(Close Window)
Topic: Favorite Performers of Card Magic
Message: Posted by: rickreation (Apr 22, 2015 05:42PM)
Hey folks! I was surprised that after a few searches of the Café, I found no thread about our favorite performers of card magic (except a couple directed at Café guests-of-the-month.)

So I ask you all - based on performance/entertainment value, who are your favorite magicians (living or passed) with a deck of cards? (limit to top 5)

I'll start -

Bill Malone
Tommy Wonder
Ricky Jay
David Williamson
Greg Wilson
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Apr 22, 2015 06:01PM)
In no particular order:

Harry Lorayne
Michael Vincent
Jean-Jacques Sanvert
Ricky Jay
Darwin Ortiz

But like many of us I could list 150 more. :)

Best,
Vlad
Message: Posted by: MorrisCH (Apr 22, 2015 06:28PM)
Michael Vincent
Juan Tamariz
Ricky Jay
David Regal
Dani Da-ortiz

If I have to list my favority magicians, this list will be different
but since the topic is about card, these will be my top 5
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Apr 22, 2015 06:53PM)
Juan Tamàriz
Ha4ry Lorayne
Michael Vincent
Bill Malone
Fred Robinson

But there are many more that I could choose from !
Message: Posted by: Rogerbest (Apr 22, 2015 08:55PM)
Daryl Martinez
Harry Lorayne
Paul Gordon
Martin Nash
Paul Harris
Message: Posted by: ianchandler (Apr 22, 2015 09:29PM)
In no order:

Michael Vincent
Helder Guimarães
Bebel
Jared Kopf
Tony Chang
Message: Posted by: Rectify (Apr 22, 2015 09:30PM)
In no order:
Harry Lorayne
Gregory Wilson
Darwin Ortiz
And I find Lennart Green's style very amusing to watch
Message: Posted by: orchid666 (Apr 22, 2015 09:39PM)
Jerry sadowitz
Guy hollingworth
David regal
Steve forte
Some French dude I met in Camden/London last summer.
Seriously, I study card magic pretty thoroughly, but this guy left me clueless!
And speechless! Never saw hum again after that.
K
Message: Posted by: Montana76 (Apr 23, 2015 03:51AM)
Jonathan Kamm
Daryl
Lennart Green
Bill Malone
Lee Smith
Message: Posted by: helder (Apr 23, 2015 05:29AM)
In no order :

Juan Tamariz
Michael Vincent
Darwin Ortiz
Bill Malone
Dani Daortiz
Message: Posted by: galerius (Apr 23, 2015 06:43AM)
Silvan
Lance Burton
Juan Tamariz
Daryl
Christian Chelman ( more known as a bizarrist, but I appreciate him also as a cardician )
Message: Posted by: Magic-Daniel (Apr 23, 2015 08:19AM)
Jared Kopf
Michael Vincent
Bill Malone
Derek Delgaudio
Jon Armstrong
Juan Tamariz
Dani DaOrtiz
Gabi Pereras
Message: Posted by: Magic-Daniel (Apr 23, 2015 08:19AM)
Jared Kopf
Michael Vincent
Bill Malone
Derek Delgaudio
Jon Armstrong
Juan Tamariz
Dani DaOrtiz
Gabi Pereras
Message: Posted by: Magic-Daniel (Apr 23, 2015 08:19AM)
Jared Kopf
Michael Vincent
Bill Malone
Derek Delgaudio
Jon Armstrong
Juan Tamariz
Dani DaOrtiz
Gabi Pereras
Message: Posted by: Montana76 (Apr 23, 2015 08:31AM)
[quote]On Apr 23, 2015, orchid666 wrote:
Jerry sadowitz
Guy hollingworth
David regal
Steve forte
Some French dude I met in Camden/London last summer.
Seriously, I study card magic pretty thoroughly, but this guy left me clueless!
And speechless! Never saw hum again after that.
K [/quote]

Was this the guy who made you name a card and it was on top of the deck?
Message: Posted by: greig ewen (Apr 23, 2015 12:30PM)
Michael Vincent
John Carey
Dean Dill
Alex Elmsley
Message: Posted by: Craig Logan (Apr 23, 2015 12:45PM)
David Williamson
Ricky Jay
Darwin Ortiz
Michael Vincent
Lennart Green

+ 50-100 more
Message: Posted by: Nick Singh (Apr 23, 2015 01:51PM)
Michael Skinner
Michael Vincent
Zeki
Jean Pierre Vallerino
Derren Brown before he became a mentalist
Message: Posted by: darho (Apr 23, 2015 02:33PM)
1. Michael Vincent
2. Michael Vincent
3. Michael Vincent
4. Michael Vincent
5. Michael Vincent
Message: Posted by: RogerTheShrubber (Apr 23, 2015 02:43PM)
[quote]On Apr 23, 2015, darho wrote:
1. Michael Vincent
2. Michael Vincent
3. Michael Vincent
4. Michael Vincent
5. Michael Vincent [/quote]

What darho said.
Message: Posted by: warren (Apr 23, 2015 02:45PM)
In no order

Bill Malone
Daryl
John Carey
Jonathan Kamm
Aldo Colombini
Message: Posted by: Kex (Apr 23, 2015 03:37PM)
In no particular order:

Babel
Jack Carpenter
Terrence Francisco
Helder Guimeraes
and
Lennart Green
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Apr 23, 2015 08:21PM)
I'm a coin guy, so what do I know right (Don't answer that!)… :D

