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by Michael Close
July 9th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 9732

Re: Fool US

Penn really loved Wes Iseli's routine.

The "bust" was one of my favorites of all the seasons I've worked on.
by Michael Close
July 8th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 9732

Re: Fool US

Fool Us has been renewed for an eighth season.

Audition videos should be sent to fooluscasting@gmail.com. Routines should be five minutes or less.

No date for recording season eight has been posted.
by Michael Close
June 29th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Remembering Louis Falanga
Replies: 16
Views: 2241

Re: Remembering Louis Falanga

I am happy to have been a part of the historical legacy left by Louis Falanga and L&L Publishing. On both of my visits to Lake Tahoe to record videos, he was the perfect host, making every effort to ensure my comfort, during the recording sessions and during the down time. I talked about recordi...
by Michael Close
April 24th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jay Marshall
Replies: 14
Views: 1990

Re: Jay Marshall

Chris Randall: I did my talk about Jay yesterday. If you missed it, here's the link.

https://www.facebook.com/michaelclosema ... 179464687/

I'll be sharing a few more stories today (Friday, August 24).
by Michael Close
April 20th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jay Marshall
Replies: 14
Views: 1990

Re: Jay Marshall

I became friends with Jay Marshall in 1972 when we met at Harry Riser's house. For almost twenty-five years I had the privilege of accompanying him when he performed "Lefty" at magic conventions. On Tuesday (April 21), I'll share some Jay Marshall stories during my live broadcast at my pub...
by Michael Close
March 21st, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Live video today (March 20) from Michael Close
Replies: 8
Views: 1865

Re: Live video today (March 20) from Michael Close

Thanks for the kind words. In today's (Saturday) session, I'll share two behind-the-scenes stories from the taping of Stevens restaurant video.
by Michael Close
March 20th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Live video today (March 20) from Michael Close
Replies: 8
Views: 1865

Live video today (March 20) from Michael Close

Hi: Today (March 20) at 4 pm eastern time I will be broadcasting a live video from my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/michaelclosemagic/ I have done this since Tuesday, and the response has been gratifying. (The previous videos are still available.) I discuss tricks and moves, and I offer a ...
by Michael Close
February 18th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus Back in Print!
Replies: 11
Views: 1622

Re: Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus Back in Print!

DVD means Digital Versatile Disc.

You're welcome.
by Michael Close
November 24th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who is THE Expert on Self-Working Magic?
Replies: 49
Views: 2980

Re: Who is THE Expert on Self-Working Magic?

I think Steve Beam would be the guy to talk to.
by Michael Close
November 23rd, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour
Replies: 34
Views: 3176

Re: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour

Harry Riser organized the Vernon lecture in Indianapolis; I was in attendance. You can see a photo of Harry, Vernon, and John Railing at that event in The Feints and Temps of Harry Riser book. Harry and I had a particular question for Vernon, but we wanted to ask it in such a way that it didn't seem...
by Michael Close
November 15th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Telling lies as a magician.
Replies: 22
Views: 3919

Re: Telling lies as a magician.

I have a 55-minute Targeted Training session titled "The Truth about Lying." This is a complex subject; I cover nine major points in my discussion of it. Concerning this training session, I recently received an email from a purchaser who found that the information was extremely useful for ...
by Michael Close
October 2nd, 2019, 7:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us Renewed for Season Seven
Replies: 4
Views: 2211

Penn & Teller: Fool Us Renewed for Season Seven

I have just received the official word from executive producers Andrew Golder and Lincoln Hiatt that Penn & Teller: Fool Us has been renewed for a seventh season. If you would like to submit an audition video, send it to Darren Toon at fooluscasting@gmail.com. Remember, originality is important,...
by Michael Close
September 26th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Nestor Hato on Fool Us
Replies: 9
Views: 3855

Re: Nestor Hato on Fool Us

I was unfamiliar with this marketed item. Consequently, Nestor's audition video (not the video on the website referenced above) fooled me completely. I know several methods for accomplishing this effect. Nestor's method isn't one of them. It looks as good from a foot away as it did on TV. No editing...
by Michael Close
September 4th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 15441

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: 3455

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: 3455

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: 688

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: 3455

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: 1613

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: 1613

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: 1613

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: 93
Views: 17171

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: 93
Views: 17171

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: 93
Views: 17171

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: 3391

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: 2764

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: 3391

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: 3391

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: 19
Views: 4080

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: 3391

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: 3391

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: 3391

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: 3391

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: 48
Views: 9124

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: 467

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: 1122

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: 1122

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: 1122

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: 755

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: 3705

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.

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