Welcome to the official Michael Close website. We offer quality products at reasonable prices.
You’ll find ebooks of repertoire and theory (The Complete Workers Ebook and Closely Guarded Secrets), training in sleight of hand (the Faro Shuffle Ebook and The Work Volumes 1-3, on the bottom palm, the top palm, and the side steal), the product reviews from my years at MAGIC magazine, my autobiographical joke book That Reminds Me (a book that is laugh-out-loud funny), and some jazz piano music. All the products you’ll find here have received great acclaim from the magic community.
For the past three-and-a-half years my creative energies have gone into editing M-U-M, the magazine of The Society of American Magicians. I have contributed several new routines to that magazine, so if you’re looking for new material from me, you might consider joining the S.A.M. You can find out more at www.magicsam.com.
Best wishes, Michael Close
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Learn the In-The-Hands Faro Shuffle
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. I like to start with a memdeck that has been given six out-faro shuffles. In front of the spectators I give the deck two more out-faro shuffles. The deck has returned to stack order, but the spectators have seen two absolutely legitimate-looking in-the-hands shuffles. As far as the spectators are concerned, the cards have been shuffled, and must be in a random order. Very powerful indeed!