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by Michael Close
June 11th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season Six
Replies: 7
Views: 1158

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: 8
Views: 2397

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: 8
Views: 2397

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: 1861

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: 8
Views: 2397

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: 8
Views: 2397

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: 8
Views: 2397

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: 8
Views: 2397

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: 2226

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: 334

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: 902

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: 902

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

Close
by Michael Close
November 7th, 2018, 12:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Webinar on Penn & Teller: Fool Us
Replies: 3
Views: 902

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: 601

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: 2399

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: 985

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: 1953

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: 1953

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: 1593

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: 1593

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: 1371

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: 1593

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: 3793

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: 1226

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: 2224

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: 2329

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: 581

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: 558

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: 2995

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: 2995

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: 2995

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: 2995

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: 3870

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: 3870

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: 6428

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: 6428

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: 6428

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: 6428

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: 22345

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.

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