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

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

The Boston Card Expert Hits London

It was a big thrill to spend the day with my friend Tony Cabral who is in London on a short visit. Let me say right off that Tony is a superb Cardician, his work is so fooling and a joy to watch. I reviewed his DVD “The Usual Suspect” sometime back on my blog so do check it out to get an overall experience of Tony’s thinking and excellent presentation.  Great... Read More

Tony Cabral is “The Usual Suspect”

The Usual Suspects By Tony Cabral 2-Disc DVD Price: $39.95 It is available from Tony Cabral. Email: for details. Tony Cabral comes form Boston and I first heard of him from my friend Darwin Ortiz. Darwin had told me that Tony is an excellent Cardician. I had the pleasure of meeting Tony a year ago at The S.A.M CON Convention held in Boston. I liked him instantly... Read More

The Naples Card Expert – Antonio Zuccaro

Last week, I had the great pleasure to meet Antonio Zuccaro. Antonio was in London with his girlfriend Jessica and her family for a sight seeing tour of London. I took the opportunity to meet with him because I was greatly impressed by his card work after watching several of his video performances on You Tube. For someone as young as he is, Antonio handles cards with the neatness... Read More

Nothing But The Best – A Review

NOTHING BUT THE BEST- A REVIEW by Michael Vincent Nothing but The Best DVD set by Darwin Ortiz Available from Darwin Ortiz Send An Email To Darwin To Register Your Interest It has been seven years since Darwin Ortiz released a triple DVD set to the marketplace.  This new collection comes from L and L Publishing and it is fantastic.  This new project is different to any of his... Read More

Darwin Ortiz is back with “Nothing But The Best”

Darwin Ortiz is back with "Nothing But The Best" In 2007, Darwin Ortiz released his ground breaking book Designing Miracles.  This book was Darwin’s brilliant attempt to show how and why great magic works and what it take to create magic which is strong, fooling, sophisticated and memorable for a lay audience.  A book of this type is what we magicians have needed... Read More

Penn & Teller: FOOL US

How often does one get the chance to appear on national television and present world class magic?  These opportunities do not come by Michael with Jonathan Ross very often.  When they do, you grab it with both hands.  On my return home from Spain, I was presented with the  opportunity to appear on a television special with famed magicians Penn & Teller; the show would be... Read More

November Magic-Washington DC and Spain

Mike, Paul Griffin and Darwin-Maryland 2010 November was a month full of adventure.   My vacation in Washington DC was spent with my friend and mentor Darwin Ortiz.   Every visit with Darwin inspires me to raise my standard even more.   He is in my opinion “The Hofzinser” of my generation.   Every conversation with him expands my awareness about card magic and beyond.... Read More