Professional Close-Up Magic - Vol. 1 by Michael Skinner
This is an incredible opportunity to purchase a legendary magician's repertoire.
Michael Skinner's magic is entertaining, direct, surprising and magical.
You get more than six hours of magic taught to you by a man who has earned a living
performing and honing the material. You will learn 39 professional routines and the dozens
of techniques used to accomplish them.
Includes interviews about his Tonight Show appearances, meeting the magicians that
influenced his style, and the years he spent in Las Vegas and Hollywood. Hosted by Roger
Michael Skinner was one of the best close-up magicians in the world and his
professional repertoire was considered the largest and most versatile in the business.
This DVD series features performances and explanations to many of his best routines.
These are the routines Michael Skinner used to fool and entertain the patrons of the
Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas where he was the resident magician for more than twenty
years. You will not find better-constructed and choreographed magic anywhere.
Michael's attention to detail and superb routining made just about every effect he
performed a showstopper. These commercial and reputation-making effects will inspire you
to become a professional. You will be proud to add any of these routines to your working
Routines performed and explained:
- Torn & Restored Cigarette Paper (Nate Leipzig): The classic routine where a
piece of cigarette paper is torn into pieces and then restored.
- Four Copper & Silver Across: An eight-coin routine where four silver coins
and four copper coins magically change places one at a time.
- A Coin Entrapped: A surprising magical gag where two coins are placed on a card
case. A spectator chooses one of the coins but when they try to pick it up it is found
under the cellophane.
- Demi-Tass: The four aces are found using different visual productions after the
deck has been shuffled.
- Slow-Motion Aces: An ace assembly where three cards are placed on top of each ace
and one at a time the aces disappear and accumulate in one spot.
- Marlo-Vernon-Andrus: Three cards are peeked at by three different spectators who
impersonate Ed Marlo, Dai Vernon and Jerry Andrus. The spectators now spell their names,
any way they want, and the card they spell to is their selection. Except for the final
selection which is found using a flourishy cutting sequence.
- Lucky Seven: Two cards are peeked at and lost in the deck. The deck is cut in
half where a red seven is seen face up. Cards are now dealt from the two packets and the
seventh card of each packet is found to be the selection.
- Up The Ladder Aces: The deck is shuffled and cut as the four aces are magically
- Woodfield Torn & Restored Card: A signed card is accidentally torn in half.
The torn pieces are thrown away and the spectator selects a second card. When he turns
over the new card it turns out to be the original signed selection.
- Furota's Ace Production: A spectator turns a portion of the deck face up and face
down a few times. The deck is re-squared and when the cards are spread on the table all
the cards are face down except the four aces, which are the only face-up cards.
Techniques demonstrated within routines:
The Bobo Switch, Thumb Palm, Finger Palm, Side Steal Color Change, Piet Forton's Pop-Up
Move, Jog Shuffle, False Count, Invisible Transfer, Spectator Peek, Peek Force, One-Hand
Stud Production, Fancy Production, Hofzinser Snap Change and much more.
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 14 March, 2005.