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by Michael Close
September 4th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 57
Views: 4907

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Apparently, my routine, "The Trick that Fooled Houdini and his Whole [censored] Family," has some historical inaccuracies.

My apologies.

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by Michael Close
September 2nd, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Two great performances on "Fool Us"
Replies: 13
Views: 1940

Re: Two great performances on "Fool Us"

Jack Shalom: During the live performance, Alyson's interview with the performers runs to five minutes (sometimes longer, depending on how much has to be discussed). For television, this is edited down to about a minute.f This is also true for Penn's conversation with the performer; it often goes on ...
by Michael Close
August 31st, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Two great performances on "Fool Us"
Replies: 13
Views: 1940

Re: Two great performances on "Fool Us"

Also, since he was mentioned at the top of this thread, I should add that Tom Stone was great to work with. I saw him do the Quantum Logic routine at a convention in Lund, Sweden, in the fall last year and I thought it was great. It took a bit of arm twisting to get him to agree to do the show. I'm ...
by Michael Close
August 31st, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Facebook Groups from Michael Close
Replies: 0
Views: 397

New Facebook Groups from Michael Close

For those of you with Facebook accounts, we have something new starting. Lisa and I have created new, closed Facebook groups for The Paradigm Shift, The Road to Riffsville, and The T.O.M. Epiphany. These groups are restricted to those people who purchased those ebooks. If you want to join, all you h...
by Michael Close
August 31st, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Two great performances on "Fool Us"
Replies: 13
Views: 1940

Re: Two great performances on "Fool Us"

Wolfgang did a terrific job and was a delight to work with. He and I had a lot of back-and-forth on this routine, mainly because he had to tighten it up considerably for television (in particular, the time constraints FU imposes). When he performs this on cruise ships and other venues, he brings up ...
by Michael Close
August 25th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Ebook from Michael Close
Replies: 7
Views: 1224

Re: New Ebook from Michael Close

Hi Bill: I completely agree; trying to wrap your head around Stewart James's Assumptive Trinities is challenging. I've been thinking about this for forty years and only have a basic grasp of it. The good news is, my new ebook isn't about the Assumptive Trinities. The launchpad for the ideas containe...
by Michael Close
August 24th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Ebook from Michael Close
Replies: 7
Views: 1224

Re: New Ebook from Michael Close

Hi Bill:

In the great tradition of magic dealers of the past, I was intentionally vague.

The meaning of T.O.M. is given in the product description of the ebook, which is the second link in my original post.
by Michael Close
August 23rd, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Ebook from Michael Close
Replies: 7
Views: 1224

New Ebook from Michael Close

My new ebook, The T.O.M. Epiphany , is now available. I’ve written a blog explaining what the book is all about. The strategies explained can turn tricks into miracles. You can read more here: https://tinyurl.com/y4m8x3r5 If you so desire, you can purchase the ebook here: https://tinyurl.com/y3wyh3n...
by Michael Close
August 7th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5483

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

My apologies, Jonathan. I never reply to any question I'd have to Google to understand.

And now back to your regularly scheduled program.
by Michael Close
August 7th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5483

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Question: How many magicians does it take not to get a joke.

Answer: Apparently, all of them.
by Michael Close
August 7th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5483

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Question: How many Aspies does it take to change a lightbulb? Answer: First let me admit that I have not carefully researched this, I am simply recording the history that I lived through. When I was a teen, way back in the 60's, we still had ethnic jokes. Polish people were used more often than almo...
by Michael Close
July 10th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Webinar from Michael Close
Replies: 9
Views: 2833

Re: A New Webinar from Michael Close

Lisa and I are gratified by the response we’ve received from our webinars; we appreciate those who have attended a live presentation and those who have spread the word about them. We also understand that everyone has busy lives and might not be able to attend a live webinar. Because of limitations o...
by Michael Close
June 11th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season Six
Replies: 7
Views: 2052

Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season Six

The sixth season of Penn & Teller: Fool Us begins on June 17, with an episode titled, “David Copperfield vs. Penn & Teller.” Also appearing on this show are Jan Reinder, Ondrej Psenicka, and Giancarlo Bernini. Subsequent episodes are: “They’re Back!” (June 24 – Javi Benitez, Rebecca Herrera,...
by Michael Close
June 7th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Webinar from Michael Close
Replies: 9
Views: 2833

