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TeddyBoy
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After having read Royal Road, Card College 1-4, Ortiz's At the Card Table, and referencing other books on card magic, is it still INSTRUCTIONALLY worth reading Expert at the Card Table? I understand the book's great historical significance, but is it still a "must read" for me? Given my time limitations I try to assess the value of my "next step" in my card education before I jump in.

Your comments are greatly appreciated.
So many sleights...so little time.
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The answers to this are likely to be polarised.
From an instructional perspective, if you have really worked through the other books that you have mentioned then you will have a fantastic grounding in cards, and Erdnase will offer relatively little practical material in addition.
Having said that, Erdnase remains a foundational text. Almost all subsequent card literature owes a debt, and many of the greats have obsessed over it. It is referenced frequently in conversation. For an inexpensive pamphlet it contains so much: many of the sleights described in your current books, and a few others of variable utility. Equally, the commentary and observations in the text. Buy it, browse through it, study it if you feel the urge. Either way, it is worth a small investment.
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