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Michael Close is a performer, creator, teacher, raconteur, and reviewer. Now is your chance to see Michael's magical masterpieces performed by the originator. Shot in front of a wildly enthusiastic audience, using three cameras, every performing nuance has been captured. All the material has been routined into sets, so your non-magician friends can enjoy the show. Following the performance, Michael sits down with friends Michael Ammar and Eric Mead, and thoroughly explains every effect. Some of this information has never appeared in print and is being released for the first time. If you're looking for material which will completely baffle and entertain the most discriminating audience, look no further. These effects may not be genuine miracles, but they're...very...very...close.
Too Ahead -
This three-phase coin routine is a fine example of diabolical routining. Done standing, it is perfect for table hopping. The subtle handling involved has fooled some of the best magicians in the world, and can be applied to other effects.
Four-Card Reiteration -
Dan Garrett's marvelous routine provides a lesson in expert card handling. Included is a discussion on palming, and Michael's utility move, The Last Card Push.
The Lie Detector -
The most commercial version of this classic effect. Three kickers, and the spectators get your business card!
Rubik's Dollar Bill -
A penetration effect using a dollar bill, a playing card, and a toothpick. This is the first time all the work has been explained on video!
The Growing Toothpick -
Thirty seconds of eye-candy, as a toothpick triples in length.
Origami Bill Production -
A simple and flashy way to give the spectators an origami souvenir. A borrowed bill instantly folds itself into an origami figure. Attach the bill to your business card and you've got the perfect give-away.
The Frog Prince -
Hailed by the cognoscenti as one of the new "classics" of close-up magic, and one of the most astounding and memorable card routines ever created. A freely selected card transposes with a card which has been folded into an origami frog. An absolute reputation maker.