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Topic: New DVDs from L&L: Michael Close: Devious, Vol 1&2
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jan 15, 2010 03:12PM)
I think most folks would agree Mike Close is a master at creating and routining magic, as Mike would say "to fool the smartest person in the room". His Workers serious is legendary and now after a very long wait, he's made 2 new DVDS.

http://www.llpub.com


So, sit back, relax, and get ready to have a great time. Getting fooled was never so much fun.

DEVIOUS - VOLUME ONE
Set 1 (From the Houdini Lounge)
The Trick Lance Burton Showed Me - A great version of the six-card repeat that demonstrates what happens when you never stop thinking about a trick.
A Presentation for the Plants Magnetized Cards - A hilarious presentation for one of the great close-up/parlor routines.
The Luckiest Cards in Las Vegas - One of Michael's favorite routines, and one of the most baffling. This is a true reputation maker.

Set 2 (Some Closely Guarded Secrets)
The Dumbest Casino in the World - A logical and deceptive version of The Chicago Opener, with a presentation and method that you've never seen before.
The Shuffles Routine - One of the workhorses of Michael's repertoire, and a routine he has used for more than forty years. Full of laughs and subtle touches.

Set 3 (With a Little Extra Work)
Now That's a Coincidence - An impossible coincidence that gives you a tactical advantage in a very sneaky way.
The Trick that Fooled Houdini...and His Whole *** Family - Michael has taken in magicians around the world with this little gem. The secret will make you laugh out loud.

DEVIOUS - VOLUME TWO
Set 1 (For Casual Performances)
The Way of the Duck - A fresh presentation for an amazing revelation of two freely selected cards.
The Matching Miracle - An Ed Marlo routine streamlined by Harry Riser.
Harry's Faro Trick - Harry Riser had forgotten about this amazing card discovery. It was published in M-U-M, but has never appeared on video.

Set 2 (G.C. Extravaganza)
Red See Passover - Michael's presentation and handling of Simon Aronson's great effect.
A Handling for Dean and Weber's A New World - Michael's approach allows for an effect that no other version can duplicate.
Dancers at the End of Time - A classic from Workers 2. Brother John Hamman's Underground Transposition takes a side trip through the Twilight Zone.

Set 3 (A Lesson in Routining)
Sideswiped - Another great Simon Aronson effect.
The Bammo Deck Walloper - Michael's handling of this effect is so good, it fooled Bob Farmer, who (along with Gerald Kirchner) created it.

Set 4 (Magician Foolers)
Vernon Would Have Liked This - A very natural and elegant handling of an Ambitious Card effect.
Bedwell Meets Findley - An unusual combination of moves produces a stunning card control.
The Stewart James Prank - A lesson in how to punk your pals.
Message: Posted by: Domino Magic (Jan 15, 2010 03:48PM)
I guess you just the newsletter too!

L&L is also giving away Marlo's Miracle Routine featuring Bill Malone, which looks like a great routine. Free with a $50 purchase, so you can't beat that, especially getting a pre-publication deal on the Close DVDs!

They also have a couple of new World's Greatest Magic DVDs - The Ambitious Classic looks great and Professor's Nightmare. I love the WGM DVDs, even with something like Professor's Nightmare that I've been doing for over 30 years. I always pick up something new!

But the Close DVDs look great. I own some of the gaffs for the routines and am anxious to see what Michael does with them. Plants' gaff for The Magnetized Card is great!
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jan 15, 2010 04:00PM)
I did. here's a Youtube clip of one of Mike's takes on a magic classic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1SyVGLgHGs&feature=player_embedded

"The Dumbest Casino in the World" – A logical and deceptive version of The Chicago Opener, with a presentation and method that you’ve never seen before.
Message: Posted by: Barry Gitelson (Jan 15, 2010 04:09PM)
Thanks for the youtube link. Great version.
Message: Posted by: Joe Mauro (Jan 15, 2010 05:45PM)
In that clip, the final revelation has two very similar cards ( 8 and 10 of clubs ). It seemed to create a so-so moment. Is it best to force cards so that they are contrasting?

