(S. Bronx, New York City, NY: 11th December 1948 - 13th October 2023)
Learned at age 7 "as an offshoot of card playing and exposure to sleight of hand in street gambling." Pro card magician and professional gambler since leaving law school in 1973, specializing in close-up card magic and gambling exposés. Operated The Darwin Ortiz Gambling School in Manhattan 1979-82 when moved to Washington, DC. International consultant to casinos and police on gambling cheating methods.