The Expert at the Card Table — How to Cheat at Cards

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Back from a sold-out season and rave reviews in 2017, jden redden returns for a 60-minute journey uncovering the dirty-work of the gambling elite. Armed with only 52 playing cards and two hands --- this crash course in card cheating is a world-class demonstration of card manipulation and deceit at the card table.

In 1902 a mysterious and anonymous man by the same of S. W. Erdnase published a book called The Expert at the Card Table. In the following years this book has gained cult-like status in the magic and gambling world --- required reading by any magician and gambler. This show is the physical interpretation and logical conclusion of that book.

"Defied belief" ★★★★ --- The Advertiser

"Masterpiece" ★★★★★ --- The Adelaide Show Podcast

"Well and truly mystified" --- Great Scott Media

Important information:
Gambling references.

Presented by:
Fascinating Lies

Fascinating Lies is a magic production and consulting firm founded in 2015 by jden redden and Andrew Lymn-Penning for their debut show, Reading Minds and Other Fascinating Lies at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival; with iconic staging in Gluttony, the show sold-out three consecutive weekends in a row. Fascinating Lies brings a fresh, young and unique take on stagemagic—blending technology and established methods in magic to create dynamic and engaging performances for the modern audience.

In 2017, Fascinating Lies returned with two new productions; The Expert at the Card Table — How to Cheat at Cards and SUPERHUMAN. This year The Expert at the Card Table — How to Cheat at Cards returns for another season and debuts a new production SUBCONSCIOUS.

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La Boheme

For years La Bohème has worked to provide an intimate and professional environment for all manner of independent performers, establishing a reputation as Adelaide's home of cabaret. There are two options for performance spaces, the Main Stage (Main Room) and Cabinet Room (Upstairs). The Main Room can comfortably seat 60 patrons and is one of the busiest single room venues throughout the Adelaide Fringe and home to the Cabaret Fringe Festival. The main room is fully equipped with professional sound tech and lighting, along with a professional tech, front of house staff and bar team. This is required to ensure premium quality and security of the venue, unless prior negotiations or an exception of regular or multiple performances is in place. The Cabinet Room offers similar features (with minimal lighting options) and is the perfect space for 40 seated patrons.

36 Grote St, Adelaide, 5000

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The Cabinet Room (Upstairs) at La Boheme

36 Grote St, Adelaide, 5000


The Cabinet Room (Upstairs) at La Boheme

36 Grote St, Adelaide, 5000

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Full Price: $18.00 to $25.00

Companion Card: $0.00

Concession: $18.00 to $20.00

Group 6+: $17.00 to $19.00

BankSA Customer: $17.25 to $19.50

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60 min

Content Warnings

Age Suitability: PG

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