Michael Skinner was one of the
best all-around close-up magicians in the world. The Master Teach-In
series, which was originally released on three videotapes, teaches some
of the classics of close-up of magic that every magician should know.
Skinner performs each routine for a live audience and then takes you
step-by step through the construction of the effects, explaining the
sleights, subtleties and the psychology involved in perfecting them.
Here is your opportunity to learn a few of the classics of magic from
one of the best in the business.
Volume One: The Linking Rings:
The Linking Rings
are one of the most popular routines ever invented. They are performed
by beginners through professionals and are a regular part of most
stand-up and children's shows. Michael Skinner has devised a three-ring
routine for use in restaurants and close-up situations. It features many
nice sequences where they link, unlink, form patterns and are
examinable at the conclusion. Techniques taught within the routine
include The Vernon Sweep, Spinning The Rings, The Swing Unlink, The
Crash Link, Sawa's Pull-Through, The Skinner Link, The Drop Link,
Koran's Thumb Link & Unlink, Linking Ring Finesse, and The Switch
Volume Two: The Color-Changing Knives:
Knives is a classic of close-up magic that is performed by most
professionals. It is visual, magical and uses ordinary looking objects.
Michael Skinner's pet routine with the knives is quick and full of
surprises. In addition to the full routine you will also learn The
Paddle Move, The Swivel Change, and The Touch Change.
Volume Three: The Ring On The Stick:
The Ring On The Stick
is a popular routine used by close-up magicians who perform in
restaurants, parties and bars. The basic effect is of a borrowed ring
vanishing and appearing on a stick being held by a spectator. The Ring
On The Stick has become a staple of Michael Skinner's shows. You will
learn two different sequences. The first involves impossible conditions
using a handkerchief and a rubber band while the second version is done
barehanded. Very few routines carry the lasting impact of The Ring On