A Triumph and a Talk

Magic download (video) by Darwin Ortiz
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A Triumph and a Talk

5.95 usd

Magic download (video) by Darwin Ortiz (5.95)

Darwin Ortiz is the author of two of the best selling magic theory books of all time: Strong Magic and Designing Miracles. But we wanted to bring those books to life.

At The Session 2011 we had Michael Vincent ask Darwin some important and interesting questions about magic, and the result is this inspiring, informative download. Questions like how do you make your magic relevant? How do you practice? How can we view magic from a spectator's viewpoint, and much, much more. Darwin is a confident and intriguing speaker and we think that his answers will help progress and develop your magic.

Of course, we couldn't film a Darwin Ortiz download without sharing a trick! His Fast Company is a full multi-phase routine based around Triumph that completely astounded everyone at The Session. This previously unpublished routine will take some practice, but is an absolute blockbuster!

Running time: 55 minutes

 

Customer reviews for A Triumph and a Talk

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John M.

Fantastic effect & explanation. End discussion was very informative and insightful.

 
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Daniel

Very good routine and lecture on theory.

 
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Chris

Darwin teaches a great version of triumph and gives great advice. Strongest recommendation. RIP Darwin.

 
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Scott R

You can never be disappointed by anything by the late great Darwin Ortiz! I was lucky to get this on sale, which made it even better. You will be learning from one of the greats!

 
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David

Darwin Ortiz is still one of the most relevant card men ever. Any resource including his work and insights is worth your time.

 
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Kane

The routine, incredible. The work it takes to master it is definitely not for a beginner, but a great lesson nonetheless if you are. I actually enjoyed the talk more; it was full of great insights and practical advice for someone like myself looking to improve my craft and become a professional with paid work. Thanks Darwin

 
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Brian

If you know Darwin's material, then you know what to expect. Darwin is a master at creating multi-phase card routines with a rising action and magically dramatic climax. This video is no different. Darwin was a genius who advanced card magic significantly. This is worth checking out, especially for the price. It is also worth reviewing to see Darwin's precise, technical style. Darwin is a machine. RIP Darwin Ortiz, you will be missed.

 
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Michael

Darwin speaks most intelligently to reveal what a deep thinker he is

 
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Paul

Darwin performs and explains his outstanding Triumph routine. It's by no means easy to learn but fascinating to see and understand. It's also great to hear him talk about theory and practice and relate some interesting personal experiences.

 
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Michael

Great Triumph routine and excellent advice for any magician.

 
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Barson Schmelzer

The wisdom of a sage doled out in bite sized morsels. While watching this does not obviate the viewer from absorbing Darwin's written materials, a viewing will certainly motivate those who have shied away from tackling his oeuvre to at least attempt it.

 
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Harry

A legend that offers invaluable insight. Add to cart!

 
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Steven

I enjoyed the magician's views on the philosophy of magic.

 
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Micah

This is one of the best downloads on the site. In the first part he explains the effect. This is an amazing trick. He added a starting phase to play it straight triumph and a new presentation to make a very entertaining and fooling trick. The next part has an interview with him and the theory he talks about is very good. I've always tried to listen to theory but just found it boring. Darwin made it entertaining and it actually made sense. Overall this is an amazing download that you should definitively purchase.

 
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Michael

Sage insight and advice from one of the very best thinkers in magic. RIP, Darwin.

 
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tom

A legend who you would be a fool to ignore the advice of, and this lecture is full of great advice on the psychology of performance and how to be better just by changing what you present and how you think about your art. Then there is the triumph routine which is just awesome. RIP Mr. Ortiz

 
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Kane

First of all, the trick performed by Darwin Ortiz was amazing, great patter, fluid sequences, and a lot of punches. His teaching of the effect was also great; well paced, clear and concise instructions. The talk at the end was so insightful and I liked it even more than the instructed effect. Just his thoughts on magic and layperson management is a treasure to keep and help me grow as a magician.

 
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Ryan

Amazing tips and advice to make magic even stronger!

 
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Christian

I loved the talk. Pure inspiration and insights!

