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D. Angelo Ferri

D. Angelo Ferri

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D. Angelo Ferri's aka Dennis Barlotta's interest in magic began with a gift from his father, a set of plastic cups and balls purchased from a novelty shop in Times Square. Years later, after military service, he discovered Tannen’s Magic Shop on Broadway and Al Flosso’s. He was drawn to close-up magic. One day he met a man at Tannen’s. He did a version of Slydini’s Coins Through the Table for Dennis. He suggested Dennis purchase The Magic of Slydini by Lewis Ganson, which he immediately did.

Dennis abandoned everything he had learned about magic and started over. He studied Slydini’s routines for one year, on his own; then sought him out for lessons.

His studio was on 341 West 45th Street in Manhattan; Apartment 111. Dennis remembers being very nervous as he knocked on his door. It swung open and there he was, dressed in a crisp white shirt and a blue tie. Dennis froze. He said “I bet you were expecting a taller man”. That made Dennis relax; a little.

They went into his living room and after a few minutes of small talk he asked Dennis if he could do any of his magic. Dennis told him he did his One Coin Routine. He said: “Really? Show me.” As Dennis worked his way through the routine he saw this look of horror cross his face. Finally he couldn’t take it anymore. He said: “OK that’s enough, let’s start.”

Dennis spent over eight years with him. after a couple of years he stopped charging Dennis for lessons. Being Italian himself, they had many things in common. It was like having a ‘magic grandfather’. Dennis was very lucky.

Dennis' manuscripts represent eight years of private lessons and thirty years of performance experience. They are based upon the thousands of questions Dennis asked him and his careful answers. He told Dennis: “I like you because you understand my magic”. Dennis' goal is to pass on his teaching as precisely as he is able. Dennis' dream is his magic continues to be performed as he intended it to be performed.

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D. Angelo Ferri
Slydini Encores Companion by D. Angelo Ferri

Slydini Encores is a great book with many photos, but despite the genuine efforts by the author and editor to capture Slydini's magic and teach it, it is tough to learn the details and the exact timing from the book. This is particularly true for students who have not experienced Slydini live. Dennis Barlotta, aka D. Angelo Ferri, who studied under Slydini for several years, provides in this video lecture the missing details and demonstrations so that you can actually learn and perform these miracles.

Dennis demonstrates and discusses almost everything from the book, Prediction in Red, Alladin Purse,...

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Monete di Slydini by D. Angelo Ferri

Un corso delle monete di Slydini attraverso la tabe

Imparerai Sei monete e il penny inglese, Sei monete e l'anello, Solo sei monete, solo quattro monete e solo due monete. Le istruzioni sono sia scritte, comprese le fotografie, sia in video per darti tutte le possibilità di apprendere correttamente queste routine.

Inoltre imparerai la meccanica e le mosse in tutti i loro dettagli concetti importanti come:

  • l'importanza della fede
  • il corpo prende la mano
  • coordinazione del movimento
  • psicologia della prestazione
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Don Alan Tribute by D. Angelo Ferri

Dennis applies the Slydini method of magic to various effects by Don Alan. It is an intriguing combination. If you are a purist you will probably not be much interested in it, but if you are searching for effective and commercial magic tricks then this is a very interesting melding of ideas and techniques.

1st edition 2023, video 36:53.

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Unknown Slydini by D. Angelo Ferri

Slydini's major routines take a lot of time to learn. But Slydini wanted his students to be able to go out and perform magic sooner to work on the performance and presentational aspects of their magic. To enable this he would teach his students from time to time smaller tricks which one could learn quicker but which often still incorporated one or the other of his fundamental principles of magic. This is a collection of these smaller tricks Slydini taught Dennis. They are a great gateway into the magic of Slydini because they do not require large commitments of time and effort to be mastered, yet they...

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Slydini Concepts by D. Angelo Ferri

This two-hour lecture will teach you a heightened awareness of how Slydini thought, moved, constructed, and achieved his magic. You will learn many of the underlying principles and concepts Slydini used to misdirect and apply sleight of hand. Dennis Barlotta demonstrates and explains the various ideas with examples mostly taken from Slydini's routines. No entire tricks will be taught. While it is helpful to be familiar with some of Slydini's tricks, their knowledge is not necessary to understand the various concepts taught.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • stance, attire, performing conditions...
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Slydini Paper Balls Over the Head by D. Angelo Ferri

Slydini's Paper Balls Over the Head routine is one of the most entertaining routines magic has to offer. The audience is in stitches because they are in on the trick. The only person not knowing what is going on is the volunteer on the stage. He or she is totally amazed and baffled by the magic happening. Paper balls as big as a fist vanish into thin air right in front of their eyes.

