As a professional magician he has been performing, creating, authoring, producing and teaching magic all of his life (for about half a century!).
He has a very extensive & long history and background in Master Magic. He is a Best-Selling Author of over 100 + books sold in Magic Shops worldwide.
He is the Founder/CEO and creator of The Surreallusion System & Master Magic University and his Facebook groups: Master Magic Mentors- that mentor magicians worldwide and many more groups.
His magic students are many new rising stars in magic and have won many first place awards in magic contests!
He first got interested in magic at 8 yrs old when his father showed him a magic trick; a vanishing coin trick (one of my favorite plots in Magic). He discovered his first magic book from a school book fair. He then began to study magic books from the library. A couple of years later he met his first mentor- a young magician named Paul Piccio who taught him many sleight of hand tricks and took him to a Magic Shop (Magic Mansion in Las Vegas-where many world class magicians have ). such as Paul Harris & David Roth)
He then practiced Magic every day and worked hard and began doing birthday parties and Magic Shows for several different events locally in Las Vegas. He competed and won in several school talent shows with his Magic Show. He visited several magic shops and magicians to continue to learn New Magic. He always favored sleight of hand over gimmicks and tricky looking apparatus/boxes. He continued to eat, breathe and live magic and practicing a minimum of 8 hours a day. While the other kids were out playing sports, etc., he was in a room practicing magic diligently in front of a 3-fold mirror and a card table to perfect the Art of Magic.
He has had the honor to perform for and next to several famous Master Magicians, performers and Celebrities over the many years.
He was awarded 2nd place in the Basic High School Talent show as only a young teenager with a Special Magic dual Stage Magic Act with Scott Vivier in an original good vs. evil magic theme. (along side the Famous heavy metal band Hemlock took first place and would later get famous and go on tour)
He was also a good hip hop dancer in high school and choreographed a dance routine for a live play. He is also a ball room dancer.
His first experience learning professional Magic was at age fifteen with his first Magic mentor: a full-time professional Illusionist & Magician and Mentalist:
Lawrence Gregory (cruise ship and world touring Master Magician)
He was his onstage assistant in a full evening stage illusion show in Las Vegas. It was there were he learned many secrets of magic. Six nights a week, he would be the main onstage assistant in the live show. During the day, he would manage a magic shop –
Magic Store #1. So he learned close-up magic by day and stage illusions by night.
Over the years he was also the main onstage assistant to several of the top full-time Professional World Class Magicians.
Darin went on to manage several Magic Shops while performing semi-professionally at the same time. He then went on to study with several other excellent magicians and practiced diligently. His specialty is Close-Up Magic, Card Magic, Coin Magic and sleight of hand.
Growing up in Las Vegas- the magic capital of the world allowed him to be mentored by many world class master magicians!
As a young magician he joined the S.Y.M. (Society of Young Magicians)
sponsored by Gary Darwin & Allan Ackerman
then later he joined the:
S.A.M. (Society of American Magicians)
I.B.M. (International Brotherhood of Magicians)
Most magicians specialize in only one category of magic, but because Darin has studied so much magic with the best, he is able to specialize in all categories of Magic from Close-Up, Manipulations to Stage Magic and Illusions. This is called a general practitioner of Magic. Very few can do this! It takes much regular practice to keep up the skills!
He also performed Magic professionally in many different events and environments. He attended Gary Darwin’s Magic Club in Las Vegas, where he met and studied magic regularly with many great and Legendary Master Magicians such as:
*Johnny Paul (One of the first Bar Magicians!)
(The Chop Cup was created by Al Wheatly after watching Johnny Paul’s Cups & Balls Routine!
*Jimmy Grippo (His proteges are Joey Buron & Geno Munari)
*Lou Lancaster (David Copperfield & Jeff McBride’s Mentor!)
and many more World Class Master Magicians…
It was here where he met his mentor Allan Ackerman, one of the greatest card magicians in the world. Allan’s mentor was Ed Marlo, who was one of the greatest card magicians’ of all time, who revolutionized the Art of Card Magic and invented many card sleights and techniques used by magicians today. Ed Marlo wrote many card magic books – over sixty books! Allan also got to learn magic from Master Harlan Tarbell — the author of the Tarbell Course in Magic!
