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Paul LePaul The Diagonal Left Hand Palm (Improved Method)
Related to The Card Magic of Le Paul 61
Dai Vernon, Wallace Galvin Card through Handkerchief tabled
Related to Classic Secrets of Magic 18
Edward Marlo The Diagonal Steal as a direct Insertion Steal
Related to Side Steal 45
Bert Allerton Card Stabbing Trick any named card
Related toVariations The Close-Up Magician 36
Edward Marlo Marlo Miracle Aces classic faro ace cutting ("estimation aces"), last ace found at named number
Related toVariationsAlso published here Faro Controlled Miracles 44
Dr. Stanley Jaks Dim The Lights small hand taps out value of first selection, then finds second selection by dragging top half away, see also p. 340
Related to The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 3) 316
Roy Walton The Smiling Mule two parts, first gag then surprise twist, named card ends up sandwiched between aces in the middle of the deck
Related toVariations That Certain Something... 13
Karl Fulves Gaffless Brainwave sorted red/black stack
Related to Milennium Aces 44
Michael Close Royal Poker Cull procedure to get a royal flush from shuffled deck, no normal game procedure
Inspired by Arcane (Issue 3) 23
Michael Close Wild Underground Transposition all eight cards change to jokers as climax
Related to Arcane (Issue 3) 25
Harry Riser The Last Hand procedure to get a royal flush from shuffled deck, no normal game procedure
Related to Arcane (Issue 6) 69
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
Epoptica (Issue 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
Epoptica (Issue 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
Epoptica (Issue Yearbook) 286
Larry Jennings One-Hand Bottom Palm
Related toVariations The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings 234
Robert D. Michaels, David Ben, Michael Close, Bob Farmer, Michael Weber Invisible Triumph rough smooth, for credit information see reference
Related to Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 9 No. 5) 1207
Michael Close Off-Color Reset odd-backed, credit information
Cardfixes 165
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
Workers Number 1 1
Michael Close The Unbelievable Useful Comedy Prop plastic hand as running gag and sight gag
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
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
Workers Number 1 14
Michael Close The Pothole Trick hole travels from business card to business card
Workers Number 1 27
Michael Close First Application of MC Spread Double Lift, as fake side steal to impress magicians
Workers Number 2 43
Michael Close Second Application MC Spread Double Lift from face-up deck
Workers Number 2 43
Michael Close As a Force and a Control MC Spread Double Lift application
Workers Number 2 44
Michael Close The Frog Prince card folded in origami frog transposes with selection
Related toVariationsAlso published here 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
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
Workers Number 2 1
Michael Close The Theory of Penetration Effects
Workers Number 2 5
Michael Close The Double Bar
Workers Number 2 52
Michael Close Rubik's Dollar Bill bill in folded playing card is penetrated with toothpick
Related to
  • Lou Gallo's "Rubik's Revenge" (Lou Gallo - The Underground Man, 1996) p.116-119
Workers Number 2 4
Michael Close The El Cheepo Magic Club signed business card to matchbox (folded)
Workers Number 2 14
Michael Close The Ring, Shoelace, and Straw Routine ring travels from hand to hand, penetrates string, string penetrates straw
Related to 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 Workers Number 2 29
Michael Close, Paul LePaul The Tuning Fork
Inspired by Workers Number 2 30
Michael Close Twenty-Six Cents Worth of Change transformation of pocket change
Workers Number 2 35
Michael Close The Four Cent Bonus multiple coin transformation, using glued together coins
Workers Number 2 37
Michael Close The MC Spread Double Lift hides back of bottom card throughout
Related toVariations Workers Number 2 40
Michael Close The Big Surprise signed fake contract travels folded to container
Also published here Workers Number 3 5
Michael Close Folding the Contract secret folding method while "contract" is placed into pocket, could be used for jumbo cards
Workers Number 3 9
Michael Close, Larry West A Visit from Rocco using giant bills
Variations 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)
Variations
Workers Number 3 26
Michael Close Patter for Pavel's "Fantastic Knot" presentation
Workers Number 3 37
Michael Close Technique
  • We Go to Music School
  • Magic Books
  • No That I've Got It, What Do I Do?
