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Michael Close Royal Poker Cull procedure to get a royal flush from shuffled deck, no normal game procedure inspired by "The Last Hand" (Harry Riser, 1981) 1981 Arcane (Issue 3) 23
Michael Close Wild Underground Transposition all eight cards change to jokers as climax see also "Dancers at the End of Time" (Michael Close, 1991) 1981 Arcane (Issue 3) 25
Michael Close & Stewart James Derby Downs "Waltz Time Stewart James - Three Variations by Michael Close", two selections found by 10D, using automatic placement variation, faro shuffle, based on "Place and Show" from New Tops 1984 Epoptica (Section "Yearbook") 283
Michael Close & Stewart James Prose Duplex based on "Inverse Duplex" from New Tops, strange prediction effect involving numbers, automatic placement for two selections 1984 Epoptica (Section "Yearbook") 285
Michael Close & Stewart James Coda Chrome based on "Chronothot" from New Tops, prediction from odd-backed deck is put on table and matched named card, gaffed decks and double backer 1984 Epoptica (Section "Yearbook") 286
Robert D. Michaels & David Ben & Michael Close & Bob Farmer & Michael Weber Invisible Triumph rough smooth, for credit information see reference see also "Invisible Triumph" (David Ben & Michael Weber & Michael Close & Bob Farmer, 2003) 1986 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 9 No. 5) 1207
Michael Close The Unbelievable Useful Comedy Prop plastic hand as running gag and sight gag 1990 Workers Number 1 5
Michael Close The Origami Bunny - Folding the Bunny
- The Opening Bit
- For Children (mini hat production)
- For Adults #1 (coin production)
- For Adults #2 (ear torn and restored)
- Glossary of Origami Terms
1990 Workers Number 1 6
Michael Close Dr. Strangetrick "Or how I stopped worrying and learned to love card warp", detailed routine with card in bill 1990 Workers Number 1 14
Michael Close The Pothole Trick hole travels from business card to business card 1990 Workers Number 1 27
Michael Close Introduction - What is a "Worker"
- Who is this Michael Close, anyway?
- A Philosophy of Magic
- About Audience Management
- How to Read this Manuscript
1990 Workers Number 1 1
Michael Close Rubik's Dollar Bill bill in folded playing card is penetrated with toothpick see also Lou Gallo's "Rubik's Revenge" (Lou Gallo - The Underground Man, 1996) p.116-119 1991 Workers Number 2 4
Michael Close The El Cheepo Magic Club signed business card to matchbox (folded) 1991 Workers Number 2 14
Michael Close The Ring, Shoelace, and Straw Routine ring travels from hand to hand, penetrates string, string penetrates straw 1991 Workers Number 2 20
Michael Close Dancers at the End of Time aces vanish from top of deck, trap kings, transposition with quartets, all change into jokers inspired by "Wild Underground Transposition" (Michael Close, 1981) 1991 Workers Number 2 29
Michael Close & Paul LePaul The Tuning Fork inspired by "The Gymnastic Aces" (Paul LePaul, 1949) 1991 Workers Number 2 30
Michael Close Twenty-Six Cents Worth of Change transformation of pocket change 1991 Workers Number 2 35
Michael Close The Four Cent Bonus multiple coin transformation, using glued together coins 1991 Workers Number 2 37
Michael Close The MC Spread Double Lift hides back of bottom card throughout varied by "Spread Cull Double Turnover" (Sungwon Kim, 2016) 1991 Workers Number 2 40
Michael Close First Application of MC Spread Double Lift, as fake side steal to impress magicians 1991 Workers Number 2 43
Michael Close Second Application MC Spread Double Lift from face-up deck 1991 Workers Number 2 43
Michael Close As a Force and a Control MC Spread Double Lift application 1991 Workers Number 2 44
Michael Close The Frog Prince card folded in origami frog transposes with selection 1991 Workers Number 2 45
Michael Weber & Michael Close & Eric Maurin Coffee Machine time machine presentation while drinking coffee, sugar packet is restored, coffee free of sugar and spoon vanishes from mug and is resting dry on the table again 1991 Life Savers 15
Michael Close Introduction - Some Soul Searching
- A Sense of Conviction
- Paying the Price
- In the Auditorium of the Mind
- How to Learn from this Manuscript
1991 Workers Number 2 1
Michael Close The Theory of Penetration Effects 1991 Workers Number 2 5
Michael Close The Double Bar 1991 Workers Number 2 52
Michael Close The Big Surprise signed fake contract travels folded to container 1993 Workers Number 3 5
Michael Close Folding the Contract secret folding method while "contract" is placed into pocket, could be used for jumbo cards 1993 Workers Number 3 9
Michael Close & Larry West A Visit from Rocco with giant bills 1993 Workers Number 3 20
Michael Close & John Cornelius You Axed For It ring to box, appears to be at several places at once inspired by "My Lady's Ring" (John Cornelius),
varied by "That's My Ring!" (John Lovick, 2016)
1993 Workers Number 3 26
Michael Close Patter for Pavel's "Fantastic Knot" presentation 1993 Workers Number 3 37
Michael Close Technique - We Go to Music School
- Magic Books
- No That I've Got It, What Do I Do?