A bit different a list for me here, but I find these guys to all be pretty darn good real world workers in a variety of cards/card magic venues that I've seen, many in person, and some even good friends. Perhaps some you've heard of, some you haven't but they've all been recognized in big ways now & again as to their unique hand at cards. They have all been big inspirations to me on my journey, and countless others, truth be told. ;)

Bill Malone
Darwin Ortiz
Jonathan Kamm
Vinny Marini
Paul Richards
DOC
Dan & Dave Buck
Message: Posted by: Leo H (Apr 23, 2015 08:51PM)
Michael Skinner
Frank Garcia
Martin Nash
John Carney
Aldo Colombini
Message: Posted by: bofx (Apr 24, 2015 03:51AM)
Armando Lucero
Ricky Jay
Juan Tamariz
Dani DaOrtiz
Guy Hollingworth
Michael Vincent
Bill Malone
Bebel
Message: Posted by: fonda57 (Apr 24, 2015 11:44AM)
Darwin Ortiz
John Carney
Aldo Columbini
Jack Carpenter

As for Cod magic--Danny Sylvester
Message: Posted by: greig ewen (Apr 24, 2015 12:05PM)
***NOTE***

Above I mentioned Mr Dean Dill who is predominantly a coin guy, so apologies ,I didn't read the thread header properly.

To mention a couple of others : Bill Malone, Daniel Chard, Shin Lim & of course Jerry Sadowitz.

All the best,

Greig Ewen. :magicrabbit:
Message: Posted by: MagicT (Apr 24, 2015 07:48PM)
Jon Racherbumer
Message: Posted by: Jerry (Apr 24, 2015 08:06PM)
Ricky Jay
Steve Forte
Jason England
Richard Turner
Paul Willson
Martin Nash
Allen Ackerman
John Carney

See the pattern?
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Apr 25, 2015 09:56AM)
[quote]On Apr 24, 2015, Jerry wrote:
Ricky Jay
Steve Forte
Jason England
Richard Turner
Paul Willson
Martin Nash
Allen Ackerman
John Carney

See the pattern? [/quote]

Yes. :)
Message: Posted by: Jiceh (Apr 25, 2015 02:29PM)
Juan Tamariz
Dani DaOrtiz
Tommy Wonder
Larry Jennings
Bernard bilis
Tom Stone
Message: Posted by: trent_hardcore (Apr 26, 2015 02:47AM)
Ricky Jay
Jerry Sadowitz
Juan Tamariz
Rene Lavand
Message: Posted by: Hansel (Apr 26, 2015 04:09PM)
Juan Tamariz
Rene Lavand
Dani DaOrtiz
David Williamson
Denis Behr
Message: Posted by: SleightlyChris (Apr 28, 2015 05:51PM)
David Williamson
Jason England
Juan Tamariz
Tommy Wonder
Message: Posted by: eusbanger (Apr 29, 2015 03:33AM)
I really enjoy watching Toni Slydini, his confrontation style vs the spectator is funny, but I'll never use it
Message: Posted by: Kjellstrom (Apr 29, 2015 04:42AM)
Darwin Ortiz
Allan Ackerman
Martin Nash
Michael Close
Lennart Green
Gregory Wilson
Bill Malone
Daryl
Juan Tamariz
and more
Message: Posted by: Gbhunter77 (Apr 30, 2015 06:39AM)
Daryl
Michael Ammar
Aldo
Bill Malone
Harry Lorane

not in any particular order.
Message: Posted by: korttihai_82 (Apr 30, 2015 08:49AM)
Juan Tamariz
Armando Lucero
Paul Vigil
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Apr 30, 2015 08:58AM)
Michael Vincent
Harry Lorayne
Tommy Wonder
Bill Malone
Larry Jennings
Ricky Jay

And me! Not that I'm anywhere near the level of these pros, but I do love performing card magic! Does that count? Without coming off as sounding like a self-serving jerk?

:baby:
Message: Posted by: Nick Singh (Apr 30, 2015 09:03AM)
Add Asi Wind to my list! He's a beast of a performer.
Message: Posted by: the fritz (Apr 30, 2015 10:50PM)
Michael Vincent
Harry Lorayne
Darwin Ortiz
Bill Malone
Ricky Jay
Message: Posted by: wk3 (Apr 30, 2015 11:38PM)
Gregory Wilson
David Williamson
Tommy Wonder
Robert Giobbi
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Apr 30, 2015 11:48PM)
There appear to be a few who were not really performers when it came to card magic so here would be "performers" list.

Martin Nash; he was a fantastic showman. He made the audience believe he could do anything with a deck.
Bill Malone
David Williamson
Michael Skinner
Ron Bauer
Message: Posted by: ChrisPayne (May 2, 2015 01:55AM)
Yes to many of the above but as of last week

Denis Behr
Pit Hartling
Message: Posted by: magical expressions (May 2, 2015 03:17AM)
Guy Hollingworth
Michael Vincent
Darwin Ortiz
Danny DaOrtiz
Paul Vigil
Message: Posted by: jmvives (May 2, 2015 03:25AM)
Fred Kaps
Jose Frakson
Dani Daortiz
Rene Lavand
Roberto Giobbi
Paco Rodas
Eric Mead
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (May 2, 2015 12:13PM)
Although he wasn't known as a "card man", when he did effects with cards, Don Alan rocked.
Message: Posted by: Ado (May 2, 2015 06:53PM)
Bebel and Bill Malone for their I-dont-care smoothness and their entertainment values
Tomohiro Maeda for his classic approach (though I don't like his DLs)
Arnaud Chevrier and Okano Shota for their perfectionism.