I like Dan Fleshman's "Momma in my wallet" version more. Just my opinion.
Message: Posted by: Domino Magic (Jan 15, 2010 06:06PM)
L&L has the video demos for all their releases on their home page so you don't have to go hunting around YouTube for them. The free Malone DVD looks great as does the Ambitious Classic.
Message: Posted by: Ezzet (Jan 15, 2010 06:29PM)
Wow another card dvd. Just what I needed. NOT.

Ezzet
Message: Posted by: Futureal (Jan 15, 2010 07:19PM)
Normally I would agree with the sentiment about card tricks, but I'll pick these up because Mike's stuff is always good.

Apart from his discussion board obviously.
Message: Posted by: zmakingmagic (Jan 15, 2010 07:24PM)
Close is back! This is awesome. This is a a must-have dvd set for sure.

Another "thanks" for the youtube clip. I love Close's version of the Chicago Opener.
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Jan 15, 2010 07:38PM)
Close is among the best of the best.
Message: Posted by: dave burgess (Jan 15, 2010 08:18PM)
On first look, it appears that there is a huge overlap with his CD that had the embedded video clips. I'll have to dig it out but I recognize most of those trick titles from the CD he put out years ago. I'm sure seeing live performances is worth the purchase anyway and I love his stuff...I was just excited for new material.
Dave
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jan 16, 2010 12:32AM)
Mike teaches the effects, but if it was just a performance set, it would be worth it. When someone is this good, you can learn so much by watching them.

You just know the set is going to be popular and the reviews wonderful. He simply does not release/share anything less than A material.
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Jan 16, 2010 03:52AM)
I thought Mike was too busy to contribute to and maintain his 'forworkersonly' forum that people paid good money for.

He's obviously not too busy to produce a new set of DVDs to rake in even more ££££. I think 'Devious' is an apt name for this set.

I hope his forum members are given a discount on the DVDs to make up for their let down.
Message: Posted by: Scott Fridinger (Jan 16, 2010 04:58AM)
I have been a fan of Mike Closes MAGIC for years. (Other things, no so much). Here are my thoughts.

I have Closely Guarded Secrects, much of which encompasses these sets. I really like the video embedded into the PDF, and I thought that was a great way of doing business; especially if you consider Closes' opinion on making things "your own", and not just doing what is on a video. That being said, I think that performances alone are worth a great deal, if a person can look at a performance as an inspirational piece, not a place to clone an act. (On a side note, I see that Sinful is being re-released as a book with a performance DVD, I like this idea greatly as well, I think there are many good effects lost in pages of books, because people have never seen them performed, so the effects are passed over.)

I saw Close perform Gary Plant's Rising Card in Vegas. I immediately bought the effect, and think that he always has the ability to routine, not only his effects, but other's as well. His mixing of Side-Swiped and Bammo Card Wallopper is excellent. On that note I am looking forward to his routines for New World and Red See Passover.

That being said, I may have to get on the preorder, I am all about saving money, especially when I have much of the material already. There is just enough new material for me that I will pick these up.

I am disappointed in hearing Andi's words on the forworkersonly forum, I had a feeling it was going to end up that way, especially for a yearly fee.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Jan 16, 2010 06:20AM)
I, too, am a fan of Mike's *magic.*
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jan 17, 2010 08:09AM)
This new set has me wishing intensely that my job had not moved to Mexico..
Message: Posted by: Kjellstrom (Jan 17, 2010 09:44AM)
Im a big fan om Mr Close card world.
[b]His thinking goes beyond and "out of the box" when it comes to cards.[/b]
Mr Close´s patter is smooth and entertaining, yes, its a joy to watch him do
his weird world of amazing card effects.

I meet & saw M. for first time at a swedish convention; Magic Weekend (early 90s) and that
was a nice experience - this man was something special, sure.

