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June 1st, 2000

Card Sharks

As a young child (age 5 or younger, I believe) I was addicted to game shows. I was the biggest fan of the original Card Sharks (with host Jim Perry) and The Joker’s Wild (with host Jack Barry). The Game Show Network shows episodes of Card Sharks each morning at 8:30, and since I began getting the station in April, I haven’t missed an episode.

You may remember how Card Sharks worked, but in case you need a refresher, here you go:

Two contestants would answer questions along the lines of “We surveyed a 100 working mothers…” The first contestant would guess how many working mothers answered the question a certain way, the second contestant would then guess if the answer was higher or lower. The contestants were encouraged to expound on why they answered the way they did, which was often amusing, especially when they had no clue what they were talking about. Their answer would inevitably begin with, “Well, these days…” Whoever won the question then got “control of the cards.” Each contestant had five giant cards and the goal was to work their way down the row of cards declaring whether each card was higher or lower than the previous. If the player won the question, they could change the base card (generally done when the card was between a 7 and a 10) if they wanted. Each game had up to four questions, with the final question being “sudden death” (the winner of the question either had to call the rest of their cards correctly or pass to their opponent and hope that they didn’t). It was a best of three games, with the third being a tie-breaker with only three cards and up to three questions.

The winner of the best of three games would then go onto the really fun part — the money cards. This involved betting money and going through eight cards in the standard higher-lower fashion. The player began on the first row with $200 and the option to change the first card. They’d call higher/lower three times, betting a minimum of $50 each time. At the end of the first row (or if the person “busted”), the card would then be brought up to the second level. The player would get another $200 and an option to change the card. At that point, they went through three more cards and the final card was brought up to the top row, the “Big Bet,” which required a minimum 50% bet. The contestant could also change the card here. The maximum amount one could win on the money cards was $28,800 and in the three-year run of the original Card Sharks, it only happened once.

I was so addicted to this game as a kid, that I would make houseguests play the game with me anytime they visited. I’m surprised people didn’t slap me with how annoying I must have become. ๐Ÿ™‚ I honestly think, though, that I would totally clean up if I were to go on that show today.

A couple years ago, my mom was in some random store in West Chester, PA and found a copy of the old Card Sharks game for the PC (on 3.5″ floppy) for 25 cents. Thankfully she bought it for me — at least I can pretend. ๐Ÿ™‚

Interesting facts/links… Markie Post got her start as a card-turner on Card Sharks before she went on to Night Court… Apparently someone’s considering making a new version of Card Sharks titled Play Your Cards Right (ugh!)… there is a shareware version of Card Sharks available for DOS… there’s also one for Macintosh… a couple pages to check out: The Card Sharks page, The Card Sharks Photo Page (all from the Bob Eubanks era, though).

Next time around, I tackle The Joker’s Wild. -ram

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FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday June 1, 2000 -- 4:52:47PM
I need the Game Show Network - but (of course) my current cable company doesn't offer it. Surprise.

Anyway, one of the better local morning shows (Fox Thing in the Morning) ran the old Tic Tac Dough theme as part of their intro! What a blast to the past that was.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday June 1, 2000 -- 5:00:15PM
Yes -- I also enjoy Tic Tac Dough (which they also show on GSN). I have tape recordings of me when I was younger reciting the introductions to Joker's Wild and Tic Tac Dough. I'll have to see if I can dig those up and transfer them to audio files.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday June 1, 2000 -- 5:03:24PM
As an addendum, the link to the PC game above seems to be a "door game" for old BBS systems, and not an actual DOS game.

However, this guy has a PC version of the "Money Cards" as well as Press Your Luck! No whammies!

FROM: Julie
DATE: Friday February 23, 2001 -- 3:06:45AM
Where is Jim Perry these days?

DATE: Saturday March 10, 2001 -- 9:18:28PM
i love the joker's wild because of the of the face the devil bonus round.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Saturday March 10, 2001 -- 11:31:19PM
Julie -- As kind of a late response to your question, the last I heard from Jim Perry was his book titled The Sleeper Awakes. I'm reading it now and I'm really surprised -- it's quite good.

DATE: Wednesday April 18, 2001 -- 11:00:20PM
About Jim Perry, he and his wife are now living in Ashford,Oregon. He is has just finished his second book and looking for a publisher. His son, Sean is a talent agent in Hollywood and his daughter, Erin lives in Germany.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday April 18, 2001 -- 11:33:55PM
Thanks to whoever you are that posted that previous message. :) Do you know him? I had a heck of a time trying to find any info on him from the last ten years...

Who is Jim married to? I know he left June (as he mentioned in his book)...

If you have any contact for him, drop me an e-mail... I'd like to discuss his last book (and his time on Card Sharks) with him.

FROM: June
DATE: Friday April 20, 2001 -- 9:18:17PM
It's June Perry here! Dave told me about this page (I think he posted the previous message). Actually Jim and I remarried over five years ago and he moved up to the ranch I bought in Oregon when we split. We have since sold the ranch and and are living in Ashland, Oregon at the moment, planning on moving to Florida soon!
Glad you enjoyed the show.

Warmest regards,

FROM: Dave
DATE: Friday April 20, 2001 -- 10:02:07PM
Just in case you're a non-believer, that really was June. Have a nice day!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday April 20, 2001 -- 11:34:15PM
June -- Hi! Thanks for writing... it was great to hear from you. As you can tell from this Ping, I'm a huge Card Sharks fan and have been since I was a wee lad. :)

If you wouldn't mind, drop me an e-mail ( or I'd love to chat with you and Jim about some things! And, of course, I'd keep your address private. :)

FROM: June
DATE: Saturday April 21, 2001 -- 1:11:20AM
Ryan, Jim won't go near the computer. That book of his that you are reading, he wrote on yellow lined notepads and he did the same with this second book. He did have me type and do editing on the computer, but I can't get him to go near it! I think he takes some perverse pride in hand writing his books! LOL
I prefer to not give out my email at this time. We live very privately in retirement; but I will be happy to answer any questions you may have and I'm sure Jim can fill me in on what I may not know.
I did tell him that Dave told me about this site and that he was a "missing person of sorts". A few years ago his alma mater, University of Pa has him listed as a missing alumni! I guess we have a way of disappearing into the woodwork -- but not really!

Warmest regards,

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Saturday April 21, 2001 -- 1:23:02AM
I guess to keep things on topic, I'll hit you with a few Card Sharks-related questions. Jim seemed to have some great interaction with the various people on the show (especially Gene Wood and Janice), and he'd occasionally pull people on camera (including Erin one time). Were the friendships off-camera with the crew as tight as they seemed on-camera?

And speaking of Janice, what is our favorite card-woman of them all up to these days?

I would like to discuss the book with you, June, but I don't think that this would be the most appropriate place. Should you decide to contact me privately at some point, feel free to do so (even if it's from a temporary, free throw-away e-mail account with Hotmail or something similar).

Thanks again for stopping by and answering some questions!

FROM: June
DATE: Saturday April 21, 2001 -- 12:39:43PM
Gene and his wife were very good friends. Gene and his wife have retired, sold their home in the Trancas area North of Malibu and moved to a farm in New England. They were very into horse jumping, at least their one or their daughters was.
We haven't kept in touch with other members of the crew but Jim always had a very good working relationship with the crew and we were friends with some of the people on the production staff.
We haven't seen Janice in years and the same is true of some of the other staff members.
From reading the book, you know our life took a very different turn when Jim retired. We moved to Washington and got very involved in working on our spiritual path and when Jim and I had different ideas of how our life together should be, we went our separate ways for a while. I moved to Oregon and Jim to Malibu and then we remarried and Jim moved to Oregon and wrote the second book at my mountain top ranch and then two years and a half years ago we sold the ranch and moved into town.

Warmest regards,

FROM: Mike
DATE: Saturday April 21, 2001 -- 8:20:26PM
June.. I just wanted to say that I have been watching Card Sharks since I was 3 and now I'm 24 and still watching it on game show network..

p.s. I have spent the last 3 months trying to find a playing card company to make the same size cards that they used on Card Sharks.. I have built the set of card sharks, but I have NO CARDS.. where can I find them???

Thank You.. Mike from BOSTON

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Saturday April 21, 2001 -- 9:06:10PM
June -- Mike brought up an interesting question about those cards... where were they produced? As a little kid who was obsessed with Card Sharks, I always wanted a deck! :)

How many decks did they keep on hand on the show? I figured probably four, but I also remember Jim saying how they would "seal the decks" when players had to go off for several weeks (like when "Kids Week" came on).

With regards to Jim's book, I'm curious what happened with your own search for spirituality after you and Jim separated. Did you find what you were looking for with the group you were with, or did you find it outside of that organization?

FROM: June
DATE: Saturday April 21, 2001 -- 10:49:08PM
Jim says that he has no idea who made the cards, nor how many sets they had. Our daughter Erin might know since she worked behind the scenes, in production.
She's be visiting from Germany in about two weeks and if I remember, I'll ask her.
We had, and I think we still have, a regular playing deck of cards just like the ones on the show (same artwork).I guess they're a real collectors item. I don't remember whether they were made up as souvenirs of gifts for the crew.
And yes, both Jim and I benefitted greatly from our experience in that spiritual group. Much of the wisdom in Jim's book is wisdom garnered there. The greatest thing you can get from any spiritual quest, or great teacher, is to learn to go within for the answers and trust your own knowing and that's what we both learned to do.
There was a great deal more learned, like spiritual practices,conscious living, etc.
Jim, as you know, didn't stay with the teacher/teachings as long as I did, but he certainly benefitted greatly from what he did learn and put it to good use in his own life and then shared it in the book.
The first book, the one you are reading is a very good book; but the second one is a great book! I hope we can find a publisher.
The first book was published by the company owned by Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee's son. Did you know that? Sandra read the book and loved it and recommended it to her son.
Sorry we couldn't help with the card question, but that was probably handled by whoever was in charge with set design.

Warmest regards,

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday April 22, 2001 -- 11:51:41AM
June -- Were you ever on set while Jim was taping Card Sharks? What was your impression of the way the show was run (in terms of organization, friendliness towards contestants, etc.)?

And being that the show always had a pretty high level of excitement, I'd be interested in knowing what Jim's most memorable on-screen moment was (aside from when Norma Jean won $28,800 on the Money Cards).

I noticed the quote from Sandra Dee on the back cover of Jim's book, but didn't realize it was his son that published it. That's quite interesting! Is he still in the publishing business? Any thoughts of going with him for this second book?

I'm also curious as to what specific group it was that you and Jim were involved with... I don't think it was mentioned by name in the book, though I could be wrong.

FROM: Mike
DATE: Sunday April 22, 2001 -- 1:24:16PM
June.. thank u for your response.. I will continue my search on the internet for JUMBO cards... If u get a chance could u please ask Mr. Perry how those cards were shuffled... thank u again..

Mike from Boston

FROM: June
DATE: Sunday April 22, 2001 -- 3:44:38PM
Jim says that a member of the staff shuffled the cards with a network censor present and then one of the players, in the presence of the network censor, would cut the deck prior to the taping.
And yes, I was at many tapings. In fact, I was on camera for the last show. I thought Jim was just bringing me up during the commercial break to introduce me, which he often did, and I didn't find out till later that I was on camera.
Jim does mention our teacher in the book. You'll find it in there. It just isn't in the beginning, but is mentioned later in the book.
You might want to contact Goodson-Todman, the production company that did the show. Mark Goodson has passed over and his children sold the company; but a web search might be able to locate some information for you.
They might have some information on the cards.
I don't know if the production company or the network paid for the set and props; but they might put you in the right direction.
Having custom made props, like the cards, is a very expensive propostion even if you could find the company that made them.

Warmest regards,

FROM: June
DATE: Sunday April 22, 2001 -- 3:53:12PM
Oops, forgot to answer your question to Jim. Here goes (from Jim's mouth to my typing fingers.)

Jim speaking:
There are 2: The first is the pizza man from San Dimas who was the most outrageous male chauvinist. When asked to give a reason, his reasons were typically an answer like "she's a woman, she couldn't possibly be right!". The audience hated him and the rating went up!
The second was the old lady who, just by luck, won, and went to play the money cards and kept looking over to her elderly husband in the audience, to tell her what to do. On the spur of the moment, I called him up to play the money cards with her. The audience loved it, the censors went nuts -- just didn't know what to do with it; but my reasoning was that you are not playing against anyone else, so why not! It was a wonderful moment.

June back here: I don't know if Sandra's son is still publishing. I imagine he is; but he just didn't have the broad base for distributorship for Jim's book. It was his first foray into publishing a book of spiritual/esoteric wisdom.
This time Jim is looking for a larger publisher, with greater distribution power.

Warmest regards,

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday April 22, 2001 -- 9:18:08PM
June -- Those are some good moments that you passed on from Jim. I'm not sure if I remember the pizza delivery person, but I do remember this one scary looking young guy who came out wearing a scarf and was similarly a male chauvinist.

