A Grand Exposé

of the Science of Gambling

A Grand Exposé  is full of surprises. Unapologetic in tone, it paints a thorough description of an astonishingly wide range of gambling scams, including card table artifice. 

Those well versed in modern modes of separating fools from their money will marvel at how relevant, how up-to-the-minute so many of the gambits described in these pages remain. As long as human beings are greedy, preferring to make a fast buck at someone else’s expense, they will remain targets for those who practice these forms of deception.

A rare gem, A Grand Exposé was published originally in 1860 by “An Adept.” The number of known copies varies, depending on which authority one consults, from perhaps seven to twenty. Whatever the total, Magicana is pleased to reprint this volume for a wider audience.

This reprint has been re-type-set and designed by Michael Albright. With only a few minor typographical corrections, the contents remain true to the original work’s tone and form. 

The foil-stamped, embossed cover, hardbound edition with 167 pages, measuring 4.75″ x 5.5″ (12.5 x 14 cm), weighing 0.685 lbs (0.31 kg) is limited to a print run of 500 copies, with only 400 available for sale.


$45 USD (plus shipping and handling and HST for Canadian residents).

Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication

A grand exposé of the science of gambling : containing a complete disclosure of the secrets of the art as practiced by professional gamblers / by an Adept ; edited by David Ben. — Magicana ed.

Originally published: New York : F.A. Brady, 1860.
ISBN 978-0-9780675-8-8

1. Gambling.  2. Gamblers.  I. Ben, David  II. Title.

GV1301.A33 2010                 795.01               C2010-904975-6