Nice offer: "Pre-release price for the 2 DVD Set- Only $60.
Regularly $70.00. Special pre-release price ends January 29th"
Message: Posted by: Mago Gregorio (Jan 17, 2010 03:27PM)
I should add that M Close not only has great material but also his material is really top notch. Very well explained with much details, thoughts on theory and pattens. His CGS is a pleasure to read, for sure that these 2 DVDs must keep the same quality.

Who publishes the first review ?
Message: Posted by: magicarturo (Jan 17, 2010 03:53PM)
Hi. Question: is this only for THE hardcore card magician or is this material also to do for a not so experienced card man? Thx. Arturo
Message: Posted by: Futureal (Jan 17, 2010 11:38PM)
Farrow and mem-deck stuff aside Mike's card stuff generally isn't knucklebusting stuff.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jan 18, 2010 01:34AM)
$60 is so little for two DVDS from a guy that is a seasoned pro and has used the material in paid gigs for years.
Message: Posted by: professorwhut (Jan 18, 2010 11:46AM)
Ok, I'm In. :)
Message: Posted by: Kjellstrom (Jan 18, 2010 01:46PM)
No news on Mr Close web about his latest DVD set...

http://www.michaelclose.com/

I couldn't wait, I ordered a set from L&L, I hope to see a speedy shipping to my mailbox! Close magic is wonderful, I know, I do several of his creations...
Message: Posted by: mumford (Jan 18, 2010 02:04PM)
Have to agree, Close has pro calibre material and lots of it.
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Jan 18, 2010 05:40PM)
Just ordered, can't wait to see these.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jan 19, 2010 10:07AM)
The challenge with Close's material, at least for me, is to come up with patter and presentation that is believable for my own personality. Many of his routines patter around being in a certain casino, and with me, that just won't sell. Most folks know I don't do that, so I need to come up with something more credible. But don't get me wrong, his material is still top notch.
Message: Posted by: BMWGuy (Jan 19, 2010 11:13AM)
Here is a question before I order:

Is this all done with regular cards? or would I need to buy some gaffed cards as well?

The reason I am asking is I overheard some say that I may need to purchase some gaffs.

Could someone please clear this up for me?

I will order immediataly once I know this.

Thanks

Alex
Message: Posted by: Tim Trono (Jan 19, 2010 05:04PM)
Some of the effects (most) taught require just normal cards and some require gaffs/commercial effects... as an example Michael teaches his handling of Sideswipe (GREAT killer effect), A New World, etc. Anything Michael puts his mind to he takes it to a new level. I have been fortunate enough to see a lot of this material and it is superb.

Tim
Message: Posted by: fasr eddie (Jan 20, 2010 02:35PM)
I was really hoping to see Mike perform his cheating lessons routine and his detective collectors routine,but will still enjoy the project I am sure.

Ed
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jan 20, 2010 03:15PM)
I've been doing Simon Aronson's Sideswiped for years, so I'm very interested in seeing what Mike does with it!

Chris
Message: Posted by: Kjellstrom (Jan 25, 2010 04:16PM)
Any news on this DVD set.
Im still waiting for my copy from L&L.
Message: Posted by: professorwhut (Jan 25, 2010 04:24PM)
I don't think it ships until the end of the month.
Message: Posted by: edh (Jan 25, 2010 06:54PM)
...and his handling of his customers that prescibed to his website is interesting.

no??
Message: Posted by: Markymark (Jan 26, 2010 04:35AM)
I think most of the subscribers were happy since the site ran for about a year and
a half. I got my $20.00 worth.
Message: Posted by: ricardo carpenter (Jan 26, 2010 05:13AM)
Not to happy.
Message: Posted by: ajb6864 (Jan 26, 2010 04:40PM)
I'll stick my head above the parapet! The material is mainly regurgitated from previous offerings, which is ok if you don't have the previous offerings.

