->''Trust me, son. When '''''I''''' play cards, it ain't gambling.''
-->--'''Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell''', ''Series/PrisonBreak''

Quick hands. The prestidigitator member of a con team, who sometimes works alone. Frequently, the tricks he pulls have to do with manipulating playing cards, hence the name, but a team will sometimes call on a card sharp to make a tricky [[GoodForBad switch]], "dip" a pocket, or put up a fancy misdirection.

May or may not be a DeathDealer. Compare ProfessionalGambler.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Protagonist Allen Walker from ''DGrayMan'' is an expert at cheating in cards due to the horrible experiences with debt he had from being with General Cross.
* Faye from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is highly skilled in conning people in a game of cards (also dice, though then she just flat-out cheats with rigged dice).
** Spike's no slouch either and was able to spot Faye's con a mile away.
* In ''LiarGame'', the 17-Card Poker game becomes a battle of ''dueling'' card sharps: Akiyama uses skill and strategy, while his opponent uses superhuman reflexes honed from an aborted career in boxing to track the cards.
* Unsurprisingly, comes up frequently in both ''{{Kaiji}}'' and ''{{Akagi}}''.
* Gojyo in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' frequently cheats at cards. Hakkai can still beat him though, so one wonders if his playing style is completely orthodox .
* Nearly every major character in ''TheLegendOfKoizumi'' is able to cheat at Mahjong in some way.
* Both Firo and Keith Gandor from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. Firo's picked up enough tricks from managing an underground casino that not only can he slip cards in and out with the best of them, but can pick marks well enough that he can nearly sweep a casino without cheating at all. Keith, on the other hand, cheats so much and so blatantly that he has a deck of cards composed entirely of jokers.
* In ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'', the socially awkward protagonist Tomoko cheats at a trading card game. Against ''kids''. And she's a ''high-schooler''. Her cousin is not impressed.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Though it rarely comes up as a plot point, the lead GIJoe pilot, Capt. Brad Armbruster, didn't get his codename [[AcePilot Ace]] from being a top pilot, but rather from his love of cutthroat poker. His superiors look the other way regarding his gambling habit, since he's not only that good a pilot, he's not really "gambling" at poker since he ''never loses''.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Matt Damon's character facilitates this role in the ''[[OceansEleven Oceans]]'' trilogy. Also, Brad Pitt and George Clooney clean out a poker school of celebrities in the first movie.
--> '''Ocean:''' Cause yesterday I walked out of the joint after losing four years of my life and you're cold-decking "Teen Beat" cover-boys.
* Edward Norton's character is a card-sharp, or "Mechanic", in ''{{Rounders}}'', also starring the aforementioned Matt Damon, whose skill in that movie is reading the other players rather than rigging the deck.
* Quite a few sharps in ''Film/{{Maverick}}'' got caught cheating during the big riverboat poker tournament (the penalty for which was being tossed overboard). The dealer at the final table was also one, surreptitiously dealing from the bottom of the deck (this is known as "dealing seconds", by the by).

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Yelb from ''Literature/TheWayOfKings''. He plays against cops, and he mentioned that the game isn't "will they win or will he win?", the game is "will he cheat them out of their money or will they prove he was cheating, take all of his money and throw him in jail for the night to boot?".
* [[GentlemanBastard Locke Lamora]]. He cheats in the safest gambling place in the world, where the mere act of cheating carries the death penalty.
* In ''Literature/TimeScout'', Skeeter's as much a master at cheating with cards as he is with any other cheat. Picking pockets is just another part of the game.
* Fisk from the ''KnightAndRogueSeries'' is rather good at card tricks, though he usually sticks to cons that he can get more money out of and sneak away from easier. Unfortunately this skill doesn't see a whole lot of use. For Michael's sake, he'll usually stick to betting on whether or not he ''can'' do a trick than actually tricking people.
* From ''Literature/TheCrystal'' there's Saern, a sorcerer, who apparently cheats using both magical means and mundane. Don't bother catching him at it, he'll act offended and fireball you.
* In ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', the witches run into some, but Granny manages to beat them without cheating or using magic, and supposedly without having played the game (the incredibly complicated Cripple Mr. Onion) before. She'd actually played it quite a bit while caring for a sick witch, but [[ConfusionFu used her newcomer image for an advantage]].


