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Close's Torn and Restored Card
Twenty-five years ago, I 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 simp...
This revolutionary CD-Rom/Ebook includes routines straight from Michael's act at the Houdini Lounge in the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
-The Luckiest Cards in Las Vegas -The Shuffles Routine -The Dumbest Casino in the World -The Cheating Lessons -The Trick that Lance Burton Showed Me ...and much more.
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This searchable database contains all of Michael Close’s MAGIC magazine review columns from May 1995 through December 2005. Over 1300 pages of text, over 1500 books, videotapes, and tricks reviewed.
Before you make a purchase, check with one of the most trusted reviewers in magic.
With this download you can:
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Learn the In-The-Hands Faro Shuffle
NEW!!! Now Also Available in EPUB Format!
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...
Michael Close: The Work – Palming Volume 1 (The Bottom Palm and The Gambler’s Cop)
Way back in 1993 I wrote a small treatise titled On Palming. It was one of the chapters of Workers 3. In this chapter I attempted to develop a pedagogical method for learning to palm playing cards. I included information on one of the Erdnase Bottom Palms, two met...
Michael Close: The Work – Palming Volume 2 (The Top Palm )
The second volume of Michael Close’s The Work series is now available for immediate download. 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...
The Work: Volume 3 – The Side Steal
The quality of instruction offered here will quickly put you on the road toward mastering this most useful sleight and this volume covers all these aspects in detail.
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 r...
A READING LIST FOR THE STUDENT OF CLOSE-UP MAGIC
Many years ago, I prepared a list of books that would be beneficial for anyone who wanted to excel in close-up magic. Recently, I revised and updated that list; it’s yours for free!
Canadian Matt Disero is a busy full-time professional comedy magician, whose career takes him around the world. Matt has a quarter-century of performing and writing experience. He also has a black belt in backyard grilling. Matt has generously shared his personal reading suggestions for magicians interested in the comedy magic; it’s yours for free!
David Seebach is a professional illusionist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has more than forty years of performing experience (http://davidseebach.com/). He writes a column on illusions for M-U-M, the monthly magazine for members of The Society of American Magicians. David has generously shared his personal reading suggestions for magicians wanti...
Jim Kleefeld is a full-time performer who presents hundreds of school assembly programs each year in schools all over Ohio (http://www.jimkleefeld.com/). For many years, every summer, he presented dozens of themed programs for summer reading clubs at libraries all over the state. He is also an accomplished mentalist. Jim’s monthly column for M-U...
Tom Ewing is the National Historian for The Society of American Magicians, and is long-time contributor to its magazine, M-U-M. He and David Haversat run Haversat & Ewing Galleries (http://www.haversatewing.com/), a full service company devoted to bringing high-quality magic and conjuring collectibles to market.
Tom has generously shared his...
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