BUT, I have have real reservations about supporting someone who treated their customers so shabbily in the past.

Do a search on Michael Close's subscription forum for a flavour of how he treats subscribers.
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Jan 26, 2010 10:15PM)
The material is top notch and perhaps better taught on DVD than print. When it comes to regurgitated material I would much prefer this set of thouroughly audience tested material than the upcoming regurgitated Dan Harlan set. Your mileage may vary.
Message: Posted by: DanHarlan (Jan 27, 2010 11:45AM)
Mark--
Ouch! Pretty mean spirited. No offense to Mike Close... his routines are great, but to imply that my material is not audience tested offends me to my core. My latest DVD, HARLAN LIVE (Magic Enhancers), contains the routines which have proven over time to be the most solid in my shows. Yes, there are some items that have appeared on video elsewhere, but even these have been refined into their current versions by repeated performances in the real world. Plus, there are routines which have never been released on video, including "Tightrope" and "Cheez Wiz"... two of my most requested routines (by magicians and laymen alike). Now, I'm no Mike Close, but he is no Dan Harlan... and I daresay he and I could appear on the same program at any venue and thoroughly entertain the crowd equally well. We are both professionals who pride ourselves on well-written, unique material... I just do fewer card tricks, I suppose.
--Dan Harlan
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Jan 27, 2010 12:21PM)
Perhaps part of my feelings speak for myself and several others I know personally that have been stung by the unfulfilled promises and money lost on undelivered products from you.
Message: Posted by: Kjellstrom (Jan 27, 2010 12:26PM)
[quote]
On 2010-01-25 17:24, professorwhut wrote:
I don't think it ships until the end of the month.
[/quote]

A very painful wait . . . sure.
Message: Posted by: professorwhut (Jan 27, 2010 01:19PM)
I don't know what you guys are talking about.
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Jan 27, 2010 02:27PM)
[quote]
On 2010-01-27 12:45, DanHarlan wrote:
Mark--
Ouch! Pretty mean spirited. No offense to Mike Close... his routines are great, but to imply that my material is not audience tested offends me to my core. My latest DVD, HARLAN LIVE (Magic Enhancers), contains the routines which have proven over time to be the most solid in my shows. Yes, there are some items that have appeared on video elsewhere, but even these have been refined into their current versions by repeated performances in the real world. Plus, there are routines which have never been released on video, including "Tightrope" and "Cheez Wiz"... two of my most requested routines (by magicians and laymen alike). Now, I'm no Mike Close, but he is no Dan Harlan... and I daresay he and I could appear on the same program at any venue and thoroughly entertain the crowd equally well. We are both professionals who pride ourselves on well-written, unique material... I just do fewer card tricks, I suppose.
--Dan Harlan
[/quote]

Dan has an edge to his material and performance whereas Mike plays it safe.

I'd rather watch Dan any day of the week and at least he tries to make it up to his customers when he lets them down.
Message: Posted by: Futureal (Jan 28, 2010 01:31AM)
There's a moral in here somewhere.
Message: Posted by: DanHarlan (Jan 28, 2010 11:50AM)
[quote]
On 2010-01-27 13:21, markmiller wrote:
Perhaps part of my feelings speak for myself and several others I know personally that have been stung by the unfulfilled promises and money lost on undelivered products from you.
[/quote]

Mark--
Please PM me about what I owe you... also, let the "several others" know to do the same.
--Dan Harlan
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Jan 30, 2010 11:05AM)
[quote]
On 2010-01-28 12:50, DanHarlan wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-01-27 13:21, markmiller wrote:
Perhaps part of my feelings speak for myself and several others I know personally that have been stung by the unfulfilled promises and money lost on undelivered products from you.
[/quote]

Mark--
Please PM me about what I owe you... also, let the "several others" know to do the same.
--Dan Harlan
[/quote]
Dan cares enough to deal with unhappy customers while Mike just chooses to ignore them.

