My Top Ten Card Effects

Choosing ten card effects to represent your all time favorite list is not an easy thing to do.  So much has been written on the subject of card magic, so many wonderful effects published in the last 150 years, it is an almost impossible dream. Nevertheless, I thought it would be an interesting experiment to see what I would arrive at.  I allowed myself no constraints in terms of effects, conditions or audience.  Just choose ten effects with cards that would represent my all... Read More

Darwin Ortiz

Where would we be if the great masters of magic hadn’t set the standard for excellence.  They inspired each generation to raise the bar even higher. Over the years, I would meet many of the great magicians, some of them would become my mentors and friends. I would like to begin with a special thanks to my friend and mentor, Darwin Ortiz. Darwin is from New York City and has been creating and performing card magic for well over thirty years.  Growing up in the Bronx, Darwin... Read More

The Pathway to Excellence-Part Three

THE MAGIC SPOT and Alan Alan. I was very lucky; I met Alan Alan when I was thirteen years old.  Alan Alan’s “Magic Spot” was located on 88 Southampton Row and it was a real magic shop.  The Magic Spot became a Mecca for visiting magicians from around the world.   I went to his magic shop practically every day after school and would watch his demonstrations and listen to his words of wisdom about magic, theater and life. As a mentor, Alan Alan is a rarity. I can vividly... Read More

The Pathway to Excellence-Part 2

Your own interpretation is an important part of the learning process.  This will stimulate your own emotions and guide you to make some unique “distinctions” about whatever effect you are learning.  Compare this with the watching of a video or DVD: What we have here is a totally, “passive experience”, this is a classic case of “monkey see, monkey do”. The big problem in today’s world,  is the fact that we are being exposed to so much information from so... Read More


Hello my friends Welcome to my new blog. This new site will feature all of my thoughts and inspiration dedicated to Sleight of hand Card Magic. I will be sharing a lot of ideas, ramblings and media content so stay with me over this exciting new journey. Thank you for sharing this journey with me. Your friend Mike Vincent a2a_config.linkname="Welcome"; a2a_config.linkurl=""; a2a.init("page");  Read More

The Pathway to Excellence-Part Four

The mentoring process is a very special relationship between the master and student. The master’s work is complete when the student becomes independent, of the master.  Many great stories have been based on this concept, it applies very well to our context. One of my favorite books is “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.  In this book, he talks about a very intriguing concept called “The Mastermind Group”.  This group of individuals is a support network... Read More