I bought the Le Paul book when I was 15. It was one of the first card books that used many, sequential PHOTOGRAPHS, showing the hands of the actual practitioner (Le Paul) executing the sleights explained by the text. This immediately gave me confidence that the sleights and tricks could be mastered. I mastered, for example, the Turnover Pass and Right-Hand Top Palm from this book. Some sleights, however, required me to see it expertly done by someone else. When I saw Jimmy Nuzzo execute "A Flourish and a Pass," I realized how good and deceptive it could be. There are many excellent effects in this book.
After a brief sabbatical from magic (1959-1964), I returned and started checking out magic catalogues. The first two card books I bought (from Magic Inc.) were STERANKO ON CARDS and THE CARDICIAN. Believe it or not, I was more impressed with the layout, illustrations, and style of Steranko's book. Therefore, I did not read Marlo's book until several months had passed. I thought Steranko was in the vanguard...and in many ways, he was. I learned EVERYTHING in this book and was impressed with the Lateral Palm stuff (So was Lennert Green). I was also inspired by this book to master the Mexican Turnover. Steranko's addition to the Vernon-Christ tabled reverse is brilliant.
Many people think that I don't like Steranko or his work. THIS IS UNTRUE. He was one of my early heroes and his artwork in comics and elsewhere are superb. I have almost everything he has published, including his movie magazines. (We disagree on only one issue.) Otherwise, I always recommend his stuff to serious students.