Nice one Dan for setting the example.
Message: Posted by: Domino Magic (Feb 1, 2010 08:59AM)
[quote]
On 2010-01-26 17:40, ajb6864 wrote:
BUT, I have have real reservations about supporting someone who treated their customers so shabbily in the past.

Do a search on Michael Close's subscription forum for a flavour of how he treats subscribers.
[/quote]

You wouldn't be supporting him. Close has already been paid for this project and doesn't make a percentage from sales. I'm sure he will sell these on his site as well, but not buying these to protest Close means that the publisher and the dealers will be taking the lose, not Close.
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Feb 1, 2010 11:24AM)
UK cardician Paul Gordon reviewed one of the tricks on the dvd and said - "how to make a 1 minute oldie card trick turn into the longest and dullest 6 minutes you are ever gonna' see. Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1SyVGLgHGs "
Message: Posted by: Domino Magic (Feb 1, 2010 12:04PM)
Well considering Paul Gordon hasn't actually seen the DVDs, all he can do is comment about one effect that was the demo on YouTube. Hardly a "review".

I guess I don't understand some of you. If you don't like Michael Close and have no intentions of buying the DVDs, why are you contributing to a thread about the product? A product you've never seen. Are you bored? Have you run out of things to rehearse? No shows to do? Seems to by a frustrating way for some of you to enjoy magic.

Honestly I'm not a fan of card magic, but I've seen the DVDs and there is some excellent material here. He has one of the best presentations for the Magnetic Cards I've seen. I had no interest in Weber & Dill's New World, but Close has a killer presentation for it.

There is a lot to get out of these DVDs. I would hope that those who are encouraged to learn the material would put their own presentations and personalities to the routines and not just be a parrot. I know some of you have a hard time seeing past what is presented in front of you. It's a shame Paul Gordon would make that statement. I guess that just shows his low level of professionalism.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Feb 1, 2010 12:41PM)
[quote]
On 2010-02-01 12:24, Andi Peters wrote:
UK cardician Paul Gordon reviewed one of the tricks on the dvd and said - "how to make a 1 minute oldie card trick turn into the longest and dullest 6 minutes you are ever gonna' see. Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1SyVGLgHGs "
[/quote]

Where is Paul Gordon's review?

Chris
Message: Posted by: John Pilotzi (Feb 1, 2010 01:09PM)
I think Andi Peter is stirring s**t because MC and PG fell out years ago...but, so I'm told, made ammends. Paul Gordon hasn't reviewed the DVDs...and can't have; they aren't out!

I just emailed his office and they are angry that he has been misrepresented! As he's not a member here, he can't reply himself.

JP
Message: Posted by: BIlly James (Feb 1, 2010 01:27PM)
[quote]
On 2010-02-01 12:24, Andi Peters wrote:
UK cardician Paul Gordon reviewed one of the tricks on the dvd and said - "how to make a 1 minute oldie card trick turn into the longest and dullest 6 minutes you are ever gonna' see. Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1SyVGLgHGs "
[/quote]

Yowza, the build up to pay off ratio does seem a trifle unbalanced.
Message: Posted by: John Pilotzi (Feb 1, 2010 01:30PM)
...in fact, Paul Gordan airs ALL his magic views on his blog here: http://paulgordonmagic.blogspot.com/ and there's nothing about Mike Close on there. I'm a "follower" of the blog... JP

Posted: Feb 1, 2010 2:32pm
Sorry to creep in again guys, but I just watched the Mike Close clip. It is friggin long winded...JP
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Feb 1, 2010 03:39PM)
[quote]
On 2010-02-01 14:09, John Pilotzi wrote:
I think Andi Peter is stirring s**t because MC and PG fell out years ago...but, so I'm told, made ammends. Paul Gordon hasn't reviewed the DVDs...and can't have; they aren't out!

I just emailed his office and they are angry that he has been misrepresented! As he's not a member here, he can't reply himself.