Now you can learn this blockbuster of a routine from a long-time student of Slydini.

1st edition 2023, video 35 min.

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Slydini Knotted Silks by D. Angelo Ferri

Dennis Barlotta teaches the famous Slydini Knotted Silks routine. You will learn in minute detail the false knots used, which are of course key to the routine. You will learn the right silks and fabric to use. And you will learn a story that Tony Slydini told Dennis about one time when the routine failed and what he changed to avoid this problem.

1st edition 2023, video 37:18

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Slydini Paper Balls in Box by D. Angelo Ferri

Another beautiful classic of Tony Slydini is explained and taught in detail by Dennis Barlotta. Four paper balls vanish and in the end, miraculously appear in a box or hat shown empty. Slydini performed this routine since about 1915. The paper balls he rolled from napkins or tissue paper were the 'sponge' balls at the time sponge balls did not exist.

You will learn the proper way to make a paper ball from a paper napkin such that the ball will not unravel during the performance.

You will learn concepts such as 'the body takes the hand', 'leave and take', 'reach the take', 'coordinated movements',...

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Slydini Cigarettes by D. Angelo Ferri

Here you will learn all the secrets, routines, and tips to manipulate cigarettes like Tony Slydini. Dennis Barlotta will teach you just as Slydini taught him. You will also learn how to make the cigarettes so that they look like real cigarettes yet are sturdy enough to be manipulated easily.

If you want to see Slydini perform some of these effects himself, check out The Amazing Slydini.

1st edition 2023, video 38 min.

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Slydini One Coin Routine by D. Angelo Ferri

This is a quintessential Slydini routine, a tour-de-force of misdirection combined with lapping, secret takes, and drops. A single coin miraculously vanishes and reappears several times. It almost seems to be melting away between the fingers of the performer.

Dennis will teach you all the details - essentially the same way how Slydini taught him. Additionally, you will get recollections and stories of how it was studying under Slydini in his apartment. It is a great way to learn this wonderful routine.

1st edition 2023, video 40 min.

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Slydini Coins Through the Table by D. Angelo Ferri

Dennis Barlotta, aka D. Angelo Ferri, was a long-time student of Slydini and is today the most authentic and respected teacher of magic the Slydini way. In this set of two videos, he will teach a classic of magic, the Coins Through the Table exactly how Slydini performed it. It requires six silver coins and one contrasting coin, a copper coin, a ring, or similar.

Dennis will teach you not only the mechanics and sleights but also the tempo, the script, and the details of the psychology. All of these factors come together into a beautiful deception.

1st edition 2023, video 1h 3min....

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Helicopter Card by D. Angelo Ferri

The Helicopter Card was one of Slydini's feature routines and is one of the most fascinating card routines of all time. A freely selected card mysteriously travels from the fan to the table, even though the spectator can check the cards on the table without finding his until the card invisibly flies like a helicopter to the table.

Dennis Barlotta, aka D. Angelo Ferri, studied for 8 years under Slydini. After several years of apprenticeship, Slydini was willing to teach Dennis this wonderful routine. Dennis will not only explain the mechanics and sleights but also the psychology, choreographed...

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Le palle di carta in scatolina by D. Angelo Ferri

Questo è il primo miracolo che io abbia mai visto la mia insegnante di eseguire. Sentivo che avevo visto vera magia. Ho iniziato i miei studi con le monete attraverso il tavolo, per poi passare a questo gioco. Uno dei suoi insegnamenti grandi è l'uso degli occhi. Questo è qualcosa Slydini istintivamente compreso e impiegato in tutta la sua magia. Questo gioco insegna l'uso degli occhi e soprattutto convinzione. In ogni lezione che abbiamo mai avuto mi ha sempre detto: "Dovete credere a quello che stai facendo, se lo credono, ma ci crederà". Ho incluso centinaia di fotografie. Ho incluso...

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Magia con le sigarette di Slydini by D. Angelo Ferri

Questo libro include tutti i miei insegnanti di magia con le sigarette. Imparerete a strappare una sigaretta in due e quindi ripristinarlo. Imparerete come prendere una sigaretta dal nulla. Lo studente imparerà: i modelli di temporizzazione Slydini, il concetto di eseguire un meccanico necessaria quando la mente dell'osservatore è mentalmente a riposo, e di sistema Slydini di movimento (il corpo prende la mano). Dato che la magia Slydini si basa su principi guida che non cambiano da gioco a gioco lo studente dovrà anche imparare le discipline che verranno applicate ad altri giochi Slydini....

