Daryl (magician)

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Daryl Easton
File:Daryl IBM Reno.jpg
Born Daryl Martinez
(1955-08-13) August 13, 1955 (age 63)
Residence Auburn, California
Nationality American
Other names Daryl
Occupation Magician
Known for Magic tricks
Spouse(s) Alison Easton
Website daryl.net

Daryl (born August 13, 1955) is the professional name of Daryl Easton, formerly Daryl Martinez, an American magician based in Las Vegas. In his marketing he uses the self-proclaimed title of "The Magician's Magician."[1] Daryl usually goes by his forename only.

He specializes in card tricks, close-up and parlor magic.


Two of his most famous contributions to magic are the "Hot Shot Cut", a knuckle-busting sleight where the spectator's chosen card spins like a boomerang out of the deck, and the "Ultimate Ambition" trick which allows a card to be inserted fairly into the middle of a deck and yet appear back on top.[2]

Daryl won the gold medal at FISM - the World Congress of Magic (the "Olympics" of Magic), in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1982, with a routine that included his now famous Ambitious Card Routine using the Ultimate Ambition. He has been awarded 6 Academy Awards from the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California (no one has earned more). Twice, his peers voted him Close-Up Magician of the Year (1980 and 1981), twice as Parlour Magician of the Year (1986 and 1987), and twice as Lecturer of the Year (1988 and 1992). The list goes on and on with victories in every major competition he has entered. More recently he was voted one of the 100 most influential magicians of the 20th century by Magic Magazine.[3]

His first contact with magic was in 1962, as a 7 year old. A Svengali Deck his friend's family gave him was the start of everything. He was fascinated by magic as he thought of the kinds of tricks he could perform with this trick deck.[4]

At first, he only showed his friends and family his tricks, but he later began performing street magic in San Diego. For several years, he would street perform during the day, and perform close-up magic in night clubs at night, wearing a tuxedo.

In 1973, when he was 18, his performance at an exhibition held by the Kaiser Aluminum company was well received, and he began to travel with the company to perform at their exhibitions.

In 1999 and 2000 Daryl and his magician wife, Alison, toured the world with Daryl's "New Millennium World Tour Lecture". They lectured and performed in over 250 cities in 25 different countries.

In January 2001, Daryl performed magic at the inauguration celebration of President George W. Bush.

Daryl has enjoyed performing and lecturing in Japan many times, including in February 1982, March 1983, 1985, September 1990 and 2000, and November 2005.

Daryl performed as a headline act at Caesars Magical Empire, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas for 7 years before deciding in 2003 to move, along with his young family, to the Sierra Foothills of northern California. There he continues to write, invent and perform magic for both lay people and the magical community.

Career as a lecturer

He is well known to magicians as the presenter of many teach-in video series for L&L Publishing, including Daryl's Card Revelations, Encyclopedia of Card Sleights, FoolerDoolers, and Daryl's Ambitious Card Video.[3]

In addition to lecturing around the world, he also teaches individual and group lessons at his home. His wife, Alison Easton, was the first woman to be inducted into The Magic Circle.[citation needed]


  • 1978 IBM San Diego Tournament Winner
  • 1980 Magic Castle: Best Magician of the Year Award
  • 1981 Magic Castle: Best Magiciain of the Year Award
  • 1982 FISM Swiss Rosanne Tournament: Close-up Category, Gold Metal (first place)
  • 1985 Las Vegas: Desert Magic Seminar Winner
  • 1986 Magic Castle: Best Parlor Magician of the Year Award
  • 1987 Magic Castle: Best Parlor Magician of the Year Award
  • 1988 Magic Castle: Lecturer of the Year Award
  • 1992 Magic Castle: Lecturer of the Year Award


  1. "Daryl is known as "The Magician's Magician"". Retrieved 2008-06-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Daryl's Close-Up Magic".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Daryl won the Gold Medal at the Magic World Championship
  4. Dziekan, Rick. "An Interview with Magician's Magician Daryl!". www.dzmagic.com. Retrieved 11 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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