My New List of Classical Card Magic

In reviewing my top 10 card effects from April 2010, I thought the time has come to share some of the new effects that have made my all time favourite list. Over the last few years, I have embraced more gambling related material and the impact has been fantastic.  There has been a long debate that card magic and gambling demonstrations cannot live side by side in a performance.... Read More

The Expert at the Card Table – A Year Long Study

A very Happy New Year to you all. I am not one for New Years Resolutions and I didn’t even make any attempt to do so for the start of this new year. The Expert at the Card Table However, I have taken on a really big project which will last probably longer than this year. I have chosen to read, study and evaluate the classic text, “The Expert at the Card Table”... Read More

Confident Deceptions by Jason Ladanye

It is an exciting time to be studying card magic. Earlier this year saw the release of Darwin Ortiz’s new book “Lessons in Card Mastery”. If you have been following my blog you will know that I wrote  an evaluation on that book. If you enjoyed Darwin’s book then perhaps you may enjoy this new book from one of his students, Jason Ladanye. Jason is a young... Read More

Lessons in Card Mastery by Darwin Ortiz

The wait is finally over. Lessons in Card Mastery is here and it was well worth the wait. Mind you, I had the privilege of reading a draft copy of this new book from Darwin Ortiz Publications and I believe this book to be Darwin’s finest contribution to the subject of Sleight of Hand Card Magic.  I am also proud of the fact that Darwin asked me to write The Foreword to his... Read More

Eugene Burger on Matt Schulien’s Fabulous Card Discoveries

This little booklet was a a revelation to me.  I was in the process of learning Matt Schulien’s wonderful effect, “The Card in The Matchbook”. I must confess that I struggled to develop the confidence to pull it off.  If you know the effect, there is a lot of work involved to to produce the convincing illusion. Studying this excellent booklet by Eugene Burger... Read More

Dai Vernon’s Ultimate Card Secrets

This article focuses on one of the finest books on card magic, Dai Vernon’s “Ultimate Card Secrets”.   This final instalment in the“Inner Secrets Series” was first published in 1976.  I got my first copy of this book around 1979/1980 and it was a dreadful display of a book, filled with lots of blank and wasted pages.  It was a big thick book and... Read More

Classic Books-Required Reading Part Four Dai Vernon’s Inner Secrets of Card Magic, Volume 1-4

Today, the spotlight is being thrown on Dai Vernon’s “Inner Secrets of Card Magic” Volumes 1,2,3 and his “Ultimate Card Secrets”, which completed the series.  To say these books have become influential in the craft of card magic is an understatement.  They opened up a whole new level of conversation in card artistry and impeccable execution since... Read More

Classic Books-Required Reading Part Three: The Secrets of Brother Hamman

I first met Brother John Hamman in Las Vegas in 1997. I was part of a group of magicians which consisted of Chris Kenner, Jon Racherbaumer, Alan Alan and Roger Klause.  I never really got into a conversation with Broth Hamman but I have been a big fan of his card work for a very long time. My first introduction was through the small booklet written by Paul Le Paul.  While it was... Read More

Classic Books-Required Reading Part Two: Down Under Deals

The next book I would like to put under the spotlight is an excellent study called “Down Under Deals”. This booklet was written by my friend Andrew Wimhurst and contains 56 pages of solid card magic. The Devil from Down Under The material in this booklet is very similar in style to that found in the work of Darwin Ortiz.  This is not a surprise because Andrew was inspired... Read More

Classic Books-Required Reading Part One

Over the next few days, I will be sharing my thoughts with you about some of the books that made a difference for me and the development of my card magic.  Since starting this blog, I have mentioned some of the early books that influenced me, there will be some over lap in this conversation becuase I want to go a little deeper into why some of the books were and still are important... Read More