I would love to hear what the wisened Forum crowd has to say about this topic, purely for my own edification. --But to get to the question I have to reveal my lack of a photographic-memory...
In the 30s or 40s, somebody printed a list of the best living card men. The list included names like Vernon, Scarne, and Paul Rossini (if memory serves).
Years later, as a punk-kid, I subscribed to a long-gone, but fondly remembered magazine you may have heard of called "Richard's Almanac". (That was SO long ago, it was chiseled onto stone tablets and was delivered via pterodachtyl--but I digress...)
One issue, Mr. Richard Kaufman referred to that list and offered his current update. I believe his list included names like Daryl and Ricky Jay.
Thus I have arrived at my question for you folks. Who would be on the current list of card-manipulating demi-gods?
Obviously Ricky Jay and Daryl haven't suddenly turned crappy & thus have not lost their spots: who else is "The Current [censored]"?
What about young bucks like Asher & Fisher?
--Or old-hands like Mr. Cervon, Mr. L. Green, Mr. Sheridan?
Would Hollingworth even make the list?
I KNOW Mr. Weber deserves a spot...
Let's hear it: You guys know better than I!