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I saw Martin Nash at the Magic Castle in my early 20's. I was convinced he could do ANYTHING with a deck of cards.

It was his performing persona that had you believing he was the real deal. A room full of other magicians were feeling the same way too! He just had the look and the "touch" with the cards.

A real long time goes by and I am in Gerry Griffin's Magic Shop and I see videos of Martin Nash for sale and I had to get me both videos. My only take on gambling routines was D.Ortiz's Gambling Scams.This was before dvd's. I watched those tapes everyday. I went on to get his other tapes in the series.

His false center deal is something I still practice almost every day, It's called Any Which Way You Want it.

Any Fans of Nash on TMF?

Nash got me interested in Gambling Routines and that's how I got back into magic and mentalism after a long layoff of many years, I did something real dumb and that was to get rid of my books on mentalism due to me not thinking right.

That's my story.

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I always have enjoyed his work. His Charming Cheat persona was very entertaining.
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The guy who got me into magic sold me a Marlo magazine and also one of the Nash Trilogy books. I have all three now. I really got into Nash early on. I met him at a 4F convention at the Forks Hotel in the mid 1980s. He was very quiet in person, not like the Charming Cheat. He showed me a twisting routine which I recognized at Omni Twist from Jon Racherbaumer. It was a routine that was in my repertoire. When I mention its name, he was surprised that I was familiar with it since it's somewhat obscure. We had a nice conversation and then he demoed some of the dealing stuff. Killer!

I didn't see him demo his tabled faro at that time. But later, when I watched the video, I was amazed. He nailed it every time and his technique looks like a real riffle shuffle i.e. the cards riffle off the thumbs. He was one of the greats.

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There never was a more charming cheat.

Beyond his ability to do the hard stuff, his understanding of character, routining, and storytelling were second to none.

I was a teenager when I received the whole reissued Videonics set of his on VHS as a Christmas gift. The Infinity & Beyond tape followed shortly thereafter, along with a set of notes I picked up while seeing him lecture in Sacramento. Like a fanboy, I even had him sign a playing card. He was quiet but kind in our little interaction.

I've sold a few magic things since then, as the situation changed and my interest waned, but I've always kept all the Nash stuff. Wouldn't think of letting it go.

It's that way with boyhood heroes, I guess.
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     Martin was a good friend.  I mentioned him in, I believe, the very first issue of APOCALYPSE, January, 1978.    He performed a lot of my stuff in his close-up card act.  He used my Lorayne Force a lot.  He once wrote - and I think I repeated it in one of my Classic Collection volumes that watching me work is what made him realize that you could make a living doing card magic.

      We got together whenever I was in Canada or he was in New York. And he called me every Christmas. The last few times he told me that he was in a wheel chair.

       Whenever we spoke - it became a "running gag" with us - he'd  thank me for sorta' giving him a career. I'd always reply - I don't know if I want to take the credit or the blame!   Lord I miss him!!
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   Oh, one of my things he did often was my Triple Mate out of The Epitome Location. I saw him him performing it once, some time ago, on the internet. Wish i Could find it.
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I saw Martin Nash at the Magic Castle in my early 20's. I was convinced he could do ANYTHING with a deck of cards.

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His false center deal is something I still practice almost every day, It's called Any Which Way You Want it.

Any Fans of Nash on TMF?

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Magicana has close to fifty clips of him performing. A lot of them are cuts from his comercial tapes. The ones I enjoyed most were clips from his appearances on The Magic Palice. Be prepared to spend some time if you go there.

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Magicana has close to fifty clips of him performing. A lot of them are cuts from his comercial tapes. The ones I enjoyed most were clips from his appearances on The Magic Palice. Be prepared to spend some time if you go there.


We've talked about developing a "persona" or a "character" and if you watch a number of Martin's videos you can clearly see him taking advantage of his wardrobe, his jewelry and his grooming in order to project an image.  He was pretty consistent with it.  There are some instructional videos where he wears a plain dress shirt, but when it came to a performance, you could pretty much count on a ruffled shirt, or something else in keeping with his cultivated persona.
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We've talked about developing a "persona" or a "character" and if you watch a number of Martin's videos you can clearly see him taking advantage of his wardrobe, his jewelry and his grooming in order to project an image.  He was pretty consistent with it.  There are some instructional videos where he wears a plain dress shirt, but when it came to a performance, you could pretty much count on a ruffled shirt, or something else in keeping with his cultivated persona.


Reminds me of Steve Cohen’s advice to live the part. I’ll be he sleeps in a tux.

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I believe I mentioned when I went looking for "Pinochle Pinnacle" that I first learned it from Martin Nash Master Magician set... there's a boat-load of good stuff on those 6 videos.
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