P!
Message: Posted by: Shayde Phoenix (Jun 7, 2015 07:06PM)
In no order:

John Warrens
Juan Tamariz
Paul Harris
Harry Lorayne
Simon Aronson
Message: Posted by: Snoogansgt (Jun 8, 2015 10:36AM)
I no order:

Dai Vernon
Richard Turner
Lennart Green
Ricky Jay
Steve Freeman
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jun 8, 2015 12:36PM)
Alex Elmsley
Ricky Jay
Tommy Wonder
Paul Harris
Eric Jones
Message: Posted by: lynnef (Jun 8, 2015 02:13PM)
Love these performers:

1. Harry Lorayne ("now we're gettin' into miracle territory here folks")

2. Juan Tamariz ("no no no, that's not good enough" with accent of course)

3. Daryl ("you sir, could you help me please...yep yep yep..." Daryl is just fun to watch)

4. David Regal (unique takes on classic routines, and always with a dose of humor)

5. Bill Malone (his cards across is a standard, but the way he performs it is unique ... BILL MA-LONE, BILL MA-LONE).....

Lynn
Message: Posted by: justinw20 (Jun 8, 2015 06:45PM)
In no particular order:

Dai Vernon
Pop Haydn
Ricky Jay
Jason England
Guy Hollingworth

Honorable mention to Dan and Dave Buck (although strictly speaking more "cardistry" than "magic")
Message: Posted by: inaciolino (Jun 8, 2015 08:37PM)
Juan Tamariz
René Lavand
Michael Vincent
Bill Malone
Arturo de Ascanio
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jun 9, 2015 11:27AM)
Shawn Farquhar is no slouch, either ... but I'm surprised no one has mentioned Richard Turner.
Message: Posted by: michael640 (Jun 9, 2015 02:17PM)
Michael skinner
Ricky jay
Michael vincent
Guy hollingworth
Fred Kaps
Roberto giobbi
Eugene burger
Message: Posted by: seraph127 (Jun 10, 2015 08:12PM)
[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTtQtkxOwnU]This guy[/url] seems pretty good.

Anybody heard of him? :goof:
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Jun 10, 2015 10:54PM)
Johnny Paul
Paul Daniels
Harry Lorayne
Bruce Cervon
Buddy Farnan
Derek Dingle
Message: Posted by: Anand Khalsa (Jun 11, 2015 02:10AM)
My list would be:


Juan Tamariz
Dai Vernon
Eugene Burger
Asi Wind
Cardini
Pop Haydn
Mahdi Gilbert
Message: Posted by: MagicMason (Jun 11, 2015 10:21AM)
Aldo Colombini
Cameron Francis
Peter Duffie
Liam Montier
John Bannon
Frank Garcia
Dave Campbell
Message: Posted by: Robert D. Adams (Jun 12, 2015 10:04AM)
In no order

Michael Vincent
Guy Hollingworth
Roberto Giobbi
Jerry Sadowitz
Dani DaOrtiz
Bebel
Darwin Ortiz
Helder Guimaraes
Jason England
Jared Kopf...

The list really does go on and on but I couldn't bare to omit any of the above.
Message: Posted by: Magic-Scott (Jun 12, 2015 08:11PM)
Ricky Jay
Bill Malone
Lennart Green
Derek Delgaudio
Michael Vincent
Message: Posted by: Zephury (Jun 13, 2015 12:15AM)
Darwin Ortiz - For reasons anyone can agree with!

Jason Ladanye - Though a student of Darwins and in many ways similar, I get a different experience when watching Jason and I particularly enjoy it.

Allan Ackerman - Many people view his video tape performances as quite boring but when I saw him live at Gary Darwin's club, I'll never forget how great of a show he put on that night.

Doc Eason - Though not purely a cardician, or a technical mechanic, Doc has been one of my very favorite performers for a long time now. Watching his Snowmass tapes were amongst the most enjoyable video experiences I've ever had. I felt like I was there in person.
Message: Posted by: Zephury (Jun 13, 2015 12:15AM)
Darwin Ortiz - For reasons anyone can agree with!

Jason Ladanye - Though a student of Darwins and in many ways similar, I get a different experience when watching Jason and I particularly enjoy it.

Allan Ackerman - Many people view his video tape performances as quite boring but when I saw him live at Gary Darwin's club, I'll never forget how great of a show he put on that night.

Doc Eason - Though not purely a cardician, or a technical mechanic, Doc has been one of my very favorite performers for a long time now. Watching his Snowmass tapes were amongst the most enjoyable video experiences I've ever had. I felt like I was there in person.
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Jun 15, 2015 01:56PM)
Had late night dinner with Allan Ackerman the other night, what an encyclopedia of knowledge!
Message: Posted by: supremefiction (Jun 17, 2015 11:22AM)
For me there are only two contenders in terms of "performers:" Daryl and Malone.

It's a dead tie.

But I vote for Daryl because for me his persona sits a little better with me personally.

We are not talking about technical chops here. They are both technically outstanding. But if we were, Malone might have a marginal edge.