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il Maestro di Misdirection by D. Angelo Ferri

Ho studiato con Slydini per otto anni. Ha organizzato pensiero, movimento, manipolazione mentale, in un sistema di controllo della percezione dell'osservatore. Il mio maestro non ha inventato queste cose. Aveva capito come usarli. Ecco perché la sua magia è diverso. Non ha creato basata su principi accettati. Ha creato sulle leggi della natura umana. Il mio sogno è che la magia del maestro, continua in Italia. I miei nonni arrivarono in America da Napoli, Sicilia e Abruzzo, nel 1910. Sono nato nel 1949. La mia prima lingua era napoletano. Non ho mai parlato in italiano. Ho...

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Di Carini Investigations: The San Francisco Files 1935-1944 by D. Angelo Ferri

Many years ago at one of the first Tannen's Magic Conventions the author attended he met Walter Gibson. He knew many of the great magicians of the 30's and 40's personally including Harry Blackstone Sr. and he had a series of Detective Comic Books. He wrote books about magic and he created the masked crime fighter: The Shadow. D. Angelo Ferri used to listen to The Shadow on the radio when he was a kid. He also watched a lot of early TV shows inspired by those old radio programs, TV shows like Racket Squad, Dragnet, The Untouchables, and The Naked City.

Ferri loves to smoke cigars. One foggy night he was walking through the...

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Giocate! by D. Angelo Ferri

This ebook is a study of the classic Italian card games: Scopa, Quindici, Briscola, and Tresette. The author's interest in playing cards dates back to childhood, his grandparents, his family … they loved to play cards; so does he.

In addition to rules, you will find beginner to advanced playing strategies and Ferri's method for secretly signaling your partner as to what cards you hold. This is based on the system he learned from one of his early influences - the great John Scarne.

In addition to be being one of the greatest manipulator of playing cards and perhaps the greatest card mechanic of...

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Coin Magic (Barlotta) by D. Angelo Ferri

Barlotta's Coin Magic manuscript features his variation of Slydini's "Four Coins through the Table". He has eliminated the 'mid air Hang Ping Chen' movement and replaced it with a Slydini variation he sometimes employed. Dennis' objective was to give magicians interested in doing Slydini's "Four Coins" a method that is easier to do and is still completely constructed of Slydini technique. This manuscript also includes Slydini's "Vanishing Stack of coins", which he sometimes performed at the end of his coin routine, and Barlotta's "Six Coins under the Shaker Club", the idea for which he got while...

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Bar Magic by D. Angelo Ferri

Dennis writes:

I worked as a "Magic Bartender" for several years, tricks have to be simple, entertaining, and ideally employ common objects. Occasionally I'd sit at a customers table which gave me the opportunity to perform 'The Glass Through the Table' and my 'Hat Load'. Slydini taught me the 'Glass Trick'. He uses sound to control the perception of the spectator, The Hat Load begins with a coin trick based upon Don Alan's Hat Load but my mechanics for loading the hat are based upon Slydini's System of movement. My Copper and Silver Transposition employs a slightly modified version of John...

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Don Alan Tribute by D. Angelo Ferri

Dennis Barlotta's Tribute to Don Alan includes a re-working of three routines; The Chop Cup, The Benson Bowl, and 'Bag Stabbed' a card stab.

Dennis writes:

I am a very big Don Alan fan. This manuscript represents my investigation into applying Slydini's principles to these great Don Alan presentations. My Chop Cup routine follows the Don Alan Routine in terms of sequence of events but I accomplish those events using Slydini's system of movement, his Revolve Vanish, and his Timing Patterns. The timing patterns are what accomplish the two final loads of the Chop Cup.

In the Benson Bowl,...

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Slydini's Production Silks by D. Angelo Ferri

Slydini used to open his stage act with this routine.

Slydini's Production Silks is a routine he cared deeply about. This is an opening stage effect. (He used to say: "If you wait too long the silks will get stale".) The magician shows his hands empty then picks up a silk from the seat of a chair. The silk is displayed and placed on the back of the chair. The magician reaches into the air and produces a second silk, which is also placed on the back of the chair. Two more silks are produced from the air and then all four silks are picked up. These silks multiply into a beautiful 'fountain...

