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Paul Gordon

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Paul Gordon
BornPaul Gordon
West Sussex, England

Notable worksGold Dust, Gold Dust Companion, Gold Dust Finale, Quidnunc, Article 52 and Card Startlers
Known forClose-up Card Magic
AwardsMIMC with Gold Star
CategoriesBooks by Paul Gordon

Paul Gordon (b. 1961) is a Professional Close-up Magician, Entertainer, Publisher, Author, Creator and Lecturer. Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star


Paul Gordon is noted as one of the best entertainers (with cards) in the business. As an entertainer/magician, he performs on a regular basis all over the world. Among other magicians, Paul Gordon is known for his books on card magic and memoirs of other magicians (Edward G. Brown, Percy Naldrett and Victor Farelli), as well as reprints of out-of-print classics by Ralph Hull, Rusduck, Ed Marlo, Stanley Collins and Eddie Joseph.

Paul Gordon's performance, books, tricks and dvds have received critical acclaim from the likes of Jeff McBride, Richard Sanders, Chad Long, Wayne Dobson, Boris Wild, Rafael Benatar, Dan Harlan, Jon Racherbaumer, Jamy Ian Swiss, Peter Duffie, Harry Lorayne, Jim Sisti, Aldo Colombini, David Regal, Stephen Minch, Max Maven, Tom Craven, Alan Shaxon, Walt Lees, J.C Wagner, Shawn Farquhar, Nick Trost, Mike Powers, Roy Walton, J.K Hartman, Paul Green, Paul Hallas, Jack Parker, Bob Sheets Alex Elmsley, Jack Avis, Steve Beam and many others.

Paul Gordon with Ken Krenzel, Howie Schwarzman, Harry Lorayne and Michael Vincent in New York 1995

Aside from publishing and performing, he lectures to other magicians on the art of sleight-of-hand 'worker' card magic. He also teaches actors and technicians for film, television and theatre. In 2004, his hands were used on a television commercial on Showtime Arabia. And, Paul was on Channel 4 T.V in 2005 on a show about a bespoke family. Paul gave personal tuition for actor Mark Benton for his new television series Fallen Angel. 2010 saw Paul Gordon on Channel 4s "Morning" show and Paul closed 2011 by entertaining on Regent Cruises South Seas Mariner; the finest cruise line of all. Aside from his usual busy UK schedule, 2014, saw Paul lecturing all over Asia and the far East. In October 2014 Paul was interviewed by Latest TV (Channel 8) and 2015/6 saw Paul lecturing and performing worldwide as well as completing the Gold Dust Trilogy and Quidnunc. In 2017, Paul released Quidnunc Plus 2-DVD set and a re-release of his 1992 best-seller, The Gordon Diary Trick; both produced by Alakazam Magic. In 2019, Paul released two new DVDs, Killer Card Magic and The Real Secrets of Card Magic.

Paul Gordon's recent hardback books; The Gold Dust Trilogy, Quidnunc & Article 52

Paul Gordon has also been featured in many newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Stage and The Daily Mail. Details can be found on Paul's website.

For the magic fraternity, Paul Gordon has lectured (since 1987) all over the world; Tannen Magic Jubilee (1997), The Magic Circle (five times), The IBM Convention, worldwide provincial clubs, The Berlin Symposium (with Tommy Wonder), The Blackpool Magic Convention, and at 4F's (FFFF) in New York (2008). He has also entertained & lectured in Ireland, The USA, Japan, Korea, Sweden, Germany, Nice, Monaco (the 'legendary' Magic Stars), Rome, France (FFAP), Belgium, Spain and Copenhagen. In Aug 2016, Paul undertook a prestigious Penguin Live lecture which remained in their top ten list for a record three months. April 2017 saw Paul doing a Murphy's Magic At The Table lecture.

Since 1977, he has contributed dozens of card tricks and routines to Genii, The Linking Ring, Magic, Apocalypse, Precursor, The Conjurer, Abacus, LaBal, The Budget, Abracadabra, The Magic Circular, and Onyx magazines and also to books by Ryan Matney, John Carey, Peter Duffie, Aldo Colombini and Harry Lorayne's Best Of Friends, Vol. 3. In October 2016, he contributed a one-man parade in The Linking Ring, another in 2018 and a third in 2022.

Paul Gordon was awarded Associate of The Inner Magic Circle in 1994 where he has lectured a staggering five times. Awarded MIMC with Gold Star in 2020. (He was the very first close-up lecturer in the then new headquarters in Stephenson Way in the 90's.)