JP
[/quote]
They were Paul's own words from his Facebook page. Everyone who watches the clip seems to agree with Paul so I don't understand how he feels misrepresented.
Message: Posted by: John Pilotzi (Feb 1, 2010 03:56PM)
[quote]
On 2010-02-01 16:39, Andi Peters wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-02-01 14:09, John Pilotzi wrote:
I think Andi Peter is stirring s**t because MC and PG fell out years ago...but, so I'm told, made ammends. Paul Gordon hasn't reviewed the DVDs...and can't have; they aren't out!

I just emailed his office and they are angry that he has been misrepresented! As he's not a member here, he can't reply himself.

JP
[/quote]
They were Paul's own words from his Facebook page. Everyone who watches the clip seems to agree with Paul so I don't understand how he feels misrepresented.
[/quote]

Odd and odder. I'm on Paul's Facebook page and NO such comment was made. And, according to Paul (via Facebook) - he doesn't have a "friend" on there called Andi Peters. So, how do you know anyway? I assume Andi Peters ain't your real name! And, if you are a "friend" of Paul's, why are you stirring it? JP
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Feb 1, 2010 04:04PM)
The comment was on there this afternoon. It must have been deleted after you contacted his office.

Are you Paul Gordon?
Message: Posted by: John Pilotzi (Feb 1, 2010 04:48PM)
[quote]
On 2010-02-01 17:04, Andi Peters wrote:

Are you Paul Gordon?
[/quote]

Jeez, I wish I was! JP
Message: Posted by: twistedace (Feb 1, 2010 06:59PM)
I haven't read these posts extensively, but I know these DvDs will be amazing. I've been wondering what Close has been up to over these years.
Message: Posted by: Martino (Feb 2, 2010 02:08PM)
The audience for the clip seemed completely engaged with the presentation he was using and appreciated the routine. Remember it's different watching it on PooTube than being there in the flesh. It's only too long if you haven't got the personality to carry it off.

Mike Close has the personality to pull off such presentations. If you don't think you could carry this off then stick to performing D'Lites!
Message: Posted by: mumford (Feb 2, 2010 02:30PM)
I have seen much of that is said to be contained on the DVDs in person when Mike worked at the Monte Carlo in Vegas and can vouch for the fact that this is A1 material in every sense.
Message: Posted by: Steven Conner (Feb 2, 2010 02:59PM)
Has somebody got a burr up their a**?
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Feb 2, 2010 03:00PM)
[quote]
On 2010-02-01 19:59, twistedace wrote:
I've been wondering what Close has been up to over these years.
[/quote]
If you want to know what he 'hasn't' been up to pop over to http://www.forworkersonly.com :-)
Message: Posted by: Domino Magic (Feb 2, 2010 03:08PM)
Who cares about the Close forum? What does that have to do with this product? L&L Publishing doesn't have anything to do with Michael's website. This is a separate project produced and owned by L&L.

Just a reminder to guys like Andi Peters - this thread is about the L&L Publishing product Michael Close: Devious. It's a great set of DVDs and those of you Close fans will really enjoy the material. I've watched both DVDs a couple of times now and can tell you there is some fantastic material here. If you don't have any intention of buying these, there are hundreds of other threads on this forum you can post to.
Message: Posted by: cairo (Feb 2, 2010 04:40PM)
If you want some great routines that will make you look good get the Close DVDs. If you want to be a sad sack of sour grapes wallow in APs posts.
Message: Posted by: Joe Mauro (Feb 3, 2010 06:11PM)
All the shops have these listed.
Message: Posted by: Acecardician (Feb 6, 2010 01:09AM)
Serious question. I have the workers set and he stands behind a table and does table top magic. So there is not much I can use.

Did he overcome this in the new DVD's?

I like his creativity.

But I don't do table top magic.(The venues I perform at don't allow a performer to stand behind a table and use a surface). So I'm wondering if he still stands behind a table and does table top magic.

If so these will not work for me.

