Ortiz later became a consultant to a number of casinos in the United States , Europe , Africa , UK and Australasia , and was a regular featured presenter for a succession of years at the World Gaming Congress in Nevada. Books[ edit ] Ortiz is the author of books on gambling and magic. He is particularly respected for his written contributions on the theory of magic. His two theory books, Designing Miracles and Strong Magic are, in our estimation, some of the most important writings on magic written in the last two decades. The book has been broadly embraced by the professional and amateur magic community but initially met with negative reviews from the two major US trade publications MAGIC and Genii.
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Posted: May 2, am 0 I have to echo Michael Vincents thorough post. Here are a few of my favorites. I managed to get hold of a second hand copy of Cardshark recently. It is a stunning book in my opinion. Among my gambling favorites are The Sting, an amazing triple duke from a borrowed and shuffled deck. So far I have seen nothing impromptu to touch it save for Jack Carpenters D. Also, The Cross is another excellent deal with the kings arriving to the dealers hand only to then magically appear in the sucker hand.
The dealer is then found to have the four aces instead. Face Up Centers is a great middle deal demo showing how to deal out aces shuffled to different depths within the deck. It looks very smooth and impressive. From the Cellar is another false deal demo, the bottom deal in fact, with the sprectators being entertainingly led up the garden path into believing the magcian has fluffed the deal. And I especially like Mr Lucky, a sneeky 10 card poker effect which looks impossible.
These last two are not difficult to learn. Of the non gambling routines, Blind Aces is a very entertaining ace cutting effect for the layman and I also like Beyond Sleight of Hand a great sandwich effect, Blockbuster and Museum Piece.
A wonderful book and one of Darwins best.