That's nice that he brought you on camera for the last show. I'll have to keep an eye out for that on the Game Show Network reruns (which, incidentally, I never miss an episode of). I remember your daughter Erin coming on screen during one episode (when she was in college) -- did your son Sean ever appear on camera?

Also, do you and Jim ever catch the old episodes repeated on the Game Show Network (or do you have some of them already recorded)?

Something else I was thinking about... the equipment on the set seemed to break an awful lot (during the 1981 run, I believe, I notice the freeze bars getting stuck, or the one time Janice broke a light off). Did they have a lot of trouble with the equipment and getting people to fix it?

With regards to the teacher, I must have missed that. I'll have to go back and double check. I was a bit surprised at how good the book was -- when I picked up a copy, I originally thought of it as kind of a novelty since a lot of books written by TV celebrities turn out to be disappointments (or they're ghost written). Turns out I really enjoyed Jim's book... it was one of those that at the end, I put it down and just sat and thought about it. Powerful stuff. I'm looking forward to the second -- what's the gist of it?

June, if Jim is interested in a web presence, drop me an e-mail. It might even help in getting word out about the book to publishers. We can definitely work something out.

FROM: June
DATE: Monday April 23, 2001 -- 6:26:34PM
Jim isn't interested at this point with a web presence for the book. It may be something he would consider if he doesn't get the publishing deal he wants. Money has never been an issue for him. Even with the first book he took no advance and told the publisher to use that money for promotion. He felt it was more important to have the book out there.
Have you read the book "Conversations with God"? The new book issimilar to that in format which is why I think it is taking a while to get it going. The feedback on the book is that it is very good, but some publishers feel the format it too similar to CWG. Interesetingly enough, Jim never read that book while he was writing his, nor has he read since the work has been completed; and when he was writing his, I told him that there is a book similar to his format; but he didn't want to know anything about any other books. He just wanted to write what he had set out to do without having any other influences on what he wanted to write.
Sean, I believe, was on camera for that last show. If memory serves me, we all were. Jim does has some select tapes from some of his shows. I even have a great piece of tape with Jim and Erin singing at a telethon. I'd put it on line if I knew how to do such a thing!
Did you know that he did several shows in Canada as well? He did one called Definition and one called Headline Hunters. One of them was on for 15 years and the other one was one somewhere in the 6-10 year range (I forget). Before those shows he also hosted one called Fractured Phrases and another called Eye Bet and yet another Words and Music which was shot in Montreal. He had another short lived one called Bingo at Home with the name later changed to The Moneymakers.
In the 60's he had a short lived show on NBC called "It's Your Move". He also hosted the Miss Canada pageant for about 25 years. And lest I forget, after Card Sharks he had a good run with Sale of the Century.
Though you might enjoy a bit of background.
All in all, Jim figures he did about 10,000 game shows in his career.
And lastly,on these shows they have crews for everything -- camera crews, crews to put up, take down and manage the set, electricians,carpenters etc. They even had people just to handle the contestants -- get them to makeup, make sure they're on the set at the right time, etc. There are people who do the warmups for the show who come out and keep the audience busy and amused while they're getting everything setup for the tapings. By the way, Jim would tape two days every two weeks -- tape 5 shows a day. It would be an exhausting schedule but then he'd have time off for a bit. At one point he was flying between two countries doing shows. He was definitely relieved when that stopped; but you learn in this business to ride the wave while you have it. :-)

Warmest regards,

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday April 23, 2001 -- 7:41:18PM
June -- I didn't realize that he was on that many different game shows... he sounds like he was quite involved.

Was there a camraderie between game show hosts, or was it more fierce competition? He seemed to have a good relationship on-camera with Alex Trebec, Gene Rayburn, etc. during the "Game Show Hosts Week" they did on Card Sharks, but what about people like Jack Barry (who seemed like he was probably pretty difficult to get along with)?

I haven't read Conversations with God, but was actually at a convention about six months ago that Neale Donald Walsh was also attending. Jim's book sounds like a good one.

Has he ever thought about writing an autobiography covering his years in television? I bet he has dozens of "behind-the-scenes" stories to tell...

I was also curious about the budget on Card Sharks... a pair of I saw the other day had a young woman (9 months pregnant) win over $29,000 with just two trips to the Money Cards. With times like this, did the show's budget ever become a serious concern?

And one other thing -- during Jim's tenure as host, were there ever any of the "new rules" that he really didn't want to go along with ($500 bonuses, etc.) or that he felt messed with the spirit of the game?

FROM: Mike
DATE: Tuesday April 24, 2001 -- 8:57:44AM
June... Could you ask Mr. Perry a few questions for me?? Does he remember any bloopers that stood out on any of the Card Shark shows? and.. After Mr. Perry read the survey questions why does EVERY contestant have to give their point of view and ramble on and on and on.. I saw one lady that had a little American flag she use to wave and she would never stop talking.. she wouldn't even let Jim finish the question.. and when he finally did, she had forgotten the question.. my question is.. Were the contestants told to debate their reasonings for their answers???

Hope to hear from u.. Thank u for your time..

Mike from Boston
p.s. I still haven't found those cards!!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday April 24, 2001 -- 9:26:16AM
Mike -- I'm pretty sure they were told to reason out their answers... after all, the show would have been pretty boring if they just said a number and then "higher" or "lower." Besides, that was when things would get really fun -- when a contestant would try to reason out his/her answer and then realize they had no idea what they were talking about. :)

FROM: Mike
DATE: Tuesday April 24, 2001 -- 9:47:39AM
Ryan... thats true but it wasted so much time and I wanted to see them play the Money Cards MORE often.. I just think they could have toned it down a little... if u want to argue on a gameshow go on the Newlywed game or 3's A Crowd... Either way Card Sharks was awesome.. and so was

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday April 24, 2001 -- 11:10:44AM
I don't know... I think if they Money Cards were played more often, it would have made them less interesting. Maybe I was just a sucker for hearing people explain why their answer was going to be "relatively high" or "relatively low."

FROM: June
DATE: Wednesday April 25, 2001 -- 11:22:51AM
Yes, the contestants were schooled on giving reasons for their answers.
As far as the budget goes, they never had a budget problem. In fact, Jim said it was quite the opposite. If people lost money on the bottom level, even if they double doubled, they couldn't make a lot by the time they got to the top. We played tennis with Bert Convy but didn't really socialize with other game show hosts. We'd see people at the network parties or charity events but we weren't personal friends with any of the people you mentioned.
Jim had a lot of discussions with Bill Cullen who he always admired, both as a person and a host and he knew Alex Trebek, from his days working in Canada; but they weren't personal friends.
Jim says that at times, it was difficult just getting one money cards in on a show and he had to speed up the game to fit them in.
As far as bloopers, he doesn't recall any off the top of his head for Card Sharks, other than the set breaking down at the most inopportune times. The whole set was turned by one rubber, car belt type gizmo thing underneath, which caused some technical problems during some tapings.

Warmest regards,

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday April 25, 2001 -- 4:49:57PM
June -- I've noticed that the censors would drop the audio whenever anyone on the show (or Jim, for that matter) would say "God" (as in "Oh God..." or "Oh my God"). Was this a normal practice at the time? It seems kind of overboard to me...

That's interesting about the budget. I figured that whoever decided how much th e money cards should be worth figured in exactly how much could afford to be spent in a "worst case scenerio." Though I've only seen the legendary "Norma Jean" video on the Web, I really liked the time that one of the kids (I believe it was a 12-year-old boy) scored something like $18k or $20k in one trip to the money cards.

FROM: June
DATE: Wednesday April 25, 2001 -- 5:42:34PM
I never thought about what, specifically the censors dealt with. 20-30 years ago the language was a lot tighter on TV. Going back further than that, people couldn't say "hell, or pregnant." My, how times have changed! :-)
Well, it's been very enjoyable chatting here. Hope some of the information helps your enjoyment of the show.
It's time for me to refocus on other things and get away from the computer a bit!

Warmest regards,

FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday April 25, 2001 -- 8:49:43PM
June, thank you quite sincerely for stopping by. It's been an entertaining dialogue to say the least!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday April 25, 2001 -- 11:33:00PM
June -- Ditto. Thank you so much for stopping by... I appreciate yours and Jim's time answering questions and such. Feel free to stop by anytime. :)

FROM: Mike
DATE: Thursday April 26, 2001 -- 9:28:50AM

June... Thank you again for answering my questions...

Mike from Boston

FROM: Justin in L.A.
DATE: Thursday April 26, 2001 -- 11:28:46PM
Darn! I found this page a few days too late! As big a fan of CS as I was, I enjoyed Jim Perry's work on Sale Of The Century even more.

Anyhow, I'm posting because there is indeed a new version of Card Sharks coming back to TV! A good friend of mine saw the pilot, which was hosted by Pat Bullard. The new version will have many changes (natrally, since it's produced by Pearson TV, whose motto is "If it ain't broke, beat it with a sledgehammer!"). But all in all, it sounds like a fun show!

If you're in the L.A. area, they're currently looking for contestants; the number to call for an appointment is (323) 462-6245.

A summary of the pilot can be found at

FROM: Dave
DATE: Friday April 27, 2001 -- 1:35:54AM
I hope you guys enjoyed your chat with June over the past several days. I wasn't sure whether or not she'd even post anything but I figured you guys seem to be such big fans of the show (and of Jim) that it was worth a try. Have a good one! :o)

FROM: Carma McIntire
DATE: Monday April 30, 2001 -- 9:58:46AM
I have looked everywhere for Jim's birthday and age. Do you have it? He was such a wodnerful fame show host. Enjoy Card Sharks on Game Show Network

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday April 30, 2001 -- 10:18:34AM
Dave -- Thanks for introducing June to the Ping... it was great to be able to ask her questions, some of which had been on my mind for the last 15 or 20 years. :) Let her know she's welcome back at any time, and I certainly have more questions (I can't believe I forgot to ask what exactly what the story was behind the Jim Perry-Richard Dawson "feud")...

Carma -- I'm not sure of Jim's birthday, but I believe he's in his late 60's/early 70's now (I had figured it out once based on when he graduated from Penn).

... Ryan

DATE: Monday May 7, 2001 -- 2:50:06AM

DATE: Saturday May 19, 2001 -- 1:16:02PM
Ryan: Re "Play Your Cards Right"; that's the foreign market title for "Card Sharks". (It's amazing how some production companies alter the titles of game shows, isn't it?) Also, I tried the two links to other Card Sharks pages; currently, they don't work. (Anybody else have this problem?)
I had the good fortune to actually see some of Jim's pre-Card Sharks Canadian games (Eye Bet was a film-clip game. Contestants were shown a clip from an old movie and then they had to answer questions about what was in it, and Definition was one of my favorites). I'd wondered what he'd been up to since Sale of the I know. Thanks for the update.

FROM: Darren
DATE: Sunday May 20, 2001 -- 12:27:02AM
Wow, after reading all this information about June and the questions you guys wrote to her, I found it amazing to read a lot of the information that was posted. But what about the game show Sale of the Century? I was only 5 years old when that show premiered January of 1983, and always watched it either on sick days or during the summers. I now have re-bought the famous board game from 1986. Game Show Network has got to find some way of earning the rights to air THIS SHOW sometime on GSN. It's one of my favorite shows that needs to air along with Scrabble and Press Your Luck. Can't they find some way to reserve the rights and broadcast them? If you guys are wondering about Jim Perry's age I think I might have the answer for you. On one episode of Card Sharks, there was a contestant who said he graduated from Camden High School or was from Camden. Jim then said "you know who else graduated from there in 1952, me." So judging by that, usually a student is about eightteen when they graduate from HS, subtract 18 from 1952 and you've got 1934. Wink Martindale was also born in 1934 because he said he was "the youngest game show host" during the Game Show Hosts week on Card Sharks. So if my hypothesis is correct, Jim should be either 66 or 67. If I'm wrong, please accept my apologies. I find birthdays and birthdates so fascinating. I also collect Game Show and Television references of all kinds. I hope the new Card Sharks will be like the old one or even the '86 version(which was the one I watched when I was a kid) and not a flop like some of the other current shows like Family Feud and All New 3s' a Crowd.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday May 21, 2001 -- 3:18:01PM
Apparently, this will be the page about the new Card Sharks. The page Justin listed a few posts back is no longer valid, but can still be seen in Google's cache

Darren -- Good detective work with the ages. Interesting that he graduated from Camden... I was raised about 30 minutes from there.

FROM: Joel VanderVeen
DATE: Tuesday May 22, 2001 -- 7:21:36PM
I *** LOVE *** Card Sharks! Jim Perry is one of my favourite game show hosts and Card Sharks was a great show idea! Too bad it didn't last too long... I have a videotape with 2 episodes of C.S. on it... and I watch them all the time! The theme song, the host, the concept, the set, and even the contestants were great! CARD SHARKS RULES!

DATE: Wednesday May 23, 2001 -- 11:08:18AM
Ooooh... check out the Delaware license plate on this pic from The Onion.