Allan taught him many inside secrets of card magic that are only shared with the esteemed Las Vegas inner Magic Mafia Club. Allan was also a professor at UNLV and he creates card magic and coin magic with a scientific, surgical and diabolical approach. In Magic there are Masters and then there are Grand Masters, he is the Grand Master of Card Magic! The Best! Allan has been one of the most big influences of Magic to Darin!
Darin went on to study magic with many of the best magicians in the world. He travelled and attended many Magic conventions in several different parts of the U.S.A.
Het met many of the very Best and most successful Pro Magicians in the Industry! He learned much Magic from them and taught them as well. Magic truly is a Brotherhood!
He went on to perform professionally for many different private parties, corporate parties and trade shows. He performed Magic professionally under contracts for many top Companies parties such as: 8 year resident Magician at The RainForest Cafe inside the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas,
The Venetian Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Radio Shack, Costco and America First Title companies and many more big shows…
Darin temporarily moved away from Las Vegas to Montana and he performed as a full-time professional magician. All of his hard work paid off with his first big break; getting his own TV special in front of millions, where he performed: Close-Up Magic, his Dove Act & Stage Magic for his very own Live Television Special with no mistakes or re-takes!
1 hour TV Magic Show Special on BVTV -PBS on Live Television!
This led to several more professional shows that had him travelling all over the state of Montana. Doctors and others started to call and hire him for private parties after seeing him perform on Live Television!
He was the resident magician at 2 Restaurants in Montana:
Bea’s La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in Hamilton Montana
He then returned to Las Vegas after about 2 years of performing full-time professional Magic. He was creating, audience-testing and developing his own New Original Magic. He had a very busy professional performing schedule! He was also performing professionally in 2 restaurants, one at lunch time and one at dinner time daily. He got to find out what magic really works and what doesn’t. He also performed street magic in Las Vegas. Also performs professionally in many different environments, events and private parties etc.
Darin is also an Award winning magician. He has also won several awards in Close-Up and Stage Magic Contests including:
*1st place – Close-Up Magic Contest from Tom Ferranti’s
Southern California Magic Club & Magic Shop
*2nd place– Bourbon Street Casino Las Vegas Talent Show
(with a Stage Magic – Manipulations & Dove Act)
*3rd place– Jimmy Grippo’s Close-up Classic Magic Contest
At the Las Vegas MGM Grand (his friends Danny Winters took first place and close friend Jeff Marcus took second place after Darin & Jeff being tied for first and second place)
*1st place – I.B.M. Ring 257 – International Brotherhood of Magicians Las Vegas :
True Impromptu Close-Up Magic Contest (given random props & only 30 minutes to prepare a Magic Act) Performed a Comedy spoof of magicians act with toilet paper for Slydini’s paper balls over the head and a version of the sponge bunnies with play dough and many more hilarious Original Magic! The audience was laughing loud!
(with Master Magicians Eugene Burger & Gary Darwin as 2 of the judges in this Magic Contest!)
and many other Awards in his lifetime of Magic!
Darin is also a Chavez Course of Manipulation graduate.
He was a Chavez student of Robert Rodriguez, a master performer who had studied under the exacting eye of Benny Chavez and later received the Chavez Memorial Trophy as well as the SAM Hall of Fame Award!
Darin was also a featured guest performer for Roger Klause‘s invitation only Close-Up Magic Show at Magic Live! A big Magic Convention in Las Vegas!
(Roger Klause’s Magic is highly recommended because
Allan Ackerman also studied magic with him while being in the Air Force – while stationed in Texas)
He is also close friends with several famous top World Class Master Magicians.
Darin has also fooled many top World Class Master Magicians with his own original New Magic methods, sleights and effects!
He has fooled Master Magicians:
Jerry Andrus, Larry Jennings, Martin Nash and many more….
He has also exchanged many New Magic ideas and learned magic from several world class magicians ever since he has been a young member of the S.Y.M. (Society of Young Magicians and also S.A.M.
(Society of American Magicians and the I.B.M. (International Brotherhood of Magicians)
He has had the special privilege and advantage of taking private lessons, private magic sessions and mentoring from several Master Magicians such as:
Allan Ackerman, Jerry Andrus, Lou Lancaster, Gary Darwin, Bill Goodwin (the protege’ of Larry Jennings), Mike Skinner,
Jack Carpenter, Robert Rodriguez, Lawrence Gregory and many more top pro magicians…
Briefly about some of who these great master magicians are/were:
Jerry Andrus was a pioneer of card magic, close-up magic and also a clever inventor of many optical illusions. He was a genius inventor of diabolical Magic methods. He was truly an original and revolutionary magician. His Magic books are highly recommended!
