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The Most Important Book On Magic Theory Since Strong Magic!

In Designing Miracles, Darwin Ortiz continues the task he began in Strong Magic: to explore and raise the level of craft in magic. This time he presents a groundbreaking study of how laymen think and what it takes to amaze them.

Darwin has earned a reputation for creating some of the strongest card effects in modern magic. In Designing Miracles, he reveals for the first time the principles and techniques that he follows in doing so. These insights will help you choose stronger effects, create stronger effects, and strengthen those effects that you've already performing.

If you've ever been puzzled by an audience's reaction or lack of it, this book will dispel the mystery. It gives you a new set of tools for understanding how magic works, why it sometimes doesn't, and how to make it work better. Never again will you be at a loss as to why an effect isn't playing well. Never again will you be at a loss as to what to do about it.

If your goal is to provide your audiences with an unforgettable experience of impossibility, you'll find Designing Miracles filled with insights to help you do so. It will teach you how to use the audience's own thinking patterns against them. It will show you how to turn puzzles into miracles. It will do something that few magic books can: change with way you think about magic.

"Here we have an outstanding new book by one of the modern-day masters of card magic, Darwin Ortiz. Darwin lays out a new way oflooking at how the mind is fooled. You will look at magic effects differently, and your thinking about magic will be stimulated andchallenged. Without studying the principles set forth in this book, no magical education can be complete. Books like Designing Miracles, andStrong Magic that came before it, are more rare and important today than ever before."
- Whit Haydn

Darwin Ortiz is widely recognized as one of the world's leading sleight-of-hand performerswith playing cards. He is also the author of some of the most popular and important bookson magic ever published, including the best-selling book, STRONG MAGIC. He also servesas an international consultant to the casino industry on the prevention and detection ofcheating. His eleven DVDs and six books, including Darwin Ortiz on Card Cheating and GamblingScams, are widely used as reference and training tools in casinos throughout the world, and heis called to testify as an expert witness in casino cheating cases. As an entertainer and expertconsultant, Darwin has performed on every continent except Antarctica.

Pages 200 - Hardcover

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 7th, 2010
If you want to make your magic strong and gain an eye for week effects that you will no longer use this is a valuable resource. while I do not agree 100% with his thinking on all things he has a way of making you take a different look at the magic you perform. This book will help you make your magic unexplainable to the spectator and this is a powerful thing when done properly. Buy this it is a must have for the library of serious magicians. If your looking to learn tricks this is not the book for you as it will only teach you how to make tricks better or make you want to discard and move to better magic.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2014
I have Darwin Ortiz's Strong Magic and it is very excellent. When I learned Mr. Ortiz had released another book on creating strong performances, I was a little reticent about this book but I have enjoyed (and learned) from his writings so I purchased this book.

As I read this book I was pleased (and disappointed) that there were nuances in performing effects still to be learned and applied in a performer's arsenal. The dissapointment I felt was why couldn't these nuances have been included in the earlier book.

Although I would be considered a "hobbist" by "professionals," I have seen many performances by different "professionals" and felt a few created magic while most perform a collage of tricks.

For individuals really serious about creating magic, this book has valuable details to make tricks appear as real magic to your audience.

I consider this book a very excellent follow up to Strong Magic and will help new performers shorten their Hamburg time.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 26th, 2011
Amazing book. Darwin has really good thoughts on magic. Everyone should read this. It will definetely make you a more thoughtfull magician.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 24th, 2013
I cannot imagine any thoughtful magician who would not benefit from the lessons taught in this book. Darwin presents his case for the importance of effect design in a manner that is concise, practical and interesting. Many superb examples are given to help the student understand the concepts in play. This book fascinates, educates, and most importantly, makes one think.
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