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Tired of just learning a bunch of tricks from books and videos? Now you will learn a terrific show that has three superb full-scale routines, all expertly spliced together by the author to produce an amazing close-up show. Whether you are performing for money, or at a party, or a gathering of any kind...you will now, always be ready to perform with these monster effects. Don't let the low price fool you. Plus a Bonus is included that has many different uses.
Video included with this e-book.
1) PASTEBOARD PRISON - This beautiful, colorful routine has many roots by Marlo, Mike Skinner, Alan Ackerman, Jim Surprise, and Randy Wakeman. Their routines were among the above magicians', absolute favorites to perform...but Paul's routine is actually an improvement to the earlier routines. Every single little nook and cranny has been worked out and the outcome will not only fool your spectators...it will even fool magicians - and it is easy to do - seems impossible.
2) TRIPLE THREAT COIN - This three-part routine will leave your spectators with their mouths hanging open. Learn a beautifully choreographed routine that will endear everyone. The third (final revelation) seems absolutely impossible...even the spectator can place the coin into the performer's hand and then hold his wrist...but the coin flies into the other hand that is held by a second spectator.
3) CHEEK TO CHEEK - This is Paul's completely updated version of a classic of magic. It is Triumph on steroids - and you don't have to do any sleights. An impossible, direct, in-your-face routine that defies detection. Every little aspect has been "tweaked". Wait until you see Paul's amazing application...this will fool magicians...and is the perfect ending for this amazing set of magic effects.
BONUS - Learn an extremely deceptive switch and/or production of a card from a fan of cards. This easy-to-do principle is so deceptive, that no one will even "blink". Many of the uses of this principle are discussed within, but with your own imagination, new ideas and effects will spring forth from your own mind. You're going to say to yourself..."Why didn't I think of that?!"
1st edition 2017, 24 pages.
Reviewed by Enrico Varella
★★★★★ Date Added: Sunday 05 November, 2017
A full close-up show in one book! You cannot get better a deal than this.
Your audience will come a little closer to you, enjoy interacting with you, and respect your space at the same time.
In his inimitable and generous style, Paul does not hold anything back with his teaching. As a active performer and Teacher-At-Heart, he delivers a 3-piece act complete with a strong Beginning, Middle and End. I learnt 'stronger magic' with his one-coin, Triple Threat Coin routine (this went straight to my impromptu routine), integrated with strong misdirection. I loved 'Cheek To Cheek' which gives a variation (albeit stronger) to Triumph. I found his Bonus sleight to be practical, and boldly effective. The three routines flow, seamlessly, with meaningful misdirection built into each routine. Above all, Paul attributes and pays tribute to the originators of these effects that have inspired him.
Get a little closer, and enjoy a strong close-up show!
Reviewed by Roy Eidem
★★★★★ Date Added: Tuesday 31 October, 2017
Paul is an in the trenches worker. You can make a living with just these beautiful magical routines. Every nuance is field tested & smoothly designed. The price is a gift to lovers of real world magic.
Reviewed by Christopher Weber
★★★★★ Date Added: Monday 30 October, 2017
This new EBook,” A Close Up Show!” from Paul Lelekis is a really cool idea! Three wonderful routines that flow together perfectly or they could be easily performed independently. What a great idea!
The opening routine “Pastboard Prison” is a killer! Here you’ll learn a fantastic control of three selections that you’ll use in many other routines, plus Pauls’ rendition of this classic effect is by far the smoothest and most direct handling you’ll find. As usual, Paul streamlines the moves so your concentration can and should be on presentation!
“Triple Threat Coin” is a fun and interactive routine that features a marvelous vanish/transposition that is well supported by some great audience control, fun patter and timely misdirection. Again, this is a fun and entertaining routine to perform and you’ll find many uses for the coin steal slight presented here.
The Closer of the three routines offered here is “Cheek to Cheek”. Another classic that Paul has taken to a whole new level by adding a signed card to the effect! Not to mention a deck switch that really works itself and some very practical refinements that make the effect more engaging for your spectators.
I love the Bonus! “Selection Produced from a Fan of Cards” is one of those great little moves that you’ll do over and over again in front of a mirror and you’ll laugh every time because it looks so cool! I love to fool myself! Thanks Paul, you did it again!