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The Annotated Erdnase

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The Annotated Erdnase
AuthorDarwin Ortiz
PublisherMagical Publications
Publication Date1991

The Annotated Erdnase is an annotation of Expert at the Card Table done by Darwin Ortiz. There are notes, annotations, and photographs of various things all related in some way to gambling, cheating, or Erdnase. The book includes citations and references to other books and authors. It also has two appendices: "New Moves" and "The Search For Erdnase" by Martin Gardner. Several letters from Martin Gardner to M.D. Smith are reproduced as well.

Richard Kaufman initiated the Annotated Erdnase project, but eventually sold the rights to Bill Taylor, who in turn sold it to Mike Caveney.

In the initial concept, Michael Ammar suggested that hundreds of illustrations be added (which Dai Vernon did not like that idea), hence the original working title of "Illustrated Erdnase" as reported in Richard's Almanac, Vol. 2, no. 5, may 1984, page 206.

Reviewed in Genii 1991 September