1993 Workers Number 3 41
Michael Close On Palming general discussion of classic palm with headings
- The Grip
- The Swing Points
- The Pivot Point
1993 Workers Number 3 45
S. W. Erdnase & Michael Close The Erdnase Bottom Palm 1993 Workers Number 3 48
Michael Close After the Palm what to do after bottom palm 1993 Workers Number 3 50
Paul LePaul & Michael Close & Edward Marlo The Left Hand Diagonal Palm inspired by "The Diagonal Left Hand Palm (Improved Method)" (Paul LePaul, 1949),
"The Diagonal Steal" (Edward Marlo, 1957)
1993 Workers Number 3 50
Tenkai Ishida & Michael Close The Left Hand Peek Steal 1993 Workers Number 3 52
Michael Close & Dai Vernon Transfers, Top Palms, and Shifting the Grip 1993 Workers Number 3 54
Michael Close How to Avoid "Framing" 1993 Workers Number 3 56
Michael Close Take a Letter signed alphabet card is found in paper bag by shooting a pin in it 1993 Workers Number 3 58
Michael Close The Incredible Peeked Prediction free selection predicted in wallet (palming method) 1993 Workers Number 3 64
Michael Close The Ooh-Ah Bird origami bird lays egg with prediction in it 1993 Workers Number 3 73
Michael Close Criss Cross Force Handling 1993 Workers Number 3 75
Michael Close & Dai Vernon & Wallace Galvin Origami Bill Production origami bill produced from handkerchief inspired by "Card through Handkerchief" (Dai Vernon & Wallace Galvin, 1953) 1993 Workers Number 3 79
Michael Close Chicken Teryaki coin through hand, c/s transpo 1993 Workers Number 3 89
Michael Close The Incredible Growing Toothpick 1993 Workers Number 3 98
Michael Close We're all B*z*s on this Bus clown faces appear on blank cards 1993 Workers Number 3 104
Philip T. Goldstein & Michael Close Haback Count Variation flushtration hamman count combo 1993 Workers Number 3 106
Michael Close Down for the Count vampire teeth appear in mouth 1993 Workers Number 3 112
Michael Close The Card, The Forehead, And The Salt Shaker card on forehead, under salt shaker, deck under salt shaker, 51 cards to pocket combo 1993 Workers Number 3 119
Michael Close Introduction - SOB 2000 and Carlo's Three Laws
- About The Stand-Up Routines
- About This Book
1993 Workers Number 3 1
Michael Close Presentation - The First Barrier
- The Big Lie
- Dr. Nagler's Study
- We're Back Home
1993 Workers Number 3 15
Michael Close Patter - The Purpose of Patter
- Delivering Patter
- Thinking on Your Feet
- Humor
1993 Workers Number 3 34
Michael Close Loose Ends replacing palmed cards 1993 Workers Number 3 57
Michael Close Naturalness and Motivation - Doin' What Comes Naturally
- Uniformity
- Motivating Sleight of Hand
1993 Workers Number 3 69
Michael Close The Too Perfect Theory - What is Magic?
