Current "Card Gods"

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Postby Guest » 06/19/06 06:10 PM

I would love to hear what the wisened Forum crowd has to say about this topic, purely for my own edification. --But to get to the question I have to reveal my lack of a photographic-memory...

In the 30s or 40s, somebody printed a list of the best living card men. The list included names like Vernon, Scarne, and Paul Rossini (if memory serves).

Years later, as a punk-kid, I subscribed to a long-gone, but fondly remembered magazine you may have heard of called "Richard's Almanac". (That was SO long ago, it was chiseled onto stone tablets and was delivered via pterodachtyl--but I digress...)

One issue, Mr. Richard Kaufman referred to that list and offered his current update. I believe his list included names like Daryl and Ricky Jay.

Thus I have arrived at my question for you folks. Who would be on the current list of card-manipulating demi-gods?

Obviously Ricky Jay and Daryl haven't suddenly turned crappy & thus have not lost their spots: who else is "The Current [censored]"?

What about young bucks like Asher & Fisher?

--Or old-hands like Mr. Cervon, Mr. L. Green, Mr. Sheridan?

Would Hollingworth even make the list?

I KNOW Mr. Weber deserves a spot...

Let's hear it: You guys know better than I!

Postby Guest » 06/19/06 06:16 PM

Hi castawaydave.

This subject has been beat to death on every magic forum.

Here is a link to one of the threads on this forum. ... 350#000000

All the best,


Postby Guest » 06/19/06 06:22 PM

Ahh: thank you Mr. Kranzo.

It will be fun to get up to speed.

Needless to say, anyone who wants to chime-in on my naive thread, please feel free.

Postby Guest » 06/19/06 06:24 PM

a name that i dont see on the list often, but should, is Juan Tamariz.

he is, in my opionion, problably the best alive today.

Postby Guest » 06/19/06 06:47 PM

Yes: Mr. Racherbaumer's takes on the question are excellent (follow Mr. Kranzo's link); but they are from 4 years ago!! Holy crap! I was hoping to hear the current buzz, man.

Postby Guest » 06/19/06 07:05 PM

P.S. Mr. Kranzo: What is YOUR list?

Postby Guest » 06/19/06 07:12 PM

For flat out skill : Bill Malone, Steve Forte, and Gary Plants.

For the skill of appearing to be unskilled: Bill Goldman.

Postby Geno Munari » 06/19/06 07:34 PM

Allan Ackerman is one of the real living legends of card magic.
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Postby Guest » 06/19/06 09:27 PM


Card Gods indeed.

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Postby Guest » 06/20/06 01:19 AM

Chris, Is that a T shirt? I would so get that if it were!!!

Postby Guest » 06/20/06 04:13 PM

Originally posted by Seth:
Chris, Is that a T shirt? I would so get that if it were!!!
That picture was floating around on my hard drive and I'm not sure where I got it from. Sorry.

Postby Guest » 06/20/06 04:41 PM


Do you know who "owns" the picture? I'd like to put it on a mousepad.


Postby Guest » 06/20/06 04:56 PM

Originally posted by Adrian Kuiper:

Do you know who "owns" the picture? I'd like to put it on a mousepad.

No, I've had it for a while and don't remember where I got it. It is nice though. I googled around and couldn't find it again. Must have forgotten the search terms I used back in the day when I originally downloaded it.

Kind of funny to see a bit of cheating going on while good old Ganesh uses his trunk to hold his cards.

Postby Jim Maloney_dup1 » 06/20/06 05:08 PM

A search on "Gods Playing Poker" (considering it's a take-off on the well-known, "Dogs Playing Poker") turned up this: ... ying_Poker

That appears to be the designer. Looks like it was designed to be a shirt, though the submission was not accepted.

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Postby Guest » 06/20/06 06:34 PM

Game, Set, Match to Mr. Aguilar.

--You should see Queztalcoatl do "The Ultra Move"!

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