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BornDaryl Easton
August 13, 1955
United States
DiedFebruary 24, 2017 (age 61)
Los Angeles, California

Daryl (1955-2017) was the professional name of Daryl Easton, formerly Daryl Martinez, an American magician based in Las Vegas. He was known as "The Magician's Magician."


Daryl went by his forename only and specialized in card tricks, close-up and parlor magic. Two of his most famous contributions to magic were 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. [1]

He was 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, "Fooler Doolers", and Daryl's Ambitious Card Video.

His wife, Alison Easton, was the first woman to be inducted into The Magic Circle.

Daryl was found dead at Hollywood's Magic Castle. The medical examiner's finding was that the hanging was self-inflicted.[2]

Awards and honors

  • Won the gold medal at the FISM magic world championship in Card Magic for his ambitious card routine.



  1. Cover Genii 2005 September
  2. Los Angeles Country Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Retrieved 2017-02-27.
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