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

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

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

My Favourite Gambling Routine “The Sting”

As promised, here is a recent video performance of a routine I consider to be top draw. I have been working on this routine for the last 15 years and it was time well spent. Enjoy If you enjoyed this routine and would like to learn it check out Darwin Ortiz’s wonderful book CARDSHARK CARDSHARK a2a_config.linkname="My Favourite Gambling Routine “The Sting”"; a2a_config.linkurl=""; a2a.init("page");  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

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

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