FROM: P. Rosales
DATE: Friday May 25, 2001 -- 6:48:55PM
To June Perry:

If Regis did a classic game show edition of the Millionaire show, would Jim participate in the program?

DATE: Sunday May 27, 2001 -- 8:36:13PM
I dunno.....he might, he might not. Also, June, did you [or Jim] like the Bob Eubanks version of the show? For all else, catch Bob's CS tomorrow at 4:30 PM on GSN!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday May 27, 2001 -- 8:44:20PM
The Bob Eubanks version of CS is going to be on GSN tomorrow? Wow... I'll have to check for that.

Thanks for the info!

FROM: James Fabiano
DATE: Monday May 28, 2001 -- 1:26:46AM
Hi, just found this site, and June Perry posts here sometimes? Well add me to the people who would like to tell Jim thanks for those wonderful three years between 1978 and 1981 that I was fortunate to relive through reruns in the early '80s and on Game Show Network. And since I should throw in a question, here's one: what did Jim think of Bob Eubanks' job in hosting the Card Sharks revival from 1986-1989?


FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday May 28, 2001 -- 5:01:53PM
I just got done watching the Bob Eubanks version of Card Sharks and I have to say it is one of the worst abominations I've ever seen! Eubanks is generally a decent enough host, but his version of CS moves like molasses (Jim Perry was an expert at keeping things moving at a quick pace without feeling rushed), Eubanks turns the cards over like a puss (Perry had the much more dramatic snap of the wrist when he flipped a card), and the show in general has a total lack of personality.

I expected the show to be a little different since it was shot later in the 80s, but I had no idea how painfully bad it was. Hopefully the 2001 version of the show will come a little closer to approaching the flavor that Jim Perry's original version of the game had.

FROM: Barbara
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 10:48:23PM
I always enjoyed CS, thought it was a fun game. I watched mostly, though, because Jim Perry was a real hunk ~ as well as a good host. And such a wonderful smile! Some game show hosts just seem so natural, and Jim was one of those, along with Richard Dawson and Regis. They all seemed to really like people, to want the contestants to win, and to genuinely sympathize when they lost. The combination of everyday people and natural hosts can make a game show work well even if the game itself is not that taxing to the intellect. I never watched, nor even remembered, a Bob E. version, for which I am grateful.

FROM: "Game Show Man" Joe Van Ginkel
DATE: Friday June 1, 2001 -- 1:26:43AM

Actually, Eubanks got MUCH better over his three-year stint on the show. The episodes that are airing now were just when he was starting out. As he went along, he finally got the Perry Flip down pat, and was able to get into the game a bit more (although I have to agree that Jimbo was the better host of the series).

The original series was one of my first memories from childhood. I remember Jim actually scaring me when he was flipping the cards. It took Sale of The Century to get me over my overplayed fear of him.

Last I heard, Jim was supposedly doing infomercials (a fate I would wish on NO ONE). I am glad that he is actually doing other wise.

If Mrs. June Perry reads this, please give Jim my warmest regards and my hope that someday we might meet.

Thanks large,
"Game Show Man" Joe Van Ginkel

DATE: Saturday June 2, 2001 -- 11:44:40AM

First off I want to say that Jim was a part of our mornings during my teenage days in the late 70s, early 80s... truly he was one of the best of all the game show hosts I have seen in the past 30 years: friendly and professional at the same time.

When I look back at Jim's days on NBC... the biggest moments that I recall, and I like to get Jim's thoughts on those, was the $28,800 win on Card Sharks, and a few $ale of the Century big wins, including the one from Mark DeCarlo, and the bonus round win with one second left in '88 for $50K.

All the best to you and Jim. Oh, ask him one day if he's ever been to or heard of Hammonton, NJ (where I was born). p.s. my mom was born in Camden, NJ ;)


FROM: Ryan
DATE: Saturday June 2, 2001 -- 12:24:43PM
Rob -- Though I don't think June's visiting anymore right now, I'm sure Jim's heard of Hammonton. I know I have -- I was born in Medford and passed through Hammonton every time I went to North Wildwood. :)

FROM: Randy Amasia
DATE: Saturday June 2, 2001 -- 2:45:29PM
That description of the new Card Sharks has moved to -- for some inexplicable reason, GeoCities TOS-ed me.

FROM: Randy Amasia
DATE: Saturday June 2, 2001 -- 2:59:51PM
Oh, and a scan of the back of a souvenir CS playing card can be found at (Gene Wood gave me a set when I was an intern.) And June Perry, if you're reading this, please tell Erin that Randy Amasia (CSUN 81/Card Sharks intern 79) says Hi. :-)

FROM: Chris Lambert
DATE: Saturday June 2, 2001 -- 3:06:53PM
Mrs. Perry, I don't expect a response, but I wanted to pop in and add my words of admiration for Jim. I grew up on Sale of the Century (I'm 27 now) and my girlfriend and I make sure we catch Card Sharks every night. We've added his catchphrases "You're very kind" and "these nice people" to our conversations, in fact :)

I've gone on record as saying Jim was my 3rd favorite emcee, behind Mr. Cullen and Mr. Rayburn. Card Sharks stands in my top-five shows all-time.

Hope you might stop by the Original Game Show Page! sometime at . If Jim would ever be interested in a short interview, I'm sure our readers would eat it up! :)

FROM: rich cerasale
DATE: Saturday June 2, 2001 -- 3:13:11PM
Would Jim Ever Write an Autobiography about his Carrer. I been watching Card Sharks since i was a Little Kid and Started to watch the re-runs again last Year when I got Game Show Network on my cable Company.

rich from Billerica ma

FROM: Don Minyard
DATE: Saturday June 2, 2001 -- 7:39:23PM
This is great! I'd wondered what had happened to Mr. Perry. Believe it or not, I'm the guy who beat Peggy Caird on the show. She was the pregnant lady who won over $28K in two matches. She ended up winning four. The funniest part was that the show went on hiatus during her stay on the show. On Wednesday Peggy was very very very pregnant. On Thursday she was not. NBC didn't make us think Peggy was in an HMO, though. Her new baby was on the show, with a red champion nametag - "Belinda."

Mr. Perry mad me feel like a king. We got a lot of laughs during my 35 minutes of Card Sharks fame. After the show, he autographed one of his cue cards for me. So did Jack Narz, the fill-in announcer that week. It's on my den wall, along with memorabilia from later appearances on Wheel of Fortune and Scrabble. Mr. Perry helped cultivate a game show monster. I'd love to see him again sometime!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Saturday June 2, 2001 -- 8:00:59PM
Don -- Wow! I remember Peggy... she was on a couple months back on the GSN reruns. Very cool... I may even have the episode with you on tape.

Thanks for writing... feel free to drop me an e-mail (, as I've wanted to ask a few questions of contestants that appeared on Card Sharks.

FROM: David Livingston
DATE: Saturday June 2, 2001 -- 9:17:55PM
Hey everyone, I run that Card Sharks site that was listed here, the URL has changed to:

Best wishes to June and to Jim as well, tell us your thoughts on it if you'd like :)

FROM: Jason DeCanio
DATE: Wednesday June 6, 2001 -- 8:46:24PM
To June Perry, My name is Jason DeCanio, and have been a big fan of your husband since 1978, 22 years. I think he was a great game show host and I myself have done mock Card Sharks at my home with props I built myself of his version. Some say i even sound like Jim when I talk. If it would be possible if you could send me a photo of Jim of what he looks like today. My address is 642 Britons Court Oviedo Florida 32765.

FROM: James Fabiano
DATE: Friday June 8, 2001 -- 12:07:23AM
Did anyone see Family Feud last night on GSN? They were showing the game show hosts special, and Jim was on one of the teams and had one of the funniest moments I ever saw when he forgot what Scope was (to the Fast Money question "Name a kind of mouthwash"), calling it the "green stuff" over and over. Eventually Richard had to help out: "you may find out if you look in a micro....." "SCOPE! SCOPE!"


FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday June 8, 2001 -- 9:12:07AM
Oh, that's great! Wish I had known that was on -- I didn't realize that Family Feud also had a game show hosts special. Kind of interesting since Richard and Jim had a kind of rivalry going on.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday June 8, 2001 -- 9:29:50AM
Sad to say, I think Richard trumped all other game show hosts when he landed that role in The Running Man.

FROM: David
DATE: Friday June 8, 2001 -- 2:51:52PM
I saw Jim on a tv host family feud special and I also saw him on card sharks, but does Jim ever think about doing another show or miss any part of the job, I know he writes now and I want to pick up one of his books they sound interesting,best wishes to Jim. :) David

FROM: Jenny
DATE: Saturday June 9, 2001 -- 11:00:18PM

Do you know that this is the only real place that I've been able to find info on Jim Perry on the internet-and I do internet research for a living!!!

Jim Perry and Richard Dawson are my two favorite game show hosts of all time and I find it shocking that they had some sort of thing against each other since when Jim Perry was on Family Feud, there didn't seem to be any tension there. Can someone explain the situation?

DATE: Thursday June 14, 2001 -- 1:13:55AM

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday June 14, 2001 -- 9:25:00AM
Jenny -- I don't know the exact details of the Dawson-Perry feud, but I think it was generally a friendly one. I think Richard Dawson started by commenting about how Card Sharks wasn't a real game show (or something along those lines) and occasionally would take jabs at it. Jim Perry, in return, would sometimes (rarely, though) make comments about Richard Dawson. However, I guess they squashed that beef when Jim appeared on the game show host edition of Family Feud.

FROM: Bon Griffin
DATE: Wednesday June 20, 2001 -- 10:12:21PM
To Mr. and Mrs. Perry,
When I grew up back in 1983 when I was somewhat watching "Sale of the Century" back in 1983 with my mother, I hoped that many funny things was going to happen! I know about "The Horse Selling Fiasco" back in 1988, but I missed it because I was in a school run by a bunch of prisoner-like ladies who want to hurt children by using pro wrestling submission holds! What other mishaps have you been thinking about in your game show career, Mr. Perry?

FROM: Linda
DATE: Friday June 22, 2001 -- 6:21:52PM
What fun! I was looking for Jim Perry online and came across your site. I don't have time at the moment to read the whole thing. My question - why DIDBob Eubanks later take over Card Sharks? Was Jim unavailable or just unasked?

DATE: Saturday June 30, 2001 -- 6:38:04PM

FROM: Bryan Hayes
DATE: Monday July 2, 2001 -- 1:26:06AM
June, I have been watching your husband since he was doing "Sale of the Century" in the 80s. What was it like for him to do a show like that? Also, what are his opinions on the latest game shows on TV?

FROM: David
DATE: Thursday July 5, 2001 -- 11:33:36AM
I hope they start giving new episodes of Card Shark. That is a wonderful game and also cool. I always watch it and hope some day it will become the hottest new game.

FROM: Brian "Wink" Lewis
DATE: Saturday July 14, 2001 -- 1:37:12AM
Every so often, I hear little bits and pieces about the new Card Shark series and I am very disappointed with the new formats. Hello--Has anyone heard the term leave well enough alone? To make things short and sweet, please go back to the old format. From '78-'81, I was the biggest fan of CS and nobody can take that claim away from me. Let me say this: If anyone should host this fine show, it should be one who knows the game in and out and one who simply loves the game. Guess what? it's me, not someone who apparently does not totally understand the tradition of that fine program. I want to be the one that follows in the great tradition of Jim Perry and to a somewhat lighter degree, Bob Eubanks. Trust me, I'm not hatin', but I want nothing but the best results for the new series

Nuthin' But Love For The Game,
Wink Lewis

FROM: Keith
DATE: Tuesday July 17, 2001 -- 9:28:27PM
This afternoon Game Show Network ran the Card Sharks finale from 1981. Card Sharks was probably the first show I can remember. I was in kindergarten when it was canceled, but I remember watching it after coming home from nursery school and kindergarten. Jim did a great job building the drama of the program, particularly during the Money Cards.
As a student teacher this year, I introduced the Money Cards to my 4th graders during indoor recess and it was a huge hit!
I played the role of Jim, saying things like, "big bet on a 10 - I hope you're right," and "nothing or 20,000 - lower than the King!" with a dramatic flip. By the end of the year, the kids would say things like "wow, against the odds" when their peers played. It was a good way to teach probability.
Great job creating this site - keep up the good work.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday July 17, 2001 -- 9:48:01PM
Now I'm super annoyed -- the series finale for Card Sharks must have been on a different time than usual because my personal TV didn't tape it as scheduled today. Of course, this was the one episode that I've been waiting most anxiously to see and capture on video.

Keith -- did you (or anyone else reading) by chance record the series finale?

