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Michael Close

Michael Close

Mike's interest in magic began at the age of 6 when he received a few tricks as a birthday present. The bug bit and held and magic remained an important hobby. In 1972, Mike met Harry Riser, who lived close by in Indianapolis. By this time, he had developed a strong interest in sleight-of-hand close-up magic, and being able to spend time with Harry was a treat and an education. Mike had always kept magic purely as a hobby. His profession was (and still is) music and he wanted to avoid having to do magic for money. Nevertheless, in 1978, Mike took a job at Max and Erma's Restaurant in Indianapolis and performed there one night a week for seven and a half years. In 1985, his music career began making more demands on his time and he dropped out of the magic scene. In June, 1988, Illusions Restaurant opened in Carmel, Indiana and Mike was asked to be part of the magic staff. In a matter of months, Mike was put in charge of the magicians there and has been performing ever since, working five or six nights a week.

Today Michael Close is the Editor in Chief of MUM.

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The Frog Prince

Michael Close

The Frog Prince by Michael CloseA cursed card the Jack of Diamonds is folded into an origami frog. Spectator chooses a card from the deck, say the Seven of Clubs. The frog finds the Seven of Clubs in the deck. The climax is the transposition of the two cards. The Seven of Clubs turns into the Jack of Diamonds, and when the origami frog is unfolded it is the Seven of Clubs.
2011 / 6 / 4
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El Cheapo Magic Club

Michael Close

El Cheapo Magic Club by Michael CloseA spectator signed business card ends up folded in a matchbox that has been resting on the table for the entire time. The presentation of this effect evolves around a cheap magic club. Signing the business card makes the spectator a member who then goes on to perform his first magic trick.
2011 / 6 / 3
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Dancers at the End of Time

Michael Close

Dancers at the End of Time by Michael CloseA wonderful card routine with a musically themed presentation. You first produce the four Aces. The Aces capture the four Kings, and after an interlude where the Aces and Kings change place, all eight cards change to eight Jokers.
2011 / 6 / 3
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Ring and Shoelace

Michael Close

Ring and Shoelace by Michael CloseBorrow a finger ring and magically thread it onto a shoelace while both ends are held by two spectators. Just as magical as you have put the ring on the shoelace you take it off.
2011 / 6 / 3
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Dr. Strangetrick

Michael Close

Dr. Strangetrick by Michael CloseThis is Michael Close's version of the famous 'card warp' theme where a card turns inside out while being pushed through a bill.
2011 / 6 / 3
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The Work: Palming 3: The Side Steal

Michael Close

The Work: Palming 3: The Side Steal by Michael CloseThe Work: Volume 3: The Side Steal covers all these aspects in detail. The quality of instruction offered here will quickly put you on the road toward mastering this most useful sleight. Topics covered are:
  • The Left-Hand Diagonal Palm (a simple, pivot-point based steal that can be quickly learned)
  • The Left-Hand Peek Steal (a remarkably efficient steal of a peeked-at card)
  • The Erdnase Diagonal Palm Shift (the move that separates the men from the boys, examined in a clear, easy-to-understand way with an emphasis on the key points and the problematic moments of the sleight)
  • The Arthur Findley...
2010 / 6 / 4
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The Work: Palming 2: The Top Palm

Michael Close

The Work: Palming 2: The Top Palm by Michael CloseThe second volume of Michael Close’s The Work series. This volume covers various methods for the top palm, including methods for palming multiple cards.

The top palm is one of the most powerful sleights in magic; mastery of this move opens the door to visual and miraculous magic. The Work: Palming Volume 2: The Top Palm offers unparalleled instruction in various techniques for this sleight. The combination of text, photographs, and video clips impart information in a way that rivals private lessons.

Included in this volume are: an analysis of the basic palming positions, Vernon’s Topping...

2010 / 6 / 4
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The Work: Palming 1: Bottom Palm and The Gambler's Cop

Michael Close

The Work: Palming 1: Bottom Palm and The Gambler's Cop by Michael CloseWay back in 1993 Michael wrote a small treatise titled On Palming. It was one of the chapters of Workers 3. In this chapter Michael attempted to develop a pedagogical method for learning to palm playing cards. He included information on one of the Erdnase Bottom Palms, two methods for stealing cards from the middle of the deck into the left hand, and the Vernon Topping the Deck palm. This information was also released on a video titled The Power of Palming. In the ensuing 13 years Michael has thought a great deal about the pedagogy of sleight of hand. That is, what is the best way to learn to do certain sleights, and what...
2010 / 6 / 4
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The Guatemalan Miracle

Michael Close

The Guatemalan Miracle by Michael CloseThe popularity of memorized deck magic has continued unabated. Every day new magicians join the ranks of those who have discovered the power that comes from mastering a memdeck system. Memdeck practitioners are always searching for powerful, commercial routines, especially routines that leave the deck in stack order.