But as performers, these guys rarely--if ever--seem to come off as phony, awkward, or having anything less than a blast. Very little dead air during the performance.

That in itself is one helluva trick. What I mean by that is, one hell of an accomplishment. One hell of a gift. And a blessing for everybody involved.
Message: Posted by: Phil Pearce (Jun 19, 2015 08:41AM)
Bill Malone
Michael Vincent
Frank Garcia
Channing Pollock
Tim Conover
Message: Posted by: Melephin (Jun 19, 2015 08:43AM)
Lennart Green
Rene Lavand
Juan Tamariz
Bill Malone
Message: Posted by: rickmagic1 (Jun 19, 2015 12:27PM)
These are the ones that I enjoy...no particular order:

- Dai Vernon
- Michael Skinner
- Larry Jennings
- Bebel
- Dominique Duvivier
Message: Posted by: MagicT (Jun 22, 2015 07:46PM)
Lance Pierce
Steve Reynolds
Message: Posted by: Kabbalah (Jun 22, 2015 08:21PM)
[quote]On Jun 22, 2015, MagicT wrote:
Lance Pierce
Steve Reynolds [/quote]

Who are they?

















:bg:
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Jun 22, 2015 08:21PM)
[quote]On Jun 17, 2015, supremefiction wrote:
For me there are only two contenders in terms of "performers:" Daryl and Malone.

It's a dead tie.

But I vote for Daryl because for me his persona sits a little better with me personally.

We are not talking about technical chops here. They are both technically outstanding. But if we were, Malone might have a marginal edge.

But as performers, these guys rarely--if ever--seem to come off as phony, awkward, or having anything less than a blast. Very little dead air during the performance.

That in itself is one helluva trick. What I mean by that is, one hell of an accomplishment. One hell of a gift. And a blessing for everybody involved. [/quote]
You think Malone has a slight edge on Daryl technically? ...interesting.
Message: Posted by: doopyloop (Jun 22, 2015 10:21PM)
I hope we can have talk about most favorite performer of card magic even though we don't know all performers of card magic. :)

Mine is Lennert Greene (spelling?). For him the cards are like part of his body and explaination of his philosophies to the world. I feel like he is true artist.
Message: Posted by: doopyloop (Jun 22, 2015 11:15PM)
Lennart Green. I am sorry. I will try to use google more. :/
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jun 23, 2015 08:49PM)
[quote]On Jun 22, 2015, magicfish wrote:
[quote]On Jun 17, 2015, supremefiction wrote:
For me there are only two contenders in terms of "performers:" Daryl and Malone.

It's a dead tie.

But I vote for Daryl because for me his persona sits a little better with me personally.

We are not talking about technical chops here. They are both technically outstanding. But if we were, Malone might have a marginal edge.

But as performers, these guys rarely--if ever--seem to come off as phony, awkward, or having anything less than a blast. Very little dead air during the performance.

That in itself is one helluva trick. What I mean by that is, one hell of an accomplishment. One hell of a gift. And a blessing for everybody involved. [/quote]
You think Malone has a slight edge on Daryl technically? ...interesting. [/quote]


I've got to agree with magicfish here. No disrespect to Bill Malone who IS VERY good, but, he has no "edge" over Daryl. As much of a fan of Daryl's as you seem to be, I am somewhat surprised that you would underestimate even a little Daryl's skill with cards.
Message: Posted by: doopyloop (Jun 24, 2015 01:14AM)
I think because bill malone sell many dvd using sleight of hand as method and daryl is happy to use gimmick is easy to think Malone has more skills. I think it is not simple like that. Bill malone tells great "Sam the Belhop" story that looks like many skills are used. I think spectator thinks malone has many skills and that is ok because it is entertaining. Daryl takes rope and ties deck to finish "Ambitious Card" so that people think no skills are used.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jun 24, 2015 04:55AM)
[quote]On Jun 24, 2015, doopyloop wrote:
I think because bill malone sell many dvd using sleight of hand as method and daryl is happy to use gimmick is easy to think Malone has more skills. I think it is not simple like that. Bill malone tells great "Sam the Belhop" story that looks like many skills are used. I think spectator thinks malone has many skills and that is ok because it is entertaining. Daryl takes rope and ties deck to finish "Ambitious Card" so that people think no skills are used. [/quote]

I would counter - and strongly - that the use of gimmicks WELL requires considerable skill. I'm not talking about some curious person who walks into a shop and buys a SV pack and shows that to his buddies but rather actual magicians. And obviously I'm not talking about just one skill set. Study work by David Regal, Jay Sankey, Tommy Wonder, and Dan Harlan just to name a handful and you'll quickly realize that these three performers possess VERY honed multiple skill sets and can and DO fry audiences both with and without gimmicks. Audiences should never be able to discern differences in method my friend. If they can, the magician is failing at her/his job. And even legends like Vernon used gaffs.