 
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Michael

 
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Phil

fantastic Darwin was a legend he will be missed.

 
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Les

Absolutely wonderful.

 
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Ernie

Very informative and entertaining!

 
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John

Ihope i gave it five stars,i was laughing and nodding my head at some of his insights. He does more, did great magic,i. I have one of my packet tricks ,dvd.Great trick,but hard to do,but his insights i use some of his ideas. would like to see more of his lectures.thanks guys for a great tribute.

 
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Duke

 
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vic

Darwin's verbal theories hit hard to what a professional magician should do with his methods and effects in creating the illusion of magic that is powerful and something to be respected. It needs to be a big WOW in the spectators mind. Any good magician will do these suggestions from this video.

 
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Ariel

Darwin makes some excellent, intelligent, and above all, relevant points about the performance of magic. While we tend to do things exactly the way we see or read them, Darwin makes us think deeply about our magic. His passion for the art shines through.

 
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Mason

A lot of incredible information hidden in this little download, I highly recommend it! Darwin was a genius, and will be forever missed.

 
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Brett

Profound thoughts from a master! Gold!

 
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Lawrence

Simply superb. Every magician should watch this.

 
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Andrew

Brilliant

 
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Frank

Thank you, Vanishing ink. Vale Darwin

 
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Daniel

Darwin Ortiz is a legend that will live on for generations to come. His influence to the magic world will forever be carried on through his books and many other incredible works including this one. RIP to absolute legend.

 
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Angel

Excellent insight from a master. The first "half" is a presentation of triumph effect and then Darwin explains how it is done. The second "half" is Darwin providing insight and his thoughts on barriers magicians may create for themselves that prevents them from seeing magic from a spectators point of view. There are other questions that he address that deal with making magic meaningful and whether showing skill enhances or detracts from a magical experience.

 
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Terry

His Triumph effect was brilliantly performed and his explanation excellent. You could see his passion for his craft and that a lot of thought had been given to how best to present his magic. I found myself agreeing with the use of items that the audience would find difficult to relate to and that is why I focus on cards, and coins, bills, credit cards etc., which everyone is familiar with. I am sure he had much more to offer to the magic world and sad that he’s no longer with us.

 
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Mike

************************ great

 
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Rafael

It was nice to review presentation ideas that, although some of them are common sense, will enhance your performance and connection with your audience. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what he has cultivated to offer to the magic community.

Mr. Ortiz will be missed. However, his legacy is there to refresh our memory about what a great performer you could be.

Thank you, Mr. Darwin Ortiz!

 
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Charles

First off, very sorry to hear about the passing of Darwin , he was such an accomplished magician. I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Ortiz's triumph routine! I do perform a couple of triumph routines, mostly Daryls' Dazzling Triumph but finishing it with a straight triumph. The thing I especially like about Darwins' triumph is that it is very clever and seemed to have fun with the interaction with the spectator. The conversion that Darwin had with the fellow magicians was very interesting and well presented. I also happen to be a fan of Michael Vincent, my dad was a friend of Michael both belonging to the Magic Circle. I do intend to learn this version of triumph. I am sure this routine will be worthy of my time. I also want to thank VI for this gift, as always you treat all who use your service with respect and caring.

 
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Doctor

 
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Rehan

 
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Caspar

 
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Danielsson

It was nice. Download it

 
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Mike

 
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Paul

Fantastic learned a lot.i wish thire more works like this.best Paul.

 
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Manas

 
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Bruce

Sage advice, and you see a Triumph routine explained well. He persuasively answers many of the questions that many magicians seem to dwell upon, such as whether showing card skill devalues the magical impact. The issue of magicians guilt I now see differs from magicians fear (of being caught). He discusses solutions to the problem of strange props (half dollars, old English pennies, and cups that don't look much like cups and balls that don't look much like balls). And he explains why magicians during performance are looking inward instead of more usefully looking outward to gauge audience responses.

 
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Gary

nice

 
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Murshid

 
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Leo

Darwin was magnificent! The man was a great observer, and thinker of magic.

