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Ricky Jay's Cards as Weapons REPRINTED!

Posted: June 30th, 2019, 1:14 pm
by Zig Zagger

Re: The Surprising Return of Ricky Jay's

Posted: June 30th, 2019, 1:53 pm
by Richard Kaufman
Can't sign into Wordpress to read it!

Re: The Surprising Return of Ricky Jay's

Posted: June 30th, 2019, 2:41 pm
by Marco Pusterla
I believe this is the correct link: https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2019/06/ ... ricky-jay/

Re: The Surprising Return of Ricky Jay's

Posted: June 30th, 2019, 2:50 pm
by Zig Zagger
Marco Pusterla wrote:I believe this is the correct link: https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2019/06/ ... ricky-jay/


Sorry, too hot today... Thank you, Marco!

Ricky Jay's Cards as Weapons REPRINTED!

Posted: June 30th, 2019, 3:05 pm
by Richard Kaufman
Let's change your clickbait title for the thread and add a link as well:

https://www.amazon.com/Cards-As-Weapons ... way&sr=8-2

Re: Ricky Jay's Cards as Weapons REPRINTED!

Posted: June 30th, 2019, 8:09 pm
by Brad Jeffers
Who's the publisher of this edition?

Re: Ricky Jay's Cards as Weapons REPRINTED!

Posted: June 30th, 2019, 9:19 pm
by Bill Mullins
The only publisher listed is "Independently Published". I'm a little suspicious that this is a bootleg edition.

Re: Ricky Jay's Cards as Weapons REPRINTED!

Posted: June 30th, 2019, 9:40 pm
by erdnasephile
Bill Mullins wrote:The only publisher listed is "Independently Published". I'm a little suspicious that this is a bootleg edition.


That does seem really fishy.

Check this out: https://www.etsy.com/listing/656077772/ ... gJ7ifD_BwE

I wonder if the same person is behind this as well.

Re: Ricky Jay's Cards as Weapons REPRINTED!

Posted: June 30th, 2019, 9:48 pm
by Jeff Haas
There is a big problem with pirated books on Amazon:
https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/6/24 ... oject-zero

Regarding Cards as Weapons, that looks like a scan of the second paperback edition - note "By the author of LEARNED PIGS & FIREPROOF WOMEN" on the cover. But the back cover has been changed to an image of Alexander.

Originally the back cover had a pitch for the contents of the book ("Fear No Man Or Beast! Be The Life Of The Party!" etc.) with a blurb about Ricky below. The first paperback edition, published by Darien House in 1977, has a picture of Ricky with long hair; the second edition, published by Warner Books in 1988, was a bit smaller and has a picture with him in short hair and mentions he's the curator of the Mullholland Library of Conjuring.

The ISBN number for this "new edition" also doesn't match the two previous ones.

Re: Ricky Jay's Cards as Weapons REPRINTED!

Posted: June 30th, 2019, 10:04 pm
by Richard Kaufman
The price is oddly high, and that might be explained if it's a boot.

Re: Ricky Jay's Cards as Weapons REPRINTED!

Posted: July 1st, 2019, 12:38 am
by erdnasephile
If this is a bootleg, it's sad and horrible that Mr. Jay isn't around anymore to put a stop to the thievery.

Does Warner Books still own the copyright? If so, perhaps, Warner Books will investigate?

Re: Ricky Jay's Cards as Weapons REPRINTED!

Posted: July 1st, 2019, 1:24 am
by Christopher1979
This is the tip of the iceberg. The number of bootleg downloads and PDF's is ridiculous. There are at least 3 Chinese websites that I know of that is selling PDF's of OOP books. I have reported it where possible. I have even seen it eBay, I saw someone selling Gary Plant's Zarrow work as a download via email, so I told Gary about it.

Re: Ricky Jay's Cards as Weapons REPRINTED!

Posted: July 1st, 2019, 1:57 am
by Bibliophage
This is a rip-off and the Estate of Mr. Jay and the appropriate attorneys have been notified.

Re: Ricky Jay's Cards as Weapons REPRINTED!

Posted: July 1st, 2019, 4:40 pm
by Zig Zagger
Too bad that this thing is taking such an unpleasant road!
I wasn't aware of the apparent scope of counterfeiting on Amazon.

This piece from the NYT on the matter is rather disturbing:
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/23/tech ... books.html