Sunday, September 05, 2010

Theory 11 competition

My buddy told me on facebook about this competition going on at Theory 11's website. I encourage all of my readers to compete! If anything, you'll get feedback. Make sure you check out everyone else's submissions as well.

Playing with the SWE

Just thought I'd record a video because it's been a while.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


On this post I will try and answer a lot of the questions I have gotten and continue to get in my e-mail.

Where can I get your DVD?

A google search for my name should yield plenty of results.

When did you get started with cards?

Around my 13th birthday, so 14 years ago.

What the best gambling move for me to learn to impress people?

A good bottom deal

Are you coming to my hometown for a lecture anytime soon?

My lectures were only performed for close, personal friends. If I start doing a lecture 'tour' I will post a schedule on this site.

Will you be making another DVD?

There are no plans at this time for any more DVD’s.

What are good sources to learn gambling moves?

Anything by Darwin Ortiz, Steve Forte, Sal Piacente, and of course Erdnase.

How often to you practice?

In my prime, probably about 3 solid hours a day.

Do you cheat in real life?

No, never. I have done a ‘hidden camera’ game where I cheated but the players were told at the end what happened and signed a talent release form.

Do you provide tutoring services?

Maybe if you were in Vegas I would consider it, but I will not upload videos/tips of tutorials by request.

Will you look at my video/critique my idea(s)?

Sure. I have a passion for this stuff so I enjoy talking about innovative ideas or new handling. Feel free to send me videos or text and I'll tell you what I think!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


I realize I haven't updated recently, but I just had a thought. Being that the typewriter was invented in the 1870s, we can assume that Erdnase used one, or at least had knowledge of one. What if the name 'SW Erdnase' is a code based on the position of the keys on the typewriter? For example, what if it was about shifting left or right to spell something else?
Just a concept.

PS I just about freaked when I tried shifting over one to the left and spelled Wes.

Monday, March 29, 2010


Doing a bunch of traveling during April, so I won't be updating the blog. Good news is I'll be coming back April 21st with a new set of eyes so I won't be needing glasses anymore!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Notes to self

If you ever try to hide a palm by holding onto something- don't pick a clear glass of water.

Erdnase One Handed Shift

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Dollar Bill Origami 2

Next useless talent is coming along nicely. Now I can do an elephant, a jumping frog, and a heart. Thanks to Marco Fernandez for directing me to the online instructions

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thumbing it

So, after reading a post of one of my biggest fans about my Shifts of Erdnase video, I thought some points he made had substance. I started browsing my sources looking for a better video representation of the shifts without the errors, specifically the thumb popping out when the packets transpose.

Well guess what I found?! A video from the fantom (clever, huh?) himself! So I decided I would return the favor and post a few still frames of him performing the exact same errors:

Excuses of the fantom:

(1) Uh, the video is old, but trust me, since then I have perfected everything ever conceived!

(2) I was rushing, yeah that’s it!

(3) I was testing new video equipment, especially the thumb pop out editing effect.

(4) I pointed out the flaws myself when I posted it. “Here’s my video-it stinks”

(5) It’s still better than yours! Nanny nanny boo boo

(6) I don’t claim to teach anything, just that I know everything.

Here is the difference between our blogs. I do consider this a teaching blog- but I don’t believe for a second I am an ‘expert’ in Erdnase techniques.

I, like Erdnase “do not claim to know it all”

I do feel this blog has something to offer for those starting out with Expert at the Card Table (which is the majority of my readers). Maybe it will evoke thought for some of those more proficient in Erdnase. That's why I really try to break everything down to an elementary level. I'm trying to spread interest in a book that I really enjoy.

If I really thought I was a world class pro at these techniques, I wouldn’t be putting my tips up on a free blog.

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