 
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Shreeyash

 
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Bradford

Many insights and usable subtle suggestions

 
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Julian

There are 2 parts to this video. It starts with a performance and explanation of his version of Triumph, followed by an exceptionally interesting lecture which encourages you to think beyond the trick itself. It offers a wide range of points relating to the understanding of how a layman views magic. If you would like your audience to better appreciate your performance, then this video is immensely helpful.

 
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Anthony

Thank you so much for this!!!! Please no one kill me for saying this but this is my first encounter with Mr. Ortiz! I am now a fan!!! My condolences to all his fans and to his family!

 
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Juan

Extraordinary video. Ty. Highly recommend. Extraordinary magicican and Extraordinary lecture of explanations.

 
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frank

GREAT LECTURE AND INSIGHT FOR ALL MAGICIANS AT ALL LEVELS. A GOOD PERSPECTIVE TO SEE 'WHAT IS MAGIC', AND THE WAY YOU ARE PERFORMING FFROM A SPECTATORS VIEW. EXTREMELY THOUGHT

 
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Mohd

Great session

 
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Tommy

Wonderful insight into a dedicated and skilled entertainer that creates magical experiences with only a deck of playing cards. I am proud to say his influence on my abilities as a hobbyist magician will, in some small, perpetuate his legacy. RIP.

 
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Giuseppe

Couldn't believe this wonderful Artist has left us. His words are pure gold and the effect explained is one of the rare pearl amongst the huge amount of precious plots and effects he created. Thank you very much to Vanishing Inc. for having kindly shared these thoughts.

 
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Thomas

Excellent. Darwin has always been one of my favorite magicians. His two books on magic theory are a goldmine. His passing is a great loss to us all.

 
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Richard

Love the "Tell-tale Heart" analogy!

 
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John

Thanks for this wonderful tribute to Darwin Ortiz. Very generous of you and great work for Darwin as a tribute! The Triumph routine, the point about 1/2h per day practice and the Tell-tale Heart analogy were highlights for me. He had a nice way of "theorizing" without condemning anything; comes across as just wanting to share what he's learned in a lifetime of professional card magic, not as lecturing. And you gotta love those hands, which can be seen to some extent in books but infinitely better in live footage (timing, gestalt impression, etc.). Thanks again for this generous tribute.
Best,
John (Vancouver, Canada)

 
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Nicholas

Fantastic learned more about myself from watching this video. the theory of mind is so true some of us worry about sleights we are about to perform rather than just performing them. Practice is so very important as well. Overall Darwin's explanation about performing are so true and thought provoking.

 
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Ben

Fantastic! Darwin drops some hard truths here. And it applies to all types of magicians, not just card magicians, and not just close-up magicians. His advice on practicing is GOLD and will probably piss off more than a few magicians.
Darwin also touches on making your magic relevant, how to look honestly at your magic, using gaffs, and more. Highly recommended.

 
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Mike

Great talk by Darwin and thanks for making such a generous offer to the Magic community

 
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Charles

Excelent

 
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Richard

 
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Albert

This is an excellent video lesson. The last half is where Darwin's love and understanding of magic really shines and is so very instructive and useful. It is so sad to lose a genius like Darwin Ortiz. Get his books now, if you don't already have them.

 
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Jim

 
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Kalv

Wonderful !

 
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New York

 
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Wesley

Thank you for the download.

I was saddened to hear of Mr. Ortiz's passing. As you said in your message, he was an exceptional performer and an magic intellect rivaled only by Marlo and Vernon.

I had the pleasure of being able to attend one of his lectures a while back. He was incredible and his card magic was astounding.

 
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Paul

 
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Ken

Fantastic. As a friend and former student of Darwin, it made my day to get this "fix" of the master. Thanks for sharing it!

 
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Kingsley

 
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Larry

Wonderful advice from a real master. Always love watching Darwin Ortiz perform and more so when he speaks. Awesome.

 
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Nicholas

The talk is worth the price. The trick is very good and well explained. Cannot recommend enough.