So I think that your assessment is more accurate if you are talking about ill-informed magicians who mistakenly think that gimmicks make a routine "easier." [I am NOT saying YOU are ill-informed :)].
Message: Posted by: doopyloop (Jun 24, 2015 05:57AM)
I do not say one has more skills than the other. I say that maybe to magicians it seem that way because of DVDs.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jun 24, 2015 12:02PM)
[quote]On Jun 24, 2015, doopyloop wrote:
I do not say one has more skills than the other. I say that maybe to magicians it seem that way because of DVDs. [/quote]

I understand, and I again would counter that ill-informed magicians might make that mistake. I understand that English is not your first language, but, I fail to understand how DVDs have anything to do with it. Harry Lorayne is a bona fide living legend and it wasn't until quite late in his career that he released his Best Ever DVD collection. Ask Randy Wakeman about Harry Lorayne and you'll get a perspective that is so very eloquent and accurate that I couldn't match his words in a million years. But the point is, I highly doubt that there is a single informed magician that would conclude that Bill Malone has more "skills" than Harry Lorayne because of DVD releases.
Message: Posted by: doopyloop (Jun 24, 2015 02:06PM)
I'm not understanding. Compare was Bill Malone to Daryl, yes? I think most magician see Bill Malone and Daryl through DVDs or maybe magic club lectures of many tricks in their DVDs which is not same as real performance and so they make guesses about skills from this. I think they make compare from this.

This is what I mean. I am not say gimmicks are bad and sleights are good.

And this has not to do with harry lorayne. Very strange you make it so? :)
Message: Posted by: MagicT (Jun 24, 2015 07:34PM)
Bill Malone does not lecture. He does not like to perform for magicians. Daryl does lecture. Anyway, just wanted to clear the air on that.

Both Daryl and Bill are very good at what they do. Most of you have not seen Bill perform in his setting. Watching him on DVD, or World's Greatest Magic, or even in a session is not how he would perform at a paid gig. He is quite entertaining, funny, witty, and very good at sleight-of-hand.

Daryl is equally as good, although his performing style is different. There really should not be a comparison between the two.





Best,
Trini
Message: Posted by: doopyloop (Jun 24, 2015 10:09PM)
"Bill Malone does not lecture. He does not like to perform for magicians. Daryl does lecture. Anyway, just wanted to clear the air on that."

Thank you. I did not know this about bill malone.

"Both Daryl and Bill are very good at what they do. Most of you have not seen Bill perform in his setting. Watching him on DVD, or World's Greatest Magic, or even in a session is not how he would perform at a paid gig. He is quite entertaining, funny, witty, and very good at sleight-of-hand."

Actually I think he is good performer even on DVD! But yes I think it is obvious that in pro performing show that he does not do everything on DVDs. He can do them but pro performing situation demands more.

"Daryl is equally as good, although his performing style is different. There really should not be a comparison between the two."

I agree also! I just think maybe I understand why magician compare them. Or maybe think they can compare.
Message: Posted by: supremefiction (Jun 25, 2015 01:38PM)
To me it is a dead tie, as I mentioned. They are both great in different ways.

When I said: "They are both technically outstanding . . . Malone might have a marginal edge."

Note the words "might" and "marginal."

I think I said this because Malone had intense tutelage under Marlo, who as we know had multiple ways to do multiple things.

But this makes no material difference, they are both great.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Jun 25, 2015 08:19PM)
Yes. We understand and appreciate the words might and marginal. And we agree it makes no material difference.
Bill Malone is world class- one of the best on earth. Daryl is otherworldly.
Both awesome!
Message: Posted by: jakeg (Jun 28, 2015 04:26AM)
Since the original question was 'who is your favorite' I'd have to say, those who know when to their audience has had enough.
I don't do many card tricks mainly because up to now, they really didn't fit in with what I was doing, and also because there are so many great routines out there, that it not only became too difficult to choose what to spend my time learning. Getting more into it these days though.
The favorites that come into my mind, who unfortunately are long gone, are Al Goshman, Frank Garcia, & Del Ray. I considered them pure entertainment.
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Jun 28, 2015 05:59AM)
I( GUESS NO ONE HEAR REMEMBERS THE LAte great PEPE CORALE FROM SPAIN...........

VINNY
Message: Posted by: Jorge Betancourt (Jun 10, 2016 08:16AM)
Michael Vincent
Guy Hollingworth
Richard Turner
Armando Lucero
David Williamson
René Lavand
Ricky Jay
Bebel
Yu Ho Jin (he does manipulation, but still magic with cards)
Message: Posted by: Magic-Daniel (Jun 10, 2016 02:52PM)
The other day I experienced the best close-up magician I have ever witnessed. So I have to add him to my previous list...ohh, it was Ben Earl
Message: Posted by: SimonCard (Jun 15, 2016 07:46AM)
My current favorite is Kostya Kimlat.
Message: Posted by: marc_carrion (Jun 15, 2016 10:37AM)
[quote]On Jun 28, 2015, vinsmagic wrote:
I( GUESS NO ONE HEAR REMEMBERS THE LAte great PEPE CORALE FROM SPAIN...........

VINNY [/quote]

HI Vinny, the name is Pepe Carrol, and most Spanish magicians remember him. He was one of the greats, and he left us too soon.
Message: Posted by: danaruns (Jun 15, 2016 01:33PM)
Mine would be:

Bébel
Alex Elmsley
Kostya Kimlat
Juan Tamariz
Eugene Berger
Message: Posted by: GodSpeed23 (Jun 15, 2016 10:43PM)
Ricky Jay
Juan Tamariz
kostya Kimlat
Eugene Berger
And Ricky Jay gets a second vote because...he's Ricky Jay.
Message: Posted by: Alewishus (Jun 15, 2016 11:59PM)
[quote]On Jun 13, 2015, Zephury wrote:
Darwin Ortiz - For reasons anyone can agree with!

