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Martin A. Nash

Martin A. Nash

(18th March 1933 - 20th July 2009)

Born in Parksville B.C., Martin grew up working the logging camps of western Canada. Through lumber yards and bar brawls, there was always his true love of magic. He started things like coins and doves, but in 1962, at a convention in New Jersey, history was made. Martin was attending the convention with his friend Ed Balducci. After watching a young man doing Jack Miller's holdout, he wondered what he would see next. Ed suggested that he go see Harry Lorayne. Martin looked at him and asked "What's a Harry Lorayne?" After watching Harry for a while, he found that it was in fact possible to truly entertain with a deck of cards. You didn't have to feed them or pick up their dropping either. After the convention, he went back to his wife and said "I'm going to make my living within four years with just a deck of cards." He did it too.

Much of his work has now become engraved in the history of card magic. His knowledge of cheating has been utilized by police and government agencies in both the U.S. and Canada. He has performed all over the world and on television in several countries. For example, he did card manipulations on the old Gilligan's Island show. To watch him perform is a thing of beauty. It has been said that it's like watching hands dance with a deck of cards. Whether he is performing or just relaxing and having a good time, there will always be only one "Charming Cheat."

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A Hard Ace To Follow by Martin A. NashFeaturing Infinity

Martin is demonstrating the difference between coincidence, or luck, and sleight-of-hand. This is a lovely routine where a spectator selects a card that is lost in the deck. The four aces are shown and one ace with the same suit as the spectators card magically turns face down while the aces are held by the spectator. Perhaps a coincidence. Then another card in the remaining deck turns face down. Luck?! The final climax when the two face-down cards are turned face-up is the transposition of an ace and the chosen card because the ace is found in the deck and the chosen card...

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Colors on the March by Stephen Minch & Martin A. NashMartin has used this one at police and government lectures everywhere. It concludes with one of the most deceptive dealing demonstrations possible with a deck of cards. Available again for the first time in 25 years!

The Colors on the March act consists of five interconnected routines. The major theme of the act is that of gambling - a topic that immediately captures the interest of both men and women. Notice how the requirements of each routine are secretly attained long in advance of the routine's performance, thus making the performer always several steps ahead or his audience. Also note...

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Jacks or Better by Stephen Minch & Martin A. NashOne of Martin's favorite routines. This has been one of the most popular routines for Martin's lectures. It concludes with a 13 minute sandwich routine that keeps the audience continually guessing. Available again for the first time in 25 years!

To open, you begin by honestly cutting the four Aces from a shuffled pack in the fairest manner possible. This effect grabs their interest immediately and establishes you as an expert.

The red and black Aces then transpose with each other in an amazing fashion, via Martin's treatment of Dr. Daley's Last Trick. You then go into a poker dealing routine. ...

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Kings Incognito by Stephen Minch & Martin A. NashKings Incognito is one of Martin's least demanding acts, in a technical sense. The sleights required are ones that will be found in the repertoir of the average close-up magician. Any sleights that you may not presently do can be learned within a reasonable time. The most demanding sleights occur, ironically, during the introductory sequence in which nothing happens. In this prologue to the magic, Martin demonstrates several methods in which people shuffle cards. While doing so, he executes a faro shuffle (which needn't be perfect) and a push through riffle shuffle. If these shuffles are not...
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Ovation by Stephen Minch & Martin A. NashOvation is the card act that, for the last few years, Martin Nash reserved strictly for his use in the Close-Up Room at the Magic Castle. For a long time that was the only place one could witness it. Later he also used it for special occasions in his regular public work. This act was designed to impress and fool not only laymen but magicians and magic-wise laymen as well. Its proof of success is the many strations of seemingly unlimited card skill ever devised. It is not a self-working routine. It will take practice. But the end gives an impression far in excess of its means. Once mastered it...
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