 
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Yathunandh

 
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Mustafa

Legend

 
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Kerry

This is a great version of Triumph. One of the best, and certainly makes this video worth purchasing. But: Of at least equal value is the second half of the video, which is, sort of, the Cliff-notes version of "Strong Magic". Great stuff, and very extremely relevant. It was, I might add, a lot of fun to see Darwin speaking in a more unscripted format, with a lot of humor interjected that made the more didactic contents particular fun to watch.

 
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Jim

Darwin Ortiz is truly a one-of-a-kind magician. What skill he possess in sleight of hand is eclipsed by how intellectual he is about his craft. This is a must.

 
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Ian

Absolutely fantastic! Darwin is such an articulate and talented teacher. When he teaches, he shares the subtleties and logic behind them. His thoughts into the minute details, as seen through the eyes of the spectator, are insightful and powerful. His understanding of the psychology of both laypersons and magicians oozes from the screen.

So many nuggets of pure gold, I’ll come back mining many times for sure!

 
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Sebastien

Getting into magic at an old age, I deeply appreciate the insight shared by Mr Ortiz.
The trick in itself is beautiful, but more important for me is all the reasoning behind, that gives glimpses how one can think to create beautiful moment (for family and friends for me).

 
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Brian

 
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JAIME TREJO C/O

A great triumph routine! If you know Darwin Ortiz you know the quality of his magic, enough said. His talk is very inspiring, this is an opportunity to listen theory and advice from Darwin, his analogy of a killer is great! Highly recommended!

 
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Sergio

Darwin Ortiz' insights into magic design never cease to amaze me. Listening to him speak is one of the greatest pleasures you will ever get. All these years he has fooled us into thinking he is one of the greatest card handlers of all times. The truth is he is a scientist. A craftsman. A psychologist. An anthropologist. His books should be on the shelves of every curious person. His way of reasoning reminds me a lot of Richard Feynman, who incidentally was considered "a magican of the highest calibre" by mathematician Mark Kac.

 
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Craig

WOW! The "Talk" at the second half of the video is well worth the $10 by itself. And the triumph is packed full of beautiful moments. Not as difficult as I thought it would be. Thank you for this!

 
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Neil

Both of these downloads are great. If you love advance technique and thinking you will love these downloads. Mr. Ortiz is clearly one of the best card handlers of all time, but he is also one the great philosophers of magic too.

 
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Ben

Astounding. Utterly breathtaking. This man is one of the greatest card handlers of all time.

 
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Mathieu

Great routine by one of the greatest. Interesting insights during the talk too.
Every magician should study his work. Especially his books Strong Magic, Cardshark and Darwin Ortiz at the card table. There is plenty of timeless great routines.
Thanks to Vanishing for giving this lecture for free.

 
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Luis

Very interesting. The Triumph routine explained in the first third of the recording seemed to me rather convoluted and particularly designed for magicians, who can appreciate the technical and structural complexity of what they are watching. The rest of the recording is a Q&A with Darwin, and this is where most of the value lies. Darwin gives well thought-out answers to important questions that any serious magician must confront at some point. Thank you for making this recording available.

 
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Clyde

 
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Desmond

Firstly, the premise behind the effect is brilliant. Adding humor and added audience participation to the Bannon-Style triumph. In the end it plays as two effects, which naturally build on each other. Further, the subtle details Darwin has added to make the triumph more convincing show that the piece is truly polished. The talk at the end is well worth any magician's time.

 
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Trevor

I love Darwin Ortiz' card magic and this Triumph was definitely interesting, unfortunately I couldnt follow his techniques too well. his explanations are precise yet still hard to follow and pull off. I will watch again and again till I get it right. His talk with colorful stories was a treat. I recommend this just to see a fascinating card man.

 
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Nicholas

The effect itself is fantastic, however the instruction is 'okay' at best.
Darwin just says things like "You drop two, hold back three", and he doesn't actually tell you which pile "drops two" or "holds back three", etc. It's very frustrating and VERY annoying, because it is NOT well explained AT ALL.
Please re-record this one, Darwin. I would hate to see a great effect like this one get lost for some reason.

 

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