Jason Ladanye - Though a student of Darwins and in many ways similar, I get a different experience when watching Jason and I particularly enjoy it.

Allan Ackerman - Many people view his video tape performances as quite boring but when I saw him live at Gary Darwin's club, I'll never forget how great of a show he put on that night.

Doc Eason - Though not purely a cardician, or a technical mechanic, Doc has been one of my very favorite performers for a long time now. Watching his Snowmass tapes were amongst the most enjoyable video experiences I've ever had. I felt like I was there in person. [/quote]

I would have to disagree about Darwin Ortiz. In fact I've heard a rumor that the Magic Castle is stocking up on Naloxone kits to be distributed to audience members in the unfortunate event that Ortiz and Ladanye perform back to back!

A.
Message: Posted by: RDeNatale (Jun 16, 2016 09:28AM)
Lennart Green
John Guastaferro
Roberto Giobbi
Daryl
Michael Ammar
Message: Posted by: SimonG-97 (Jun 16, 2016 10:51AM)
Michael Vincent
Micheal Vincent
Micheal Vincent
Micheal Vincent
Eugene Burger
Message: Posted by: Jamie-boy (Jun 17, 2016 08:27AM)
Mike Massaveg
Bill Malone
Daryl
Ricky Jay
Michael Ammar
Message: Posted by: Duoquadragesimus (Jun 21, 2016 08:07AM)
Pop Haydn
Ricky Jay
Lennart Green
Dani DaOrtiz
Pit Hartling
... and the list would go on
Message: Posted by: William Dee (Jun 21, 2016 08:26AM)
Paul Harris
Jimmy Grippo
Frank Garcia
Rene Levand
Etc.
Message: Posted by: Marcus1 (Jun 21, 2016 09:50AM)
Jerry Sadowitz
David Williamson
Bebel
Lennart Green
Juan Tamariz
Guy Hollingworth
Ricky Jay.
Message: Posted by: supremefiction (Jun 21, 2016 01:19PM)
Stephen Hobbs
Message: Posted by: Karli (Jun 21, 2016 07:05PM)
James Brown
Michael Vincent
Kostya Kimlat
Jason England

James Brown tops it with his excellent style of missdirection
Message: Posted by: r1chyoung (Aug 11, 2016 07:20PM)
Those of you who love card magic and elegant sleight of hand will enjoy this weeks episode of The Magicians' Podcast with Ben Earl:

http://magicianspodcast.podbean.com/e/ep-67-ben-earl/

It's free! I hope you enjoy it.

Rich
Message: Posted by: Jorge Betancourt (Aug 12, 2016 08:26AM)
Thanks Rich, I will check it out!
Message: Posted by: IanLand (Aug 12, 2016 09:20AM)
From a UK perspective, Joe Riding and Bobby Bernard were both amazing performers, but there's little video record of how great they were. Of those still alive, I think Jerry Sadowitz, Ricky Jay and Lennart Green are the most successful at presenting a complete persona. They are all fantastic actors as well as fantastic technicians.
Message: Posted by: Jaybs (Aug 13, 2016 09:48AM)
David Williamson and Kyle Eschen. Two (in my opinion), genuinely funny magicians with two very different stage personas. Here's a clip of Kyle for anyone who is unfamiliar with his work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-3fzp7hJrI

The future of magic looks bright :)
Message: Posted by: The Mysterious Kid (Aug 13, 2016 04:42PM)
My fist two I always watch again when I'm not sure about why I love card magic are:
1.) <b>David Blaine</b>
The only guy, who has the nerve to keep the tension between him and his audiance and dosen't destroies it with laughter or a joke.
2.) <b>Martin A. Nash</b>
By know I can't stand watching card tricks on YouTube. Every routine Martin did I can watch without any problem.
The way he tied together the tricks and the connection he creates with his audiance is brilliant. Just a good guy.
The top two are all time favorites but the following I love as well.
3.) <b>Ricky Jay </b>
Great humor wihtout being a clown. The 52 Assistens show is one of the best card performances ever.
4.) <b>Guy Hollingworth </b>
Great Effects and a brilliant performance. Still the effect stands out. (Most times I do card magic I have one or two tricks from him in my repertoire)
5.) <b>Pepe Carrol</b>
I love to watch him especially with Juan Tamariz.
6.) <b>Pit Hartling</b>
He is amazing, for me he is like Derren Brown for mentalism. Take a normal guy. Put it on fast forward 2x and you have Pit Hartling.
7.) <b>Lennart Green </b>
I don't think I ever performed an effect from Lennart Green, however I love the way he chooses to present chaos and order together.
I'm highly entertaint by his humor.
8.) <b> Juan Tamariz </b>
Sometimes I love him, somtimes I can't stand his syle. On video he sometimes is annoing but on a live show I fought myself on the stage to
do Total Coincidence.