Paul Gordon performing The Corner of Piccadilly in 2004

Paul Gordon used to provide personal magic tuition (he has tutored over 300 magicians since 1989) and is also in demand as a motivational speaker. His hobbies include big-band singing which he once did professionally alongside his work as a magician. In 2014, his best-of Gold Dust Trilogy of books went into their third printing having sold well over 2000 sets. In 2015, he recorded a 3 DVD box set with Alakazam (entitled Gold Dust Live) and undertook another lecture tour. His blockbuster book, Quidnunc, was published in 2016 and a 2-DVD set - Quidnunc Plus - to compliment it followed in 2017. Another book, Article 52, appeared in the fall of 2017. In 2022 he released another massive book, Card Startlers.

In 2018, The Magic Circle awarded Paul Gordon The John Nevil Maskelyne Prize for literature. In 2019 he won the International Brotherhood of Magicians Linking Ring's Award For Excellence for his 2018 One-Man Parade. He was promoted to MIMC with Gold Star in 2020.


  • Boris Wild It is rare to see a magician who can entertain an audience that much with just a deck of cards. But Paul Gordon is one of them! His shows are as funny as the magic he performs is strong. Paul perfectly knows what the spectators enjoy and deliver it to them with great humour and killer effects!
  • Jeff McBride Paul Gordon is one of the best close-up magicians. Top creator, too.
  • Wayne Dobson I've just watched Paul Gordon's lecture. Brilliant! You must see it, too.
  • Matt Monro (legendary singer) I've seen numerous close-up magic acts in my time and have worked alongside many. Paul Gordon truly is one of the best in the biz. He entertained at a party of mine and was both magical and enjoyably witty! Because of this quote, Paul Gordon has been asked to perform for many celebrities including Sir Cliff Richard, Lulu, Greg Dyke, Michael Palin and The Beckhams.
  • Walt Lees Paul Gordon held some fifty people enthralled as he demonstrated some items from his books. In situations like this, his command is phenomenal. With his showmanship and personality power he makes card tricks entertaining and meaningful… he has them hanging onto his every word – not just for a few minutes but for an hour or so! Paul has all the attack of a Ken Brooke or a Rovi! Watch Paul Gordon perform to see what proper card magic looks like and the response it gets.
  • JC Wagner Paul is undoubtedly one of the best card magic entertainers I've ever seen. He's pacy, fun, energetic and enthusiastic. His magic kicks ass, too!
  • Harry Lorayne I love your card work Paul and I'm very proud of you. Your contributions to magic are wonderful.
  • Aldo Colombini Who is my favourite card entertainer? Well, Paul Gordon is up there with the best! I love his style.
  • Terry Herbert The most entertaining and informative lecture I've ever seen!
  • Dan Harlan Your performance received the best response from laymen we've ever had at Penguin!
Paul Gordon with Doug Edwards, Peter Kougasian, David Regal and Michael Vincent
Paul Gordon Q&A with Tommy Wonder and Alexander DeCova in Germany 2004

Published works; Books

  • Stars of The Sussex Magic Circle (Magazine 1977-1982)
  • The Paul Gordon Lecture Notes (Natzler Enterprises, 1985-87)
  • Lecture Notes, Two! (Natzler Enterprises, 1991)
  • X-periments (Natzler Enterprises, 1993)
  • X-periments II (Natzler Enterprises, 1993)
  • The Card Magic Of Paul Gordon (Natzler Enterprises, 1994)
  • Paul Gordon's Card Thoughts (Natzler Enterprises, 1994)
  • Paul Gordon Strikes Back (Natzler Enterprises, 1994)
  • Trilogy (Natzler Enterprises, 1994)
  • Nocturnal Creations (Natzler Enterprises, 1996)
  • Ten For Tannens! (Natzler Enterprises, 1997)
  • Protean Card Magic (Natzler Enterprises, 1997)
  • Cause and Effect (Natzler Enterprises, 1999)
  • Card Magic Miracles (Natzler Enterprises, 2000)
  • Professional Card Magic Miracles (Natzler Enterprises, 2001)
  • Card Magic Companion (Natzler Enterprises, 2003)
  • 13 Easy Card Tricks (Natzler Enterprises, 2002)
  • Edward George Brown; A Magical Life (Natzler Enterprises, 2005)
  • Pack Up Your Cards Vols. 1-3 (Natzler Enterprises, 2005)
  • Card Trickery (Natzler Enterprises, 2005)
  • Card Conjuring (Natzler Enterprises, 2005)
  • Percy Naldrett; Conjuror & Poet (Natzler Enterprises, 2005)
  • Marlo in the United Kingdom (Natzler Enterprises, 2005)
  • Victor Farelli; A Magical Memoir (Natzler Enterprises, 2006)
  • Eddie Joseph's The Complete Dumbfounders (Natzler Enterprises, 2006)
  • Explorations (Natzler Enterprises, 2007)
  • Card Collective (Natzler Enterprises, 2007)
  • Ralph Hull's The Complete Eye-Openers (Natzler Enterprises, 2007)
  • Carbon Footprints (Natzler Enterprises, 2007)
  • Cardistry (Natzler Enterprises, 2007)
  • The Second 16th Card Book Vol. 1 with Tom Craven (Natzler Enterprises, 2007)
  • The Second 16th Card Book Vol. 2 (Natzler Enterprises, 2007)
  • The Keeper Card Book with Tom Craven (Natzler Enterprises, 2007)
  • Stanley Collins' Card Conceits (Natzler Enterprises, 2008)
  • Cool Card Stuff (Natzler Enterprises, 2008)
  • Rusduck's The Cardiste (Natzler Enterprises, 2008)
  • The Unplanned Card Book (Natzler Enterprises, 2009)
  • The Real Secrets of Card Magic (Natzler Enterprises, 2009)
  • Card Marvels: 54 Impromptu Card Marvels by Paul Gordon (Natzler Enterprises, 2009)
  • Gold Dust (Natzler Enterprises, 2012)
  • Gold Dust Companion (Natzler Enterprises, 2014)
  • Gold Dust Finale (Natzler Enterprises, 2015)
  • Quidnunc (Natzler Enterprises, 2016)
  • Article 52 (Natzler Enterprises, 2017)
  • Card Startlers (Natzler Enterprises, 2022)

