Designing Miracles by Darwin Ortiz (Book)
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The Most Important Book On Magic Theory Since Strong Magic!
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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 October 8th, 2014
While this book wasn't as powerful as Strong Magic, it wasn't over the same topic and so there may not have been as much to provoke me into reading more on the page after that.
With that having been said, it is a terrific book that gives great insights into how to change your magic and is a very good sequel of Strong Magic.
Both Strong Magic and Designing Miracles are must read books if you want to make your performance as strong as possible, and so I suggest that you don't let them float by.
P.S. This also has a great audiobook to go along with it that is done by Darwin Ortiz.
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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.
Presentation could be simplified Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 1st, 2016
This is a kind of back-handed criticism. The information in this book is very sound and I have no issue with the ideas themselves, just that they could have been laid out in a more exciting and graspable way. Virtually every illustration of the different points is a card trick, and that gets pretty old pretty quick for me. How much more exciting it would be if he could show examples from coins, ropes, kid's shows...
And some of this is already intuitive for those who actually do magic. "Vary the methods within a multi-phase routine...create distance (time, space, etc.) between the 'move' and the effect..." Yes, he breaks it down into brilliant detail, but it was more than I needed. I agree it is important to have deception in routines. But that has to be there along with entertainment, which is usually the missing factor for most shows I see performed. Granted, this book didn't promise to be about entertainment, so perhaps I have nothing to complain about.
A must have book Report this review
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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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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