Re: A New Webinar from Michael Close

For all of you memorized deck fans, we have scheduled a brand new memdeck webinar, "Memdeck - the Next Step," on June 23. For the convenience of our friends in the UK, Scandinavia, and Western Europe, we are presenting the webinar at two different times: 10 am (EDT) and 4 pm (EDT). You can...
by Michael Close
May 22nd, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Webinar from Michael Close
Replies: 9
Views: 2833

Re: A New Webinar from Michael Close

On Sunday, May 29, at 10 a.m. (EDT), I will do another live presentation of the "Demystifying the Memorized Deck" webinar. We have chosen this time of day to be more convenient for those in the UK and western Europe. If you live in that part of the world and have friends who would like to ...
by Michael Close
May 18th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlie Miller's "Magicana" Book is Coming
Replies: 8
Views: 1998

Re: Charlie Miller's "Magicana" Book is Coming

This is great news.

Charlie's column is a fabulous resource of valuable information.
by Michael Close
May 16th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Webinar from Michael Close
Replies: 9
Views: 2833

Re: A New Webinar from Michael Close

Thanks for the kind words, Jay. I'm pleased with the webinar format and gratified with the responses from those who have attended them. I enjoy the process of preparing the material them. I wrote a short blog about the difference between the lecture circuit and the webinar approach. You can read it ...
by Michael Close
January 29th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Webinar from Michael Close
Replies: 9
Views: 2833

Re: A New Webinar from Michael Close

Here are some of the responses from last Sunday’s webinar: “I watched Michael Close’s webinar The Truth about Lying. I thought it was very, very good...it made me rethink some of my own work.” – Matt Disero “The webinar was wonderful. I plan to watch it again because there were so many valuable poin...
by Michael Close
January 22nd, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Webinar from Michael Close
Replies: 9
Views: 2833

Re: A New Webinar from Michael Close

I just wanted to let you know that registrants for The Truth about Lying will have unlimited access to replays of this webinar, so even if you can’t watch it live, you should still sign up. We will not sell this as a downloadable video. Also, no special software is required. You can watch (and parti...
by Michael Close
January 18th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Webinar from Michael Close
Replies: 9
Views: 2833

A New Webinar from Michael Close

Lisa and I were so pleased with the feedback from our Fool Us webinar last November, that we're starting a series of them called Workers Webinars. Our brand new webinar, The Truth about Lying, is coming your way on Sunday, January 27. Magic depends on disseminating misinformation – in other words, l...
by Michael Close
January 7th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Untouched
Replies: 38
Views: 2587

Re: Untouched

The original effect is Al Leech’s The Spectator Does a Trick from his 1959 booklet Cardmanship. Stephen Minch provided this reference when I wrote up a memdeck version called The Guatemalan Miracle.
by Michael Close
November 26th, 2018, 11:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Another Fool Us Webinar
Replies: 0
Views: 366

Another Fool Us Webinar

The response to the first Fool Us webinar was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. We’ve received many emails from people who missed it asking how they can view it. So...we’re going to hold the live webinar again on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at 9 p.m. EST. This is not a rebroadcast. This will be a new, ...
by Michael Close
November 13th, 2018, 6:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Webinar on Penn & Teller: Fool Us
Replies: 3
Views: 949

Re: Webinar on Penn & Teller: Fool Us

There's still time to sign up for Wednesday's Fool Us webinar.

I hope you can join the fun.

Thanks
by Michael Close
November 8th, 2018, 7:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Webinar on Penn & Teller: Fool Us
Replies: 3
Views: 949

Re: Webinar on Penn & Teller: Fool Us

Hi Joe:

Those who sign up for the webinar but who are unable to watch the live stream will be able to access a recording of it. (Of course, you won't be able to submit questions.)