Workers Number 3 41
Michael Close On Palming general discussion of classic palm with headings
  • The Grip
  • The Swing Points
  • The Pivot Point
Workers Number 3 45
S. W. Erdnase, Michael Close The Erdnase Bottom Palm
Workers Number 3 48
Michael Close After the Palm what to do after bottom palm
Workers Number 3 50
Paul LePaul, Michael Close, Edward Marlo The Left Hand Diagonal Palm
Inspired by Workers Number 3 50
Tenkai Ishida, Michael Close The Left Hand Peek Steal
Workers Number 3 52
Michael Close, Dai Vernon Transfers, Top Palms, and Shifting the Grip
Workers Number 3 54
Michael Close How to Avoid "Framing"
Workers Number 3 56
Michael Close Take a Letter signed alphabet card is found in paper bag by shooting a pin in it
Workers Number 3 58
Michael Close The Incredible Peeked Prediction free selection predicted in wallet (palming method)
Workers Number 3 64
Michael Close The Ooh-Ah Bird origami bird lays egg with prediction in it
Workers Number 3 73
Michael Close Criss Cross Force Handling
Workers Number 3 75
Michael Close, Dai Vernon, Wallace Galvin Origami Bill Production origami bill produced from handkerchief
Inspired by Workers Number 3 79
Michael Close Chicken Teryaki coin through hand, c/s transpo
Workers Number 3 89
Michael Close The Incredible Growing Toothpick
Workers Number 3 98
Scotty York Froggy Goes A'Courtin card reveals itself underneath handkerchief, glorpy, with card frog that changes into caricature card of performer
Related to For Your Eyes Only 18
Michael Close We're all B*z*s on this Bus clown faces appear on blank cards
Variations Workers Number 3 104
Philip T. Goldstein, Michael Close Haback Count Variation flushtration hamman count combo
Workers Number 3 106
Michael Close Down for the Count vampire teeth appear in mouth
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
Workers Number 3 119
Scott Robinson Riding the Wave mentally selected card is found reversed in the deck, three different handlings
Related to The Trapdoor — Volume Two (Issue 47) 842
Steve Beam Leftovers on Billy McDonald, Mike Gallo, Evan Katz, Michael Close, Gary Plants, Joan Moran, Marty Martin
The Trapdoor — Volume Two (Issue 48) 880
Michael Close Introduction
  • SOB 2000 and Carlo's Three Laws
  • About The Stand-Up Routines
  • About This Book
Workers Number 3 1
Michael Close Presentation
  • The First Barrier
  • The Big Lie
  • Dr. Nagler's Study
  • We're Back Home
Workers Number 3 15
Michael Close Patter
  • The Purpose of Patter
  • Delivering Patter
  • Thinking on Your Feet
  • Humor
Workers Number 3 34
Michael Close Loose Ends replacing palmed cards
Workers Number 3 57
Michael Close Naturalness and Motivation
  • Doin' What Comes Naturally
  • Uniformity
  • Motivating Sleight of Hand
Workers Number 3 69
Michael Close The Too Perfect Theory
  • What is Magic?
  • Method vs "Sell"
  • Some Examples
  • One More Example
  • A Corollary
Workers Number 3 84
Michael Close Analysis and Conviction
  • Convincing the Audience
  • A General Approach
  • Analysis
Workers Number 3 95
Michael Close Ethics
Workers Number 3 101
Michael Close Audience Management
  • Elmsley's Approach
  • Authority
  • We Meet the Enemy
  • Patter
  • Maintaining Control
Related to
  • Collected Works of Alex Elmsley, Vol. 1, p. 15-17
Workers Number 3 116
Michael Close The Double Bar
Workers Number 3 138
Michael Close, Stewart James Coda Chrome rough smooth
Workers Number 4 3
Michael Close Erma La Fource "Oscar", name on back of card predicted
Workers Number 4 11
Michael Close Flying Home multiple phase cards to pocket, based on Carlyle, Williamson and card to fly
Workers Number 4 44
Michael Close The Imagination Tester origami effect with "bar and bolt" figure
Workers Number 4 18
Michael Close, Karrell Fox Ruthless Peephole combining cigarette through quarter routine by Karrell Fox and Dan Harlan's Card-toon
Workers Number 4 28
Michael Close Bloom On Your Hand matchbook cover stands on edge (I.T.R.), match animation
Workers Number 4 32
Michael Close Cu/Ag/C12H22O11 Thieves and Sheep with sugar packets, double sided packet
Workers Number 4 38
Michael Close No Sleeves, No Topit clean vanish of salt shaker or similar object
