The Story Behind the Palming Series 0
Looking back on the skill sets I’ve used to make a living during my life (magic, jazz piano, writing/editing), I realize that most of what I know about those subjects I figured out by myself, without any formal training. I did have an excellent high school English teacher my senior year; I received degrees in music theory and composition; and my time spent with Harry Riser was invaluable. But I grew up isolated in a farming community in the middle of Indiana; books were my mentors, and I studied everything I could get my hands on. As I absorbed that information, I was also unconsciously absorbing the process of learning how to teach myselfthe information.
My father provided inspiration as I did this. He came from industry, and for twenty-two years he taught in the mechanical engineering technology department at the Purdue campus in Indianapolis. His great gift was as a teacher; he understood how to break down information and impart it effectively. I learned from his example.
Just because someone does something well doesn’t mean that person can explain the process. I found this especially true in the case of jazz musicians, who often simply play what they hear. They can do it, but they can’t tell you how to do it. More important, they can’t break it down so you can learn how to do it.
When I first began lecturing for magicians, I was extremely dissatisfied with my efforts. Chuck Fayne took me aside after one lecture and said,
MEMDECK Revelations 0
I think it behooves anyone who holds an opinion (especially someone who publishes his or her opinions) to periodically revisit that point of view and reevaluate it. Times change, people change, and opinions change. After critical reexamination and reflection of something I’ve published, I see no dishonor in saying, “You know; I didn’t get that quite right.”
Earlier this year I completed work on The Paradigm Shift Volumes One and Two; consequently, the concepts of Action, Chaos, and Repose have been on my mind. I also revised and updated Closely Guarded Secrets. As I looked at The Luckiest Cards in Las Vegas (a memorized-deck routine), I realized the method for handling a memdeck I have espoused for years is not optimal. “Jazzing,” the term I coined twenty-two years ago in Workers 5 is inaccurate and misleading. In fact, many of the technical aspects of memdeck work I put forth in Workers 5 and subsequent books are simply incorrect in light of the guiding principles of Action, Repose, and Chaos.
Fortunately, I’m still on the planet; I have the opportunity to explain where I went wrong. Best of all, I can offer you ways of handling a memdeck that are far more effective and deceptive than anything I have seen in print. These techniques are especially useful when “improvising” with a memdeck.
I’m delighted with the discoveries I’ve made. I think you will be, too. Look for this new project at the end of July.
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Constantly Moving Forward 0
Computer technology constantly moves forward; here at michaelclose.com we make every effort to keep up. More and more magicians appreciate the convenience of having books available on their computers and tablets. To this end, Lisa and I are converting our existing ebook offerings into the EPUB format, which is the standard format on the iPad.
The first of our titles to be updated is Learn the Faro Shuffle, which first came out in 2001. Purchasers receive both the PDF and the EPUB versions. Other titles (including my new ebook, which will be released shortly) are in the process of being converted.
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