FROM: Bobby Daniels
DATE: Sunday July 22, 2001 -- 4:16:48PM
I just wanted to get a few things off my chest. I don't particularly like the new format of Gambit+Street Smarts+the Perry "Sharks"=CS 2001. I think though that Pat Bullard will do an excellent job of hosting. If it by chance does get on in the Knoxville, TN area I will give it a chance. I love Perry's version, Eubanks did all right, never seen the Rafferty versions but from what I've heard they're not very good. My format if I was at Pearson would keep the old format, keep the prize cards from the Rafferty versions, and make some adjustments in the Money Cards. 1. $500 on the first two rows and keep the Big Bet the way it is (bet at least 1/2 the money.) Minimum bet is $100. The maximum jackpot would be $72,000. 2. Shuffle in 4 Bonus Cards and if they get them they play another bonus round. 3. The extra round would be bringing out eight prize cards. 5 would be money amounts (2500, 5000, 7500, 10000, 25000) one would be a vacation, one would be a prize package, another would be a car. How to win it though would be a survey question asked by ten people. If you guess correctly, you get the prize! One away above or below would earn you 1000. 4. Two ways to get a car, win 5 games or win the Extra Round. Whadda ya think?

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday July 22, 2001 -- 11:20:15PM
Bobby -- I like your reworking of the Money Card amounts, but the rest sounds like it might be a little bit *too* much, you know? One of the reasons that Perry's version of Card Sharks worked so well was the simplicity. I think by 1981, they had the perfect rules (with the $500 bonus for running the cards -- though that could have been made better by limiting it to only the first shot at a run being worth $500 -- and with the $500 for getting an answer exactly right).

I like the 5 games = a car (kind of like Joker's Wild's second run), though.

FROM: Barry Brooks
DATE: Tuesday July 24, 2001 -- 12:55:10PM
HI! I just wanted to let Jim and June know how thrilling his show was! Card Sharks was a great concept, and Jim made it a very special show. He always rooted for the contestants, made his opinion known on the questions, and did a #1 job turning those cards. Tomorrow is the final episode again on GSN at 11am (eastern). Sale of the Century was also a huge delight for me. I was that fat kid at school without friends who liked learning. Game shows helped me through that. Thanks Jim.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday July 24, 2001 -- 1:58:07PM
Barry -- Thank you so much for posting about the final episode tomorrow. I'm going to make sure it records this time. :)

FROM: Allan
DATE: Wednesday July 25, 2001 -- 8:01:58AM
I think the Card Sharks from NBC is the best version of the two. I love the theme song which in fact was almost the same theme song as a short lived game show called Double Dare that aired on CBS back in 1977 with Alex Trebek as host. Chicago will be getting the new version with Pat Bullard as host airing on WCIU here in Chicago. I hope this version will last longer than the most recent version of Match Game which fizzled. I would bring back the original theme they used for the NBC version and for the Money Cards I would throw a Joker or 2 in the deck and increase the contestants chances of winning a car or another prize like the CBS version. I would also make the contestant make minimum bets of $100 on both of the first lines of cards and keep the Big Bet the same. I will be seeing the last show of the NBC version today on GSN at 10:00 A.M. local time. Can anybody tell me where I can find a web site about the new Card Sharks? Thanks! Allan

FROM: Adam Strom
DATE: Saturday August 11, 2001 -- 5:30:42PM
I have always been a fan of Card Sharks. I watched what I could of the Perry version when I was a tot and then when the Eubanks version hit CBS, I never missed it during breaks from school. I have found the information from Mrs. Perry to be very informative. I only wish I had caught this site when she was still posting. If she ever returns, I hope she will let Jim know that he is one of my top five favorite hosts, ranking with Bob Barker, Richard Dawson, Ray Combs, and Gene Rayburn (in no particular order).

FROM: Janet
DATE: Tuesday August 14, 2001 -- 1:14:04PM
I am a big fan of both old versions of the show. I tried out for the new version last month......and passed! I guess it's sort of a "no-brainer". From the mock game I played at the audition, I am not sure if fans of the old versions will enjoy the new game. Well, anyway, I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will get a call to tape a show soon. They say that tapings for the season will take place from August to December in Hollywood. I am not sure when the show will start airing.

FROM: Jimmy S.
DATE: Saturday August 18, 2001 -- 3:15:00AM
This may be quite late in coming, but I would like to congratulate Jim on 24 incredible years as host of the Miss Canada Pageant. I am fortunate enough to have many of those years on tape, as I'm a Pageant Historian (who knew such things existed?). I now work with several pageant systems across Canada, and none of them have the luster of the original, good ol' MC. Most of that charm came from Jim Perry, despite the recycled scripts and almost identical shows year after year. But you almost always have to love a relic ...

Congrats, Jim, on a marvelous tenure with Miss Canada.

FROM: Russ
DATE: Thursday August 30, 2001 -- 6:04:30AM

This is Russ in Troutdale, Oregon. I'm 30 years old and remember watching Jim on Card Sharks when it was on NBC. I recently subscribed to the cable service which shows Game Show Network and I'm hooked all over again, and now so is my wife. In fact, she says she can't understand why Card Sharks was ever cancelled.

Anyway I'll keep this short since it's so late (couldn't sleep so I was surfing.) I was surfing various pages trying to see what Jim was up to these days and stumbled upon the dailyping site. I hope he is enjoying writing and that he knows that he still has many, many fans.

By the way, if you two are still living in Ashland, did you escape the fire alright? What a mess!

FROM: Robert S.
DATE: Sunday September 2, 2001 -- 2:54:28PM
Hello all.

As a big game show fan ive always enjoyed card sharks and perrys other show Sale of the Century. Ive been trying to get some britain eps of the show to compare the stats and to compare which hosts were better. To me it looks like eubanks over perry because of experience over here in america perry worked half of his carrer in Canada. Maybe if perry were asked to do a sale revival he might do it if paid right. i made my own version of the money cards, but i quite havent got the way i wanted it to ive setteled on a $1,000,000+ jackpot for the money cards and to add jokers for a new luxury car for the car game. and if you happen to stumble on cdc productions site they are making a flash game for card sharks and they need your help on which way they should do it its either perry or eubanks. but i doubt that they will be adding the car game. i know a card maker that does backs of playing card designs and i have a miniture version of the money cards and i made my own card sharks board out of a pinboard and screws. if anybody also knows if perry still wants to do liturature or get back on game shows please put a message here.

Robert Seidelman

FROM: slg
DATE: Monday September 3, 2001 -- 2:33:55AM
If you don't already know, the new version of Card Sharks will begin September 17th. They have added a hidden camera venue to the show it should be really funny. The contestants have to guess what the person will do in the hidden camera video clip and if they guess right then they can play their card however they want to.

FROM: Alvaro Fuentes
DATE: Tuesday September 4, 2001 -- 11:55:40PM
I will watch Classic Concentration on this premeire November 3rd, 2001 at Game Show Network for weekends at 11:00AM and 3:00PM. The Classic Concentration was host by Alex Trebek. (July 1988 to June 1990). Also that I want to watch Tic Tac Dough on this premeire January 7th, 2002 at Game Show Network for weekdays at 8:00AM and 12:00PM. The Tic Tac Dough was host by Wink Martindale.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday September 5, 2001 -- 1:20:54AM
Shelley -- A hidden camera? Ugh. I don't like the way this new version of Card Sharks is shaping up.

FROM: brandon hill
DATE: Monday September 17, 2001 -- 2:33:55PM
I just watched the new Card Sharks and it was great! Pat Bullard was hilarious and so was the new hidden camera stuff. If anyone else got to see it, what do you think?

FROM: Bobby Daniels
DATE: Monday September 17, 2001 -- 6:41:44PM
I just got through watching the New Card Sharks and they have vastly improved over the pilots. Pat Bullard was great, the card dealer actually had a part in the show! Whoda thunk it? I'm not sure if it will have the long run of WoF or J! but I think I've fallen in love with CS again!!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday September 17, 2001 -- 8:15:33PM
Where and when can we see the new CS?

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday September 17, 2001 -- 11:30:07PM
Ryan, Ryan, Ryan. Psst.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday September 17, 2001 -- 11:57:24PM
Oh cool! Last I had checked, they didn't have that domain (AFAIK).

But, in any event, after I posted that, I saw it's on at 2:07am on CBS. I have it set to tape tonight and will report back on my thoughts... :)

FROM: Allan
DATE: Wednesday September 19, 2001 -- 8:09:30AM
I watched the premier of Card Sharks on the 17th, and I was really impressed with Pat Bullard and his game show emcee duties. I like the bigger jackpot of $51,800. The gentleman that won something like $31,000, he took a big risk on the middle row of cards going against the odds by predicting higher than the Jack and risking all of his winnings and getting it right. That player ought to be commended for his gutsy call. What does everybody think about the new set? Thanks! Allan

FROM: Andy
DATE: Wednesday September 19, 2001 -- 8:59:16PM
I just don't like the new Card Sharks. For one thing, what happened to "We surveyed 100 men and asked them .." All the players do is guess higher or lower on more cards and if they get stumped, they have to say what the person "Caught on tape" has to do and get their prediction right in order to change their card. All the players share the same deck as cards. As on the previous Card Sharks, everyone had his/her own deck of 52 playing cards. The only thing that has barely improved is the money amount on the money cards.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday September 20, 2001 -- 12:13:59AM
OK -- so it's time for me to weigh in with my opinions.

First off, let me say that the Jim Perry Card Sharks is still the best all-around version. Personality, set, assistants, game glow, contestents: it's not even close. Perry blew Eubanks out of the water.

With that said, I will say that the new version of Card Sharks ain't all that bad if you go in realizing it's going to be a different beast. Pat Bullard is no Jim Perry, but he's surprisingly comfortable in his role as host, even in the debut episodes. The game play is OK, but nothing innovative. I think that the "clip chips" offer a similar "guess human nature"-type question as did the toss-up questions on the original show, but there aren't enough of them. There's too much time spent turning cards over.

I will split from the previous comments about the money cards: I don't like 'em. The strategy and planning is gone since the player gets $700 on each level. There are less cards, but even a total dolt can go away with tens of thousands of dollars in a minute or two. Take the case Allan mentioned above -- I couldn't believe that the dumb ass bet all of his money HIGHER on a Jack. Jim Perry would have said, "Jacks scare me..." if someone made that stupid bet LOWER on a Jack, with the odds. But higher? Turns out the guy was right (hm... coincidence?) and he walked away with something like $30,000. I wasn't cheering him -- I was yelling, "How did that jackass win all that money?"

But, like I said, the show surprised me, in general. The main part of the game has a decent flow to it and Bullard is a good host. The female assistant does wonderfully in her role, and even gave props to Jim Perry on the episode I saw. Plus, the game doesn't overdo it on flashy lights and glitz and glamour like most prime-time game shows. It actually maintains a similar simplicity to the original game. It's a shame that the money cards are so weak -- it's the most minor part, timewise, of this new show, but that's where all the money is.

And even though the new show's pretty decent, I doubt it'll get anywhere with a 2:07am timeslot on CBS...

FROM: Matt
DATE: Thursday September 20, 2001 -- 12:58:30AM
Hey All,
Maybe we can start an email or letter writing campaign to get it on at an earlier time. replace Regis with Pat!

FROM: Alan T.
DATE: Thursday September 20, 2001 -- 3:45:21PM
I am very disappointed with the new "Card Sharks". Once again, Pearson, (now Fremantle), has taken a classic Mark Goodson game show and altered the format to such a point that the game itself is almost meaningless. Why did they choose to have one row of seven cards instead of two rows of five cards? At least before all a player had to do was call 5 cards correctly to win. Now a player could call a few cards right, miss one, only to have the other contestant call the remaining card(s) right and win the match. Stupid! Two players should not share the same row of cards. I never saw the Jim Perry episodes when they originally aired on NBC in 1978-1981, but I was, (and still am), a big fan of the 1986-1989 CBS version with Bob Eubanks and the 1986-1987 syndicated version with Bill Rafferty. I also think Ray Combs was/is the best host of Family Feud. By the way, on Monday, Oct. 1st, Game Show Network is making even more changes to their programming schedule. Those changes include:

8-9am EST: Infomercials will replace Family Feud, (ABC Dawson), and The Newlywed Game

11:30am: Card Sharks will replace Tattletales (no mention as to which version of CS this will be)*hopefully Rafferty*

12:30pm: Match Game (1990-1991 ABC eps. w/ Ross Shafer) will replace The Newlywed Game

4am-6am: Black & White Overnight (B&W eps of What's My Line?, To Tell The Truth, I've Got A Secret, etc.) will replace infomercials

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday September 20, 2001 -- 3:48:16PM
Infomercials? Yuck. Those Family Feud episodes with Richard Dawson are classics.

At least Press Your Luck is back on the air. :) Now, let's just get Treasure Hunt on and we'll be good.

FROM: Andy
DATE: Thursday September 20, 2001 -- 5:05:19PM
Thank you to all who don't like the new Card Sharks. Freemantle (formally Pearson) took one of MG/BT's and trashed it just like what they did with Family Fued. They altered the games a little and took it too far. Their remake of Family Fued isn't as bad as their Card Sharks, but lets face it, Perry was the coolest out of the 3 hosts, but Eubanks was the true comedian. On FF, Dawson was king. No one can ever replace him. Ray Combs was ok for FF, but he would have done better as that guy in the wrestling ring that says "Let's Get Ready to Rumble."