Related to Workers Number 4 42
Juan Tamariz, Michael Close The Tamariz Turnover Handling
Related to Workers Number 4 46
Edward Marlo, Michael Close Misdirection Palm Handling
Workers Number 4 48
Michael Close Butte Ox? Two Butte Ox! cards across, Mullica style
Workers Number 4 55
Dai Vernon, Michael Close Cover for Vernon Palm Transfer
Workers Number 4 57
Michael Close The First Add-on
Workers Number 4 58
Michael Close The Origami Bunny
  • Folding the Bunny, See Workers 1 for more ideas
Related to A Workers Series Sampler 1
Michael Close The Big Surprise signed fake contract travels folded to container
Also published here A Workers Series Sampler 4
Michael Close The Straw and Shoelace string penetrates straw
Related to A Workers Series Sampler 8
Michael Close No Sleeves, No Topit clean vanish of salt shaker or similar object, necktie vanisher
Related to A Workers Series Sampler 10
Michael Close The Frog Prince card folded in origami frog transposes with selection
Also published here A Workers Series Sampler 12
Michael Close The MC Spread Double Lift
A Workers Series Sampler 15
Michael Close Red/Blue Mama Fooler sticky tape
Also published here A Workers Series Sampler 20
Michael Close Introduction
  • About the Material
Workers Number 4 1
Michael Close The Double Bar
Workers Number 4 65
Michael Close, Simon Aronson MC Spread Double Lift Variant
Simply Simon 115
Michael Close MC Spread Double Lift
Cardshark 28
Michael Close The Lie Detector Lie Speller Plot, with prediction
Workers Number 5 7
Michael Close, Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser Under-the-Spread Force Handling
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"
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
Workers Number 5 21
Michael Close Fortune Sugar prediction of number, color, object (forces and multiple outs)
Workers Number 5 25
Michael Close, Dai Vernon, Larry Jennings Reverse Logic four phase routine: named four-of a kind turns over
Inspired by Workers Number 5 30
Michael Close Too Ahead multiple phase routine with six coins, then five, then four
Workers Number 5 41
Michael Close The Discrepant Count sound illusion, x as x-1
Workers Number 5 47
Michael Close On Sleights
  • It Starts with a Letter
  • The Big Question
Workers Number 5 59
Michael Close The Bottom Deal
Workers Number 5 61
Michael Close, Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser Culling
Workers Number 5 62
Michael Close The Faro Shuffle
Workers Number 5 65
Michael Close The Last Card Push handling the last block in an undercount
Workers Number 5 67
Michael Close The MC Spread Double Lift additional ideas, no description
Related to Workers Number 5 68
Michael Close Out of U and ME clean turnover of one card, full deck of double backers
Workers Number 5 68
Michael Close Renaldo the Great routine for the vase and string trick, Chinese Prayer Vase
Workers Number 5 70
Michael Close, Jerry K. Hartman Pink Floyd four blue-backed jokers turn red, then blue again
Workers Number 5 78
Michael Close The Tamariz Rabbits presentation for Juan Tamariz' card set
Workers Number 5 85
Michael Close, Edward Marlo Red Blue Mama Fooler sticky tape
Related toAlso published here Workers Number 5 88
Michael Close Memorized Mama Fooler method with memorized deck and sticky card
Workers Number 5 91
Michael Close Rocco Returns routine for Ton Onosaka's "Lucky Lady" prop
Workers Number 5 93
Michael Close, Gaëtan Bloom Ring Fright ring transposes with car key
Workers Number 5 98
Michael Close Flourishes essay
Workers Number 5 101
Michael Close The Unreality Machine matchbook transforms into folded piece of paper
Workers Number 5 103
Michael Close Stupid Travelers comedy presentation, ambidextrous travelers in which spectator has jacket on and removes cards as finale
Variations Workers Number 5 110
Derek Dingle, Michael Close Bluff Shift Handling to top
Workers Number 5 111
Larry Jennings, Michael Close L.J. Angle Steal Handling
Workers Number 5 114
Michael Close Center Steal Jennings' technique from center
Inspired by Workers Number 5 116
Michael Close On the Memorized Deck
  • Which Stack?
