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by Michael Close
November 13th, 2018, 6:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Webinar on Penn & Teller: Fool Us
Replies: 3
Views: 714

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: 714

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: 714

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: 503

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: 1831

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: 788

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: 1662

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: 1662

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: 1429

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: 1429

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: 1057

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: 1429

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: 3104

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: 850

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: 1737

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: 1923

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: 370

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: 325

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...
by Michael Close
May 28th, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A Plunger Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1917

Re: A Plunger Question

Justin: I think there's a typo in the Hugard's write-up. The trick isn't called The Subway Trick in Greater Magic. It's called the Fade-away Cards. But yes, it is basically the same effect. The version in Greater Magic adds a wrinkle by using a one-way deck to determine which card the spectator sele...
by Michael Close
May 28th, 2018, 1:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A Plunger Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1917

Re: A Plunger Question

Just to clarify.

The effect I was looking for is not the Rising Cards using the plunger principle. It's a completely different effect whose creator was unknown to Hilliard.

Thanks to all for chiming in.
by Michael Close
May 26th, 2018, 3:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A Plunger Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1917

Re: A Plunger Question

McMillen used it for the rising cards.

I found it. It's in Greater Magic.
by Michael Close
May 26th, 2018, 3:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A Plunger Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1917

A Plunger Question

A question for the hive mind: who invented the effect in which you alternatively out-jog five cards and then plunge (push) them back into the deck, thus plunging out four cards. This is repeated, plunging out three, then two, and finally a single card, which is the selection. I can see an illustrati...
by Michael Close
May 2nd, 2018, 5:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Genii Convention 2019: Date CHANGE
Replies: 18
Views: 2489

Re: The Genii Convention 2019: Date CHANGE

That's Penn & Teller's almost-elderly piano player.

I played you My Romance, Someday My Prince Will Come, and other Evans stuff.
by Michael Close
May 2nd, 2018, 1:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Genii Convention 2019: Date CHANGE
Replies: 18
Views: 2489

Re: The Genii Convention 2019: Date CHANGE

I sure hope you re-book that elderly piano player you had last year. He played songs my grandmother really enjoyed.
by Michael Close
April 26th, 2018, 4:25 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 21
Views: 4559

Re: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now

My thanks to John Lovick (MTTJL) for his thorough review (HTR) of The Paradigm Shift Volumes One and Two (TPSV12) in the recent Genii. The price listed at the end of the article was the introductory price. The regular price is now $79.95 if you purchase the set of two. Again, MTTJL for HTR of TPSV12...
by Michael Close
April 26th, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 21
Views: 4559

Re: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now

Here's a link to the TOC of Volume One: https://www.michaelclose.com/products/the-paradigm-shift-ebook-volume-one-instant-download-1?variant=1332340162606 Here's a link to the TOC of Volume Two: https://www.michaelclose.com/products/the-paradigm-shift-ebook-volume-two-instant-download?variant=131088...
by Michael Close
April 25th, 2018, 9:24 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 21
Views: 4559

Re: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now

My wife Lisa put in an extraordinary amount of time and effort to make reading the EPUB versions of The Paradigm Shift Volumes One and Two a seamless, comfortable experience. Here's something I wrote from the final chapter of Volume Two: "As I have written and stated many times before, I’m a bo...
by Michael Close
April 18th, 2018, 1:44 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 21
Views: 4559

Re: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now

If you're wondering whether our new ebooks are right for you, here's a short tutorial on how to order, download, and navigate them. Click here: https://youtu.be/AVodxHXjQl4 Also, the ebooks have received twenty-three five-star reviews, including a recent one from Penn Jillette. You can read those he...
by Michael Close
April 10th, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 17491

Re: New John Thompson Book

Denis Behr: That clip is less passive than I remember.

Joe McKay: I think you're referring to Johnny's clean-up after Alex Elmsley's Brainweave effect. There are a dozen or so face-up cards in the face-down deck that need to be righted. Johnny's solution is ingenious.
by Michael Close
April 10th, 2018, 9:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 17491

Re: New John Thompson Book

I eagerly await Denis's new book, Passive-Aggressive Card Miracles. :)
by Michael Close
April 2nd, 2018, 6:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller April Fool Us Day Special is Tonight
Replies: 0
Views: 616

Penn & Teller April Fool Us Day Special is Tonight

Hey guys and gals. Tonight is the the Penn & Teller April Fool Us Day special. I saw various bits and pieces of this recorded during the Fool Us season five shoot, but I don't know exactly what this special is all about. I know you'll see some behind-the-scenes stuff, and a few old friends from ...
by Michael Close
March 1st, 2018, 3:34 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 32
Views: 3002

Re: Darwin's Rules (?)

I wrote a short blog post about this. You can find it here:

https://www.michaelclose.com/blogs/news-1/darwins-rules
by Michael Close
February 4th, 2018, 2:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Deck Recommendation
Replies: 18
Views: 2469

Re: Deck Recommendation

Thank you all for your help. Harry Riser always told the story of meeting Elmsley at the combined IBM/SAM convention in Chicago. Alex hung out in the room Harry and Charlie Miller shared. Harry picked up Alex's deck to give it a faro shuffle. Because of the work Alex put into the cards, Harry said t...
by Michael Close
February 2nd, 2018, 7:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Deck Recommendation
Replies: 18
Views: 2469

Deck Recommendation

A question for the hive mind: I don't use expensive decks of cards. I buy cards at Costco. I do a bottom-to-top faro shuffle. With some decks, I have to do the shuffles with the deck face up when they first come out of the box. I can usually break in a new deck by doing repeated faro shuffles for tw...
by Michael Close
January 31st, 2018, 6:43 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 21
Views: 4559

Re: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now

All the jazzers say I'm a pretty good piano player, for a magician.
by Michael Close
November 30th, 2017, 11:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Final Episode of Fool Us Airs Tonight
Replies: 2
Views: 782

Final Episode of Fool Us Airs Tonight

Just a heads up that the final episode of the fourth season of Penn & Teller: Fool Us airs tonight. I'll be interested to read the responses of the magic viewership to this episode.
by Michael Close
November 1st, 2017, 2:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Email address for new M-U-M editor, Alan Howard
Replies: 0
Views: 381

Email address for new M-U-M editor, Alan Howard

As of today (November 1), all assembly reports and all other M-U-M related correspondence should be sent to Alan Howard at alanhoward@magicsam.com. Please share this will all interested parties. Thanks. – Michael Close
by Michael Close
November 1st, 2017, 11:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 17491

Re: New John Thompson Book

I have been a close friend of Johnny Thompson’s for many years. For the past three years, I have had the privilege and honor to spend many hours talking and working with Johnny during the preparatory months leading up to the Fool Us shoot and the two weeks of the actual shoot. During that time I hav...
by Michael Close
October 25th, 2017, 5:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Updated air date for episode 13 of season four of Fool Us
Replies: 0
Views: 475

Updated air date for episode 13 of season four of Fool Us

I just (like two seconds ago) received updated information from the Penn & Teller: Fool Us producers. The final episode of season four, "Hanging out with Penn & Teller," will air NOVEMBER 30, not October 30. Please update your DVR and spread the word. Thanks.

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