The changes to GSN well, is a little good and a little bad. First of all, the infomercials that will replace Family Fued(Dawson) and New Newlywed game is a bad thing, but I really like the classic game shows (4-5) that will replace infomercials.

FROM: Bobby Daniels
DATE: Friday September 21, 2001 -- 8:51:47PM
All the guys that are busting the New Card Sharks...We asked 100 people who don't like the way the game is played Would you like some cheese with that whine?

FROM: Joshua
DATE: Friday September 21, 2001 -- 8:55:07PM
I saw the new Card Sharks. AND IT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I prefer the Jim Perry/Bob Eubanks version. The new Card Sharks is nothing like the old one. They dont have the survey questions. They use some dumb hidden video thing, which sucks. The game play is not like how it used to be and it did not in any way feel like the old Card Sharks.

FROM: Adam
DATE: Friday September 21, 2001 -- 9:04:14PM
I think that they should take the new Card Sharks off the air!!! It's a disgrace, the Jim perry version was the best. They took a great show and trashed it. I will stick to watching reruns of Jim Perry Card Sharks on GSN.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Saturday September 22, 2001 -- 12:23:09AM
Wow -- I thought I was going to be the harshest critic of the show considering how Jim Perry's Card Sharks basically WAS my childhood.

Here's a question for all of you that hate the new version: how do you like it versus the glitzier game shows of current time like Who Wants to be a Millionaire, etc...?

FROM: Jimmy
DATE: Wednesday September 26, 2001 -- 10:21:44PM
We asked 100 people if they hated the new Card Sharks? How many of them said yes?

FROM: tbone69692001
DATE: Saturday September 29, 2001 -- 10:57:43AM
I'm one of those 100. The new version should be brimstoned and fired. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the host and the dealer, but it's just how the new version is played. I used to watch the Eubanks version a little bit as a kid, but Perry was the better host. What's your opinion if Bob Barker hosted it? Imagine him giving the players false senses of security for the Money Cards round. (He likes to do that on TPIR, as we all know. LOL.)

FROM: Ealon G.
DATE: Sunday September 30, 2001 -- 7:32:55PM
Does Anyone Know Where I Can Download And Play The Old MS-DOS Version Of Concentration. In This Game You Turn Over Cards Of Which Are Prizes. You Also Figure Out The Puzzles And After That You Try To Win A Car. If Anyone Knows Where To Find This. Please Let Me Know. Thanks.

FROM: Kent
DATE: Friday October 5, 2001 -- 9:41:02PM
As several people have posted above, it is very difficult to find information on Jim Perry on the web. I am glad I stumbled on this site. If anyone knows his date of birth I would appreciate them posting it. I keep a list of famous people and try to be as complete as possible. I can't seem to locate his date of birth anywhere.

As to the game, Card Sharks, it was beautiful in it's simplicity. Can't get much more elemental than saying "higher" or "lower". It doesn't sound that exciting in print but live it was great.


FROM: Lisa E.
DATE: Saturday October 6, 2001 -- 3:05:57PM
As a long time fan of Jim Perry's work and now on a Spirit Quest of my own, I would dearly love to get a copy of his book, but I have not found anyone who carries it, not even Amazon. As I now live in England (formerly New York City), its even more difficult. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Your help is very much appreciated.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday October 7, 2001 -- 10:18:14AM
Lisa -- Keep an eye on It pops up there every so often.

FROM: linda greenwood
DATE: Friday October 26, 2001 -- 2:20:21AM
how come there is no windows 98 card shark game?

FROM: Lisa E
DATE: Friday October 26, 2001 -- 8:17:42AM
Thanks Ryan --

Unfortunately is limited to people residing in the US -- I dont qualify any more

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday October 26, 2001 -- 9:26:35AM
Linda -- There is a DOS one, at least... if you ask me, it'd be the perfect collaborative Flash game for the web.

Lisa -- I actually found mine through might want to check that out, too.

FROM: Alvaro Fuentes
DATE: Thursday November 1, 2001 -- 11:13:41PM
I Will Watch and Airing The Game Called Classic Concentration on Game Show Network For Premiere on November 3rd, 2001 For Weekends 11:00AM. From July 1988 to June 1990, Each Time the Contestant Correctly Solved the Puzzle, They Would Play the Best Out of Three Games to Have a Chance to Play For a New Car. I Think I Love It.

FROM: omar arias
DATE: Thursday November 22, 2001 -- 5:21:33PM
hi i was wondering if you could teach me or send me instructions on hot to do this card trick by placing the cards on the table in a straight line and moving it back and forward. thank u i would really apprecated it.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday November 22, 2001 -- 6:02:18PM
Somebody has missed the point of this Ping...

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday November 22, 2001 -- 7:28:47PM
Instead of instructions, I say we send 'im to the moooon!!!

FROM: Kent Smith
DATE: Thursday November 22, 2001 -- 11:25:23PM
Kent Smith:

I Don't Like This New Version Of

"Card Sharks". It Just Plain Sucks!!!!!

I Think They Should Replace Pat Bullard

With Britney Spears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FROM: Kent Smith
DATE: Thursday November 22, 2001 -- 11:30:23PM
Kent Smith:

Has Peter Tomarken Ever Met Jim Perry And Have They Ever Been Good Friends?

FROM: robert
DATE: Thursday November 29, 2001 -- 3:33:57PM
I was just wondering how could I register to be on the card sharks game show ok then thank you for your time.

FROM: Alan T.
DATE: Sunday December 9, 2001 -- 11:16:16AM
According to Broadcasting and, the current syndicated Card Sharks with Pat Bullard has been cancelled.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday December 9, 2001 -- 11:56:05AM
Wow... that was fast.

FROM: Christina Crowe [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 8, 2002 -- 5:45:49 pm
I was a fan of Jim Perry, but one question:

Is Jim Perry kissing on Card Sharks?

I know Richard Dawson is kissing female contestants on "Famliy Fued".

Christina from Albany, GA.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday January 8, 2002 -- 6:16:17 pm
That was the most strangely constructed set of sentences I've ever seen.

DATE: Wednesday January 9, 2002 -- 1:56:04 am
I use to watch a lot of game shows when i was young sometimes i would even fake sick to watch card sharks and press your luck what ever happen to those days when they had game shows on in the morning ohh well things change i guess now its crappy talk shows and soaps

FROM: Captain Kayley Bennigan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 15, 2002 -- 11:50:53 pm
I agree with John, perfectly entertaining stuff in the morning, which brought us joy and happiness and peace inside our souls in the daytime, full of childlike whimsy, joy, serendipity and mind-stimulating happiness that made our blood worth the pulse in the morning, has now been replaced, sans TPIR, with verbally abusive beasts in human form, sin, staining and soling, beer and whoring, beatings, jabber that humans don't understand that might as well be native Vulcan, exploited children who were, in reality, abused or neglected in their homes, but are nevertheless hauled out and humiliated and made to look like THEY, by nature, are the "evil filth" in the eyes of ALL the nation, thus receiving MORE emotional abuse as a result(or what they ave been taught without a single moment of reason by their own parents to believe as such), and a lower blow to their already nonexistent self-esteem and whatever related therein. And usually it's mostly mindless folks who view all of the above in the live audience.

Great society/country, don't you think?

Bob...Peter...Wink...Jim...come back...PURIFY US.

FROM: Christina Crowe [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 24, 2002 -- 4:40:12 pm
I agree with Kayley. Bob Eubanks' and Pat Bullard version sucks! Jim Perry, Peter Tomarken, and Winkster... COME BACK.

Christina Crowe from Albany, GA

FROM: Dave
DATE: Sunday February 10, 2002 -- 11:04:58 am
I'm the one who introduced June Perry to this forum. She and Jim have made a succesful move to sunny Florida where they're spending most of their time personalizing their new house. They've made some new friends and they are truly enjoying themselves.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday February 10, 2002 -- 12:09:02 pm
Dave -- Thanks for the update! From Oregon to Florida... that's one heck of a move.

Pass our best along to them. :)

FROM: Christina Crowe [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday February 12, 2002 -- 9:28:12 pm
Where is Jim Perry in Florida? In spring break last year, I went to Destin, FL and it's quite a warm state out here. Thanks.

Christina Crowe from Albany, GA.

FROM: Chris Lambert [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday February 21, 2002 -- 6:44:33 pm

If you get the chance, tell Jim and June to stop by my website: I've just launched a Sale tribute page.

Thanks ("you're very kind"), Chris

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday February 23, 2002 -- 12:49:56 pm
Looks like they're bringing another classic game show back. :) Let's see if it lasts longer than the new Card Sharks.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Saturday February 23, 2002 -- 2:42:12 pm
If Peter Tomarkin came back, that would be worth it... but Todd Newton? Good God, he's already all over E!

FROM: Alvaro Fuentes
DATE: Tuesday February 26, 2002 -- 10:50:48 pm
By the Way, on Monday May 6th, 2002, Game Show Network is Making More Changes to thier Programming Schedule. 3:30pm: Sale of the Century (w. Jim Perry 1983-1989) will Replace Tattletales. 8-9am: Full Hour of Bert Convy (Tattletales and Super Password) will Replace Infomercials. Weekends 3-4pm: Full Hour of Blockbusters (Bill Cullen and Bill Rafferty) will Replace The $25,000 Pyramid and Password. Weekends on Late Night 1:30am-4:00am: The Price is Right w. Tom Kennedy (1:30am-2:30am), Wipeout w. Peter Tomarken (2:30am-3:00am), Tic Tac Dough w. Patrick Wayne (3:00am-3:30am) and The Joker's Wild w. Pat Finn (3:30am-4:00am) Will Replace Press Your Luck, Greed (1 Hour), The 1.98 Beauty Show and The Dating Game. I Hope I Will Join The Fun. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday February 26, 2002 -- 11:10:49 pm
Thanks for the info!

FROM: \"Game Show Man\" Joe Van Ginkel
DATE: Friday March 1, 2002 -- 12:43:09 am
I don't know if that guy is telling you the truth about GSN changing its schedule...but I'll tell you one thing that's true: Endless Games is releasing a board game based on Card Sharks. You can find a picture of the box at their website:

I can't wait!

FROM: Christina Crowe [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday March 2, 2002 -- 7:35:40 pm
That's good, Game Show Man. That I like the all new Card Sharks. That one that Pat Bullard hosted. He is going down and I like that Jim Perry one. He's the best, and Jim Peck's the best, too!

DATE: Thursday March 7, 2002 -- 2:27:59 am
I am from Canada and as you are probably aware, Jim Perry was quite the icon in this country during the 70's and 80's in Canada. You may not be aware that he was quite a disc jockey, working for a while at 77WABC, which was the most important pop music station of its era, ca. 1963-1980

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday March 7, 2002 -- 9:26:59 am
That's not surprising -- Jim's voice would have been perfect for radio! I hope that Jim thinks about writing a biography about his days in radio and television... I have a feeling it would be great reading.

FROM: Christina Crowe [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday March 14, 2002 -- 1:29:20 pm
Ryan, Jim Perry is good voice on the radio. I think that Jim is going to write an autobiography of his carrer on Television and radio. Jim, You are in my heart and your mine.

Christina Crowe
from Albany, GA

FROM: waqas [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday April 29, 2002 -- 6:05:32 am
i am very poor i am was listen the sexy movise very much money i am agree plz hepl me if you dotn, mind

DATE: Saturday May 18, 2002 -- 3:42:41 pm

FROM: kim chapman
DATE: Saturday May 18, 2002 -- 3:43:55 pm

FROM: Alvaro Fuentes [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday May 19, 2002 -- 3:04:26 pm
By The Way, I Will Watch Wipeout on This Premiere June 29th, 2002 on Game Show Network For Weekends Overnight at 3:30AM Eastern. Wipeout Was Hosted By Peter Tomarken.

FROM: GameShowFanatic
DATE: Wednesday May 29, 2002 -- 2:16:30 pm
I find it absolutely HILARIOUS that you people actually bought the idea that the "June" who wrote the above emails was ACTUALLY June Perry, Jim's wife! Too funny!

