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Re: What do you guys say when you guys get CAUGHT

I blame Canada.
by Michael Close
01/22/15 02:28 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What do you guys say when you guys get CAUGHT
Replies: 50
Views: 925

Re: Gusias Article Rocks

The original post was from 2004.
by Michael Close
01/02/15 01:57 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Gusias Article Rocks
Replies: 8
Views: 874

Re: Mac King photo idea was really kind of mine.

Isn't there a promotional photo that shows Mac inside a fish bowl at Harrah's? I think there is, and that photo has been used by the casino (and Mac) for a long time. It seems to me that if the title of the piece is "How Mac King Stayed Fresh," the idea of putting him in a canning jar in a...
by Michael Close
12/21/14 01:35 PM
 
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Mac King photo idea was really kind of mine.
Replies: 14
Views: 1700

Re: Vale Steve Walker

I was greatly saddened to hear this news. Steve was the real deal; he was genuinely funny in his bones. I am going to miss him.
by Michael Close
12/13/14 10:41 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vale Steve Walker
Replies: 3
Views: 763

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

I have the sense that this thread has barbed wire around it and a sign that reads “Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter,” but I’m going to poke my toe in. I had not thought about my comment of having “perfect pitch” when it came to spotting problems in magic routines for many years. Looking it that comment...
by Michael Close
11/03/14 02:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 99
Views: 10338

Bud Dietrich has died

Shep Hyken just informed me that Bud Dietrich died on September 24. Bud was a great guy and a pioneer in the field of trade show magic. Here is a link to an obit:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltod ... &fhid=4962
by Michael Close
09/26/14 08:55 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bud Dietrich has died
Replies: 1
Views: 657

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Bob Farmer is to book publishing as Zeno is to foot races.
by Michael Close
09/01/14 07:17 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 197
Views: 41682

Re: CLOTH by Steve Valentine

Steve will be at the Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp. I'll see him in a few hours.

I'll direct him to this thoughtful review. I'm sure he'll appreciate it.

Close
by Michael Close
08/15/14 08:54 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: CLOTH by Steve Valentine
Replies: 6
Views: 1389

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Right now Bob is busy with his new book, Inventing the Ten Card Poker Deal Book Deal.
by Michael Close
07/24/14 03:09 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 197
Views: 41682

Re: 'Real Secrets' - marketed trick - update?

The first person to correctly parse the above sentence wins the trick in question. 8-)
by Michael Close
07/08/14 12:21 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 'Real Secrets' - marketed trick - update?
Replies: 5
Views: 891

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

I believe the Ten-Card Poker Deal is the new Oil & Water.
by Michael Close
06/14/14 05:59 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 197
Views: 41682

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Just to save time after the book is published: What are the good tricks in this book? Also, is this material available on video? I'm a visual learner.
by Michael Close
06/12/14 04:07 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 197
Views: 41682

Re: Anyone going to IBM/SAM?

Lisa, Ava, and I will be there.
by Michael Close
05/06/14 09:18 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Anyone going to IBM/SAM?
Replies: 15
Views: 1499

Re: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe

It's easy to get by the filters when you make up your own dirty words, you flurging schnatz.
by Michael Close
04/19/14 06:37 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe
Replies: 122
Views: 10590

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

Curiously, all the illustrations depict a man being swallowed by a whale.
by Michael Close
04/04/14 01:36 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 52
Views: 5841

Re: Aldo Colombini Suffers Catastrophic Stroke

It was posted on Rachel's Facebook page today at 1:09 pm that Aldo has died.

I am really going to miss my friend.

Too sad.
by Michael Close
02/12/14 02:25 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Aldo Colombini Suffers Catastrophic Stroke
Replies: 31
Views: 4246

Re: Magi Fest News!

Bazinga!!
by Michael Close
02/04/14 08:53 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magi Fest News!
Replies: 11
Views: 3245

Re: Opinions on combining two effects into one

Jonathan: Here's some data. The two tricks referred to appear on pages 151-159 in Closely Guarded Secrets, an ebook that is available on my website. Although they were mentioned in this discussion, the two tricks are not of "jamming two tricks together" type as are being discussed here. Th...
by Michael Close
02/03/14 02:08 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on combining two effects into one
Replies: 20
Views: 1797

Re: Don't Trust Andrew Mayne

Gob Bluth is really pissed about Don't Trust Andrew Mayne. That should have been his show.
by Michael Close
01/19/14 01:02 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Don't Trust Andrew Mayne
Replies: 14
Views: 2201

Re: "Tim's Vermeer" (Not Magic, but ...)

I've seen this movie twice. It is extraordinary.
by Michael Close
12/22/13 05:25 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: "Tim's Vermeer" (Not Magic, but ...)
Replies: 7
Views: 1966

Re: Citation assistance

Concerning the flourish to display the top card:

I think what you're looking for is in Royal Road to Card Magic, pages 51-52.
by Michael Close
12/10/13 04:31 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Citation assistance
Replies: 15
Views: 1272

Re: Criss Angel to Raise the Dead?

