The Ultimate Workers - Routines From The Professional Repertoire Of Michael Close - Volume 1
On this series of DVDs, Michael performs and explains most of the routines
from the Workers series. These are routines which were designed to be done under real
world conditions and in real world locations. Places like restaurants, hospitality suites,
cocktail parties and in stand-up shows. Besides the performances, Michael also gives you
the work on each of the tricks. Not just the methods but the theory behind each one. Now
is your chance to see these magical masterpieces performed by the originator. Shot in
front of a wildly enthusiastic audience, using three cameras, every performing nuance has
been captured. 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
The Ultimate Workers - Routines From The Professional Repertoire Of Michael Close -
2 Hours 38 Minutes!
DVD Volume 1 combines two previously released videos: Michael Close's Very Very
Close, Volumes 1 and 5.
- The Invisible Deck - You know the effect of this classic trick: A freely named
card is the only face-down card in a face-up deck. But when you watch the performance,
you're going to get fooled. Using routines by Bruce Cervon, Allan Ackerman, and Steve Beam
as a starting point, Michael has produced a streamlined handling which uses an ordinary
deck of cards. Magicians around the world have speculated about this trick. Now you'll
learn all the work.
- The Smiling Mule - A classic by Roy Walton. Michael has eliminated the one bad
"moment" in the trick, and the results are staggering. Suitable for close-up or
stand-up, this routine has been a mainstay in the repertoires of many top card men.
- The Ooh-Ah Bird - Give your fingers a rest. Here's the perfect trick if you have
to perform for children in a restaurant. The routine is simple, colorful, funny,
mysterious, and the child takes an origami figure home as a souvenir. Plus, you'll learn
some new work on the venerable Cross-the-Cut Force. If you're new to card magic, this is
the perfect trick for you.
- The Pothole Trick - This is the big one! One of the most talked about tricks in
magic, and one of the most baffling. There are lots of "moving hole" tricks out
there, but none have the impact and the memorability of The Pothole Trick. If you could
really move holes, this is how it would look. Plus, the spectators take home your business
card in an impossible condition. Even if magic isn't your profession, if you hand out
business cards, The Pothole Trick will make you money. This is one of Michael's most
prized routines, and this is the first time the method has been explained on video. In
addition, Michael reveals some secrets which have never been released before. This trick
is worth the price of the video.
- Dr. Strangetrick - This handling for Card Warp may well be the most amazing and
convincing yet created. Designed to fool the most astute spectator, this is Michael's
favorite opening routine. For the first time, all the work is revealed; nothing has been
- The Judah Shoelace Routine - A great penetration effect resurrected. Stewart
Judah's wonderful trick fell out of favor because it required a paper straw. Michael's
solution is simple, and makes it easy to carry the props in your pockets.
- A Trick for O'Brien - George Orwell would have loved this. Utilizing the concept
of "who controls the present controls the past; who controls the past controls the
future," a prediction effect is raised to miracle status. The principle involved can
be applied to many other effects.
- The Imagination Tester - A weird origami effect in which a paperfold of a belt
buckle becomes real.
- Tut Tut - Four widely-spaced Aces come together and trap a selected card. This
sneaky effect allows you to shuffle a deck many times and still be ready for memorized
- Myopia - This is very close to real mindreading. Two spectators think of cards.
The magician asks one question and can immediately name the cards.
- The Birthday Book - A spectator selects a playing card. A date book is shown;
next to each date is a playing card. The card written next to the spectator's birthday is
shown. He has selected the exact same card. Michael Close has used this method to fry
magicians and laymen around the world.
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 08 March, 2005.