DATE: Saturday June 15, 2002 -- 12:04:17 am
On This Premiere January 2003, Here's is the GSN Schedule: Weekdays: 8am: Card Sharks (Jim Perry) 8:30am: Family Feud (Ray Combs, CBS 1988-1992) 9am: Password Plus (1979-1982) 9:30am: Bumper Stumpers (Al DuBois) 10am: Fandango (Bill Anderson) 10:30am: Classic Concentration (Alex Trebek) 11am: Match Game (Gene Rayburn, 1979-1982 Daily Syn. Version) 11:30am: The $25,000 Pyramid (Dick Clark) 12pm: Blockbusters (Bill Cullen) 12:30pm: Let's Make a Deal (Monty Hall, 70's) 1pm: Hollywood Squares (Peter Marshall) 1:30pm: Concentration (Jack Narz) 2pm: Tic Tac Dough (Wink Martindale) 2:30pm: The Joker's Wild (Jack Barry) 3pm: The Newlywed Game (Bob Eubanks, 1985-1988) 3:30pm: Love Connection (Chuck Woolery) 4pm: Scrabble (Chuck Woolery, 1984-1990) 4:30pm: Sale of the Century (Jim Perry, 1983-1989) 5pm: Press Your Luck (Peter Tomarken) 5:30pm: Hollywood Squares (John Davidson) 6pm: Trivia Track (Marianne Curan) 6:30pm: Super Decades (Marianne Curan) 7pm: Wheel of Fortune (Pat Sajak and Vanna White, 1989-1999) 7:30pm: Jeopardy! (Alex Trebek) 8pm: Family Fued (Richard Dawson) 8:30pm: Match Game '7X (Gene Rayburn 9pm: The Price is Right (Bob Barker, 1989-1999) 10pm: Dating Game (Jim Lange) 10:30pm: Win, Lose or Draw (1987-1990) 11pm: Card Sharks (Bob Eubanks) 11:30pm: Super Password (Bert Convy) 12am: Supermarket Sweep (David Ruprecht) 12:30am: Shop Til' You Drop (Pat Finn 1am-4am: Black and White Overnight Weekends: 8am: Child's Play (Bill Cullen) 8:30am: Bullseye (Jim Lange) 9am: Card Sharks (Bill Rafferty) 9:30am: Scrabble (Chuck Woolery, 1993) 10am: Break The Bank (1976-1977) 10:30am: High Rollers (Wink Martindale) 11am: Pass the Buck (Bill Cullen) 11:30am: Name That Tune (Jim Lange) 12pm: Match Game (Ross Shafer) 12:30pm: Chain Reaction (Bill Cullen) 1pm: Blockbusters (Bill Rafferty) 1:30pm: Hot Potato (Bill Cullen) 2pm: Wipeout (Peter Tomarken) 2:30pm: Body Language (Tom Kennedy) 3pm: Double Dare (Alex Trebek) 3:30pm: Dream House (Bob Eubanks) 4pm: Bargain Hunters (Peter Tomarken) 4:30pm: Battlestars (Alex Trebek) 5pm: Now You See it (Jack Narz) 5:30pm: Hit-Man (Peter Tomarken) 6pm: Play The Percentages (Geoff Edwards) 6:30pm: Treasure Hunt (Geoff Edwards) 7pm: Pitfall (Alex Trebek) 7:30pm: Caesar's Challenge 8pm: High Rollers (Alex Trebek) 8:30pm: Name That Tune (Tom Kennedy) 9pm: Top Card 9:30pm: $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime (Jim Lange) 10pm: Password (Allen Ludden) 10:30pm: Password (Allen Ludden) 11pm: Match Game PM (Gene Rayburn) 11:30pm: Tattletales (Bert Convy, 1982-1984) 12am: Tic Tac Dough (Patrick Wayne) 12:30am: The Joker's Wild (Pat Finn) 1am-4am: Black and White Overnight

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Saturday June 15, 2002 -- 3:05:01 am
Game Show Fanatic: er... you're the first person that doubts it was June.

Anonymous: I see $ale of the Century is still planned for GSN... very cool.

FROM: Joe Van Ginkel [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday September 2, 2002 -- 3:42:16 pm

Whoever's telling you that "$ale of the Century" (or most of the material on this schedule that isn't already on the network) is going to be on GSN is lying through their teeth. No one associated with the network has announced plans to even negotiate for the show (although that are on good terms with FremantleMedia, who currently owns the rights to the series). In other words, it would appear that you've picked up what newsgroup and bulletin board readers commonly refer to as a TROLL. Whoever it is, I heartly recommend you ignore them.

In news related to "Card Sharks," as I've mentioned in previous posts here, New York-based game company Endless Games has been working on a home game for "Card Sharks," which they have just released. A gentleman who runs a game show review site (by the name of David Livingston) has posted a review of the new game along with pictures (!). This is the first time that Endless Games (who has previously put out new home games for "Password," "Pyramid," and "Family Feud," among others) has adapted a show that hasn't ever had one; previous adaptations were scaled down versions of previously made games.

If you're really into "Card Sharks," Ryan, I recommend you hunt this game down. Here is the link to the review:

BTW, I'm not a shill for Endless...I'm just a hardcore game show fan bringing a neat item to your attention.

"Game Show Man" Joe Van Ginkel

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday September 2, 2002 -- 10:19:45 pm
Looks very cool, Joe. Thanks for passing that along! Perhaps I can get a "review copy" for the Ping. :)

FROM: Joe Van Ginkel [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday September 3, 2002 -- 3:20:54 am
Glad to hear it. It really is one of their better efforts, even with their notorious practice of cost-cutting, as evidenced with the inclusion of generic card decks which, while still looking quite nice, don't quite compare to the "CS" backs Card Sharks production designer Jim Agazzi designed for the two previous shows.

Still, this is one of Endless' best games.

"Game Show Man" Joe Van Ginkel

DATE: Tuesday September 3, 2002 -- 4:29:24 am
Just a comment going back to the original subject of this Ping.
This show was shown for many years in the UK running under the name of 'Play Your Cards Right'. It was hosted by a chap called Bruce Forsyth, probably the UK's top quiz/game show presenter. I'm pretty sure it ran through most of the 70's and 80's.

FROM: Joe Van Ginkel [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday September 6, 2002 -- 12:53:39 am
Actually, as I understand, the show didn't start in the UK until 1980. I've seen pics of the 1990's version, and it certainly seems like a first rate show.

I've also heard that they're planning a new Play Your Cards Right for the new season in Britain. Forsyth will still host, as I understand.

FROM: Christina Crowe
DATE: Tuesday December 31, 2002 -- 12:42:35 am
I Instant message to Jim Perry is from Albany, GA. But I don't know if he's a game show host or not.

Christina Crowe from Albany, GA

"No brain, no pain. Think about it." Gus Gilbert, Pet Sematary 2 (1992)

FROM: Mark
DATE: Wednesday January 1, 2003 -- 12:57:56 am
I just found this post and im very happy to make a comment; Jim, im a Canadian - and I remember you from Definition, but notably from first version of cardsharks; I just got a trial run of gameshow - and man its nice to see the original; i liked it best; though some rules like doubles = lose money, and no change cards after base were really to advantage of house; your excitement was super and genuine, and having done some work in broadcast myself, I list you as an idol; didnt realize how much i liked your work; I hope u remain in good health and all the best in 2003; I also enjoyed your work on Sale, tho I again rank Card sharks as the most enjoyable - probly next to TPIR

FROM: Christina Crowe
DATE: Sunday March 30, 2003 -- 3:44:58 pm
Guess What?? Card Sharks is back on the GSN on March 17, 2003. Pass it along.

FROM: Game Show Man Joe [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday April 25, 2003 -- 12:18:32 am
I just thought you might like to know:

TODAY is the 25th Anniversary of Card Sharks' debut on NBC.

Jim Perry rules.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday April 25, 2003 -- 9:15:23 am
Thanks, Joe! I'll have to celebrate by watching the premiere episode on tape...

FROM: Andrew Schroy
DATE: Thursday July 3, 2003 -- 12:20:45 am
Pat Bullard was funny all right, but he was no Jim Perry. But the gameplay... MY GOD! THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST REVIVALS I'VE EVER SEEN (aside from the 1990 Tic-Tac-Dough revival)!!! What happened to the awkward "100 People" dilemmas? Why did we have to share one row of seven cards? What happened to the car game? This revival was lame and stupid. If Jim had returned, and the gameplay was not screwed up by Pierce & Dismantle, we might've gotten a runaway hit! (At least Sony didn't screw up gameplay for the new Pyramid with Donny Osmond and put in, oh, man-on-the-street stunts, or "Pyramid Players"). Let's get Jim back in the spotlight, what do you say? If Jim's wife reads this, I think she'll agree.

FROM: Andrew Schroy
DATE: Saturday July 5, 2003 -- 3:02:42 pm
Game Show Man, is the revival of the British version of Card Sharks going to just be called "Play Your Cards Right", or "Bruce Forsyth's Play Your Cards Right"? (I do know ol' Brucie [even though I've never seen any episodes of PYCR, 'cause I've never been overseas] is coming back, and I think the grand prize is a car + (I think) 36,000 pounds, right?

FROM: Andrew Schroy
DATE: Monday July 14, 2003 -- 12:27:28 pm
Robert Seidelman -

I've checked out your revivals page on your website and THANK GOD you chose to revive CARD SHARKS the right way. Bringing back Jim Perry as host seems to be a good idea, and I think using Burton Richardson as announcer is also a plus. (FYI, I actually thought Burton was the announcer on the lamented 2001 revival with Pat Bullard, but surprisingly, Gary Kroeger [of Whammy!] announced. If it was Burton announcing, he'd probably would've sounded like this:

"If one of these player plays their caaaaaaaaards right, theyyyyyy can win $50,000 in cash! It's time for the All-New Card Shaaaaaaaaaaaaaarks! Here's the STAR of our show, Paaaaaaaat Bullaaaaaard!"

Semi-OT - That's another plus for trying to bring back Jim Perry for a Sale of the Century revival (or if Jim wasn't around, maybe Peter Tomarken could host it) I've actually enjoyed this show thanks to USA reruns. As for announcer, Rod Roddy and/or Charlie Tuna seems like a good choice, but, I seem to be closer to Burton, and it's also surprising that you plan to turn the first Australian game show imported to America into a $1,000,000 type show on NBC primetime. Very interesting! This is my guess on hosts and announcers

Your first choice:
Host - Jim Perry
Announcer - Rod Roddy

Your second choice:
Host - Peter Tomarken
Announcer - Rod Roddy

Your third choice:
Host - Jim Perry
Announcer - Charlie Tuna

Your fourth choice:
Host - Peter Tomarken
Announcer - Charlie Tuna

What would you choose?

Back on-topic: If I ever want to see the British version of Card Sharks ( Bruce Forsyth's Play Your Cards Right), should I get myself one of those VCR-like machines that lets you watch TV shows from another country? If I can, then where can I buy it, and how much does it cost? (God please hope it's not over $100!)

Mr. Seidelman, I thank you for doing the right thing in a way to revive Card Sharks.

I'll post later!!

FROM: Andrew Schroy
DATE: Tuesday July 15, 2003 -- 11:24:45 am
Check out the home version of Card Sharks: It has the 2001 logo on the cover, but you play it like it is the Jim Perry version of the show (obviously there's no way you can watch man-on-the-street clips while playing the game) and the players don't share one row of seven cards here (I've always thought that sharing is good, but this was ridiculous on the '01 revival). And I think the board game's Money Cards are played just like Jim's version of the Money Cards (maybe Bob's, but I don't know).

Off-Topic: Robert Seidelman, please go to the Nickelodeon JUMP THE SHARK page. You'll see pretty negative posts here.

FROM: Mark
DATE: Saturday September 6, 2003 -- 6:35:01 pm
If only one station would rerun Definition up here in Canada. I've heard of it a few times, but never seen it. Im surprised that GSN doesnt have the rights to run it either. Maybe the tapes are lost, but up here they have so many tv reruns of things, but hardly ever show game shows, and i really dont think that CTV or CBC erased tapes , if so, not as much as in the US.

FROM: jason
DATE: Wednesday October 8, 2003 -- 12:34:34 pm
I would like for someone to e-mail me the flow of the cards for 1 or 2 of the card sharks game boards.

I do not have a TV!

DATE: Thursday January 8, 2004 -- 7:26:48 pm


FROM: Dave Mock
DATE: Sunday May 23, 2004 -- 7:01:22 pm
Very nice "ping" on "Card Sharks" and Jim Perry. I just ran across it a few minutes ago.

I don't know if you are aware, but I have just learned today of the death longtime "Card Sharks" announcer Gene Wood. It's a great loss to me because he was part of my TV-watching life from virtually the beginning (I'm 36) and after Johnny Olson's death, he WAS the voice of Mark Goodson Productions. He also seemed to be a great sidekick to Jim and to Richard Dawson on "Family Feud."

FROM: Sammy Reed
DATE: Wednesday July 21, 2004 -- 4:44:04 pm
Last night I was looking for giant playing cards, because I too would like to have my own deck of "Card Sharks"-type cards. There are a few websites selling 8X12-inch playing cards for around $30 a deck. The cheapest I found was:
They have them for $28.95. There are a few other sites out there selling them.

FROM: Sammy Reed
DATE: Thursday July 22, 2004 -- 2:08:50 am
P.S.: The brand name for the cards I found is Colossal Playing Cards. If you search that phrase, you're sure to find a few places that sell them.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday July 29, 2004 -- 9:26:33 am
Card Sharks is returning to GSN (the network formerly known as Game Show Network), weekend mornings at 9am, starting on August 28th.


FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday July 29, 2004 -- 9:47:09 am

I have about nine tapes worth of my favorite episodes, but would love the chance to get the Norma Rae episode on tape (I just missed it the last time it was on).

Jim Perry rules.

