This is certainly not 'the last word on cards'. There never will be a last word on cards. But it is a delightful collection of self-working card effects. Some of the brightest minds contributed: Ed Marlo, Eddie Joseph, Al Leech, Bill Simon, Eddie Fields, Oscar Weigle, Audley Walsh and of course Rufus Steele himself.
You will find the original "Sam and Moe" card story on which Bill Malone's "Sam the Bellhop" is based. I also found a very interesting magic card square routine that I was not aware of.
For anyone who likes clever card tricks which are based on subtleties, math and other clever ruses, this is a must read.
1st edition 1952; PDF 57 pages.
word count: 24041 which is equivalent to 96 standard pages of text