Strong Magic

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Book by Darwin Ortiz ($37.96 - normally $49.95)

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This magic book will make you question everything you think about magic. Let us say that again: this magic book will make you question everything you think about magic. We’re not saying you’ll agree with everything in this book—something would be wrong if you agreed with everything in ANY book of this size. But Darwin asks all the right questions and invokes these questions in you, the reader.

This is without question the most substantial book on magic theory of our time. Some critics (and now the former publisher) question the book’s validity, but this is all petty nonsense. ANYONE who reads this book must be in awe of its depth and insight into so many facets of magic performance. It’s systematic and scientific at times, but practical examples from pop culture and close-up magic are sprinkled throughout. It’s accessible and written with just the right tone. Darwin Ortiz is a gifted writer and he’s in top form here.  

This book is for the serious student, and it’s destined to become a favorite you’ll return to again and again. If you think you’re ready, take the next step and dive into Strong Magic.

"The book is readable, it's extremely clear, it's clear, it's thrilling in its intellectual adventure. And it's also, clearly, enormously practical. It makes you think. It enriches you as an artist (and therefore as a human being.)" Juan Tamariz
"A wonderful, wonderful book filled with practical advice. It should be every serious close-up worker's next purchase." - David Williamson
"A thought-provoking analysis of the performance of close-up magic. Just reading it was motivating. I incorporated some of Darwin's suggestions in to my presentations the same day I read them. Highly recommended to the serious student of close-up magic." Paul Gertner

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Why is it that some magicians get great audience reaction while others who are just as skillful leave audiences so cold? The answers are in Strong Magic, the first ever book on showmanship specifically for the close-up magician.

As a successful professional magician for almost twenty rears, Darwin Ortiz has appeared before thousands of audiences of all kinds. During that time he has studied what it takes to really move an audience. In Strong Magic, he presents the results of those years of study and experience in a way that every magician can benefit from.

Do you want applause, gasps, and praise? Do you want your performances to be talked about and remembered? Strong Magic tells you how. You already own countless books on card and coin manipulation. Here is a book on something far more important: audience manipulation. Not a dry, boring treatise, it's funny, fascination, exciting reading. Not a book of vague theory, it's loaded with countless examples and concrete techniques that you can put to use right away to give your magic more impact. These are the real secrets of close-up magic--and they are all in Strong Magic.


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Paul Joel Bernard

I'm affaid I don't need to review this... BUY IT!

Really, it's very good, lots of practicle tips and examples to bring the quality of your close up magic 10 levels!

Like somone said on the back, 'I'd rather learn how to make an effect ten times better, than then learn ten new effects.'

Do yourself a favor luv, and buy it.



This Book will make you a better magician period, not because I agree with everything Darwin Ortiz says, but due to the fact that this book will make you think, it will make you think about you magic, it will make you as question, hard question!
Why did I choose this effect? Why did I choose this method or this presentation?
What can I do about hecklers, and of course, much, much more? in these 379 pages of pure delight ,that is fun to read and is adjusted to our modern time, no more examples of hypity hoppity rabbits , but modern strong tricks that get you where it hurt, Ortiz gives as examples a few bad tricks in order to tell you what not to do.
There is not much more I can say about this book, but go out and buy it, you will not be disappointed!




I perform magic in Japan and have done this for ten years. Beside, I am also a writer, novelist and philosophy teacher. Why should I tell you all this? Just to let you know that this is the best book about performing magic and magic in general I have red so far, and one of the best books about artistry, full stop. Mr Ortiz provides breathtaking insights into the Art, and his intelligence and knowledge are ...mind blowing. Such finesse, careful analysis, and it doesn't fail to show me me how much better my magic act could be. It is a pleasure to feel a fool in your company, Mr Ortiz. Thank you so much.



So much insight for anyone at any level. Even as a hobbyist that only performs for family, I took a lot of from Strong Magic. It will be a book that I will return to often for inspiration and guidance.



After many years performing magic, I recently purchased this from Vanishing Inc and am so happy I did! I rarely write reviews, this one deserves it. This is not a book of tricks/effects - it's all about "theory" to help you view every detail of performance from the perspective of the audience. Doing so will help make your effect stronger and truly magical. Some of Darwin's ideas and recommendations are not intuitive, but when he explains his position, his well reasoned arguments make complete sense. His illustrative examples come from the classroom, theater, film, music, and beyond. Strong magic is for anyone interested in creating the experience of the impossible - highly recommended for anyone ready to be challenged from the amateur to the seasoned professional. I marked my copy up with post its and notes -- I'll be coming back to Strong Magic for years to come. This book is now in my Top 10 of all time!

Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz