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

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

“Handle With Carey.” A new DVD by John Carey

My friend John Carey has released his first DVD to the market place and it is excellent commercial magic. I love John’s approach to magic.  He has the technical skill to present powerful card magic and yet, he also has a great eye for simplification, directness and for exploring possibilities with classical effects.  As an example, John has done some tremendous work on the... 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

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

The 50th Bristol Day of Magic-9th May 2010

Just got back from the one day convention in Weston-Super-Mare and it was an excellent convention.  It was organised by Barrie Savage and his Two Frenchmen and a Brit dedicated team.  The line up was outstanding with Geoffrey Durham, Ian Keeble, Graham Jolly, David Stone, Etienne Pradier and yours truly. I presented a total of six shows to audiences up 50 in each of the three... Read More

The Italian Card Expert-Antonio Zuccaro

I want to introduce you all to a friend of mine, his name is Antonio Zuccaro. Antonio is a very talented card man from Italy and is a wonderful example of the inspiration Darwin Ortiz has empowered us with.  Antonio has studied card magic for quite sometime and considering how young he is, he performs very technical card magic with great fluency and certainty which is very... Read More