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Milton F. Andrews

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Milton F. Andrews
BornMilton Franklin Andrews
San Francisco, California.

Milton F. Andrews (?-1905), a cardsharp from Hartford, Connecticut, was a leading candidate for the search of the author of the 1902 book The Expert at the Card Table by S. W. Erdnase (most likely a pseudonym), a book detailing sleight of hand and cheating techniques using playing cards.


Andrews died during a murder-suicide in 1905 in San Francisco just as the police were closing in to question him about the killing in Colorado.

Based on a lead provided by Edgar Pratt, Martin Gardner researched him and provided details in the book The Man Who Was Erdnase written with Bart Whaley and Jeff Busby (1991)[1]


  1. The Man Who Was Erdnase by Bart Whaley and Martin Gardner and Jeff Busby ISBN 9781563010002