Card quality

Every time you open a fresh deck of Bicycle playing cards, you are handing 120 years of expertise. Are you sure about that?! – found several cards like this in a brand new deck. I bought several packs of seconds recently and I couldn’t find a single fault at all. Funny thing is I’ve handed…

Aaron Fisher wisdom

  Why would you want to learn card magic off someone who got caught doing a double lift for years, and years, and years? I don’t care if you think I’m being cruel by thinking these videos are funny but come on, who in their right mind wouldn’t find his facial expression at 2:30 bloody…

The YouTube generation is here

As most of you all know I visit a magic shop in Sheffield every few weeks and over the past year or so I’ve noticed that although the shop is getting busier and busier (which is great and shows that the current magic trend is helping magic dealers) there are more and more young magicians…

Infinity Playing Cards – Ellusionist

Thanks to Paul Gordon who mentioned this advertising description for yet another Ellusionist deck on his blog- “Infinity Playing Cards. Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand. Something changes when you pick up a deck of truly incredible playing cards. Cards that not only push the boundaries, but destroy them entirely. Infinity does that…

Dani DaOrtiz – 4 disk DVD set

Apparently the guys from EMC are to produce a 4 disk set of Dani DaOrtiz’s material! This is potentially great news – I just hope that they focus more on the effects and explanations than they do with giant screens and fancy filming (e.g The Lennart Green Master Series). Also when Dani was on the…

Jerry Sadowitz – to publish or not to publish?

It was great to see Roland of the Weekly Magic Failure and Daily Card Trick blogs mentioning Jerry Sadowitz. I envy Rolands obviously recent discovery of Sadowiz’s material and remember how great it was to discover it for the first time myself – a feeling I got the first time I discovered the Walton books….

Bad Blackpool review

Click here. Favourite quote – No way can Convention Organiser, Derek Lever and his band of merry helpers surpass 2011 – but I bet they do. I bet they don’t.

Blackpool 2011 – Brief Overview

Another year, another Blackpool convention, only this year was easily the worst I’ve ever been to. The social side as always is the best thing, if they ever cancelled the convention a huge number of magicians would still meet there every year. I think the organizers count on this fact. The FISM 2011 European Championships completely overtook the usual…

Darwin Ortiz Essay

I have being asked to take down the Darwin Ortiz’s essay. I am happy to do so and apologise for not checking with him earlier… Anyway – his essay called ‘NEXT BOOK SYNDROME’ is well worth checking out (as is his book – DESIGNING MIRACLES). I have seen the essay floating around the internet –…

Arthur Buckley

I have never really liked CARD CONTROL by Arthur Buckley. The tricks in there seem uninteresting, the thinking is rather tired and it’s ‘classic’ status seems to simply rest on it being around for such a long time. And I never hear anyone refer to anything specific from the book except the fact that it…