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This can be something that you've seen him do or, you've learned how to do a routine from one of his books or dvd's.

My favorites that I can do are:

Vegas Shuffle- At The Card Table
Maximum Risk- Scams & Fantasies With Cards
Liars Poker- Scams & Fantasies With Cards

My favorites that I wish that I could do are:

The Sting- Cardshark
The Ultimate Cardshark- At The Card Table
The Professional- Scams & Fantasies With Cards

One of the great thinkers of card magic and gambling demo material is Darwin Ortiz.

What is one of your favorites?

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I've never learnt anything by Darwin, but I have read Strong Magic before, and a few interviews. Gambling systems and card games hold no interest for me so a lot of his thoughts and card work fail to capture my attention.

Maybe you'll enjoy reading the following blog post by Darwin:

https://www.michaelvincentmagic.com/guest-blogger-darwin-ortiz/
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I do his Combination Aces and use his Si Stebbins Secret...
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I've never learnt anything by Darwin, but I have read Strong Magic before, and a few interviews. Gambling systems and card games hold no interest for me so a lot of his thoughts and card work fail to capture my attention.

Maybe you'll enjoy reading the following blog post by Darwin:

https://www.michaelvincentmagic.com/guest-blogger-darwin-ortiz/


I purchased his 10 video download set from Lle publishing a few years ago for around $45 during a sale. I thought it would be a lot of gambling themed tricks so wasn't sure how much I would learn. I was very wrong... I recently watched the downloads and Wow!! I was very very impressed. Probably some of the best card tricks I have ever seen. I wasn't as interested in the gambling themed tricks but was still able to pick up some handling tips from the gambling themed trick explanations. I wish I had discovered Darwin's work a lot sooner. Just Incredible Amazing Magic!
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I've never learnt anything by Darwin, but I have read Strong Magic before, and a few interviews. Gambling systems and card games hold no interest for me so a lot of his thoughts and card work fail to capture my attention.

Maybe you'll enjoy reading the following blog post by Darwin:

https://www.michaelvincentmagic.com/guest-blogger-darwin-ortiz/


Thanks for sharing what is a very interesting interview.  There's as many nuggets in that discourse as you'd hope to find anywhere.  
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I'm not a fan of Ortiz. I think "Strong Magic" is so overrated. It follows then that I don't have a favourite Ortiz routine.

I think I've mentioned it on here somewhere, that I saw him in 1978 at the Jack Hughes Wizard Weekend in 1978. He performed and lectured. He had yet to become a living legend and for me was all the better for it.

I have read the blog before, so it was nice to revisit.
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Yeah, thanks for the link to the blog Socrates! Interesting stuff there...
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I do Hitchcock Aces and Jacks or Better
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Well Darwin is one of my favorite card magicians/gamblers out there.

What I perform : 

Vegas Shuffle (love this routine)
Jumping Gemini 
The Tens routine
Hitchcock Aces
Backs off 

He has a lot of great routines and I want to learn more of them 😉 
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There is so much gold in the guest post post by Darwin Ortiz and Michael Vincent's reflections, such as:

"Read the third and fourth paragraphs again in his Blog; you will see that his approach to learning was to study, one book at a time before moving onto the next. I can say from personal experience, the 1970s was a golden time to learn magic, simply because there were less distractions. There was plenty of time to read, study and absorb the classic books. Contrast this with learning today; DVDs, YouTube, Downloadable Tutorials, very little reading going on if any by our younger generation of magicians, regrettably, magical secrets have become far too accessible" - Michael Vincent

This certainly resonated with me, and is one of the key components of my mentoring programme with those new to magic.  So many people want to dive in an immerse themselves in the craft of magic that they end up drowning in information.  It is possible to fast-track your learning because the basic principles and mechanics of magic are easy to comprehend, but what you do require is to choose a solid book, or two in order to begin that journey.  We live in a world of fast-paced information, with adverts overdriving our minds, and diverting our attention from the living moment... staying focused on one book and slowly working through each and every effect is the real art of magic... in order to learn effective and powerful magic absorb the wisdom of folk like Darwin Ortiz and Michael Vincent, and you'll be well on the path to mastery!
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