rare 1860 treatise on cheating. “A complete disclosure of the secrets of the art as practiced by professional gamblers”.  This has a new Preface by David Ben.  Limited to only 500 copies, xiv plus 167 pages.  New copies, only $45
Finding the Center by Antonio Zuccaro.  2011, limited to only 750 copies, numbered and signed by the author on the tipped in color frontispiece,  79 pages, 123 photos, bibliography.  The only comprehensive book on the legendary center deal.  New copies - $29
The Gamblers.  Time-Life Publication, 1978.  240 pages, 8 ½ by 11, in plush brown embossed covers with a poker cheating scene on the front cover.  Color and b & W photos throughout of gambling apparatus, often for advantage play.  Bibliography.  Fine copy of a beautiful book.  $25
Facts and Speculations on the Origin and History of Playing Cards by William Andrew Chatto.  London, 1848 First Edition, viii plus 343 pages plus 8 pages of ads plus many plates and illustrations throughout. Original brown embossed cloth, title on spine in gilt.  Chipping at top and bottom of spine, internally a fine, unmarked copy with all pages, plates, end papers, etc.  In fact, largely unopened.  Although overlooked by Toole-Stott, this contains some card magic, cheating at cards, references to Reginald Scot, and a Bibliography of early works.  $150.
Erdnase – The Expert at the Card Table.  A new 2015 hardbound edition by Chuck Romano.  The classic text has been re-typeset and the original artwork cleaned and enhanced for greater clarity.  The full 205 pages has been nicely bound in the familiar green cloth with gold stamping on the front cover and spine to match the 1902 First Edition and retain its charm. $50
Revelations by Dai Vernon.  The 1984 First Edition.  A mint copy in mint dust jacket.  $100
The Magician and the Cardsharp by Karl Johnson.  The story of Dai Vernon’s search for the reclusive cardsharp Allen Kennedy and the center deal.  2005 First Edition, as new in as new DJ.  Xii plus 351 pages plus 8 pages of photographic plates.  Seven page Bibliography.  $26
The Amazing World of John Scarne.  1956 First Edition.  412 pages.  Previous owner’s name on front free endpaper.   Very nice copy in dust jacket.  $25
A History of Playing Cards and a Bibliography of Cards and Gaming by Catherine Perry Hargrave.  1966.  xx plus 462 pages plus color plates, 1,462 illustrations.  The bibliography covers 75 pages.  $20
Ted Lesley’s Working Performer’s Marked Deck Manual.  52 pages in pictorial wraps with a small supply of marking material.  $20
Revelation by Dai Vernon.  2008 first edition.  392 oversize pages (9” by 12”), HB in DJ placed in an archival dust jacket protector at no charge.  This contains the entire text of Erdnase with Vernon’s long-lost annotations and more than 160 photographs of Vernon’s hands.  Added are more than 100 pages of Vernon material – Topping the Deck, Walter Scott’s Second Deal, the Ping Pong Shift, Allen Kennedy’s Center Deal , lots of historical material and much more.  New copies – a bargain for only $65
The Annotated Erdnase by Darwin Ortiz.  1991, 270 pages 8 ½ by 11, HB in DJ placed in an archival dust jacket protector at no charge.  The best volume to study Erdnase, plus Appendex I (new moves) and Appendix II (the search for Erdnase, death certificate for Milton Franklin Andrews, etc.)   New copies - $45
Lotteries and Sweepstakes by C. L’Estrange Ewen.  1972, a very nice hardbound reprint of the uncommon 1932 edition.  403 pages with reproductions of old and quaint illustrations.  Mint copy.  $20
Senator Crandall,  How to Stack Dice. 20 well illustrated pages.  Mint copy.  $5
How to Win at Poker by John Moss.  1973, 92 pages, a general guide, strong on bluffing and detecting bluffing.  Nice poker quiz at end.  Nice clean copy.  $10
Poker Demonstration by Tom Osborne.  1946, 16 pages.  Several demonstrations of card handling skill in dealing poker hands, with patter.  Included are suggested preliminary maneuvers before switching decks.  I have several VG copies so only $2
Poker Deal by Harry Canar.  1958. 13 pages.  Fine copies. $2
The Gambler's Paradise by Joseph Ovette.  12 pages.  Mint copies.  $2
Tossing Broads by Tony Giorgio (“ Broads” being underworld slang for playing cards).  2009, 30 pages.  The first half is devoted to Giorgio’s recollections of the cardmen associated with the Magic Castle – Charlie Miller, Dai Vernon, etc.  The second half is devoted to “ the real work” on tossing broads, that is, three card monte, illustrated with 23 color photographs.  $24
How to Play Poker and Win by Sidney Radner.  1957, 94 pages in pictorial wraps, with illustrations in red and black throughout.  The final two chapters cover Sid’s specialty – the methods of poker sharps.  $15

How Gamblers Win by “A Retired Professional” is a fine reprint of the Fitzgerald Publishing Company reprint of the 1868 Dick & Fitzgerald classic.  To add to the intrigue, the 1868 edition was a re-written version of the 1865 edition by Gerritt M. Evans.  Whereas Evans taught you to be a card cheat, the D & F version taught you to protect yourself from card cheats while covering the same material.  I assume this change was made to avoid criticism by the moralists.  Added to this edition is a new Preface by David Ben and Introduction by Steve Forte.  New copies, HB in DJ - $45  

Tricks and Traps by Clifton Wooldridge.  36 pages with the super cover depicting seven of the swindles.  A scarce pamphlet from the early 1900s on crooked gambling,“swindles worked on the unwary”, con games and “faker’s snares”.  I love that last term…..  A very nice, complete copy.  $50

Second to None: The Art of Second Dealing by Simon Lovell.  2013 greatly enlarged and improved Second Edition.  156 pages, 112 photos.  A comprehensive treatise on the techniques, magic applications, gambling applications and a historical review – Erdnase, Robert-Houdin, Poker by Hardison, etc.  New copies in stock.  $30
Cheating at Texas Hold-Em: A Modern Guide to the Art of Deception and Illicit Play at the Card Table by John Born.  First Edition, 2010.  560 pages, many hundreds of photos.  The majority of the ruses can be applied to any card game.  A beautiful and comprehensive guide to card cheating.  New copies in stock.  $55
Don’t Get Taken!  Bunco and Bunkum Exposed is by Robert Steiner, past national president of the Society of American Magicians and lecturer on fraud and bunco.  In this 206 page SB book he exposes the cons, swindles and scams of con men, gamblers, psychics, blood readers, carnival operators, psychic surgeons, etc.  Included is a six page bibliography.  Published in 1989 at $14.95, I have several new copies at $14.
Hunt & Company Gambling Catalog.  188 N. Wells St, Chicago.  32 pages 3 ¾” by 6”, printed in blue ink.  Cheating items throughout – Hunt’s Pippin, Floats, Acme Edge Work, Mysto Mark, Wonder Cop, Luminous Work, Pepper Gold, Detachable Concealer, etc.  Tiny piece from upper corner of front cover, otherwise very nice. With illustrated instruction sheet on dice box trick.  Both - $40

“The Cold Deck” by Frank Thompson.  1976 First Edition.  18 pages plus long fold-out of illustrations in pictorial covers (patterned from the famous William S. Hart movie of the same name).  Fine copy - $15

The Three Shell Game, edited by Ralph Read.  Kanter’s Magic Shop, 1938.  59 well-illustrated pages, plus ads, in pictorial covers.  A surprisingly fresh copy - $20