I didn't see the special, but I heard that the cadaver's name was Robert Michaels. Is this correct?

Thanks

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by Michael Close
11/30/13 02:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel to Raise the Dead?
Replies: 37
Views: 8060

Re: Criss Angel to Raise the Dead?

Most magicians need their audiences to suspend their disbelief. Criss Angel requires that they cease all cognitive function.
by Michael Close
11/07/13 09:34 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel to Raise the Dead?
Replies: 37
Views: 8060

Re: Bammo Card Walloper

Actually, my routine was designed to figure out a reason why the deck should be arranged into fours-of-a-kind rather than new deck order. The patter that goes with the routine (which is called Sideswiped Meets the Bammo Deck Walloper and which can be found in detail in Closely Guarded Secrets)gives ...
by Michael Close
06/11/13 07:50 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bammo Card Walloper
Replies: 17
Views: 1510

Re: I am loved by a Woman Trolling the Magic Cafe

Considering the use of the word "shear," I'm pretty sure this was a message from a sheep.
by Michael Close
03/26/13 04:41 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I am loved by a Woman Trolling the Magic Cafe
Replies: 13
Views: 483

Re: Oz the Great and Powerful

I think Lance coached him on how to say, "Who are you? What do you want?" to Glinda the Good Witch.
by Michael Close
02/13/13 05:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Oz the Great and Powerful
Replies: 1
Views: 321

Re: What are "The Unreal Sessions"?

You could write a sequel to Kurtz's Leading with Your Head.
by Michael Close
01/28/13 11:18 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What are "The Unreal Sessions"?
Replies: 17
Views: 1585

Re: What are "The Unreal Sessions"?

Ian, if you recall, that was my initial criticism of your M-U-M column.
by Michael Close
01/28/13 09:05 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What are "The Unreal Sessions"?
Replies: 17
Views: 1585

Re: What has your experience been?

"'scuse me, while I punch this guy" - from the little known Hendricks song "Woody Hayes"
by Michael Close
01/24/13 05:15 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: What has your experience been?
Replies: 11
Views: 1900

Re: Scotty York

One of my fondest memories is of an evening at Scotty's house with Tim Conover, Eric Mead, Bob Sheets, and Tommy Wonder. It was a night of wonderful magic and great laughs.
by Michael Close
12/27/12 08:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Scotty York
Replies: 22
Views: 2556

Re: Legend by Thomas Baxter

"The cheque is only signed after the card is shown."

What a weird coincidence. That's also in my contract rider.
by Michael Close
11/11/12 05:52 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Legend by Thomas Baxter
Replies: 29
Views: 2421

Re: What Makes Kids Laugh?

As Richard knows from his years performing as Gasso the Clown.
by Michael Close
11/04/12 11:40 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: What Makes Kids Laugh?
Replies: 6
Views: 2060

Re: Origina MINT Ross Bertram Cups for Sale Here

I remember that.
by Michael Close
10/30/12 06:36 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Origina MINT Ross Bertram Cups for Sale Here
Replies: 9
Views: 910

Re: drop of amber instead of wool

How much time do you have?
by Michael Close
09/04/12 01:37 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: drop of amber instead of wool
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: S.A.M. 2012 Convention - Las Vegas

Jon Stetson
by Michael Close
08/01/12 06:18 PM
 
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: S.A.M. 2012 Convention - Las Vegas
Replies: 66
Views: 8758

Re: Praise for Michael Close...

I should also mention that Django Reinhardt rubbed Brylcreem on his guitar strings to help him play faster. All seriousness aside, the secret is good instruction and thoughtful, consistent practice. In the time it took to search the Internet for some secret, magic ingredient, you could have knocked ...
by Michael Close
07/25/12 05:34 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Praise for Michael Close...
Replies: 24
Views: 2109

Re: Praise for Michael Close...

"Cashmere Bouquet" was also Bob Farmer's nickname in high school.
by Michael Close
07/25/12 05:23 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Praise for Michael Close...
Replies: 24
Views: 2109

Re: Praise for Michael Close...

I believe that in the Great White North it is marketed as "Weave & Cascade - the only soap Bob Farmer uses to faro shuffle."
by Michael Close
07/25/12 05:13 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Praise for Michael Close...
Replies: 24
Views: 2109

Re: Praise for Michael Close...

When I was around thirteen and living in central Indiana, I ordered Harry Loraynes first four books (Close-up Card Magic, Personal Secrets, My Favorite Card Tricks, and Deck-sterity) from Stoners Magic Shop in Fort Wayne. These are excellent books, and I recommend them to this day. I really wanted t...
by Michael Close
07/25/12 11:26 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Praise for Michael Close...
Replies: 24
Views: 2109

Re: FISM 2012 - Day Six

Is there any truth to the rumor that Derek Lever tried to book Mundaka for one of the gala shows, but he turned him down because he was afraid it would damage his reputation?
by Michael Close
07/14/12 08:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2012 - Day Six ...fism 2015 goes to italy
Replies: 153
Views: 26259
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