Video, CDs & DVDs

  • Paul Gordon - Deck in Hand (1989) VIDEO
  • Paul Gordon - Powerful Impromptu Card Magic (1996) VIDEO
  • Paul Gordon - Powerful Impromptu Card Magic Vol 2 (1998) VIDEO
  • Paul Gordon - Secrets Of A Commercial Card Magician (2002) CD (Martin Breese Production)
  • Paul Gordon - Live In Action (2005) DVD (2 Discs)
  • Paul Gordon - 16th Card Book DVD (2006)
  • Paul Gordon's Card Startlers (2009) DVD (2-Discs)
  • Paul Gordon's 35 Really Useful Card Sleights (2009) DVD (1-Disc)
  • Paul Gordon's Card Rarities (2010) DVD (1-Disc)
  • Paul Gordon's Blockbusters With Cards (2011) DVD (2-Discs)
  • Paul Gordon's Killer Card Stuff DVD (2013)
  • Paul Gordon's 23 Useful Card Sleights (2015) DVD
  • Paul Gordon's Gold Dust Live 3 DVD box set with Alakazam (2015)
  • Paul Gordon's Penguin Live Lecture download (2016)
  • Paul Gordon's Quidnunc Plus 2-DVD box set (2017)
  • Paul Gordon's Murphy's At The Table Lecture download (2017)
  • Paul Gordon Killer Card Magic DVD (2019)
  • Paul Gordon The Real Secrets of Card Magic DVD (2019)

Marketed Tricks

  • Twin Peeks, Dazzler, Triple Kick Monte, The Red Herring, Psychedelic Foursome, Jim Nastic Jokers, Emulsion Cards, Boom Baby Boom(er), The New Magician's Insurance Policy, No-Tear Pads, The Made Her Veil Mystery, Credit Card Theft, The Killer Observation Test, 'Effin Cannibals, The Dog's Bollocks, Copwak, Spectrum Strikes Back, Sex Games, Jeepers Creepers, Bamboozler, TKM Ultra Deluxe, Bedazzling Colours, Killateral Damage, Copwaked, Apex, FlimFlam, YKM, Flushed Oil Slick, OMG!, Killer OMG!, Find The Lady, TKM Ultimate Deluxe, The Ultimate Sting, All Backs Triple Kicker, Oil & Water Rainbow, Four Card Fooler, Carnival Con, Sa-Vile, Jay Arthur, The Gordon Diary Trick and Corner of Piccadilly, The Devil and The Magician, Tarot Monte, Ouija, The Goat of Mendes, Jack The Ripper, The Devil In Blue Jeans, Laurel and Hardy Perennials, The Curse of The Fly, Popeye and Olive Oil, TravelTwist, Clueless, Inn Of Death, Dracula's Satanic Rites, Selfie Sam, The Fool And The Magician, Ancestry, The Sixth Sense, Voodoo Knights, Post Mortem, Dead Man's Hand, Potty Harry, Zodiac, Ultra Cursed Gypsy, Holy Shit, Unholy Shit, Fairground Fooler, Aurora Borealis, Down and Dirty, and more.