Richard Kaufman, in his July 2003 Genii column, wrote that Karl Johnson was working on a book ("Grabbing Air") detailing Dai Vernon's quest to find Allen Kennedy, a card player who could deal cards from the center of the deck. The book grew out of Johnson's articles in American Heritage and Genii. I was wondering what happened to the book.
I recently noticed, however, that Henry Holt (the publisher) and amazon.com are both showing an August 2005 publication date for the book. The title is currently The Magician and the Cardsharp (changed from Grabbing Air). I thought Johnson's two articles were terrific, and I think the book should be an interesting read.