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Workers Series

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by Michael Close
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Workers Series by Michael Close

Michael 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. Youĺll 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, bonus material, and a new and improved layout and two bonus tricks.

revised edition 2005; 655 pages.

Table of Contents

page
  1. Introduction to the Ebook

    Workers 1

  2. Table of Contents
  3. Introduction
  4. The Unbelievably Useful Comedy Prop
  5. The Origami Bunny
  6. Dr. Strangetrick
  7. The Pothole Trick

    Workers 2

  8. Table of Contents
  9. Introduction
  10. Rubik's Dollar Bill
  11. The El Cheepo Magic Club
  12. The Ring, Shoelace & Straw Routine
  13. Dancers at the End of Time
  14. Twenty-Six Cents Worth of Change
  15. The MC Spread Double Lift
  16. The Frog Prince

    Workers 3

  17. Table of Contents
  18. The Big Surprise
  19. Presentation (Essay)
  20. A Visit From Rocco
  21. You Axed For It
  22. Patter (Essay)
  23. Patter for Pavel's Fantastic Knot
  24. Technique (Essay)
  25. On Palming
  26. Take A Letter
  27. The Incredible Peeked Prediction
  28. Naturalness and Motivation (Essay)
  29. The Ooh-Ah Bird
  30. Origami Bill Production
  31. The Too Perfect Theory (Essay)
  32. Chicken Teryaki
  33. Analysis and Conviction (Essay)
  34. The Incredible Growing Toothpick
  35. Ethics (Sermon)
  36. We're All B*z*s on this Bus
  37. Down for the Count
  38. Audience Management (Essay)
  39. The Card, The Forehead and the Salt Shaker
  40. The Double Bar

    Workers 4

  41. Table of Contents
  42. Introduction
  43. Coda Chrome
  44. Erma La Fource
  45. The Imagination Tester
  46. Ruthless Peephole
  47. Bloom on Your Hand
  48. Copper/Silver/Sugar
  49. No Sleeves, No Topit
  50. Flying Home
  51. Butte Ox? Two Butte Ox!
  52. The Double Bar

    Workers 5

  53. Table of Contents
  54. Introduction
  55. Assumptions (Essay)
  56. The Lie Detector
  57. You Hue
  58. A Trick for O'Brien
  59. Fortune Sugar
  60. Venue (Essay)
  61. Reverse Logic
  62. Too Ahead
  63. Personality (Essay)
  64. On Sleights
  65. Renaldo the Great
  66. Pink Floyd
  67. The Tamariz Rabbits
  68. Red Blue Mama Fooler
  69. Rocco Returns
  70. Ring Fright
  71. Flourishes (Essay)
  72. The Unreality Machine
  73. Stupid Travelers
  74. To Jay (Essay)
  75. On the Memorized Deck
  76. The Wishing Trick
  77. Two for Simon
  78. Myopia
  79. Memorized Standards
  80. Jazzin'
  81. Magic and Meaning (Essay)
  82. Goodbye

    Bonus Tricks

  83. Close's Dungeon
  84. Arise Sweet Prince

word count: 238150 which is equivalent to 952 standard pages of text

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Reviewed by Jamy Ian Swiss
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]   Date Added: Friday 27 January, 2006

I have long and impatiently awaited a single volume Workers collection, and I have said many times that had these works first been released as a single book they would have been instantly hailed as one of the two or three most important texts of the decade, right along side Tommy Wonder's The Books of Wonder. I love the Workers series, and I can't wait to read them again.


Reviewed by Simon Aronson
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]   Date Added: Friday 27 January, 2006

Michael Close's Workers series has it all: deceptive tricks, strong technique, audience-tested material, sound psychology and theory, structured routines, practical tips and touches, original commerical presentations - and more. It's like taking private lessons from a master. Workers is a must-have for any thoughtful magic library.


Reviewed by Max Maven
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]   Date Added: Friday 27 January, 2006

I've seen Michael do this stuff for real audiences, so I know these routines truly are workers: Effective, commercial and smart.


Reviewed by Gordon Bean
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]   Date Added: Friday 27 January, 2006

These are books I turn to again and again. I can't imagine any serious close-up library that is without its Workers.


Reviewed by Stephen Minch
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]   Date Added: Friday 27 January, 2006

Rarely, but every once and a while, you start reading a book and suddenly it makes you realize how shallow everything else you've been reading is. Among those rare enlightenments is Michael Close's Workers series. Even if you never perform a single one of these routines just reading them will give countless insights into making your magic better.

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