DMC Card­shark

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 8.30pm, National Ge­o­graphic Do you know what a three-card monte is? Hint: it’s not a choco­late bis­cuit. Yes, it’s a card trick — one of the most mys­te­ri­ous. If the pompous­ness of pro­fes­sional card sharp and ma­gi­cian Drum­mond Money-Coutts (is it any won­der he uses the acro­nym?) doesn’t put you off, this is a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­cur­sion into un­known worlds of sleight-of-hand card cheats pur­sued from Lon­don via Paris to Bangkok. DMC started his ca­reer as a card sharp 14 years ago at Eton Col­lege. When the other lads were play­ing sport he was lurk­ing in door­ways per­fect­ing card tricks. The ob­ses­sion has grown in the years since his school­days, es­pe­cially af­ter the spec­tre of mak­ing a for­tune reared its ugly head. DMC is now the proud owner of more than 1000 mod­ern and vin­tage decks of cards. He ups the ante in this doc­u­men­tary by mak­ing a card trick the most danger­ous thing he has ever taken on. Sul­phuric acid is in­volved.

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