- Method vs "Sell"
- Some Examples
- One More Example
- A Corollary
1993 Workers Number 3 84
Michael Close Analysis and Conviction - Convincing the Audience
- A General Approach
- Analysis
1993 Workers Number 3 95
Michael Close Ethics 1993 Workers Number 3 101
Michael Close Audience Management - Elmsley's Approach
- Authority
- We Meet the Enemy
- Patter
- Maintaining Control
see also Collected Works of Alex Elmsley, Vol. 1, p. 15-17 1993 Workers Number 3 116
Michael Close The Double Bar 1993 Workers Number 3 138
Michael Close & Stewart James Coda Chrome rough smooth 1994 Workers Number 4 3
Michael Close Erma La Fource "Oscar", name on back of card predicted 1994 Workers Number 4 11
Michael Close Flying Home multiple phase cards to pocket, based on Carlyle, Williamson and card to fly 1994 Workers Number 4 44
Michael Close The Imagination Tester origami effect with "bar and bolt" figure 1994 Workers Number 4 18
Michael Close & Karrell Fox Ruthless Peephole combining cigarette through quarter routine by Karrell Fox and Dan Harlan's Card-toon 1994 Workers Number 4 28
Michael Close Bloom On Your Hand matchbook cover stands on edge (I.T.R.), match animation 1994 Workers Number 4 32
Michael Close Cu/Ag/C12H22O11 Thieves and Sheep with sugar packets, double sided packet 1994 Workers Number 4 38
Michael Close No Sleeves, No Topit clean vanish of salt shaker or similar object 1994 Workers Number 4 42
Juan Tamariz & Michael Close The Tamariz Turnover Handling see also "The Unload Subtlety" (Wesley James & Juan Tamariz, 2004) 1994 Workers Number 4 46
Edward Marlo & Michael Close Misdirection Palm Handling 1994 Workers Number 4 48
Michael Close Butte Ox? Two Butte Ox! cards across, Mullica style 1994 Workers Number 4 55
Dai Vernon & Michael Close Cover for Vernon Palm Transfer 1994 Workers Number 4 57
Michael Close The First Add-on 1994 Workers Number 4 58
Michael Close Introduction - About the Material 1994 Workers Number 4 1
Michael Close The Double Bar 1994 Workers Number 4 65
Michael Close MC Spread Double Lift 1995 Cardshark 28
Stephen Hobbs (reviewer) Workers Number 5 by Michael Close 1996 The Looking Glass (Issue 3) 130
Michael Close The Lie Detector Lie Speller Plot, with prediction 1996 Workers Number 5 7
Michael Close & Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser Under-the-Spread Force Handling 1996 Workers Number 5 9
Michael Close & Shigeo Takagi You Hue spectator's name is duplicated, using name index, variation on Takagi's "The Wild Blanks" 1996 Workers Number 5 16
Michael Close A Trick for O'Brien prediction with one-way deck kicker ("You will not pick the Joker"), back of selection changes 1996 Workers Number 5 21
Michael Close Fortune Sugar prediction of number, color, object (forces and multiple outs) 1996 Workers Number 5 25
Michael Close & Dai Vernon & Larry Jennings Reverse Logic four phase routine: named four-of a kind turns over inspired by "Twisting the Aces" (Dai Vernon, 1960),
"Instant Aces" (Larry Jennings, 1986),
"Royal Reverse" (Larry Jennings, 1988)
1996 Workers Number 5 30
Michael Close Too Ahead multiple phase routine with six coins, then five, then four 1996 Workers Number 5 41
Michael Close The Discrepant Count sound illusion, x as x-1 1996 Workers Number 5 47
Michael Close On Sleights - It Starts with a Letter
- The Big Question
1996 Workers Number 5 59
Michael Close The Bottom Deal 1996 Workers Number 5 61
Michael Close & Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser Culling 1996 Workers Number 5 62
Michael Close The Faro Shuffle 1996 Workers Number 5 65
Michael Close The Last Card Push handling the last block in an undercount 1996 Workers Number 5 67
Michael Close The MC Spread Double Lift additional ideas, no description 1996 Workers Number 5 68
Michael Close Out of U and ME clean turnover of one card, full deck of double backers 1996 Workers Number 5 68
Michael Close Renaldo the Great routine for the vase and string trick, Chinese Prayer Vase 1996 Workers Number 5 70
Michael Close & Jerry K. Hartman Pink Floyd four blue-backed jokers turn red, then blue again 1996 Workers Number 5 78
Michael Close The Tamariz Rabbits presentation for Juan Tamariz' card set 1996 Workers Number 5 85
Michael Close & Edward Marlo Red Blue Mama Fooler sticky tape 1996 Workers Number 5 88
Michael Close Memorized Mama Fooler method with memorized deck and sticky card 1996 Workers Number 5 91
Michael Close Rocco Returns routine for Ton Onosaka's "Lucky Lady" prop 1996 Workers Number 5 93
Michael Close & Gaetan Bloom Ring Fright ring transposes with car key 1996 Workers Number 5 98
Michael Close Flourishes essay 1996 Workers Number 5 101
Michael Close The Unreality Machine matchbook transforms into folded piece of paper 1996 Workers Number 5 103
Michael Close Stupid Travelers comedy presentation, ambidextrous travelers 1996 Workers Number 5 110
Derek Dingle & Michael Close Bluff Shift Handling to top 1996 Workers Number 5 111
Larry Jennings & Michael Close L.J. Angle Steal Handling 1996 Workers Number 5 114
Michael Close Center Steal Jennings' technique from center inspired by "One-Hand Bottom Palm" (Larry Jennings, 1986) 1996 Workers Number 5 116
Michael Close On the Memorized Deck - Which Stack?
