Designing Miracles Audio Book

By Darwin Ortiz
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Designing Miracles Audio Book

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Darwin Ortiz's seminal Designing Miracles has been heralded as one of the finest books ever written on magic theory. In many ways it is a "first" in magic philosophy, moving beyond presentational theory and exploring the very structure of magic effects. It is fitting then, that we present another first by offering this neo-classic as an audio book.

Enthusiastically narrated by Darwin himself, these MP3 files provide the complete text of Designing Miracles, which you can enjoy in the car, on your phone, or on the go. Better still, there is brand-new, bonus material in which Darwin reflects and expands on the book's underlying concepts.

This audio book offers a brand new way to digest magic theory. We believe that the best way to digest this invaluable material is to listen to the author explain his ideas with passion. We also relish the opportunity to pose new questions to Darwin on the subject of making magic more powerful, which he answers exclusively in this new collection.

  • Over EIGHT HOURS of narration
  • Over an hour of NEW material
  • In universal MP3 format (compatible with Mac and PC)

Customer reviews for Designing Miracles Audio Book



I downloaded this two days ago and have already listened to the entire thing. I read Strong Magic but haven't read Designing Miracles yet. But now there is no need thanks to Vanishing Inc!

Darwin Ortiz narrates this audio book with passion and enthusiasm. I can't think of a better way of learning these theories.

Thank you Vanishing Inc! What a great idea! Now when are you going to do Strong Magic?!



I loved this book when I read the first 4 or 5 times. Now I'll be returning to it more often! I'd LOVE to see you guys do more theory books like Strong Magic, Magic by Design, The Magic Mirror, and Maximum Entertainment! Really well done!



Absolutely first-rate. What a great thing you guys are doing. You take an important book and what do you do? You go out and get the AUTHOR to read and expand it. Love it. Keep it up boys!



I have a long drive to work every day and I always dreamed of finding a way to improve my magic during this otherwise "dead" time. Thanks! This is awesome.



This is amazing!!! My favorite magic book and I've already listened to almost the whole thing. PLEASE do more books in this format!!!



This in my opinion is the most important book on magic theory. I have read the book a few times when it was released, and i took an immense pleasure listening to the audio format. It's great to hear it read by the author himself.
Technically, there are a few problems, sound quality issues, and editing mistakes. But that's very rare and not at all important.
Do yourself a favor and read or listen to this book.
Any plans of releasing an audio version of Strong Magic ?



I have listened to this twice now and absolutely love it! Hearing the book is great all by itself, but hearing straight from Mr. Ortiz's mouth is like having a private session with him. Something I could only dream about. There are a couple segments where the sound quality changes, but not enough to detract from the enjoyment at all.
I commute around 25 hours a week and a book like this is a treasure for sure. It takes me two days of commuting to listen to an 8 hour book. I am really hoping that there are more like this in the plans for future release.
As with all material from Darwin, if you are serious about your craft, then add this to your resources. You will not regret it.



GREAT IDEA!! Perfect book make into an e-book. Please coerce Darwin to do Strong Magic as well. So great to ponder this groundbreaking material when driving and suffering on the elliptical…and please do "Magic In Mind"!! THAT would be an awesome project, and I'd gladly pay for it. Heck, I'll even do the readings for you for nothing! I think the community would love it (well, not my voice, but anyone!).



Phenomenal stuff.



This is a great deal! If you haven‘t yet read the book, buy the audio version! It will make you think a lot about your and other people‘s magic and lets you refocus on what is really important. Personally, I also had a lot of fun thinking about effects that use the principles taught in this book.



SUMMARY: A sequel to Strong Magic, and essential magic theory about creating impossible effects


Designing Miracles is not a cheap book, but you can consider it a valuable investment in helping you raise the level of all your magic. But the good news is that this title it is available not just as a hard copy, you can also buy a digital download of an audio version of the book, which only costs around half the price of a hard copy (if including shipping). I wasn't in a position to buy the hard copy, so I was very glad to discover that the book is available in this cheaper form. Even better, this audio-book is read by the author himself, who does a fantastic job of reading his own material clearly and passionately. I've enjoyed listening to the audio version over the last few weeks, and it's this version that I'm reviewing in particular here, although naturally the majority of my comments apply to the printed book as well.


The audio book features the entire text of Darwin Ortiz, read out loud by the author himself. The entire recording is just over 8 hours in total. Darwin Ortiz does an excellent job in reading his own work, with good clarity, expression, and emphasis. Sometimes an author may be a good writer but not a good reader; that is not the case here, and Ortiz is a pleasure to listen to.

There are some disadvantages to an audio book of course, not least the fact that navigation becomes more difficult, and it's not a simple matter to quickly look up and consult something. I got my audiobook directly from the publisher Vanishing Inc, and at first I wasn't thrilled to discover that it was a single massive file in M4B format, which works fine for an iPhone and even has digital bookmarks, but didn't work at all on my mp3 player. After corresponding with the Vanishing Inc team, they noted that a version in mp3 format should also have been made available, and in short order they had made a fix, enabling me to download a version with over 60 separate mp3 files. This format worked terrific for me, and also made it easy to navigate to different sections, and continue playing where I'd left off.

