McBride shares theory about Erdnase’s identity

March 12th, 2009 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General
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In light of our recent conversation with Aaron Fisher about the identity of S.W. Erdnase (listen at about the 15:40 mark):

Jeff McBride (pictured, above), incredible magician and director of the McBride Magic and Mystery School, recently returned from a tour of England and Peru. During his Peruvian venture, he had a conversation with Juan Tamariz about the identity of the legendary, unknown card master. Writes McBride on his blog:

During the Flasoma Convention 2009 in Peru, Tamariz explained his reasons for thinking that the S. W. Erdnase material was actually written by L’Homme Masque. L’Homme Masque was a Peruvian magician who lived at the same time as Erdnase. Dai Vernon considered him to be one of his idols. Gaetan Bloom shares Juan’s assumption. Juan and Gaetan held a lecture and discussion speculating that there is enough evidence pointing in the direction of L’Homme Masque as the author. I am sure that Juan will share further research at upcoming events.

For those of you who don’t know (and if you don’t, shame), S.W. Erdnase is the author of “Expert at the Card Table,” a book on sleight of hand with cards that is a must for every serious card worker. This Wikipedia page contains some other theories about his identity.


  1. Interesting theory !

    By the way, it’s “L’homme Masqué” which means “the masked man” in french.