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Darwin Ortiz At The Card Table by Darwin Ortiz

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Details: From Darwin’s Introduction: “If I had to summarize the material in this book I would have to say that it is professional magic, it is strong magic…The term ‘audience-tested’ is often used, and sometimes abused, in the literature of magic. The effects in this book have been audience-tested, not over a period of weeks of months, but over years of constant use before paying audiences, the only way one can really come to know an effect.


9 Foreword by Roger Klause
10 Introduction
11 The Pinky Count
11 One-Handed Tilt Setup

17 Card Table Artifice
17 Introductory Comments
19 Jacks Open: Braue Secret Addition Handling
21 Jackpot: Larry Jennings’ Stud Bottom Deal
25 Jacks or Better
27 In One Deal: Ed Marlo’s Unit Control (For Dealing Thirds)
29 Mexican Poker: Waving
36 Darwin’s Three-Card Monte: The Monte Throw
45 The Estimation Routine: Hindu Shuffle Glimpse
50 Grand Slam
52 The Vegas Shuffle: Laurie Ireland’s Red/Black Shuffle; The Zarrow Shuffle; Ed Marlo’s Key Move
58 Fast Shuffle: Four-Shuffle Riffle Stacking; Two-Shuffle Riffle Stacking; Gambler’s Double Deal
63 The Twofer Shuffle
66 Greek Poker: Strip-Out Shuffle with Block Transfer
73 The Ultimate Card Shark: The Benzais Cut; Up-The-Ladder Variation; Zarrow Shuffle Riffle Stacking

80 Legerdemain
80 Introductory Comments
81 The Dream Card: Erdnase Top Palm
86 Hitchcock Aces: Dai Vernon’s “Slow-Motion Four Aces” Add-On Move; J.K. Hartman’s Multiple Count Change
89 Nine-Card Location: Riffle Force; Roger Klause’s Multiple Control; Skinner/Fechter Spring Card Revelation; Elias’ Cutting Discovery: K.M. Move;
Cyprian/Ortiz Revelation; Ortiz Pop-Out Cut; Eddie Fechter’s Hindu Revelation; Marlo/D’Amico Toss-In Location
99 Regal Aces: The Cover Pass; Slip Cut in the Hands; J.K. Hartman’s Catch Switch; Larry Jennings’ Multiple Lift Sequence; Ken Krenzel’s Pressure; Hide-Out; Ortiz Packet Palm; R. Gordon Bruce’s Pocket Load
106 Slick Aces: Derek Dingle’s Bluff Shift; Bernard Bilis’ Palmed Card Addition; Ken Beale’s Double-Cut Substitute
111 Deja Vu Jokers: Dai Vernon’s Add-On Move (Derek Dingle Handling); The Altman Trap; Variation of Larry Jennings’ Multiple Lift Sequence; Brother John Hamman’s Flushtration Move
117 Modern Jazz Aces; Ed Marlo’s Olram Subtlety Improved
120 The Lucky Deck
123 Darwin’s Wild Card: Ed Marlo’s Glide Variation; Ken Krenzel’s Drag Double Lift; Side Steal Color Change
131 Darwin’s Aces: Larry Jennings’ Ace Steal; J.K. Hartman’s ATFUS Variation
134 The Card Warp Deck
137 The Si Stebbins Secret
140 Do As I Did
141 Jumping Gemini: Brother John Hamman’s Gemini Count
145 Back Off: Dai Vernon’s Through the Fist Flourish; Bernard Bilis’ Unloading Move; Dai Vernon’s Alignment Move (First Handling)
151 Mindbender (John Clark)
153 Ultimate Interchange: Dai Vernon’s Two-Card Pushoff; Dai Vernon’s Alignment Move (Second Handling); The Steranko Move; Tabled Slip Cut
158 New Tens Routine: The Elliott Change; John Cornelius’ Flicker Change

  • Publisher: Kaufman and Company
  • Pages: 163
  • Location: Washington DC, USA
  • Edited by: Matthew Field, Mark Phillips, Richard Kaufman
  • Dimensions: 9″x11″
  • Date: 1988
  • Binding: hardbound

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1 review for Darwin Ortiz At The Card Table by Darwin Ortiz

  1. Anonymous

    Review for Darwin Ortiz At The Card Table

    Everything I’ve said about CardShark applies here as well. You can go read that. However, you can bet there are more magical effects in this book than in CardShark. Some magical card plots you might be familiar with thats in this book is Do as I Did (spectator and performer cuts to the same card from two different decks – I was badly fooled, it’s real magic!), Signed Card-to-Wallet, an Ace Assembly (what people know as Jazz Aces – his sequence is very nice), and much much more. His gambling routines are superb . . as always. There is one (ok all of them but this one in particular) in here that was way too good to be revealed. It will leave people with the impression you can do anything with a deck of cards – as you demonstrate control of all 52 cards by dealing grand slams in a bridge game.

    I should mention what I failed to last time that Darwin Ortiz belongs to the traditional school of sleight-of-hand. His main concern is how to entertain an audience with a normal deck of cards. Unlike some performers, Darwin Ortiz gears his routines to fool even the spectators on his left and right. His routines are not angle-prone like some tricks sold on the magic market today. You’ll really love his routines in that he’s very practical for fooling a small group of people with sleight-of-hand – just as one might expect from a real cardshark. No, he’s not a flashy, finger-flinging performer – but I remember after watching his performance that he was one person I did not want to play poker with – in fact, I was very afraid because he could hustle me without my realization.

    I believe books written by Darwin Ortiz are superior to any of that I’ve read from others. His books are collegiate level. He does not offer quick tricks that stuns them for a brief moment. Every routine has the right performance duration, twist/climax, and end clean. How every trick should be performed by every performer. If you’re ready to take your card performance further that to a professional level, study his books.

    Another A+. Consider this and CardShark as the same only they cover different grounds with a slight more emphasis on magic (if weighed on a balance scale). You should begin with this as it predates CardShark and also because it contains more magic schemes than it does gambling.

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