FROM: Sammy Reed
DATE: Wednesday August 4, 2004 -- 1:39:54 pm
I got my Colossal Playing Cards today that I ordered from Nice Toys. I ve always wanted giant cards like they had on "Card Sharks", and I got 'em! Just one problem - how the heck do you shuffle the things?

FROM: Sammy Reed
DATE: Thursday August 5, 2004 -- 2:07:58 am
Let me expound on that to really tell you the problem. The makers could have at least mixed them up, to make it easier to play without having to shuffle them first, but nooooooo! It's ace of spades, 2, 3, etc, just like regular-sized decks. WHY?!? do they do this for giant-sized decks you can hardly shuffle?

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday August 5, 2004 -- 8:04:27 am
Not sure of the best way to shuffle, but make sure you have NBC's standards and practices representatives watching you when you do! :)

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday August 5, 2004 -- 9:30:10 am
Maybe you could just lay all the cards out and spread them all over the table, mixing them up that way, like they do when you play poker at a casino.

I cant imagine NBC doing it any other way, unless they built a really large automatic card shuffler. ;)

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday August 5, 2004 -- 9:31:24 am
And we're still waiting for that Joker's Wild ping, Ryan. ;p

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday August 5, 2004 -- 9:35:39 am
I'm on it, Dave. :) I actually had one written only days after this one was written, but my computer crashed before I could post it and I was so frustrated that I never rewrote it.

FROM: John Lee [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday August 18, 2004 -- 12:29:26 am
Well, I sorta like the Perry version, but I lean toward the Eubanks version more.

In the Eubanks' MC, you never lost on a double, but on the Perry version, you DID.

DATE: Monday September 27, 2004 -- 1:39:55 pm

FROM: todd schuster
DATE: Wednesday November 3, 2004 -- 8:57:08 am

FROM: todd schuster
DATE: Wednesday November 3, 2004 -- 9:02:59 am
card sharks was indeed one of the true game shows classics. with its
very straightforward format, it was easy to play along. of the 3 versions
jim perry's 1978-1981 version was the best. no offsense to bob eubanks' cbs version from 1986-1989
or the awful short lived version hosted by pat bullard from 2001-2002
but jim just had that friendly folksy
way with the contestants & the people that worked on that show.
not only that, he always looked handsome & spiffy in those 3 piece
botany 500 suits. jim, i hope you're well & happy in whatever you're doing & best wishes.

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:26:47 pm

FROM: nsin
DATE: Sunday March 20, 2005 -- 9:51:14 am
I read somewhere that Bob Eubanks gave a moving speech on the final episode - and remembered a card turner who had died early in the series. Who was that and what happened to her?

FROM: David Livingston [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday April 4, 2005 -- 9:48:47 pm
It wasn't a card turner, it was a staff member on the show. He mentions her earlier in the run also.

FROM: James Fabiano
DATE: Saturday April 9, 2005 -- 6:58:35 pm
Sorry that this is OT, but Sammy Reed, if you can, can you email me? I had a question for you and obviously you have no email showing.

To return on topic, GSN has been redeeming itself somewhat starting this past week, with a 6-hour block of classic and dare I saw some rare game shows on weekdays. One of which is Card Sharks starring Bill Rafferty. I must say he wasn't a bad host at all. Some people like him better than Bob Eubanks (his network counterpart), in fact.

FROM: Scott Temple
DATE: Friday May 13, 2005 -- 11:55:56 pm
Just to let everyone know, GSN is currently airing all three classic editions of Card Sharks. The 1978-1981 NBC episodes with Jim Perry can be seen on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00 AM Eastern. The 1986-1989 CBS episodes with Bob Eubanks can be seen on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 AM Eastern. The 1986-1987 syndicated episodes with Bill Rafferty can be seen Mondays-Fridays at 2:30 PM Eastern. This is the first time the Rafferty episodes have been aired in 7 and a half years. GSN yanked them off the schedule in October 1997 and they didn't return until April 4, 2005. Seeing as how I grew up with the Eubanks and Rafferty editions, those are my favorites. I just think the Eubanks/Rafferty era had a lot of advantages over the Perry edition. Advantages such as the 10-person audience polling questions, the educated guess questions, prize cards in the decks of the main game (Rafferty only), the car game, the "push" rule (no win, no loss) in the Money Cards if the same card popped up - I know it was used in the Perry edition too, but not until the end of the run, a contestant winning $500 for answering a 100-person survey question or educated guess question correctly, a contestant winning $100 for answering a 10-person audience polling question correctly, the ability to change one card per line in the Money Cards, a maximum of $32,000 available in the Money Cards whereas the Perry edition offered $28,800, etc. I also think the Eubanks/Rafferty edition had a much nicer set and theme music. Lacey Pemberton and Suzanna Williams were smokin' hot too.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday May 14, 2005 -- 10:20:12 am
The main problem, though: those two additions didn't have the Greatest Game Show Host Of All Time.


FROM: Scott Temple
DATE: Saturday May 14, 2005 -- 6:58:01 pm
Ryan, I think Jim Perry is a great host, but for Card Sharks I prefer Bob Eubanks and Bill Rafferty. I think it all depends on which shows a person grows up with. That probably explains why I also prefer Ray Combs on Family Feud. :)

FROM: Sammy Reed
DATE: Sunday May 15, 2005 -- 5:17:28 pm
Speaking of "greatest game show host of all time", DANG, wouldn't it have been great to see Bill Cullen host this thing?

FROM: christopher nurse
DATE: Monday May 23, 2005 -- 7:49:46 pm
i tune on gsn and watch card sharks
with jim perry @8 o' clock

DATE: Saturday May 28, 2005 -- 8:08:43 pm

FROM: Dave Olean
DATE: Wednesday June 29, 2005 -- 9:38:49 am

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday August 4, 2005 -- 12:16:05 am
The Jim Perry Card Sharks were the none. And his work on $ale of the Century and Definition is among his best in a career that spanned over three decades before his retirement. Lonnngg before he broke into TV, Jim was an outstanding basketball player in high school (he was born in the same town my mom was born...Camden, NJ; I was born in Hammonton NJ, not far from there).

Glad to hear that Jim and June are doing quite well and enjoying retirement in Florida...even good to hear Sean and Erin doing good in their endeavors as well.


FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday August 4, 2005 -- 9:50:29 am
Ah, Hammonton, home of the blueberry.

(I'm originally from Medford.)

Now, when are we going to be able to see some of Jim Perry's other shows on GSN? They've been focusing so much on new garbage that they haven't been giving the older shows enough exposure.

FROM: Sean from Brooklyn, NY
DATE: Wednesday August 17, 2005 -- 11:24:31 am
I have been a DIEHARD Card Sharks fan since I was 4 years old. I am 30 yrs. old now and can remember watching it as a child in Brooklyn. Still live here. I think that Jim Perry is the best game show host I have ever seen, and I hope that GSN finally gets the rights to $ale of the Century on of these days. The reason I am posting this is I have an idea that is simple to get Card Sharks pack on the air AND return the franchise back to prominence. First of all, the front game should be kept in tact(5 cards for both players, 4 survey questions, sudden death on last question, 2 out of 3 wins the match.) You need to have more money given out in today's game show, so each game is worth $500. I like the prize cards from the syndicated version of the show from '86-87. Give the player who runs straight though the cards without freezing a $500 bonus in cash. The Money Cards Should be played the same as the CBS version but the total of betting everything right on all 7 cards should be $160,000. The bottom line is $1000. Move up to the second line, it's $2000. Simple. And it would return the show to where it belongs. Fremantle has completely deficated on the franchise. And I think if the right set is created, the right announcer is found and, most importantly, the right host is selected, the show could live on in syndication like Wheel of Fortune.

FROM: Mark from Langley, BC Canada
DATE: Friday September 2, 2005 -- 2:17:08 am
I agree re above on many fronts. I like the idea of the upping the dollars in money cards. That concept of Cardsharks in 2001 was very doomed in my opinion from the get go. The only thing similar to the original (78 and 86) series was money cards; even there they did the cheesy take your winnings from the front game and use it to bet (so if you lose, you have nothing from the front game).

It would be nice to see some sort of interview with Jim perry at some point (one where someone has him reflect back or something).

Re restarting cardsharks, I would like to believe that would be possible; however ever since Mark Goodson productions creation of The new pir in 94/95( which I enjoyed btw), any new versions of classics such as the burger vers match game or cs, they have been changed dramatically or left stalely the same (mg - still a 5000 prize 25 years later?!).

Too bad some good creativity like goodson (mark , the late ) had doesnt seem to exist the same way; shame it is!

Comments welcome

FROM: Gary Richard Collins II
DATE: Monday January 2, 2006 -- 9:08:13 am
Hi, I'm Gary Collins II, who's not just a CS/SOTC lover, but is also a game playing buff, from Ypsilanti, MI, who's writing to say that though I have heard about Card Sharks, the Jim Perry era during the 1970s, it was I was way too young at the time and saw only 1 episode of it. However, in the early 1980s, when I was ready, I got to watch "Sale of The Century," and had the chance of seeing contestants winning fabulous prizes, and answering questions that can either earn or drop their money. I even enjoyed the Fame Game, and Instant Cash, as well, also a favorite of the SOTC bonus round was the round that a contestant must be able to solve all 4 puzzles, in 25 seconds to win a cash jackpot.
Currently, I am starting to get hooked on the late 70s/early 80s edition of "Card Sharks," and I see contestants are answering questions in a way that most people would answer for themselves. Not only I'll enjoy the Perry version, I'll also enjoy the Eubanks/Rafferty version, myself, too,
Anyways, how's Jim?! Would you also please tell him that as a kid of the 1980s, I grew up watching SOTC and haven't forgotten him since then, he did a great job hosting it. Also, since I'm also a prime-time 80s soap buff, with the exception of 1, has he ever heard of the immensely-popular soap, "Knots Landing"?! And has he ever heard of Tony-award winning actress, Michele Lee?! I like to know because her name was popular in Hollywood for 4 decades.

FROM: Alvaro Fuentes
DATE: Thursday January 12, 2006 -- 10:43:54 pm
Folks, Card Sharks 1989 With Bob Eubanks will be ended with a tearful-eyed goodbye starting on 1/29/2006 and will start all the way back from the beginning of 1986 starting on 2/4/2006 only on GSN: The Network For Games.

FROM: Bill Mack
DATE: Saturday February 25, 2006 -- 9:13:57 pm
I happened upon this site tonight. I'm assuming it's still used and looked at!

I'm a huge game show fan, and I have my own idea about how to revive "Card Sharks" for a daytime gameshow. It may not be popular though, but nevertheless I'd like to share it at this time, and get all feedback from the others on this board.

Each program would be a self-contained episode as follows:

Segment 1 - Show's opening, contestant intros, Hi-Lo Showdown Round
Segment 2 - Classic Card Sharks game #1 & High Card Jackpot game
Segment 3 - Classic Card Sharks game #2 & game #3 if necessary
Segment 4 - Money Cards
Segment 5 - Daily Recap, 5 Match Win reward announcement, closing credits & theme (1978-1982 NBC Sharks theme used, opening poem used too, set would be somewhat different than before but hard to describe on here).

Each player would have his or her own deck of 52 playing cards, that would be shuffled & cut before going on the air. The top 5 cards would be dealt out as before, from each deck.

A new game called the Hi-Lo Showdown would be played. The players must play the 5 cards dealt, no changing of cards allowed.

The red player (champ) goes first. The first card (base) is revealed. If they call the next card correct, they win $50. If not, $0 is rewarded. Then the blue player goes next, for $50. Play alternates back and forth. The middle card is worth $100, the 4th card $150, the last card worth $200. Each player can make as much as $500 in this round, and any money won is theirs to keep.

Should one player score higher in this round than the other, then the high scorer will receive an added advantage if they get to play the Money Cards at the end of the show (more about this later).

After the break, the board has the next cards from the same two decks dealt out. Freeze bars are now added to the board, since no freezing takes place during the Hi Lo Showdown.

This time, players may change cards, and freeze, but to change base cards, they must answer a trivia toss-up. (For the sake of time and making each program a self-contained ep, trivia toss ups are used instead of the 100 people survey questions, which I realize will prove to be something unpopular with many).

Each toss up begins with 3 possible answers being read, followed by the question. (i.e. Theodore Roosevelt.....John Kennedy.....or Thomas Jefferson, which former U.S. president's likeness is NOT featured on Mount Rushmore?). The first player to buzz in has 3 seconds to answer. A correct answer wins control, but an incorrect answer or a player who takes too long to answer loses control to the other player.

4th and final question as before, is played as Sudden Death. Players winning control can play or pass. Each game won is worth $500. Best 2 out of 3 match.

Game #1 winner gets to play a mini-bonus called the "High Card Jackpot" game, worth a $1,000 cash bonus. The next 3 cards are dealt out from teh top of the game #1 winner's deck. To win the $1,000 bonus, they must predict which card is the highest card, the left card, center card, or right card. Similar to Most Expensive on Price is Right, the card picked by the player is revealed last, the other 2 cards revealed first, one at a time. In the event of a tie, the player wins. So if they chose the left card, and it was a jack, and the other 2 cards were a 7 and a jack, they'd still win the bonus.