There are significant advantages with an audio book besides immediate delivery and cheaper cost. For one thing, you can listen to the book while on the move. This enabled me to maximize my commuting and driving, and I even enjoyed listening to sections while going for a jog or while laying in bed. The cost is another factor - the audio book costs only half of what it would to purchase a hard copy of the book and have it shipped to your house. And you get to enjoy the download immediately as well, and there's no need to wait for it to ship to your doorstep since delivery is immediate.

Since the audio book was done a few years after the book was first published, Darwin Ortiz has also updated a few sections with additional examples, and there's an extra section at the end in which he is interviewed, and offers clarification on a number of points. In this bonus 20 minute interview with Darwin, he's asked numerous questions regarding the book, including: How did Designing Miracles come to follow Strong Magic, and are there plans for a third book? What other books would you suggest on these topics? How would you compare magic with film-making? How do you avoid spectators don't have a negative experience of feeling fooled? How do you achieve clarity and simplicity with a complex effect? What tactics can magicians use to bring the audience to psychological surrender? How did you go about writing these books? With the benefit of six years since the first publication of the book, would you change anything about it?


Content: I've written a separate review about the book, which is OUTSTANDING, and an essential read for all magicians. The comments below pertain specifically to the audiobook.

Reader: As has been mentioned already, in the case of the audiobook, Darwin does a terrific job of reading his own book. He's easy to listen to, expressive, and there is something valuable and convincing in hearing the content of a book straight from the mouth of its author.

Cost: The audiobook is basically half the price of a physical copy of the book, making it great value.

Convenient: The real advantage of the audiobook is that you can easily listen to it while on the move, whether community or walking/jogging, making it very convenient to listen to while you're doing something else at the same time. Plus you get to download it immediately when you purchase it.

Updated: The audio book also has the benefit of some additional sections and updates that Darwin has made to his original book (mostly the addition of examples), including a bonus section at the end in which he addresses numerous questions and clarifies points.


Many in the magic industry would regard Darwin Ortiz as being at the very forefront of thinkers on magic theory, and his Strong Magic is considered to be a seminal work, and one of the most significant contributions to magic theory in recent times. After such a fine work with Strong Magic, one might think that Darwin Ortiz was setting himself the impossible, because the brilliance of Strong Magic meant that it would be a very hard act to follow. Surely that modern classic could not be equalled, and a follow-up work would only be a let down. Fortunately for us, Darwin Ortiz is all about miracles and achieving the possible, and in Designing Miracles he's surpassed himself by writing another outstanding book on magic theory, one that stands besides Strong Magic as an independent work, and at the same time is a worthy equal, and will quickly be regarded as a classic alongside its predecessor.

Where Strong Magic succeeded in educating us in the key elements of showmanship, Designing Miracles succeeds in educating us about the key elements of constructing magical effects. Darwin Ortiz has a remarkable ability to think clearly and analyze why certain effects are so strong, and further to draw out the principles behind this which we can apply to our own magic. He's also a very clear communicator, and ensures that his explanations are enhanced with constant examples that illustrate well the points he's making.

Unlike most magic books, Designing Miracles is not about teaching us new tricks, nor is it about the methods and mechanics of magic. It's not even about presentation or showmanship first of all. Rather, this important book is all about teaching us how to design and construct tricks in such a way that the effects become all the more powerful and foolproof, creating the genuine impression of the truly impossible. It gives us the clear thinking we need to take the tricks we've learned and improve small aspects of them to make them even better. Building on those who have gone before him, and drawing on his own insights and experience through years of magic, this is a book that stands on the shoulders of giants, and stands head and shoulders above most magic books.

I'm very pleased that this gem hasn't only been published in book form, but has also been made available as an audio version for half the price, with some updated content and added bonus features, all read by the author Darwin Ortiz himself. I can't recommend this highly enough! - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame



I have read the hard-copy book (cover to cover) 4-5 times and wondered if I would enjoy the audio-book, as I don't usually listen to them.

What a pleasant experience! Darwin narrates his book with great clarity and passion. I noted (for people who only have the hard-copy) that there are a few sections of new material (not in the original book) added to this excellent audio-book, which is a great bonus.

Highest Recommendation.



I absolutely love this. I am a beginner magician (been practicing a year) and fell in the traps of the last effect frenzy and sleight of hand mania. This book really helped me realize many key concepts and the audio version is a delight to listen to.

If there is any plan for recording Strong Magic, I would absolutely love it. I also bought Maximum Entertainement and am actually eager for any of the other classics of magic theory like Dariel Fitzke or Juan Tamariz !!

Do I sound excited ? Because I am.



The content of the book itself is amazing! super well thought out and presented in an easy to follow manner. The fact that this is on audio book is absolutely perfect for me. I love to be able to listen in the car or on the go. I really hope more magic books follow suit and go into an audiobook format.



I wish there were more magic audiobooks. I commute from a suburb into a city and it's killer. This really helps pass the time and I find myself thinking about applying things while I listen to this. Really with there more of these!


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  • Roberto asks: Hey guys, Hope all is well. I have purchased this audiobook and it's great however, I'm trying to figure out how to add this to my iTunes library so that I can not only listen to it in my car but be able to rewind a particular track, etc.., just like I do with my music in iTunes. Any idea on how I can accomplish this? Many thanks! Roberto

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Hi Roberto. This would be something you would need to work out on your computer with the software you are using there. Sadly we do not provide iTunes support.
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