  • Learning the Stack
  • The Open Index
  • Estimation
  • False Shuffles
  • Deck Switches
Workers Number 5 122
Michael Close The Wishing Trick named card comes to top, any card at any number, memorized deck
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
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
Related to Workers Number 5 132
Michael Close Myopia two cards, estimation, inspired by Aronson's "Simon Eyes", memorized deck
Workers Number 5 134
Michael Close First Finger Estimation finger of left hand estimates thickness of packet it holds
Workers Number 5 135
Michael Close, Allan Ackerman The Invisible Deck ungaffed, memorized deck
Related toVariations Workers Number 5 138
Michael Close The Half Pass cover for stand-up use
Workers Number 5 141
Michael Close, Roy Walton The Smiling Mule any named card appears in sandwich, memorized deck
Inspired byRelated to Workers Number 5 143
Michael Close Monkey in the Middle routine for Goldman's effect, named card appears in sandwich, memorized deck
Variations Workers Number 5 145
Michael Close Center Glimpse
Workers Number 5 146
Michael Close The Haunted Deck named card, memorized deck, small hand
Related to Workers Number 5 148
Michael Close, Steve Draun Midnight Shift Variation
Workers Number 5 150
Michael Close Full Deck Passover named card from red deck to blue deck, memorized deck
Workers Number 5 152
Michael Close The Card Stab stabbing to any named card, memorized deck
Inspired by Workers Number 5 154
Michael Close The Birthday Book memorized deck
Workers Number 5 156
Michael Close Jazzin - The Trick that Can be Explained finding a named card via improvisation
Workers Number 5 160
Stephen Hobbs (reviewer) Workers Number 5 by Michael Close The Looking Glass (Issue 3) 130
Michael Close Introduction
Workers Number 5 1
Michael Close Assumptions
Workers Number 5 3
Michael Close Venue
Workers Number 5 28
Michael Close Personality
Workers Number 5 55
Michael Close Too Jay about Jay Marshall
Workers Number 5 120
Michael Close Magic and Meaning
Workers Number 5 164
Michael Close Goodbye
Workers Number 5 166
Michael Close Foreward
Magic Atlas ix
David Regal Primate Spectator places two Kings on the deck, selection instantly appears between them
Inspired by Close-Up & Personal 52
Darwin Ortiz The Last Laugh smiling mule version, memorized deck
Inspired byRelated to Scams & Fantasies with Cards 91
Rajneesh Madhok Underside of the Moon card reversed behind back is predicted
Inspired by
  • Dark Side of the Moon" (Ed Marlo, Linking Ring 71/2)
Related to
Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 4 41
David Ben, Michael Weber, Michael Close, Bob Farmer Invisible Triumph rough smooth
Tricks 90
Wesley James, Juan Tamariz The Unload Subtlety credit information
Related to Enchantments 167
Michael Close Close on Riser
Secrets of an Escamoteur ix
Homer Liwag, Michael Close Body Contact giant contact lense appears, then glasses appear
The Rice Papers 5
Larry West, Michael Close, Christian Scherer, Sveroni Spielschulden / Am Bankschalter with giant bills
Inspired by ... oder so! 32
Derek DelGaudio La Mezcla "Bajo-mano"
Inspired by
  • "The Mead/Kennedy False Shuffle" in Michael Close's "Closely Guarded Secrets"
Spain 2011 16
Oliver Meech Fortune Telling Fish Plastic fish tells fortune, reveals spectator's card/name
Inspired by Plot Twists 54
Steven Hamilton Tough Travellers ambidextrous travelers in which spectator has jacket on and removes cards as finale
Inspired by The Magic of Steven Hamilton 49
Michael Close The MC Spread Double Lift
Confident Deceptions 121
Edward Marlo, Michael Close, Andrew Wimhurst, Patrick Lehnen Jive Aces with whole deck under box kicker
Inspired by Lecture Notes 11
Michael Close Deck under Box
Lecture Notes 14
Joaquín Matas La Ranita
Inspired by A Fuego Lento — Volumen I 169
Tomas Blomberg TB Spread Double double lift from a spread
Inspired by Blomberg Laboratories 55
John Lovick That's My Ring! borrowed rings appear to be at several places at once
Inspired by The Performance Pieces & Divertissements of the Famous Handsome Jack, etc. 53
Michael Close Ring Switch
The Performance Pieces & Divertissements of the Famous Handsome Jack, etc. 58
Sungwon Kim Spread Cull Double Turnover from the center
Related toAlso published here Imagery 5
Joaquín Matas Wild Coffee pictures of coffee capsules appear on blank cards, real capsule appears as climax
Inspired by A Fuego Lento — Volumen II 193
Jamy Ian Swiss (reviewer) The Complete Workers Ebook by Michael CloseAlso published here
  • Genii, May 2005
Light and Heat 105
Michael Close MC Spread Double Lift
Game Changer 39
Sungwon Kim Spread Cull Double Turnover from the center
Related toAlso published here Seven Thoughts 6