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

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

Mastering Magic – Communicating with Magic.

Have you ever considered what the secrets are to a memorable performance of magic? How about the secrets that make a magical effect the strongest it can be? What about the secrets to understanding how laypeople think about magic? Most importantly, injecting meaning into your magic so that your audience responds powerfully to the experience.  For as long as I can remember, I have... 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

Cards and The Movies

For a “sleight” change of pace (that missing spelling was intentional :-)) I thought it would be fun to pay a tribute to the classic films of hollywood which featured playing cards and gambling in one context or another. I was about 7 years old when I saw the classic film “The Cincinnati Kid” directed by Norman Jewison.  Steve Mcqueen played a young hot... 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