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Last Laugh
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Haven't seen this posted or discussed, but I wouldn't be surprised if it had.

Published anonymously in 1820, it's thought to be the first book in English to describe ways to cheat at cards, dice, billiards, and more.

A scan of the book is here on Google books:


https://books.google.com/books?id=YvEIAA......&f=false
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Update - I guess it's not the complete book, and FYI the Kindle version is identical to this free Google Books version (i.e. not complete) but costs $5.99. There's under 40 pages but what is there is really fascinating.

There is a new reprint with commentary and extra stuff available for sale:

https://store.conjuringarts.org/product/......etected/

And it sounds like it has more parts.
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Yes, I was curious about this book as well. How much different is the one from conjuring arts versus the other one?
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The conjuring arts book appears to be complete. This Google one (and the one on Kindle which is identical but not free) is only the first couple of chapters and it just cuts off.
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