Illusionist Rudy Coby used Jerry’s double spiralling optical illusion in one of his TV specials.
Lou Lancaster was a brilliant Master stage manipulator and full-time professional magician that used to walk the streets of New York city with many magicians like David Copperfield (when David was a young man) and Jeff McBride who he also mentored. He later became a full-time Close-Up Magician and travelled around.
Gary Darwin was a Master (General Magic practitioner) Magician and founder of the still now famous Las Vegas Magic Club(which is now lead by my mentor Allan Ackerman!,
Gary Darwin was a magic inventor, big time magic collector (over $2 million worth of Magic) He had so much magic he seriously slept on a Harry Potter pull down cot. He has consulted with top pros such as his good friend Lance Burton. (Gary created the Car crusher stunt Illusion that Lance used on one of his Television Specials!)
Johnny Paul (One of the first Bar Magicians in America!)
Jimmy Grippo (Famous Close-Up Magician & Hypnotist& Celebrity Magician and resident Magician at Caesars Palace in LV for many years!)
Bill Goodwin is the Hollywood Magic Castle’s (magic books Librarian) and an incredible Expert Card Magician with some of the most visual effects in Card Magic and also is a protege’ of Larry Jennings (a Dai Vernon protege’) – Darin’s friend & has spent many times jam session and developing new Magic with him.
Alex Elmsley – taught Darin some of his closely guarded magic secrets in a one on one private jam session at a Magic Convention in Las Vegas. Including his Incredible un-gaffed rattle sound coin illusion!
Guy Hollingworth – Spent many times hanging out and exchanging ideas at many Magic Conventions and private magic sessions with him. Guy is one of Darin’s favorite magicians!
Lee Asher – Former member of the esteemed Las Vegas Magic Mafia Club. Spent a lot of time with him regularly when he lived in Las Vegas. Has contributed original magic effect to his video – The 5 card stud – instructional magic video- The Ambitious Explosion
Darin Martineau also has provided and attended several top pro magician consultation sessions such as-
Jonathan David Bass, Morgan, Lawrence Gregory, Paul Haines (the creator of The Impaled Illusion), and many more magicians…
Written Testimonial from Morgan:
“I have Consulted Magic with Darin Martineau and he is a good magician and I recommend him!” – Morgan (The Creator of Liquid Metal Spoon bending Illusion, Spun and many more PK effects)
Morgan Stebler – (the Liquid Metal fork guy) Darin originally taught him some close-up magic and helped choreography his $40,000 magic promo video and was main onstage assistant in his Stage Act)
Also was on Television many times including NBC TV Special with him!
Taylor Reed – a Pro Stage performer who now performs in Branson, Missouri – Darin was the main onstage assistant for him in the World Magic Seminar Stage contest in Las Vegas.
Worked with Tony Clark and Victor & Diamond at the Magic Movie Hall of Fame for many years in Las Vegas!
Lance Burton taught Darin a private lesson backstage on card manipulations many years ago when Darin worked at his Magic Shop in the Hacienda Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas!
Lance taught him the Japanese Kukuchi Fan one-handed productions & several Card manipulations and the Thurston Card productions!
Was taught the one-handed waterfall card flourish from Shimada!
Also managed the Magic Shop at The Magic & Movie Hall of Fame at O’sheas Casino in Las Vegas! Worked with Shimada’s ex-wife Dianna Shimada!
Darin’s Original Magic is used by many World Class Master Magicians:
Shin Lim- FISM Champion & AGT Champion!
Dan & Dave Buck
Apollo Robbins (used one of Darin’s Original Card tricks idea on one of his TV Magic performance)
Chappy Brazil (Created an Incredible Visual New Spoon Bending Trick for his Watch Steal Video!)
and many more Top Magicians …
All documented and credited facts!
& many other Magicians who he has influenced or been influenced by Darin Martineau’s Magic!
(directly or indirectly)
Many Magicians have stolen his original effects and published them as if they were their own.