- Learning the Stack
- The Open Index
- Estimation
- False Shuffles
- Deck Switches
1996 Workers Number 5 122
Michael Close The Wishing Trick named card comes to top, any card at any number, memorized deck 1996 Workers Number 5 126
Michael Close Two For Simon - Tut Tut four aces come together in deck reversed and trap selection, for memorized deck, Aronson Stack only 1996 Workers Number 5 131
Michael Close Flushed With Success Royal Flush is found in deck via stack and faros, for memorized deck, Aronson Stack only see also "Poker Progressive" (Roy Walton, 1975) 1996 Workers Number 5 132
Michael Close Myopia two cards, estimation, inspired by Aronson's "Simon Eyes", memorized deck 1996 Workers Number 5 134
Michael Close First Finger Estimation finger of left hand estimates thickness of packet it holds 1996 Workers Number 5 135
Michael Close & Allan Ackerman The Invisible Deck ungaffed, memorized deck see also "Gaffless Brainwave" (Karl Fulves, 1981),
"Riding the Wave" (Scott Robinson, 1993),
varied by "Jiscemah" (Tyler Wilson, 2010)
1996 Workers Number 5 138
Michael Close The Half Pass cover for stand-up use 1996 Workers Number 5 141
Michael Close & Roy Walton The Smiling Mule any named card appears in sandwich, memorized deck 1996 Workers Number 5 143
Michael Close & William Goldman Monkey in the Middle routine for Goldman's effect, named card appears in sandwich, memorized deck varied by "Primate" (David Regal, 1999) 1996 Workers Number 5 145
Michael Close Center Glimpse 1996 Workers Number 5 146
Michael Close & Edward Marlo & Ross Bertram The Haunted Deck named card, memorized deck, small hand see also "Dim The Lights" (Dr. Stanley Jaks, 1970) 1996 Workers Number 5 148
Michael Close & Steve Draun Midnight Shift Variation 1996 Workers Number 5 150
Michael Close Full Deck Passover named card from red deck to blue deck, memorized deck 1996 Workers Number 5 152
Michael Close & Bert Allerton The Card Stab stabbing to any named card, memorized deck inspired by "Card Stabbing Trick" (Bert Allerton, 1958) 1996 Workers Number 5 154
Michael Close The Birthday Book memorized deck 1996 Workers Number 5 156
Michael Close Jazzin - The Trick that Can be Explained finding a named card via improvisation 1996 Workers Number 5 160
Michael Close Introduction 1996 Workers Number 5 1
Michael Close Assumptions 1996 Workers Number 5 3
Michael Close Venue 1996 Workers Number 5 28
Michael Close Personality 1996 Workers Number 5 55
Michael Close Too Jay about Jay Marshall 1996 Workers Number 5 120
Michael Close Magic and Meaning 1996 Workers Number 5 164
Michael Close Goodbye 1996 Workers Number 5 166
Michael Close Foreward 1999 Magic Atlas ix
David Ben & Michael Weber & Michael Close & Bob Farmer Invisible Triumph rough smooth 2003 Tricks 90
Homer Liwag & Michael Close Body Contact giant contact lense appears, then glasses appear 2008 The Rice Papers 5
Michael Close The MC Spread Double Lift 2013 Confident Deceptions 121
Edward Marlo & Michael Close & Andrew Wimhurst & Patrick Lehnen Jive Aces with whole deck under box kicker inspired by "Marlo Miracle Aces" (Edward Marlo, 1964) 2013 Lecture Notes 11
Michael Close Deck under Box 2013 Lecture Notes 14
Michael Close Ring Switch 2016 The Performance Pieces & Divertissements of the Famous Ha... 58
Jamy Ian Swiss (reviewer) The Complete Workers Ebook by Michael Close also published as Genii, May 2005 2017 Light and Heat 105