Honarable Mention:
<b> Ernest Earick </b>
In his book Stephen Minch wrote: "...when Mr. Earick performes this Effect.." I call ********!
I don't believe he liked to perform but I use pretty much every slight from his book. R.I.P. Mr. Earick!
<b> Jerry Sadowitz </b>
I just love the brilliance in his effects. His comedy oversadowes the effects on often for me.
Message: Posted by: supertoad12 (Aug 30, 2016 09:26AM)
Bill Malone
Michael Vincent
Roberto Giobbi
Harry Lorayne
Daryl
Message: Posted by: Vitalii Shevtsov (Aug 31, 2016 09:02AM)
My list, in no particular order, looked like this:
- Roberto Giobbi
- Dai Vernon
- Bruce Cervon
- Larry Jennings
- Charlie Miller

and many many more
Message: Posted by: Adam1975 (Sep 2, 2016 03:27PM)
I will throw in these,based on technical ability
Jerry Sadowitz
Bill Malone
Alan Ackerman
Darwin Ortiz
Jason England
Message: Posted by: magicsachin (Sep 2, 2016 11:12PM)
1.Dai Vernon
2.Roberto Giobbi
3.Bill Malone

Legends in Card Magic !!
Message: Posted by: shaunluttin (Sep 3, 2016 02:34PM)
Derek Del Gaudio
Lennart Green
Derren Brown
Travis Bernhardt
Dai Vernon (would LOVE to see video of his early work).
Message: Posted by: Imirik (Sep 10, 2016 10:03AM)
Michael Vincent is definitely my top, also really like Kostya Kimlat.
Message: Posted by: Merc Man (Sep 14, 2016 04:22AM)
Harry Lorayne......unquestionably top of my list.

And rather than just state a name (or list of 'names') here's my reasoning.

The guy is 100% 'Mr Entertainment' with nothing more than a (often borrowed) pack of cards. He fully engages with an audience; and delivers such a powerful performance.

If only some people spent more time learning about presentation rather than wasting hours on esoteric/pointless sleights and moves, then maybe they'd become much better performers themselves.

Added to which 'The Magic Book' and 'Close Up Card Magic' contain sufficient material to make anyone a decent enough living as a magical entertainer. Words cannot express what I truly think of these two masterpieces of magical literature; nor their author.
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (May 30, 2017 12:32PM)
Merc Man, I was getting so disappointed at the large number of people who didn't list me (forgive the ego - modesty is becoming a drag!) but you've just made up for that - you've made my day!! (You have wonderful taste!)
Message: Posted by: SimonCard (May 30, 2017 03:03PM)
Bill Malone.
Michael Vincent.
Martin Nash.
Kostya Kimlat comes next because of his performance on Penn and Teller. That one baffled me for months till I suddenly recalled his DVD release.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (May 30, 2017 07:08PM)
Im going to have to agree with the Professor, Dai Vernon, and say Harry Lorayne. I also love Paul Daniels, Eugene Burger, David Williamson, Max Maven, Mike Skinner, Bruce Cervon and Paul Harris.
Message: Posted by: Magic-Daniel (May 31, 2017 09:45AM)
Ben Earl
Jared Kopf
Bill Malone.
David Williamson.
Dani DaOrtiz.
Martin Nash
Johnny Thompson
Derek DelGaudio
Helder Guimaraes
Message: Posted by: FalseDeal (Jun 4, 2017 08:54AM)
Tamariz
Ascanio
Da Ortiz
Woody
Simon Black

All the top Spanish guys
Message: Posted by: foolsnobody (Jun 4, 2017 10:11PM)
Favorite *performers* of card magic you say?

Deceased:
Eddie Fechter
Matt Schulien
Harry Lorayne
Clarke "The Senator" Crandall
Ed Marlo! (Especially with lay audiences and I loved his dry wit)

Living:
Oddly enough, even though he is thought of as a move monkey ("Every move a move"), I find Allan Ackerman's presentation of card magic to be a pleasure to watch.
Message: Posted by: Uli Weigel (Jun 5, 2017 12:22AM)
Reports of Harry's death are greatly exaggerated.
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (Jun 5, 2017 08:20AM)
Yeah, wonderful post above yours.
Message: Posted by: James F (Jun 5, 2017 01:26PM)
OMG A GHOST!
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (Jun 5, 2017 01:39PM)
Boo!
Message: Posted by: Chatterbox41 (Jun 5, 2017 02:07PM)
Down to 5? Well... in no particular order...

Tom Mullica
Paul Harris
Larry Jennings
Lennart Green
Bill Malone
Harry Lorayne
Daryl
Ed Marlo
Matt Schulien
Allen Ackerman

... what... that's more than 5... sorry...

Gary
Message: Posted by: Chatterbox41 (Jun 5, 2017 02:09PM)
Down to 5? Well... in no particular order...

Tom Mullica
Paul Harris
Larry Jennings
Lennart Green
Bill Malone
Harry Lorayne
Daryl
Ed Marlo
Matt Schulien
Allen Ackerman

... what... that's more than 5... sorry...

Gary
Message: Posted by: alan1003 (Mar 7, 2018 07:11PM)
Bill Malone
John Guastaferro
Darwin Ortiz
Michael Ammar
Joann Fontyn
Message: Posted by: sennheiser (Mar 8, 2018 07:07AM)
In no particular order:
David Williamson
Dani DaOrtiz
Lennart Green
Pit Hartling
Guy Hollingworth
Jared Kopf
Michael Vincent
Benjamin Earl
Gabi Pareras
Helder Guimarães
Lance Pierce
Bebel
John Carney
Larry Jennings
Steve Reynolds
Jerry Sadowitz
Asi Wind
Pop Haydn
Tony Chang

just some names that come to mind.