The Guatemalan Miracle is a hands-off mental effect that packs a powerful punch. It is almost self-working (or semi-automatic, if you prefer), but requires the basics of memorized deck work. Some low level sleight of hand is required to return the deck to stack order. It works...

2010 / 6 / 4
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That Reminds Me: Finding the Funny in a Serious World

Michael Close

That Reminds Me: Finding the Funny in a Serious World by Michael CloseThis is the audio book edition of That Reminds Me: Finding the Funny in a Serious World. Read by Michael Close. Over five hours of audio. Not just the perfect way to pass the time during long trips or while exercising, this audio book is a master class in the art of joke telling.

Michael Close is an inveterate joke teller whose stories have brought gales of laughter from audiences around the world. For more than twenty years, Michael’s friends and colleagues have eagerly awaited a collection of jokes from his enormous repertoire. That Reminds Me is that compilation – more than 250 of...

2010 / 6 / 4
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Close's Torn and Restored Card

Michael Close

Close's Torn and Restored Card by Michael CloseTwenty-five years ago, Michael Close developed a handling for the Torn and Restored Card effect. The routine was designed to solve many of the problems associated with this type of trick. The routine can be performed in most strolling environments, with or without a table. With adequate pre-show preparation (which is very simple) the trick resets almost immediately. The patter theme provides a logical reason why the card is torn up, and therefore the subsequent restoration comes as a surprise. The spectator is left with a souvenir that includes the magician’s contact information. In addition,...
2010 / 6 / 3
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Michael Close Signature Effects: Workers & Power of Palming

Michael Close

Michael Close Signature Effects: Workers & Power of Palming by Michael CloseTwo astounding programs jam-packed onto one 150 minute DVD. This is some of the best of Michael Close. Michael is an extraordinary magician, very thoughtful and meticulous. His Workers Series is legendary. He has recently become editor in chief of MUM the organ of the Society of American Magicians.

Workers: Michael Close is truly a magician's magician. But he does his best work for laymen. His reputation is unsurpassed for entertaining and fooling lay audiences with mind-blowing magic. All of these effects are audience-tested over thousands of performances. It contains the following routines:

  • The Origami...
2009 / 1 / 22
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Workers Series

Michael Close

Workers Series by Michael CloseMichael Close's Workers series contains some of the most commercial, entertaining, and powerful magic ever published, a repertoire that spans almost 30 years of professional performing in real-world conditions. Michael has held nothing back. You’ll learn the how and the why behind every routine.

This is a complete revitalization of the Workers books, including an improved and expanded layout, corrected text, larger illustrations, and extensive annotations that cover insights and innovations that have been discovered since the books were first published.

This ebook contains updated comments,...

2006 / 1 / 27
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Michael Close In Review

Michael Close

Michael Close In Review by Michael CloseRead and search all the reviews from Magic Magazine from 1995-2005. It contains almost 1400 pages of text, over 1500 books, videotapes, DVDs and tricks from the last 10 years.

Find out if that product on eBay is worth purchasing. Search for products from your favorite creators. Search on the term "highly recommended" to find out what should be in your magic library. You can search on products you already onw to find the hidden gems.

This ebook is particularly useful in combination with Jamy Ian Swiss Book Reviews. It allows you to get a second opinion on many books both reviewers covered.

2nd edition 2005; 1379 pages....
2006 / 1 / 27
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Faro Shuffle

Michael Close

Faro Shuffle by Michael CloseLearn the In-The-Hands Faro Shuffle

Many magicians consider the faro shuffle to be one of the toughest moves in card magic. The thought of performing consistant, perfect faros seems an impossible dream - until you read this ebook.

The ability to do perfect faro shuffles is a powerful weapon in the card magician’s arsenal of sleights. It is a genuine shuffle; the cards are truly being mixed. But it is also a controlled shuffle, meaning that the resulting order of the cards is not random. For this reason, it is an excellent adjunct to memorized deck work. Michael likes to start with a memdeck...

2006 / 1 / 27
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Closely Guarded Secrets

Michael Close

Closely Guarded Secrets by Michael CloseThis is a very well done PDF. Here is what Michael writes about his ebook:

This ebook offers unparalleled instruction by allowing text, photographs, and video clips to do what they do best and can be printed out to produce a spectacular 8.5 x 11, 179-page book. Each routine is described in complete detail in Michael Close’s clear, easy-to-read style. It’s almost like having private lessons with Michael Close. BONUS: Three Essays on Magic Theory and Michael’s Presentation & Handling of: Dean Dill’s Box & Gary Plants Magnetized Cards.

The 179 pages of Closely Guarded Secrets contain...

2005 / 9 / 6
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