Thanks for asking

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by Michael Close
November 7th, 2018, 12:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Webinar on Penn & Teller: Fool Us
Replies: 3
Views: 949

Webinar on Penn & Teller: Fool Us

Hey guys and gals: We're planning something really fun for November 14. Please join me for my first webinar. Find out all about it here (and please feel free to share this post):

https://events.genndi.com/channel/michaelclose

Thanks

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by Michael Close
October 10th, 2018, 9:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season Six Announced
Replies: 1
Views: 631

Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season Six Announced

Okay ladies and gents, here's the announcement we've all been waiting for: Penn & Teller Fool Us has been renewed for a sixth season. If you have an interest in being on the show, contact me at fuclose@gmail.com and I will let you know whom to get in touch with. Here's the catch: The plan right ...
by Michael Close
October 1st, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 2705

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

For those interested in the Ultimate Three Card Monte effect, I published a handling for the final phase of the routine in The Paradigm Shift Volume 1. It eliminates the "cozy" pip-cover display of the Ace and affords you an easy way to get the gaffs out of play.
by Michael Close
September 12th, 2018, 11:39 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mike Jones performance on video
Replies: 4
Views: 1095

Re: Mike Jones performance on video

Jonesy is a monster.
by Michael Close
August 27th, 2018, 11:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller
Replies: 20
Views: 2155

Re: Penn & Teller

That was not Honor System.
by Michael Close
August 26th, 2018, 12:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller
Replies: 20
Views: 2155

Re: Penn & Teller

The trick is called Honor System. Teller escapes from a secured wooden crate that has been thoroughly examined by audience members (during the preshow music). The audience can then decide whether to close their eyes or keep them open to see how the effect works. I'd tip the method here, but I've nev...
by Michael Close
August 26th, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Memdeck Ebook from Michael Close
Replies: 4
Views: 1648

Re: New Memdeck Ebook from Michael Close

The verdict is in on The Road to Riffsville (https://tinyurl.com/y95agptd): “An important contribution to memorized deck magic” “Highly recommended – foundational” “A fantastic resource...essential for memdeck fiends” “The definitive insight into memdeck improvisation” Read the full reviews and get ...
by Michael Close
August 6th, 2018, 11:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Memdeck Ebook from Michael Close
Replies: 4
Views: 1648

Re: New Memdeck Ebook from Michael Close

Steve Bedwell has this to say about The Road to Riffsville: "Can't put The Road to Riffsville down and focus on anything else. (Especially frustrating because I'm at MAGIC Live!) Fascinating analysis of some of the issues I've personally experienced with the estimation aspects of memdeck work, ...
by Michael Close
August 4th, 2018, 12:07 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: THE REAL DEAL - A Magician Prepares by Dennis Loomis
Replies: 6
Views: 1505

Re: THE REAL DEAL - A Magician Prepares by Dennis Loomis

It's a real book. But it is not a tree-based book. Download only. However, we provided a PDF file that you can print out if you wish.
by Michael Close
August 2nd, 2018, 3:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Memdeck Ebook from Michael Close
Replies: 4
Views: 1648

New Memdeck Ebook from Michael Close

My new ebook on the memorized deck, The Road to Riffsville, will be available within a day or so. Here's a blog post filling you in on why I wrote it and what it contains.

https://www.michaelclose.com/blogs/news ... riffsville
by Michael Close
July 23rd, 2018, 7:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 36
Views: 4110

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

No "apparently" thread. Thread is not the method.
by Michael Close
July 17th, 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Updated PM Card Mark ebook
Replies: 6
Views: 1427

Re: Updated PM Card Mark ebook

This ebook is excellent.
by Michael Close
July 15th, 2018, 12:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 2482

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

Since my name was brought into this discussion, I thought it best to clarify my position by quoting what I wrote in Workers 5 (1996): "I would place false transfers in the same category as false shuffles and false deals: sleights that are meant to simulate real activities. If I want my false ri...
by Michael Close
July 12th, 2018, 12:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day Four
Replies: 9
Views: 2835

Re: FISM 2018 - Day Four

Gay Ljungberg and his crew are the true wizards of FISM. Extraordinary professionalism.
by Michael Close
July 9th, 2018, 9:49 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Dennis Loomis ebook available from michaelclose.com
Replies: 0
Views: 698

Dennis Loomis ebook available from michaelclose.com

Lisa and I are delighted to announce that The Real Deal - A Magician Prepares by Dennis Loomis is now available for immediate download. This ebook is a treasure trove of routines and practical advice for the stage and stand-up performer. As with our other recent publications, you receive both an EPU...
by Michael Close
June 24th, 2018, 5:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Close Workshop July 21, 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 654

Michael Close Workshop July 21, 2018

I will be hosting a full-day workshop session in Richmond Hill, Ontario (a northern suburb of Toronto), on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Even though season six of Penn & Teller: Fool Us has not yet been officially announced, this is the perfect opportunity for you to receive coaching and critiquing i...

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