David Williamson performances I can watch the whole day.
it doesn't matter if its card magic or something else.
Message: Posted by: Theo (Mar 19, 2018 04:13PM)
Of those I have personally seen:
Rick Jay
Michael Vincent
Etienne Pradier
Guy Hollingworth
Jerry Sadowitz
Rene Lavand
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Mar 21, 2018 10:15AM)
I guess in just about everything there is a pecking order to things, that is what we do mostly, "good-better-best" I guess. Anyway, I think there is a perspective on this at every level, and while a lot of those mentioned are from the supposed top level as to card magic, there are others lesser known and perhaps not as highly regarded for one reason or another, but are very good and worthy of the term, "favorites," at least favorites of mine for differing reasons...Probably/proportionately the same reasons why no one's list here contains all the same folks or includes others that others didn't consider much if at all...I guess, hence the word, "Favorite." Perhaps a better word than any such "best," to me. :)

And so, with maybe a peculiar mix of thought and perspective as to card magic play and creativity, I mention here (in no particular order but with all due respect) the following...

[b]-Jonathan Kamm

-Jamy Ian Swiss

-Bill Malone

-Vinny Marini

-52 Kards

-Jay Sankey

-Andy Fields

-Glen Morphew

-Frank Garcia

-Dan & Dave Buck

-Lee Asher

-Wayne Dobson

-Steve Dusheck[/b]

Just a few of my favorites, not necessarily from the top of things but definitely from somewhere within all the rest of it, aka...the big, small and all of it. :)
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Mar 27, 2018 02:47AM)
Mb thank you for the mention I would also add jack carpenter, and the late pepe corale

vinny
Message: Posted by: Rachmaninov (Mar 27, 2018 12:18PM)
OMG Théo, you have met those masters ! You are very very lucky.
Message: Posted by: Rachmaninov (Mar 27, 2018 04:14PM)
I agree with much Mysterious Kid has said in this thread.
For me, René Lavand first. And after him, dozens other magicians. There is plethora of styles but the most magical and meaningful one comes from Lavand.
Message: Posted by: EasyK (Mar 27, 2018 07:41PM)
Bill Malone
Jay Sankey
Chris Ramsey 😁
Message: Posted by: Terrible Wizard (Mar 28, 2018 01:03AM)
Ricky Jay
Bill Malone
Lennart Green

I find these most entertaining.
Message: Posted by: MasterGrip (Mar 28, 2018 08:41PM)
Harry Lorayne
Vinni Marini
Matt Furman
Message: Posted by: Rupert Pupkin (Mar 28, 2018 08:51PM)
[quote]On Mar 28, 2018, MasterGrip wrote:
Harry Lorayne
Vinni Marini
Matt Furman [/quote]

How could you forget Paul Harris??
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Mar 29, 2018 10:08AM)
Hey, do you ever think when you look at these lists, that sometimes some of the names might be surprised or maybe even a little P'd-off to be mentioned with certain others...I mean, they might believe others aren't good enough to be named with them, or that they belong better with others of the ilk they think they are of, or that they should be with the upper echelon, or how could any small-timers and or riffraff be listed at all, or any such upper echelon be listed without them...The nerve! :D And for certain "special" folks, how could any list be made without their name being on it. :D

To me it's all good, and great to see a little bit of everyone mentioned as there's room for everybody that's doing good work out there. :)
Message: Posted by: Churken2 (Mar 29, 2018 07:04PM)
Dani DaOrtiz
David Williamson
Juan Tamariz
Joe Barry
Pit Hartling
Denis Behr
Message: Posted by: Pierre Cardinlemon (Jan 31, 2019 07:48AM)
Daryl
Allan Ackerman
David Blaine
Bill Malone
Woody Aragon
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jan 31, 2019 09:17AM)
For amazing technique and distinctive, entertaining style:

Danny DaOrtiz
Pit Hartling
Shin Lim
David Williamson
Greg Chapman
Lennart Green
Pop Haydn
Message: Posted by: Mr. X (Feb 4, 2019 07:29AM)
Peter Kane
Alex Elmsley
Jerry Sadowitz
Andrew Galloway
Pop Hayden
Message: Posted by: warren (Feb 4, 2019 07:39AM)
Bill Malone, Daryl and Jerry Sadowitz to name just a few as there are many very entertaining card workers out there :)
Message: Posted by: tbsmith918 (Feb 10, 2019 06:13PM)
My first attempt at a list had twelve card magicians on it...so I knocked a few off and got it down to six...half.

Harry Lorayne
Paul Harris
David Regal
Woody Aragon
Jon Racherbumer
Robert Giobbi
Message: Posted by: Steganos (Feb 11, 2019 05:23PM)
Fred Kaps
Rene Lavand
Juan Tamariz
Bill Malone
Dani Daortiz
Arturo de Ascanio
Daryl
David Williamsons
....
Message: Posted by: Osyris706 (Mar 25, 2021 11:01PM)
Micheal Vincent
David Stone
Kostya Kimlat
Benjamin Earl
Message: Posted by: balbec (Jun 6, 2021 05:49AM)
1, Tommy Wonder
2. Bebel
3. Rene Lavand
4. David Blaine
5. Is tough... Larry Jennings?
Message: Posted by: Geeraff12 (Aug 25, 2021 04:42AM)
Skinner
Close
Hannibal
Sanders
Jay
Message: Posted by: thegreatscungilli (Aug 31, 2021 08:38AM)
Daryl and Pop Haydn
Message: Posted by: Fromentum (Sep 20, 2021 07:43AM)
Bill Malone