Magic lost a great star this week. Not only a creative and innovative thinker, but also a first class performer and highly skilled technician. Throw into the mix... one of the nicest guys I've ever met.
Daryl Easton (August 13, 1955 – February 24, 2017) known professionally as Daryl and born Daryl Martinez, was an American magician based in Las Vegas. In his marketing he used the self-proclaimed title of "The Magician's Magician."
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 was awarded 6 Academy Awards from the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. 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.
His generosity and enthusiasm to share his magic was unprecedented. I only met Daryl once back in 2000, but he took me aside to personally walk me through one of his effects until I got it. He didn't have to spend that 20 minutes with some kid from Brisbane, but he did without a second thought, and I'll never forget it!