D. Angelo Ferri

Biography

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Ever since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated with Magic, those old time private eye movies, especially the Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart, playing cards, and all things Italian.

One night, while walking through the San Francisco Financial District, the idea came to me to create my own detective stories. I wanted my stories to also be about love and what it what it was like to grow up in the days when the whole family was together. That’s how Angelo and Maria, an Italian American Love Story came to be.

On Sundays, after dinner, my grandfather and my uncles would play cards. I loved the way the card games brought everyone together. I’ve written two e-books that will teach you how to play some great Italian Cards games. My e-book Scopa is a free download, my way to introduce you to my writing.

My magic e-books are dedicated to my teacher Slydini. It is my sincere hope that some Magicians will take up a serious study of his Art and pass it on to another generation of Magicians.

Smashwords Interview

What are your books about?
Angelo and Maria is a story about two first generation Italian Americans living in 1930's San Francisco. Angelo is a private investigator, Maria is his secretary. It's about their relationship. It's as much about family as it is about Angelo's work as a private investigator. I wrote my books on Italian Cards in the hope of introducing these great games to those who don't know them. It's amazing how much fun you can have. These games will bring friends and family together and you can use any deck of cards. I'll show you how. My books about Magic are the result of the eight wonderful years I enjoyed as a student to one of the greatest magicians of all time, Slydini, and my life as a professional magician.
An Italian American Love Story?
Yes. Its about the love of family, culture, heritage, unconditional love for another person. It's about the journey of two people that truly love one another and their families.
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Where to find D. Angelo Ferri online


Videos

Gioca Te! Your Play
Learn how to play some great Italian card games, like Briscola, Tressette and more. You will learn rules, basic and advanced strategy, and I'll even teach you how to signal your partner as to what cards you hold (while playing Briscola). My signaling system is based on the one used by card sharpers of the 1930's. Use any deck of cards!

The Master of Misdirecton and More ...
Are you interested in learning some of the Magic of Slydini? I enjoyed eight wonderful years as his student. I'd love to see my teachers Magic live on in the Magicians of today and tomorrow. My books are written from the perspective of the student and the thousands of questions I asked and he answered. You will find his Close Up and Stage Magic in my e-books.

Books

The Master of Misdirection Part 2 of 2
Price: $12.50 USD. Words: 34,630. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
This is my 2019 Edition of my e-book on the Magic of my Teacher, Slydini. (including new text and photos.My book was too big to upload as one document.) In Part Two You will learn how to apply those principles in the performance of: The Torn & Restored Cigarette (unlit), The Helicopter Card,Coins Through the Table, Knotted Silks, The Paper Balls over the Head, and the One Coin Routine.
The Master of Misdirecton Part 1 of 2
Price: $12.50 USD. Words: 47,650. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Performing arts
This is my 2019 Edition of my e-book on the Magic of my Teacher, Slydini (new text and photos). This is a two e-book set) . I have divided this book into three sections. In Part One you will learn: Guiding Principles including Timing, The Body takes the Hand, Coordination, Leave and Take, The Misdirection Sleight, Definitions, and Psychological Formulas.
Slydini's Production Silks
Price: $19.95 USD. Words: 13,930. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
This is the opening effect Slydini sometimes used to open his stage show. An individual silk is shown. Then three silks, one at a time are produced. These four silks multiply to over fifty silks. The routine ends with a production of a giant flag silk.
Bar Magic
Price: $12.50 USD. Words: 16,640. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Learn: The Hat Load, Glass Through the Table, Copper and Silver ( two variations) Slydini's Vanishing Card, Oil and Water, and 'The Magicians White Lie, a very surprising card trick that will have your fellow magicians guessing how you did it!
Cigar Magic
Price: $12.50 USD. Words: 16,560. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Cigar Magic includes: Cigars from The Purse Trick. I offer a different switch out of the gimmick purse, a new handling of the change over move, producing a second cigar from the purse, and the continuous cigar production that concludes with a production of a bigger cigar. I have also developed routines using the cigars and the cigar band.
The Silk in the Apple
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 6,680. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
The Silk In The Apple has quite a bit of controversy swirling around it. I remember Slydini telling me he performed this routine on Cuban television in the 50's and it created quite a stir. He said when he walked down the street people would come up to him, point, and say 'The Apple'!
Don Tribute
Price: $19.95 USD. Words: 13,520. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Don Alan Tribute: This manuscript represents my investigation into applying Slydini's principles to these great Don Alan presentations: The Chop Cup, The Benson Bowl, and Big Deal.
The Linking Pins
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 6,950. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Slydini taught me his Linking Pins Routine sometime in the late 1970’s.
The Cigarette Magic of Slydini
Price: $19.95 USD. Words: 20,240. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
With the exception of his Torn & Restored Lit Cigarette Routine, all of Slydini’s Cigarette Magic involves unlit cigarettes. Routines include: The Torn & Restored Lit Cigarette, Two versions of The Torn & Restored Unlit Cigarette Two Cigarettes from One and his Cigarette Fantasy, a production of unlit cigarettes.
Slydini's Linking Rings
Price: $19.95 USD. Words: 28,020. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
My manuscript includes over 100 instructional photos and careful descriptions of each phase of the routine. You will need a standard set of rings and one additional solid single ring.
The Coins Through The Table
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 25,000. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
This is the identical text and photos offered in the chapter on the Coins Through the Table in my e-book, The Master of Misdirection; separated out for those students who would like to concentrate on this routine.
The Knotted Silks
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 14,580. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Performing arts
The Knotted Silks are a wonderful introduction to my Slydini’s Magic. The student needs no special performance conditions save a table and chair, creating many opportunities to perform, gain experience and improve. You will learn the how to tie the false knot. This is the same knot Slydini used in his stage version of the trick.
The Paper Balls in the Box
Price: $19.95 USD. Words: 16,410. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
This is the first miracle I ever saw my teacher perform. His performance compelled me to give up everything I knew about magic and seek him out for lessons. This routine will teach : The Body Takes the Hand Leave and Take Slydini's Misdirection Sleight Timing, and Coordination This is a master's routine. One of its great lessons is the us
The Button Biting Trick
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 7,020. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Performing arts, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
My 10-page manuscript contains instructional photographs and my description for producing the sound of the thread snapping as the button is ripped form the coat. This a powerful lesson on how advanced preparation will enable you to perform a seemingly impromptu miracle. All you need is a button with some thread sewn through the button holes.
Gioca Te! How To Play and Win Tresette, Briscola, and Sette e Mezzo (Italian Blackjack)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,510. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Gambling
Learn to play and win Tresette, Briscola, and Sette e Mezza (Italian Blackjack).Use any deck of cards. You'll learn rules,strategy, how to count cards, and how to signal your partner as to what cards you hold. My signaling method is based on the techniques of card sharpers of the 1930’s. Also included: Orologio (The Watch) a fast paced betting game based completely on luck.
Scopa / The Cermak Hit
Price: Free! Words: 21,430. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Scopa / The Cermak Hit The story is based upon an actual event, the execution of Giuseppe Zangara and his supposed assassination attempt of President Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt. Bonus Features :D’s Guide to Italian Card Games Scopa and Quindici.
Angelo and Maria, an Italian American Love Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 147,990. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Angelo and Maria, an Italian American Love Story traces the lives of San Francisco private investigator Angelo Di Carini, his secretary Maria Ranieri, a local Italian Girl from North Beach, their friends and family; from 1937, to the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Interment of Italians in America during 1942, to the early days of World War Two.

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