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The Master of Misdirection by D. Angelo Ferri

I believe that Dennis Barlotta will soon be known as the foremost teacher of Slydini's system of misdirection. There have been others before that have tried to explain and teach Slydini routines, but nobody could capture the essence of what made Slydini the master of misdirection the way Barlotta has been able to.

Dennis has studied eight years under Slydini and has spent a lifetime mastering the Slydini method. Dennis told me: "While many magicians admire Slydini, they don't understand what made him unique or how his approach can be employed by them." This is the ebook that will help you...

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Paper Balls in the Box by D. Angelo Ferri

Dennis writes:

Slydini's Paper Balls in the Box is the first miracle I ever saw my teacher perform. His performance compelled me to give up everything I knew about magic and seek him out for lessons. This routine will teach the student many guiding principles such as:

  • the body takes the hand
  • leave and take
  • Slydini's misdirection sleight
  • Timing
  • Coordination
This is a master's routine. One of its great lessons is the use of the eyes. Malini said: "It's in the eye". This is something Slydini instinctively understood and employed in all of his magic. This routine teaches the use of...
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Slydini's Linking Pins by D. Angelo Ferri

I have studied a linking pin routine myself many years ago. It wasn't this Slydini routine, but the effect is very strong because safety-pins are familiar to everyone. And if you can do something magical with a common object then you have a miracle at your hands. Now you can learn a routine which the master of misdirection devised himself.

Dennis writes:

Slydini taught me his Linking Pins Routine sometime in the late 1970's. For several Thanksgiving's, during that period of time, Slydini arranged for several of his students, including myself, to perform at the Windows on the World Restaurant,...

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Silk in Apple by D. Angelo Ferri

Dennis writes:

This is Slydini's version of the Silk in the Apple. He told me he performed it on Cuba television in the 1950's. When he walked through the streets of Havana people recognized him and came up to saying "The apple... the apple...".

The lessons here are the Slydini's approach to handling the device that makes the routine possible, the head, hand movement, which is the same movement he used in his Paper Balls Over The Head, and his Helicopter Card. This routine will give the student a greater insight into the natural mechanics of the hand, how those natural mechanics can be...

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Slydini's Linking Rings by D. Angelo Ferri

Slydini's Linking Ring Routine is a show stopper. Layman love it and magicians schooled in the Linking Rings are puzzled by it. It is everything a stage routine should be, entertaining and mystifying. This 91 page manuscript includes over 100 instructional photos and careful descriptions of each phase of the routine. Slydini's Rings are not 'quiet'. This is a classic conception. The rings are linked and then all the rings are handed out for inspection. An impromptu assistant is invited on stage and a very entertaining interaction between the magician and his impromptu assistant takes place. The assistant...

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Slydini's Cigarette Magic by D. Angelo Ferri

In Dennis' own words:

My manuscript on Slydini's Cigarette Magic teaches all of his major cigarette routines including his Cigarette Fantasy; a production of un-lit cigarettes performed to music. With the exception of his 'Torn & Restored Lit Cigarette', all of the routines employ un-lit filter-less cigarettes. (Either Lucky Strikes or Camels are recommended.)

A study of Slydini's Cigarette Magic will introduce the student to Slydini timing patterns, the concept of performing a necessary mechanic when the mind of the observer is mentally at rest, and Slydini's System of Movement (The...

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Cigar Magic by D. Angelo Ferri

Dennis writes:

Cigar Magic is the result of my investigation into the Cigar From The Purse Routine generally associated with Nate Leipzig (but originally created by G.W. Hunter). I explored different methods including the use of a 'holdout'; which is described in the text. (I finally settled on a routine that does not employ a hold out.) My routine offers a different take on the switch out of the gimmick purse, a new handling of the change over move, producing a second cigar from the purse, and the continuous cigar production that concludes with a production of a bigger cigar. Being a cigar smoker myself;...

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The Button Biting Trick by D. Angelo Ferri

An unusual effect that is introduced in the manuscript with a cartoon drawn by Chauncey Pierce. Dennis in his own words:

The Button Biting Trick is something I rarely see performed by other magician's, I have enjoyed and benefited form this routine for many years. It is a great way to let people know you are a magician. My original investigations of the routine led me to Malini and Scarne. I have developed my own method to make the effect more 'mentally acceptable' to the spectator. My grandfather was a tailor; buttons are not easily bitten off a coat. The trick rises and falls upon the spectator believing...

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