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Fine...

Erdnase. But Royal Road and ECT are also excellent choices.
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The problem here is that the question can only be answered after the fact. The most useful book to me is the one I have learned the most from. It can't work the other way because we all bring different desires and abilities to the task. But I'm sure in the future, you will look back and be able to say what the most useful book to you was.
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The most useful book for me was Expert Card Technique, probably only because it was my first "Magic Book" it tought me a lot of the moves I would need to perform effects later on. I spent a lot of time just becoming familar with cards while reading this book, and it made me feel very comfortable handling a deck. The next two books I bought were Erdnase's Expert at the Card Table and Royal Road to Card Magic. I learned more moves from Erdnase, and basic routining from Royal Road..

I noticed that you already have two of these books on the way, and I think that you will have a great start with them!

Good luck!!
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This is an interesting question. I have read everything so far, and I like and have read all the books mentioned. However, I believe that the most USEFUL book on card magic that I ever read was "Closeup Card Magic" by Harry Lorayne.

It is self-contained, has a mix of self-working and moderate-to-difficult slieght-driven effects, and has more useable material in one place than almost any other book I read in the first decade of my magic career. I still use a half-dozen of the effects from that book, and I do them almost exactly as I learned them 35 years ago! I remember constructing three and five trick "sets" from CUCM when I first got and studied the book. It formed the core of my card material for several years. In fact, I would venture to say that the material in that book is enough for anyone to be able to put together several 20 minutes "sets" that will put them in the "Expert Cardman" category in most people's minds...

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Any votes for Downs's Art of Magic or Hofzinser's Card Conjuring?
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There is no single useful book on card magic...read & learn as much as you can, and make your own decision...what suits me, may not be good for you. All the books mentioned in this topic have there good & bad points.

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It's hard to have a definitive answer on this. On one hand, I want to say RRTCM because it is the beginners bible to magic with cards IMO, but I can't say that it is the single most "useful" book on card magic. One could go on to add that Revolutionary Card Technique or Expert at the Card Table are both just as useful as RRTCM in the overall sense. I guess it really all depends on your definition of "useful". For myself, personally, I cut my teeth on Jerry Mentzer's Counts, Cuts, Moves, and Subtlety. It was my introduction to true sleight of hand and it has held a special place in my magic book collection for a long, long time. You can't find a better resource for under $10.

FYI, if I were allowed to use a series of books, then Giobbi's CARD COLLEGE 1-5 would DEFINITELY be it. I can't imagine a more thorough and in-depth exploration and education of sleight-of-hand magic with cards from beginner to advanced.
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Put all the Harry Lorayne books in a big hat.
Shake well.
Pick one out...that's the one.
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Royal Road To Card Magic.
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It seems that we have a lot politicians responding to the OP's question. Why do I say that? Because so many people responded by answering a question they preferred rather than the one asked. I often hear politicians do that very same thing.

The OP didn't want to know what book you thought would be best for him...that would be hard to answer. The OP wanted to know which single book on card magic you thought was the most useful...with you obviously being the judge.

My Nominee: Scarne on Card Tricks - Not all gems, but there are plenty and you can generally do them with any old deck handed to you. Plus you don't need to keep your sleights in tune to perform them well.
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The Complete Illustrated Book of Card Magic by Walter Gibson.

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