Confident Deceptions

Book by Jason Ladanye ($50.00)

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Confident Deceptions is our latest hardcover release—240 pages, over 150 full-color photographs, with dustjacket. It is the stunning debut effort from Jason Ladanye, one of Darwin Ortiz's star protégés. The material is a mixture of magic and gambling demonstrations, and in each of the eighteen routines, Ladanye demonstrates his ability to maximize the impact of an effect. Some of the effects are quite challenging, but each one looks absolutely impossible.

Ladanye studied under Darwin Ortiz (who provides a praiseworthy introduction to these pages), and Ortiz's impact is evident in the offbeat nature of the plots and the clarity of the magic.

You will learn finesse points on moves you already know, as well as polished material ready to be inserted into your own card programs. In the magic marketplace it no longer makes financial sense to spend two years producing a comprehensive hardcover book. It's a good thing we don't care about that! This is a beautiful book worthy of careful study, and the book was written with the same care and precision that goes into all the great works of magic.

To really understand a performer, you need to see him perform for a live audience, and therefore, we have included a 20-minute performance DVD featuring some of the highlights from the book.

"A master of artifice, ruse, and subterfuge at the card table. Within these pages is offered up some of the finest constructions I've seen, masterfully routined for maximum impact and pure entertainment in the tradition of Darwin Ortiz and beyond." Jack Carpenter
"A superb technician, the very definition of a professional performer... this material will absolutely delight connoisseurs of strong magic." Andrew Wimhurst
"A cardician whose passion for the subject is second only to the uninhibited skill he has worked hard to achieve. He brings a refreshing perspective to the subject. His material and virtuosity sparkle with raw power and energy." Michael Vincent

See Jason perform Best for Last from Confident Deceptions.

240 full-color pages with performance DVD included.

 

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Customer reviews for Confident Deceptions

Tom Duffy

I occasionally have a nightmare involving having to sell off magic books for cash. In the dream, there are always the same handful of authors whose books I would hold onto no matter what: Ortiz, Swain, Elmsley, Dingle, Wonder.

Now, I've had to add another name to that list: Ladanye.

This books is just an incredible piece of work, a pleasure to read (as well as watch the DVD included), and has effects in it that will literally make your audience scream in amazement.

Jason knows what real card magic should be, down to the smallest details, and doesn't try to come up with "magician foolers" (although a number of these will fool those in the know). He creates solid, well thought out, and intriguing material that is extremely commercial and will have the audience convinced that you can do the impossible. These effects leave them with no other choice but to come to that conclusion.

So thanks Jason and Vanishing Inc. This is going on the same shelf with the other books that I would risk my life to save in a fire.

TD

 

Will Dryer

I have just completed my first read-through of Jason's book. It's pretty much all I've been doing since it arrived the other day. This kid (I say kid because I'm twice his age) is absolutely brilliant. He gets it, and the material is staggering. These routines are lengthy, but they are also smart, and keep the audience focused on the magic.

 

Matthew Pritchard

Fantastic! THis book is gorgeous. Beautiful layout, nice descriptions, and terrific material. I had not heard of Mr Ladanye before but I can tell you I am a fan now. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes good magic and gambling material.

 

Peter Anderson

Thank you Vanishing Inc for putting out beautiful, stunning books! The Ladanye book is the best release of the year in my opinion. Keep 'em coming!

 

Neil Woodward

LOVED the book. Pick it up right away. Worth every penny. Will you make DVDs of his work?

 

Terry Morgan

I am currently reading this book and it is one of the best written and illustrated books in my (extensive library). The well written explanatory text is accompanied by beautiful color photographs. The effects (Magic and Gambling) are outstanding. Difficulty of the effects ranges from easy to difficult. But there is nothing in the book that cannot be learned with practice and dedication. One of the easier effects in the book "Forging Ahead' is easily worth the price of the entire volume to a working Magician. The book comes with a DVD with performances of many of the effects in the book. There are no pipe dreams in this book only strong entertaining Card Magic.

 

Samuel Reynolds

Jason’s recent release; Confident Deceptions, is one of the best books I have ever read (not just for cards, but magic in general).

My favorite effects from the book are “The Player” and “Forging Ahead” and I cannot wait to add them to my repertoire. Saying that, this is the only magic book I’ve read where I would be willing to perform every effect in its pages.

Like a lot of magical literature, Jason states the scripts he uses for each effect. However, what’s been written is far from the norm - It isn’t the boiler plate patter that no audience is interested in. This is engaging, meaningful and “strong.” As far as I am concerned, Jason’s scripts should not to be copied. Instead, like the technical descriptions they are to be used as a reference tool. After you read the wording, you begin to understand how and when convincers, descriptive patter and story based lines should be used. I fear this is something a lot of people will overlook.