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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* A G-rated version appears in an episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', in which a little girl scams Maddie out of all of her candy by getting her obsessed with trying to pick the right card. Then again, aforementioned little girl's father was pretending to be injured in order to get a free hotel room, so yeah.
* Alex of ''Series/TheRealHustle''.
* Neal Caffrey is this in several episodes of ''WhiteCollar''.
* T-Bag in ''PrisonBreak''. Claims that maybe 5 people in the country can do what he can with cards. It's only significant in one episode, however.
* [[Series/{{Heroes}} Hiro]] tries this with his time-altering super-powers at one point. [[SubvertedTrope Unfortunately for him, someone notices the switch.]]
** Because he switched the cards [[WhatAnIdiot after his opponent had already seen them]].
* Londo tries this once on ''Series/BabylonFive'' using his, [[BizarreAlienBiology ummm...]]attributes. It doesn't work out to well.
* The PersonOfInterest that The Machine spits out in "All In" is an old "Mechanic" from the mobbed-up Atlantic City days. He used his skill at switching cards to win enough money at a casino to pay for his wife's cancer treatments, only to end up being forced to work as a money launderer for the casino's owner. It ends up being a ChekhovsSkill when during the climax of the episode [[spoiler: he is forced to play Russian Roulette and is able to take the bullet out of the gun without anyone noticing]].
* MagnificentBastard Arnold Rothstein from ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' gets his EstablishingCharacterMoment by showing that he's a first rate poker player... and more than capable of cheating and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections getting away with it due to his connections]] on the occasions when that alone isn't enough. Keep that in mind, it sums up a lot about Rothstein's character.
* Face from ''Series/TheATeam'' has been shown cheating at cards.
* Porthos from ''Series/TheMusketeers'' is introduced cheating at cards in a tavern or inn.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The hucksters of ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' find their lives last longer if they minor in ''sleight o' hand'', as a little legerdemain goes a long way in convincing the TorchesAndPitchforks crowd that, no, you didn't just summon spectral cards into your hand and use them to channel a stream of ghostly-white energy at your opponent. It was a trick of the light and nothing more. Some "hexes", like ''trinkets'', even go so far as to allow a huckster to summon small objects literally from thin air into his hands, furthering the use of one as a CardSharp con man.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'', Jigger plays blackjack with Billy and draws twenty-one every time, cheating him of all the money he would have obtained had the robbery they were about to attempt been successful.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'''s Nick is stated as being a con man. He was down in Savannah trying to hit up the riverboat circuit when the infection hit.
* The first case of ''ApolloJustice'' has a witness who is a professional CardSharp, [[spoiler: hired to plant evidence to falsely accuse Phoenix Wright of being a CardSharp.]]
* The Elegant Suit in ''RedDeadRedemption'' gives Marston the ability to do this, pocketing a single card to discreetly swap out at any time whenever it's his deal. Failing at the minigame causes him to lose his ante and initiates a [[ShowdownAtHighNoon duel]] with the player who caught him.
* Twisted Fate and Graves of ''{{LeagueOfLegends}}'' fame met in a card game where they both showed four aces for their final hand. Twisted Fate in particular embodies this trope, as he uses {{DeathDealer}} abilities in battle and has a repertoire of quotes related to gambling.
* ''VideoGame/FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist'': The first baddie to show up in the last act.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Smokescreen of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' possesses a "built-in override wire" that allows him to hack machinery. In his [[ADayInTheLimelight spotlight episode]] he uses this ability to cheat at slot machines and use the winnings to free his captured fellow Autobots.

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