Tuesday, April 24, 2012
ARTIFICE, RUSE & ERDNASE
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I'm late posting the news. Lybrary.Com has released
my book, Artifice, Ruse & Erdnase: The Search for
One Who May Not Want to Be Found. The title
comes from the secret title of Erdnase's own master-
piece, The Expert At The Card Table.
He put the better known title on the cover but
used his secret title Artifice, Ruse and Subterfuge
at the Card Table on the title page. S. W. Erdnase
was a pseudonym, and unlike most pseudonym's
it protected an anonymous author. (His reasons for
remaining anonymous are explored in my book.)
Starting after the Second World War - the book
was published more than forty years earlier in
1902 - various Erdnase Hunters, mainly magicians
have tried to break the pseudonym and reveal the
day to day identity of the author.
My Artifice is the story of these Erdnase Hunters
and the fight against the death of eyewitnesses,
the decay of memory and a dearth of leads to follow.
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