I am overly critical of most things in magic, yet I’m struggling to find flaws in Jason’s work. The effects are strong, the descriptions are clear and I enjoyed the content so much that I finished the book in one day.

In conclusion, I believe that any upcoming publications have a lot to live up to.

 

Thomas Wayne

I’ve been studying confident deceptions ever since It first arrived at my doorstep and I’ve just finished my second reading of the book and I thought it would be great to write a review on what I think about the extraordinary card magic of Jason Ladanye.
I’ve been speaking to Jason for quite some time now and we’ve had many great conversations about magic, probably because we are both students of the work of Mr. Darwin Ortiz. So when I found out Jason was about to put out a book I was really excited to finally see his own magic being put into the printed word.
Confident Deceptions is a rarity, every single effect in there (and I really mean every single one of them) is exquisitely designed to maximize audience impact. Jason’s got a kind of sixth sense for strong magic (something that Mr. Ortiz warns us about during the introduction of the book) and It really shines in every single presentation as well as in every method.
The book has a similar structure to any of the Ortiz titles in the sense that each effect is broken into several different subtitles in order to organize all of the information regarding said effect. You first find the title followed by a little quote that relates to the contents being discussed (Being an amateur writer myself, I was surprised to find several Robert Mckee references) then you’ve got the method, followed by a comments section and the credits and inspiration. Jason has been wise to actually include his script for every effect, something that Darwin Ortiz has occasionally done in some of the effects from his book “Scams And Fantasies with Cards” (2002).
The comments section is where the deviousness of Jason’s thinking is fully displayed and therefor appreciated by the connoisseur of strong magic. As a matter of fact, something that happens to me when reading any of the Ortiz books is that sometimes I may come up with an alternative method while reading the effect, only to find out that Darwin had already thought of it and discarded it for something that I had not thought of. I was delighted when the same thing happened with many of Jason’s effects from Confident Deceptions.
If asked to name a few of my favorites I would have to go for Through and Through, which is an excellent solution to a problem that Darwin Ortiz originated in his book Strong magic (1994). The method, once again is extremely clever and well-constructed.
However, my absolute favorite effect from there is Best for Last, an effect in which the magician demonstrates that he can cut to any poker hand called for, In fact he ends up cutting to each one of the hands from lowest to highest.
I could go on and on listing the effects that I like the most because in fact I love them all.. Jason’s magic takes the Ortiz philosophy and breathes new air into them, or better said, it injects it with steroids.
Jason Ladanye is an individual who is talented, creative and clever, but most importantly He’s extremely humble and generous, that combination tells you that He’s is set for greatness.

 

Vincenzo Spinelli

Great book with great effects and gambling demonstrations from a very talented mind in magic. This one is for sure within the 5 books ever written in magic. Thats my honest opinion. Hope there will be more from Jason, the magic community needs more of this stuff!!!!

 

Claudio Di Caprio

Did you know that Magic has the most vast bibliography of all subject?well, you can imagine,in this vast number of tricks,effects, how difficult it's to find something original.Our biggest limit?Our immagination!! "Confident Deception" the very first book of this "new entry" within the BIG names of card magic,Jason Ladanye,in my modest opinion, is a clear example of pure magic and a succesful attempt to find originality!the different effects and subterfuge explained in the 240 pages of this book ( i particulary loved arcane control for the audience reaction) left me positivly surprised and added some of this to my routines! the explantion of some techniques, the style in wich the book is written , the detailed explanation of the pattern and in the comments, the pics and, as i started earlier,the Originality make this a masterpiece that i from my experience highly recommend!! enjoy!

 

Jerry Danes

I do not like this book....I love it. If you, like me are a fan of Darwin Ortiz`s material you will also become a fan of Jasons book. Please do yourself a favor and study it but make sure you master all of the various sleights that is required for the effects because otherwise you will not make the book justice. If you are a serious cardmagician you should purchase this. But i have to admit that i wish that no one buys it or any of Ortizes books or dvds simply because i want to be the only one except Jason and Darwin who can perform it as good as them.

Jerry Danes Stockholm

 

Ed Kwon

Just finished reading Jason Ladanye's [Confident Deceptions].
I must say that I am fully satisfied with my investment.

Not only does the book contain many powerful effects that are safe to be regarded as "self working effects", it also offers some technically challenging gambling routines that I am sure to work on.

Although [Confident Deceptions] is Jason's first officially publicized work, the professionalism and the attention to minute details impressed me.

I was also pleased that Jason replied to my questions regarding on the materials both from the book and elsewhere. He was very sincere and supportive.

