Expert Card Technique
Expert Card Technique:Close-Up Table Magic by Jean Hugard and Fred Braue contains the methods of some of the best card magicians including Charlie Miller, Dai Vernon, Theo Annemann, Bert Allerton, Tenkai, Gerald Kaufman, Harold Lloyd, Jack McMillen, Jack Merlin, Paul Rosini and Luis Zingone.
Charlie Miller was responsible for contributing many of the original material and for ghosting almost half of the book. Miller in particular gave many of his favorite methods for the book. He also divulged some Dai Vernon material to Fred Braue that was not supposed to be published, but which Braue put into the book anyway. Vernon was unhappy about this, however did contribute material to the third edition and he was also given a special credit. Many of the items in the book which are actually Vernon's are not specifically credited.
The book is broken down into six parts: (1) Sleights, (2) Flourishes, (3) Technique, (4) Tricks, (5) Miscellaneous, and (6) Misdirection and Presentation.
It is illustrated by Donna Allen.
- 1940 1st edition, New York.
- 1944 second edition, New York
- 1951 3rd edition published by Faber and Faber which includes 2 new sections: A LESSON IN CARD HANDLING, BY DAI VERNON and THE SIDE STEAL AND SOME OF ITS FINER POINTS, BY DR. JACOB DALEY
- 1974 Dover paperback edition - a republication of the 1944 second edition