Game #2 is played, again for $500. 4 questions, the final one being a sudden death situation.

If each player wins 1 game in Classic Card Sharks, a 3 card, 1 question sudden death tiebreaker is played (format originally adopted by Eubanks' Card Sharks). This game is also worth $500.

The Money Cards: A new deck of 52 cards (red backs for the champion as always) are shuffled and cut by the champ before going back on the air. The bottom level has $300 of betting money and 4 cards total (1 base + 3 cards to bet), the next level has $600 and 3 more cards (plus the $600 base), the top card is the BIG BET, and $1,000 of betting money is added. As always the player must wager at least half.

Should a player double each time all the way, that turns to $50,000 (nice even round number unlike CS 2001 w/the 51,800 potential).

A double (duplicate card) is still a push, no win/no loss, since it's the player against the house.

4 spare cards are dealt out to the left of the board (similar to Eubanks' version). As before, the player may change one card per line with one of the 4 spare cards. If however the player won the Hi-Lo Showdown at the start of the program, they earn an added advantage. They can use that 4th spare card, and change any card on the board anywhere (including the same space twice). If the Money Cards player did NOT win the Hi-Lo Showdown, or if the Hi-Lo Showdown ended in a tie, then that player will not have that extra added advantage.

Any contestant who wins 5 days (matches) in a row wins a $50,000 bonus. Players keep coming back to defend their championship til defeated.

Challenge of Champions Annual Tournament:
At the beginning of the 2nd season (November-sweeps month), the 16 top money winners from season 1 return to play in a 3 week, single elimination tournament of champions.

The T of C is different. The Hi Lo Showdown, High Card Jackpot and Money Cards games are eliminated. Instead, the 2 players will play a maximum of 5 Classic Card Sharks games. Game 1 is worth $2,000, game 2 worth 3,000, game 3 worth 4,000, game 4 worth 5,000. First to $10,000 or more keeps the cash, and advances to the quarter-finals. Loser keeps any cash won during the match. Should neither player reach $10,000 after the 4th game, a 3 card, 1 question game is played for $6,000.

The 15th and final day of the Tournament of Champions will have a similar match played. The first to $10,000 or more however will win $250,000 additional dollars, the runner up $100,000.

I recognize the absense of the 100 people survey, the 10 audience member survey questions, and the educated guess questions not being part of my vision of the show may lead to a lot of dissatisfaction. I never much cared for the 10 person surveys. They annoyed me and took up too much time.

I also recognize the absense of the car bonus game might make some dislike this version. Personally I like the additional rounds (High Card Jackpot & Hi-Lo Showdown). It emphasizes the cards, and the calling of cards, rather than listening to someone pontificate endlessly about a survey question. Another potential drawback to this type of format is the buzzing in aspect. Players with slower reflexes may not fend as well, but many game shows have had great success with lockout devices (Jeopardy, Press Your Luck, Sale of the Century & Blockbusters just to name a few).

Thanks for this terrific webpage! I love reading all your entries!

Bill McD.

FROM: Lisa E.
DATE: Sunday February 26, 2006 -- 3:37:11 pm
Wow - its been a LONG time since I originally posted; but I finally got my long-sought copy of Sleepers Awake - and it is an amazing read. Perserverence paid off handsomely.

I would be curious to know if Mr. Perry ever published the second book he was working on - I am sure it has to be just as thought-provoking and I would definately love to read it. His wisdom has helped me to find my way in the world yet again and for that I will be eternally grateful along with his willingness to share.

FROM: Sean from Brooklyn, N.Y.
DATE: Friday March 10, 2006 -- 9:41:40 pm
Hey Bill Mack. I like the idea. I think that in today's age of T.V. that you have to give up more money. I posted an idea for a revived Card Sharks in August. I think your idea could work with a little tweaking. I am curious, though, who would you want as the host of the show?

FROM: Julie
DATE: Tuesday March 14, 2006 -- 10:36:47 pm
Hot dog, I've been looking for AGES for anything on Jim Perry! I adored all six feet four of him on both CS and $OTC, always wished I could have met him. He was the first host I ever saw that I really felt like cared about the contestants, and they really reacted to it. There was a warmth on Jim's shows that I've never felt on another game show over the years.

I'm grateful to hear that things are well for the family. and I have tracked down "Sleeper Awakes". Planning to take a look at it.

I'm glad to finally have a forum to express my admiration for one of the best there ever was.

Blessings -- Julie :-)

FROM: Dan the party man
DATE: Wednesday March 15, 2006 -- 10:42:05 am
Each year at our Annual Summer party we play our own (usually adult) version of a classic gameshow from the 70's & 80's. Then first year we did the Newly Wed game, the next year was Matchgame and last year was family fued. The have all been outragous and having drinks while playing has added alot of fun. This year we are thinking about doing card sharks. As suggested by others on this site, I did find 12" x 8" jumbo playing cards from Colassal Cards for about $28 per deck (a little pricey). I will probably have to pay that seeing that I can't find any others. Do I splurge for 2 decks or just use one and share between the teams(yes, teams...we are going to play teams (anywhere from 2-5 players per team that way everyone gets a chance to play)? Anyway, what I need now are a bunch of the survey questions with answers. Does anyone have access to those questions or know where I can get them, preferable more adult, racey questions? Please let me know. I don't want to buy the home version of the game because they usually water those questions down to make them more family oriented. Any suggestions will help.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday March 15, 2006 -- 10:55:11 am
It sounds like your game of Strip Card Sharks eventually devolves into an orgy.

DATE: Saturday April 1, 2006 -- 10:06:31 am

FROM: Bill Mack
DATE: Tuesday April 11, 2006 -- 8:00:32 pm
Hi all, thanks for the kind feedback.

There are many different ways to "tweak" the original Card Sharks for the better, so I sometimes as a hobby or out of boredom will try to create other unique ideas for game shows.

Thanks again for the kind welcome, and I hope perhaps some of you will email me, or post on here again to talk about CS!

Warmest regards,
Bill Mack

FROM: Julie
DATE: Friday April 14, 2006 -- 12:18:22 pm
I got hold of my copy (autographed, even though to someone else, but I figured at this point, it would be the only way) of "The Sleeper Awakes" this week. A bit New Age-y for my personal taste, but I had to appreciate the candor and transparency with which Mr. Perry addressed his past and coming to terms with it.

It was here on this board that I found out the sad ending of this book did not stick, and I am grateful for that.

Blessings, Julie :-)

FROM: Darren
DATE: Thursday June 15, 2006 -- 3:34:08 am
All I have to say is Gameshow Marathon is awesome. June 15 is the return of "Card Sharks" and by the looks of the set, it is the 1978 version of the set. It will be weird seeing Ricki Lake hosting, but it will be nice to hear the old theme song again.

And I know they will play clips of Jim Perry as the host.

FROM: Sean From Brooklyn, N.Y.
DATE: Monday July 17, 2006 -- 12:19:06 pm
For all those people that are wondering when GSN would change their lineup, they have. Starting with Showing Card Sharks for an hour everyday, starting 7/17 at 2 p.m. They have moved Super Password to 4 p.m. and Family Feud to 4:30 pm. They have apparantly had enough of the Weakest Link.

Chris October 7, 2006, 11:55 pm

Hi Folks,

I just wanted to know if anyone knows the name of Jim Perry’s second self awareness book?

Any info is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


A person December 4, 2006, 8:55 pm

Does anyone know where I can get giant bicicle cards? I love the bycycle brand, and I want them to be at least 11 inches tall.

andrea d. wiener December 11, 2006, 8:19 pm

June — I don’t blame you and Jim for wanting to keep your privacy and all that…Jim had a GREAT career in game shows (I liked him on both Sale of the Century and Card Sharks! Jim’s Card Sharks was the BEST!!).

If I could ask you guys one question, this is what it would probably be: when Jim was “hot” on TV doin all those shows, how did you guys keep a normal relationship?

Thanks for reading this,

Andrea D. Wiener
New York City
(Card Sharks forever!)

Christina Crowe December 28, 2006, 11:50 pm

Hey folks,

Here’s some biography of Jim Perry:


June May 11, 2007, 3:22 pm

Jim and I lived very normal lives in between tapings. We were very into tennis in those days. Our son was a ranked Junior and we had a court at home and used it a lot for our own enjoyment and for playing with friends. We also did a lot of charity tennis tournaments in those days.
Jim only taped about once every two weeks. They’d tape 5 shows in a day, so there was plenty of free time for tennis, seeing friends, short trips, eating out, etc.
Jim was also traveling back and forth to Canada to tape his Canadian shows in those days as well; but again, he only had to go up there about every other week.
We’ve always lived quietly and privately and even more so now in our later years.
I haven’t been back on this site for a few years and I see there were more questions; but don’t have time to read or answer everything (I have a huge garden to plant this year!)
One person asked why Jim didn’t do the new Card Sharks. He couldn’t do it because he was contractually committed to Sale of the Century at that time.
You won’t find Jim’s new book because it hasn’t yet been published. Jim has asked me about putting it up on the Internet but I don’t know how to do that.
Our daughter Erin’s fiancee is a computer programmer, so one of these days we might get his input on how to set that up.
Someone asked about a recent picture of Jim. There’s a picture of Jim with one of our dogs on my Shambhala Pottery blogspot (near the very bottom), but it’s not a closeup. You can see that Jim and I have gone “au natural” and let our hair go to white. I think it looks great on him. ๐Ÿ™‚
It’s lovely that so many of you have such fond memories of the shows and Jim’s hosting ability. You’re absolutely right in that he cared very much about the contestants and wanted to make them as comfortable as possible and have them be shown at their best.

Warmests regards,

Chris Kennedy November 12, 2008, 3:15 am

Hello folks,

Today is Jim Perry’s birthday.

June, if you are reading this, if you can pass my message along, that I wish him happy birthday, and he is one of the greats and is a big inspiration for me to host shows. He always made me laugh alot and I liked his warmth. Well Happy Birthday Jim! And may you win at the money cards for a long time.

Thanks folks.

Take care,

Neil September 6, 2010, 12:50 am

This thread has run almost 10 years.
I know this is more about card sharks, however I grew up with $ale of the century, and I’m not sure if June still answers questions on here or not for Jim. And anyone who has knowledge on this could answer.
My question is…
What was the reason for the set change or makeover in the 2nd season of $ale?

I tried looking up info on this and could not find an answer, I kept thinking it was a studio fire or someting major that prompted the set to be replaced with the more golden Two-tone set.

jackie January 28, 2011, 2:12 pm

Jim is a fantastic host! My hubby and i really enjoy the re-runs of card sharks!

Jackie January 28, 2011, 2:15 pm

i recall a time on CARD SHARKS when a woman was introduced and as she answered one of the questions-she said: “being that it is 1978” and Jim had to correct her that it was actually 1979, it was hilarious and the gal said she was still getting over “the party”… she was a riot!

Gary Richard Collins II February 16, 2011, 2:24 pm

June — I heard everything that is true, especially if your husband [Jim] has been doing game shows, he’s been living a private life like you. I tried to ask his daughter about one of my favorite soap operas that I used to watch all the time, which was: Knots Landing, when she wasn’t going to forward the message. Just one of those things. But Jim’s a very wonderful man, very handsome, I enjoyed his work on “Sale of the Century,” even more incredible that I got to see him on “Card Sharks.” I didn’t know your husband was nearly a Pennsylvanian [like his former teammate, Bill Cullen was], yet Jim enjoyed Bill so much, just before he died. Just like Mr. Perry himself, Mr. Cullen was the best of the best, who always gave a darn about the contestants, who gave everybody 1st class. Thank you & be blessed!

Love, Bro. Gary C. II

Sammy Reed October 21, 2019, 10:48 am

As the old commercial said: Today the pits, tomorrow the wrinkles.
Now there are cards you can buy that are 10 1/2 by 14 1/2 inches! Not quite the 1 x 2 foot cards used on “Card Sharks”, but we’re gettin’ there.
Yeah, I know – Amazon. Now we’re ALL used to buying other stuff from them besides just books.

Sammy Reed October 22, 2019, 10:19 am

Here’s a MUCH-shorter address for the same thing.
I’m STILL learnin’ how to do this stuff.

Sammy Reed November 27, 2019, 1:12 pm

I’ve learned some things relating to the size of these cards. First of all, if you made a 200×100 pixel square in a drawing program, that should tell you that those cards couldn’t really be 2 feet by 1 foot. Just too dang high or too dang thin, or both.
By measuring closeups of the cards on YouTube using Print Screen and measuring pixel size, I found that the ratio of height to width of the cards on the show was roughly 1.35:1. Now, the 12×8-inch Colossal Playing Cards are 1.5:1, and the 14.5×10.5-inch cards I got have a ratio of 1.38:1 – closer to the cards on the show.

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