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 as I by Darwin’s work.  However, Andrew’s card work... 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” has become a classic because Harry took an old principle and routined... Read More

Cy Endfield-From “Zulu” to “Entertaining Card Magic”

My first mentor in card magic was the acclaimed movie director Cy Endfield.  Some of you my remember Cy Endfield from the film he directed, “Zulu”, which stared a very young Michael Cain. How Cy Endfield came into my life is quite interesting, I first me him curtsey of Alan Alan.  I first met Alan Alan when I walked into his magic shop, “The Magic Spot”. This was in early 1978, which at that time was situated on Southampton Row in... Read More

Darwin Ortiz

Where would we be if the great masters of magic hadn’t set the standard for excellence.  They inspired each generation to raise the bar even higher. Over the years, I would meet many of the great magicians, some of them would become my mentors and friends. I would like to begin with a special thanks to my friend and mentor, Darwin Ortiz. Darwin is from New York City and has been creating and performing card magic for well over thirty years.... Read More


Hello my friends Welcome to my new blog. This new site will feature all of my thoughts and inspiration dedicated to Sleight of hand Card Magic. I will be sharing a lot of ideas, ramblings and media content so stay with me over this exciting new journey. Thank you for sharing this journey with me. Your friend Mike Vincent a2a_config.linkname="Welcome"; a2a_config.linkurl=""; a2a.init("page");  Read More