This is a very special 2018 Madison Edition of The Expert at the Card Table by S.W. Erdnase…
Artist Neema Atri has taken every one of M.D. Smith’s original drawings of Erdnase’s hands and modified them by giving Erdnase the tattooed hands of Daniel Madison! It is the perfect addition to any Madison or Erdnase collection.
“This book does not belong to me.
I did not write it, nor did I sketch each image.
S. W. Erdnase was the author, M. D. Smith drew each image of the hands of Erdnase and the book originally published in 1902.
Ricky Smith suggested that I apply my hand tattoos to each drawing in the book. I did not do that. I asked my friend Neema to do that for me. The cover was designed, and the book was sent to print.
I am often seen as an ‘Erdnase Capitalist.’
But as with everything I do, it is never about the money.
This time, it’s literally out of my hands, and I receive no profit other than the satisfaction of being part of another opportunity to bring attention to this book.
If this is a new edition to your building Erdnase collection, thank you. I continue in hope to be understood, not as one who continues to disgrace the legacy of Erdnase, but as one who strives to uphold his work, as a student, as a fan and as an ambassador of this treatise on the science and art of manipulating cards.
Freshly tattooed to reflect my image, I proudly present to you S. W. Erdnase, as artistically modified by Neema Atri, to create an idea by Ricky Smith.
I am Daniel Madison.”
This is the 2018 Madison Edition of The Expert at the Card Table.