Any insight will be helpful.

thanks

ACE :bg:
Message: Posted by: Futureal (Feb 10, 2010 01:10AM)
I've been watching the first disc this evening.

The majority of stuff (so far at least) he has been using the table top for.

BUT, and here's the thing : like others have said in this thread and the man himself says in the intro to the DVD, the main part of these discs isn't the tricks so much as the theory, the routining, motivating sleights etc. So you are bound to get something out of them.

In my opinion Michael Close is one of the best presenters of magic out there. Does his stuff work for me? Not particularly, because I work different venues to him (there's a big difference between a place like Illusions where people come to specifically see magic being performed, and "everywhere else"). But I still always enjoy and get a lot out of his presentation, especially.
Message: Posted by: Acecardician (Feb 10, 2010 12:57PM)
Futureal: Thanks for the review. I'll consider the set now.
(I've been reading "Strong Magic" and then going to DVD's to watch how some of the masters actually apply this theory.)

ACE
Message: Posted by: Martino (Feb 12, 2010 12:18PM)
These DVDs are a masterclass in taking "tricks" and presenting them as "magic".

As has been said previously, even if you don't do any of the tricks presented there is so much to learn from the theory presented alone. I'd recommend watching these with a notebook and pen at your side to glean every nugget of info you can!
Message: Posted by: mumford (Feb 12, 2010 03:05PM)
Mike's work is superior on every level.
Message: Posted by: Kjellstrom (Feb 15, 2010 01:40PM)
I think this dvd-set is great. A dream for card lovers.
Many goodies. I give this 9.7 out 10.
Top notch production, sure.
Lot of useful info and insights is given out!

Thanks Michael for giving me a wonderful magic movie show - lot of fun.
And, I will surely use several of the routines when I do my magic shows.
Message: Posted by: CardCarrier (Feb 15, 2010 08:31PM)
Just got my DVDs a few days ago. Spent the weekend watching them. Fantastic - it's cliche but a few small tips around doing Faro shuffles in the real world are, by themselves, worth the price of the DVDs; to say nothing of the other great material. Well worth the investment!
David
Message: Posted by: Acecardician (Feb 17, 2010 12:54PM)
[quote]
On 2010-01-19 11:07, daffydoug wrote:
The challenge with Close's material, at least for me, is to come up with patter and presentation that is believable for my own personality. Many of his routines patter around being in a certain casino, and with me, that just won't sell. Most folks know I don't do that, so I need to come up with something more credible. But don't get me wrong, his material is still top notch.
[/quote]

Thanks daffydoug!
This is more of a reason for me to get them, I look and act just like I just came out of a casino.(I used to work inside of one doing magic for 2 years and lived the casino life).
And now we have a land based casino downtown New Orleans right near all the venues I work. My challenge would be to get these presentations refined to my style and adapting them to no tables. Not impossible. I still have the "workers" VHS's from the 90's. I never did finish watching them. I will have to go back and watch them.
Need to find a VHS machine...maybe I will read the books.
So much material, so little time...:bg:
This sounds like something to put on my wish list.

ACE
Message: Posted by: ReviewerMaster (Feb 19, 2010 02:41AM)
Love anything from Mike!
Message: Posted by: Acecardician (Jul 13, 2010 12:31PM)
I saw Mike Close at the SAM Atlanta 2010 Convention and he was great! I take back anything I said about him.(And I told him that!) He has a great sense of humor.
His work is superb. He is way advanced over the "workers" days. He explained why he does what he does, and it made sense. He did not have his new DVD's for sale there, or I would have bought them. I would not necessarily do the tricks, I have enough tricks, but I would study his presentation and methods to apply to the magic I already do. This set is next on my wish list. I would consider him one of the great "thinkers" of today. We are lucky to have him share with the magic community.

thanks

ACE
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Jul 13, 2010 01:33PM)
Agreed, Close was dynamic and funny at SAM and you can't go wrong with the DVD's, more of the same.