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by Michael Close
May 28th, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A Plunger Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1062

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: 1062

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: 1062

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: 1062

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: 1817

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: 1817

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: 3137

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: 3137

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: 3137

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: 3137

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: 15113

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: 15113

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: 472

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: 2015

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: 1966

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: 1966

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: 3137

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: 731

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: 353

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: 15113

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: 427

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.
by Michael Close
October 23rd, 2017, 2:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller Fool Us
Replies: 10
Views: 2288

Re: Penn & Teller Fool Us

I just received news from the Fool Us producers that the final episode of season four (Hanging out with Penn & Teller) will air on October 30, 2017. A lot of people have asked about this. Please spread the word.
by Michael Close
October 13th, 2017, 7:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season Five
Replies: 2
Views: 853

Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season Five

I’ve just received word that Penn & Teller: Fool Us has been renewed for a fifth season. Those interested in auditioning should contact Darren Toon at fooluscasting@gmail.com. If you have any magic-related questions that I might be able to answer, you can contact me at fuclose@gmail.com. We will...
by Michael Close
September 7th, 2017, 7:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Close Workshop/Retreat
Replies: 4
Views: 1267

Re: Michael Close Workshop/Retreat

Exactly.
by Michael Close
September 7th, 2017, 4:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Close Workshop/Retreat
Replies: 4
Views: 1267

Re: Michael Close Workshop/Retreat

The lodge is gorgeous, but it is a lodge, not a hotel. Most "campers" will have a roommate. We provide all the food and drink. Owen Sound is a nice little town, but not particularly a tourist attraction. Those coming to the workshop are not coming to sight-see. The grounds of the lodge are...
by Michael Close
August 18th, 2017, 9:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Close Workshop/Retreat
Replies: 4
Views: 1267

Michael Close Workshop/Retreat

If you’re not already aware of it, I’d like to bring to your attention a different type of magic gathering: small, relaxing, with an emphasis on training, coaching, and laughs. Our first workshop/retreat was in May with Johnny Thompson as the special guest. It was a resounding success. Our next one ...
by Michael Close
August 7th, 2017, 3:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 24605

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

It only occurred to me just now that I won the tontine! Unfortunately, I can't remember where we hid the money.
by Michael Close
August 7th, 2017, 10:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 24605

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Yep. That's the photo - visual proof that my lack of fashion style goes back decades.
by Michael Close
August 7th, 2017, 10:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13
Replies: 13
Views: 2202

Re: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13

The production schedule for Fool Us is brutal. The crew is in theater for thirteen days. We record sixty-two magicians and thirteen P&T hunks in six-and-a-half days. To make sure there is video coverage of everything the director needs, the camera rehearsal is recorded. In particular, the direct...
by Michael Close
July 9th, 2017, 10:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: John Moehring Has Died
Replies: 7
Views: 1537

John Moehring Has Died

Gary Plants just posted on Facebook that John Moehring died around 2 a.m. this morning (July 9). As a young man he was a sensational stage performer. He helped turn MAGIC magazine into the great magazine it was, and transformed M-U-M during the three years he was editor. For the last ten years he ha...
by Michael Close
June 24th, 2017, 1:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 24605

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

For a while, Busby and I were friends. He stayed with me in Indianapolis for a few days, and my then wife Kathleen and I visited with him and his then wife Lynn in San Francisco. Somewhere I have a photo of him, Michael Skinner, Ed Marlo, and me at the New York Lounge in Chicago. Jeff was my introdu...
by Michael Close
June 24th, 2017, 1:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Convention Session Etiquette?
Replies: 14
Views: 2294

Re: Convention Session Etiquette?

When I was a very young man, I had two go-to, magician-frying tricks: Simon Aronson's Red See Passover and my Wild Underground Transposition (in Workers 2 as Dancers at the End of Time). When anyone (and I should say when everyone ) who saw Simon's trick asked me about it or how it was done, I told ...
by Michael Close
June 14th, 2017, 12:57 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 98
Views: 19143

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

I just received this from Bob and have emailed him some possible ideas. My first attempt with "learners" marks, and I sorted the deck in 1:45. To get completely fluid with this will take some practice (it's not difficult; it's just something you have to get accustomed to), but I bet I coul...
by Michael Close
June 8th, 2017, 2:04 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 98
Views: 19143

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

I live to serve.
by Michael Close
June 2nd, 2017, 3:59 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 98
Views: 19143

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

How serendipitous that I just checked in with the forum. I just made up a deck stacked in Aronson and marked with the "learners" marks that Bob describes in his new addendum. I shuffled the stack and (with no practice whatsoever) went from a shuffled deck to Aronson order in two minutes fl...
by Michael Close
May 20th, 2017, 8:29 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 98
Views: 19143

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

How soon will you be releasing this on DVD or streaming video?

Asking for a friend.
by Michael Close
April 8th, 2017, 1:28 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reverse Faro To Order Packet
Replies: 13
Views: 2005

Re: Reverse Faro To Order Packet

Brother John Hamman had a sequence for ordering a shuffled deck. Check out the various versions of the Chinese Miracle/Shuffle in the big Hamman book. You might be able to adapt that method.
by Michael Close
January 27th, 2017, 1:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Open Prediction Question
Replies: 8
Views: 1719

Re: Open Prediction Question

That's where I read it.

Thanks very much.

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