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Logan Five

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For me, it was Martin Nash at the Magic Castle when I was in my 20's. For me, at the time his stuff was WAY over my head and watching him perform & lecture...I wasn't alone.

Who is yours?

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All things considered, Richard Turner.
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I don't have a single one. On different occasions I saw Manolo Talman, Gabi Pareras, Dani DaOrtiz (all from Spain) and about 3 years ago I saw Shoot Ogawa. My jaw dropped with all of them. I know they are different styles and personalities and so I cannot pick just one. 

There are others I have seen live (and plenty of others I have seen on video) but those would be my choices for live performances. If I think of another one, I'll post it.

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If you mean one that (i) had technical skill, (ii) technical knowlege and (iii) could entertain I would say Harry Lorayne
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What we agreed.
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Haven’t seen Harry perform live ... always looked great on TV, DVD and VHS (!!)

Bill Goodwin knocked my eyeballs out of my head and I’ve had a chance to see Michael Vincent and Roberto Giobbi. All great
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There's so many ways to go with "talented." Funny, impressive technique, impressive presentation, combination of these ....


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The first time i saw Lenhart Green, it was live,and he did his F.I.S.M. act.It was amazing and very inspirational to watch.
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Live it was Juan Tamariz. Seemed like he was doing miracles.
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So many! And I agree with Mike that defining talented in this case is pretty much impossible. Gary Kurtz blew me away. So did Dan Garrett. 

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I saw Darwin Ortiz lecture in Chicago and he is amazing.
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If the question is "who has impressed me" - Juan Tamariz and Gary Kurtz come to mind as very high on the list of impressive magicians.

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I am lucky to live relatively near Michael Close and even took a few lessons from him. He is infinitely inspiring.
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Years ago I saw Sid Radner give his gambling demo.  Jaws dropped in the room. 
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Too many to mention!  Here are just a few:  Eric Jones, Paul Wilson, Doc Eason, Harry Lorayne, Lennart Green, Bob King, Daryl, Asi Wind, Richard Turner … and others whose names I’ll probably remember as soon as I’ve posted this.


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Tie between Harry Lorayne and Richard Turner. Harry because he picks up a deck of cards and things just happen. Richard because he's blind and has amazing control over a deck of cards.
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Hmmm.  Should I, or shouldn't I?  Yep!  I'm going to claim some bragging rights.  Back in the late '70s, I had the opportunity to sit with "The Professor", Dai Vernon, and three other guys, and just watch as he "held court" as they say.  I was awestruck, because of his icon status.  I couldn't believe I was sitting there.  What a memory for me.
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Because of where I live, my day job, etc etc.  I don't get to see any magic, nor meet any magicians.  So for me the answer is weirdly: myself!  Lol 😉
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One of the most memorable displays of talent that I’ve been able to see in person, is Harry Lorayne. His arthritis may have effected his ability to do certain tecnical moves, like a faro shuffle, he captivated us with his wonderful stories and hard-hitting and entertaining card magic. It is an experience that I’ll never forget and that I will cherish for the rest my life. Truly the best in my book.

Another magician that I had the pleasure of spending some time with at a coffee shop here in the Portland area was Dani DaOrtiz. He is absolutely incredible and fooled me multiple times. It felt like real magic!


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Benjamin Earl and Bill Malone both really amazed me.
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I saw Paul Harris in DesMoines many years ago.  He was something special for sure!

I attended a Cameron Francis lecture in Vienna.  Great stuff and a very nice guy.  









 


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Unfortunately have not seen that many cardmen live----but of those I have seen: Darwin Ortiz, Eddie Fechter and Bruce Cervon were all outstanding and all professional performers.  Only saw Allen Hayden once, but he was damn good as well.
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As with "Best," Talent and Talented are subjective, so I’ll substitute "most impressive". And, as I can’t speak for anybody else, I’ll qualify even further by saying I mean those who have impressed me.

So with that blather out of the way and in no particular order:

Roger Curzon, Paul Daniels, Joe Dignam, Wayne Dobson, Peter Duffie, Brian Glover, Paul Gordon, Paul Hallas, Steve Hamilton, Peter Kane, Harry Lorayne, Martin Nash, Fred Robinson, Rovi, Juan Tamariz, Steve Tucker.

Some aren’t strictly cardmen but know, sadly in some cases "knew," which end of the pack is which. And I have seen them all.

Of course, memory being what it is, there are more than several that I’ve omitted. I’ll be back as and when they come to mind.

Regarding "in no particular order:" Not true. They should be in alphabetical order. Although with my typing skills, they probably aren’t.

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Joshua Jay. I havent seen a lot in person but he seemed incredible.
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Well, I have not had a chance to see many in person, so I have a limited list to choose from. I have to say that Simon Lovell and Michael Ammar were quite entertaining and impressive. First time I ever saw OOTW was with Ammar and I was his spectator. Drove me crazy until I learned it. And Simon frosted me with a Mercury fold. Now the list of those I would like to see.....nah that list would be way to big to post on one page. 😉
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Gotta go with David Williamson. His "foole" act covers up great ability.
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Steve Forte for me.
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I would say the most technically talented card ..men...are Dan and Dave.

The most engaging and entertaining is Harry Lorayne....buy light years.

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I enjoy watching Tom Gagnon.  Cards just defy possibility in his hands.  If you don't get to see him in person, you can see some of his stuff on YouTube or Facebook.

Martin Nash is another good one I've seen at a lecture.  And numerous others at various magic conventions over the past 25 years.
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I have to say Juan Tamariz is the most talented I have seen.  For technical chops, Akira Fujii.
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Easy. Jon Armstrong. Saw him working for a real crowd, amazing entertainer. 
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