In Strong Magic, Darwin Ortiz's fascinating insight is unfortunately balanced by his condescending
hubris and distracting plugs for his own material. The first third of the book offers some
brilliant insights; however, he quotes so extensively from Henning Nelms's Magic and Showmanship I
wish I had just read that book instead. It's apparent from his grouchy, derogatory comments
regarding amateur magicians that he's forgotten what it's like to be one. Yeah, I know we're an
annoying bunch, but we keep him in business...and he really seems to hate that.