One of the biggest thing in Magic at the moment is Erdnase x Madison. For those of you that don't know, Daniel Madison has set out on a quest to prove he is better than Erdnase. Some people got offended on the internet and the whole thing spread like wildfire. Personally, I think Madison is already better than Erdanse. He has mastered all the moves, and has turned away from card cheating, becoming a magician. He goes in depth on how to use his moves, and explains them clearly Furthur more (and I know I am about to get a lot of hate for this), I think The Expert at The Card Table isn't even that good of a book (unless you are specifically looking to become introduced to gambling moves). I mean don't get me wrong, it is full of useful stuff, but is it "the Bible of Card Magic" that it is chocked up to be? I personally think it is just overrated. I picked up the book all excited about it, but realized its pretty much a quick cash book (as it says in the forward). Erdnase himself was a card swindler, as well as a major felonist and possibly a murderer. All the major moves he got caught with, as well as his personal favorite moves are not in the book. Most of the moves in the book are poorly explained, and/or useless, as Martin Gardner explains in his forward. Very few things are actually useful and explained fully. And a lot of the stuff is just repetitive. I mean, how different ways are you really going to need to learn on how to maintain the bottom stock? Sure, a lot of the false cuts and a lot of the moves are useful, but he never truly elaborates on how to use them, and he teaches a good portion of them incorrectly. Finally, I don't find a lot of the stuff usable in my routine. Maybe its because I don't do a lot of gambling-style magic or cheat at all, but a lot of the content is useless. For example in a performance, I (myself, not giving the deck to the spectator) would only really mix up the deck once or twice, if I even do that over a different control. If I mixed up a deck 16 times (exaggerating here), wouldn't you get suspicious, or bored? ( So The Expert at The Card Table is obviously a decent book, but is it a great "Bible of Card Magic"? I mean, can you even compare to to Card College, or the Royal Road, or any major book out there? So obviously this is my personal view point on the book, though a lot of what I said can actually be proven, or has been proven by other magicians. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.