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

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

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

Great Cardmen-Great Performances

This week is the start of a new conversation. I thought it would be interesting to reflect on the performances of great cardmen.  It is my belief that we can accelerate our learning and understanding of card magic if we study the work of great magicians in this area.  In NLP, this is called  “Modelling- The Study of Excellence”. Mike and Bill Malone-Magic LIVE 2009 Everyday... 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 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

The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings

  I first met Larry Jennings at The Magic Castle in 1989. This was my first and only meeting with him and it was an event that would have a profound impact on my life and the direction I  would take in card magic.  My first introduction to the magic of Larry Jennings was by way of the book, Dai Vernon’s “Ultimate Card Secrets” written by Lewis Ganson.  This is one... Read More

Harry Lorayne Magic’s “Greatest Teacher” Best of Friends

The final instalment on my friend Harry Lorayne is much more than a play on words.  Harry is my friend Best of Friends Volumes 1 2 3 and has been for 28 years.  “Best of Friends” is an apt title but also represents Harry’s outstanding achievement as a writer.  From 1982 to 2007, Harry wrote and published three huge volume on card magic and close-up magic entitled... Read More

Harry Lorayne – Magic’s Greatest Teacher Part Three

Today, I am going to focus on some of the great card magic found in Harry’s books. To begin, let’s take a look at a Lorayne Classic, “The Lorayne Poker Deal”.  This routine was first published in “Hugard’s Magic Monthly” back in 1952.  Similar routines have been published, notably “The Marlo Gardner Poker Deal”.  “The Lorayne Poker Deal”... Read More

Harry Lorayne-Magic’s Greatest Teacher, Part Two

From 1978 to 1982, Harry Lorayne was my mentor and teacher in spite of the fact that I hadn’t met him. During this time, I had all of Harry’s books: Close-up Card Magic Personal Secrets My Favourite Card Tricks Decksterity Reputation Makers Rim Shots Afterthoughts These books were my bibles and formed the foundation for the rest of my journey into card magic.... Read More