(San Jose, California: 13th August 1955 - 24th February 2017)
Inspired by and learned from a family friend's gift of a Svengali deck. Pro close-up since 1972, mainly with the 31 tricks of his own invention such as Ultimate Ambition, Double Dazzling Triumph, Half and Half, Jumping Knot of Pakistan, and Cardboard Chameleons. Aka "Daryl" since 1980. Repeated tours of Europe and Japan. A major performer and lecturer.
1978 IBM 1st place in close-up; AMA Best Close-up Magician, 1980, 1981; 1982 FISM 1st prize in card magic; 1985 Desert Magic Seminar 1st prize; 1988 AMA Best Parlour Magician; 1989 and 1993 AMA Best Lecturer; 1993 Desert Magic Seminar 2nd prize.
Wrote ?Daryl? (1980), Daryl's Lecture Notes #2 (1982), Daryl's Psychological Assembly (1985), Daryl Does Den Haag (1988), The Vernon Chronicles (3 vols, 1987, 1988, 1989), Focus (1990, 140pp), etc. Contributed original tricks to Linking Ring, Richard's Almanac, Chaos, Arcane (France), and Revue de la Prestidigitation as well as to several books. Video (1985) and video Encyclopedia of Card Sleights (8 vols, 1996-97).
See For Your Entertainment Pleasure: Magic by Daryl (1982, 90pp); and Stephen Minch, Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus (1987, 152pp; French tr 1989 by Vollmer).