Darin has been a ghost in the magic machine of the underground for many years!
Darin has also contributed several of his own original effects to other magicians for their instructional videos, magic magazines and books such as:
*Ambitious Explosion card production for Lee Asher’s Five Card Stud magic video– (See the Darin Martineau credit at the end of the video)
This trick is also currently being sold on Vanishing Inc website and formerly Dan & Dave Buck twins Magic website!
The Ambitous Explosion (Darin’s Original 4 Aces at once Revelation that he calls The Optical Aces) also magically appears in these magicians videos and lecture notes with no credit:
Dan and Dave Buck– lecture notes & online download (Now On Vanishing Inc (But buy my Original Version CLICK HERE)
Nate Kranzo – lecture notes (a variation that Nate learned from Darin teaching it to his old friend Magician Mark Aspiazu)
Brian Tudor- Show off 2 video (Awesome Blossom- a variation)
and many more…..
Darin Martineau’s Original Magic Published Magic in many
The Penumbra Magic magazine: One Good Winner Card Routine with Allan Ackerman
*A Card Trick for the Trap Door Magic magazine
*A super visual rubber band trick for Dan Harlan’s Magic with Rubber bands Volume 3 dvd – The Jumper Stumper!
& also the same trick is in Extreme Rubber band Magic dvds by
Joe Rindfleisch (with no permission or credit!) He saw Darin do it at Gary Darwin’s Magic Club many years ago!
*Jazz with Rhythm card effect for Allan Ackerman’s lectures notes!
An Incredible New Version of Peter Kane’s Jazz Aces with a Double Kicker Finale! CLICK HERE TO BUY IT NOW
Has 2 Original Card Magic Routines in Allan Ackerman’s Card Magic Videos: Advanced Card Control Series dvds! Visual 4 Aces Production & The Smiling Mule Variation with the production of the two 3’s on the top and the bottom of the pack!
(also have worked on several published effects with Allan Ackerman!)
He has also performed professionally for many Celebrities such as:
Andre Agassi and Stephi
Joe Montana (private magic show for his family reunion in Montana)
Bill Murray (the famous Actor)
Neil Patrick Harris (the famous actor)
Joe Esposito (formerly of the Band Brooklyn Dreams & also:
Who wrote several famous songs in the 80’s such as: ” You’re the Best” is from the 1984 film The Karate Kid.
Mark O’Toole – Las Vegas Pro Singer and was in The Star Search
Gen (Famous Asian Celebrity Chef and former private Chef of President Trump & Darin’s close friend & Owner of 8 Restaurants! and the mentor of the famous Chef Anthony Bourdain!)
Grand Master Jack Fu (Darin is also a Martial Arts disciple of him!)
Master Joshua Jackson (Darin is also a Martial Arts disciple of him!)
Greg Maddux (former Pro Boston Red Sox -pro baseball player!)
Marty Barrett – (former Pro Boston Red Sox -pro baseball player!)
(Darin performed 2 professional private Magic shows for him!)
- at his new home (house warming private party) with multiple celebrities attending (Also did the signed card on the ceiling!)
- his Celebrity Charity Golf tournament in Las Vegas!
NBC’s Extreme Variety Show (on this TV show with Magician Morgan Strebler) got a paid check from NBC!
Las Vegas with Dennis Bono – (on this TV show twice with Morgan Strebler & also the Band Cat Daddy and Joe Esposito famous musicians!)
Featured his own hour long Magic Live TV special on BVTV in Montana. Performed Stage Magic & Original Close-Up Magic Live for millions of people on TV!
Animal Planet (on TV show Guerrilla Magic assisting Lance Burton and Maria Gara The Snake Babe– Magician!)
Also several other TV guest appearances such as extra for Lance Burton many times!
Over his lifetime, Darin has developed his own unique Magic style, concepts and Original Advanced techniques of his Magic. He has also studied tons of books, magazines and dvd’s on magic to extract out all of the best principles of Fine Art Magic. He has drawn his knowledge, experience, and several different resources to research and develop his own New System of Magic he has named the SURREALLUSION SYSTEM. It is the next evolution in the Fine Art of Magic. This system is to teach anyone from beginner to advanced magicians how to create a solid foundation of Fine Art Magic using the time-tested and audience proven principles and techniques to get the High Impact of pure Mystification.
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