If you're a passionate cardman, I cannot recommend this book enough. Yes, the book is not intended for beginners. It assumes that the reader is an already informed card magician with sufficient amount of prerequisite skill. This, however, doesn't mean that you shouldn't read it. The book [Confident Deceptions] will serve very well as an academic reference, if not a paradigm for sophisticated card work.

I am already eager to include some of the effects in my next performance. Quite frankly, it's been a while since I've employed a new material in my professional repertoire since I studied Darwin Ortiz's effects. (Which was quite some time ago, in case you don't realize) It is safe to say that I am reluctant to performing anything that is less than excellent. The contents in the book is that good.

-Ed Kwon, Seoul, South Korea 24/Sep/2014

 

Ken Brown

The book was great many great tricks in there some are very difficult but totally worth the practice you should definitely get this book great product

 

Lance Martin

We have a book by a youngster who has taken lessons from Darwin Ortiz for the last 10 years or more. I went to his lecture where he was selling his book. It was like watching a Darwin clone. The book is the same. Nothing really original. There are no routines in the book worth practicing. Sorry for the bad review but I will tell the truth.

 

Grzegorz Niczyporuk

“In the performance of good magic the mind is led on, step by step, to ingeniously defeat its own logic.” – Dai Vernon

Darwin Ortiz is one of my favorite magicians. A few weeks ago if someone asked me: “If you could spend time with one great magician, who would it be?” I would, without hesitation, answer: Darwin Ortiz. Today, I will have a huge problem answering this question because of one of Ortiz’s students – Jason Ladanye and his first book, “Confident Deceptions.”
To be honest, I wasn’t excited at all when Confident Deceptions arrived at my door. I was very curious. I was wondering how Jason was able to face up with his mentor legend. Now I’m sitting at my desk wondering what words need to be used to describe his overwhelming talent, his technical mastery, and the presentational masterpieces that are Jason’s routines. Every one of the eighteen effects in his book are hard-hitting effects that leave your audiences speechless. Are wondering if your technical skills will allow you to perform these amazing effects? Stop wondering and buy this book. In Confident Deceptions you can find effects that can be performed almost without any advanced sleights as well as effects that require a lot of work on your end. But I ensure you’ll get great reactions from your spectators and it’s worth it.
In 1994 Darwin Ortiz gave us a fantastic lesson in his book: “Strong Magic.” In 2014 Jason Ladanye showed us that he learned that lesson. And he learned it well. Confident Deceptions is a fantastic debut that will settle Jason’s position and reputation. Jason Ladanye’s book went straight to my finest magic book collection next to Darwin Ortiz, Jack Carpenter, Derek Dingle, and many, many others. If you are serious about your magic you have no other way – buy this book. Now!

 

Alex Schoof

tl;dr: Clear, well-structured book loaded with varied, strong material.

I’ve been watching Jasons youtube videos for a while and like his work and style, so I decided to pick up a copy of Confident Deceptions. I was expecting a book with a couple good gambling routines. What I received is an incredibly well-structured book packed with a variety of great magic effects, gambling slights, interesting controls, and notes on making clear, impacting routines.

One thing I want to call out specifically is the actual structure of the book. This seems like a minor thing, but I actually think it’s really important. The book is comprised of 18 effects (plus some front matter). Each effect is laid out in the following subsections: Effect, Setup, Method, Patter, Comments, Credits. This is FANTASTIC. I wish all magic books were laid out this way. I can’t always remember what the effect is for whatever-fancy-name a trick is, so in this format, you can flip to the chapter, and just read a paragraph describing the effect. It’s clear and not buried in 12 pages of method. Likewise, you can easily read through the method separate from the patter, which is great. The method section is also packed with full-color photos, which helps explain some of the handling.

As for the material itself, it’s all great. Each effect is clear (in the Strong Magic Clarity-sense of the word “clear), and there are a lot of neat uses of different controls and methods I have seen in other places. Handling for each effect is deliberate and efficient. Any time you have to do something dirty, there’s a clear motivation built into the action, so there’s no move-for-moves sake happening.

My favorite effect in the book is Through and Through. I probably would have bought the book just for that, so it was a nice bonus that there are 17 other great tricks in here as well.

One thing to note: the dust jacked is very very glossy and retains fingerprints like noones business. That’s literally the only bad thing I can say about this book.

5 stars. Highly recommended, especially if you like gambling material, but even if you dont.

 

Chris Bruce

This book is fantastic. One of the effects in it is in my current repertoire. There are several that I have performed from it over the years. All the effects are very hard hitting and practical. The effects will take some practice, but are well worth it.

Looking forward to your next offering Jason!