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Topic: Plots & Methods by Michal Kociolek
Message: Posted by: tenchu (Jul 13, 2019 08:28AM)
Hey guys,

Plots & Methods is a 40+ page booklet that I will be releasing this August! Inside the booklet you will find five card routines - an impossibly looking sandwich (with a super sneaky follow up), a truly fooling card at a number, an unusual card to impossible location, an incredible coincidence effect, and (as a bonus) one of my favorite gambling routines.

The great thing is that the routines are very easy to perform, as one of the coolest principles do most of the work for you!

Now, the booklet is pretty much ready to hit the printers, but I would love to share the material with someone who could take a fresh look at everything. I'm not a native speaker, so I'm sure there is room for tweaking the texts a bit.

So, if you're interested, PM me!

Thanks, and stay tuned!

Message: Posted by: tenchu (Aug 9, 2019 03:06PM)
Plots & Methods is now available!

You can purchase it here: https://pm.michalkociolek.pl

Please contact me or post here if you have any questions! Thanks!

Message: Posted by: ash2arani (Aug 9, 2019 04:01PM)
Where is this shipping from?
Message: Posted by: tenchu (Aug 9, 2019 04:06PM)
[quote]On Aug 9, 2019, ash2arani wrote:
Where is this shipping from? [/quote]

Poland :)

Message: Posted by: ash2arani (Aug 9, 2019 04:07PM)
Thanks Mike.
Message: Posted by: tenchu (Aug 9, 2019 04:11PM)
No problem. The shipping cost of the booklet to practically anywhere in the world is $5.

Message: Posted by: TuneHV (Aug 26, 2019 05:13PM)
I had a chance to read through the booklet so wanted to share my thoughts. I should start by saying I've been a fan of Mike's work for quite some time. His effects are not only baffling, but the methods are refreshing as the undermining principles used are so clever and less common. Plots and Methods is no exception. It contains 4 effects and a bonus idea for his marketed effect, Polish Poker.

"All In" is a seemingly impossible sandwich routine that is a variation of Mike's excellent effect "In Between". The method here is very different, and the selection process is more free, though it is designed to be performed for 4-5 spectators (where as "In Between" can be performed one-on-one). Like it's predecessor, you will need to know how to do a faro shuffle. That said, the combination of methods at play here is diabolically clever. This is really great stuff!

"Lucky You" is a neat and different approach to the CAAN plot that is meant to be performed for a small group. Its not as straight forward as some other CAANs, but its a great way to engage multiple people in the effect and the principle behind this was new to me (though Mike gives an extensive list of crediting sharing its lineage). It will likely fool you and is a clever approach to the plot.

"R.M." allows a thought of card to vanish from a packet and re-appear anywhere you like. The effect utilizes one of my favorite techniques in a very clever way. It's based on an old Brother John Hamman trick, but uses a simplified method, among other improvements. While this effect did not really suit my style personally, its certainly solid and well constructed.

Three + One is a very nice coincidence effect. It will take more work to setup than anything else in the booklet, but the payoff is strong. The choices of the spectator are so fair along the way that the final reveals leave little room to backtrack how that happened. Great thinking and another very strong effect.

Lastly, we learn some further ideas on how to perform his marketed effect Polish Poker.

As you can see, there is a lot packed into this booklet. The effects are layered, fooling and you will likely discover some very cool principles that are the backbone of the project. Highly recommended!
Message: Posted by: tenchu (Aug 27, 2019 02:49PM)
Thank you, David!

By the way, the booklet has been added to the Conjuring Archive, so you can check its contents here: https://www.conjuringarchive.com/list/book/1973

Message: Posted by: tenchu (Aug 29, 2019 09:22AM)
The first printing is already gone! Thank you so much for that!

I've ordered another one, but because of that, I've set the pre-order on the site.

Anyway, I should have the booklets next week.

Message: Posted by: tenchu (Sep 5, 2019 01:24PM)
Here's an AMAZING review from Steve Faulkner/Real Magic Review:


Message: Posted by: BMWGuy (Sep 5, 2019 01:41PM)
Hey guys,

I totally agree above with what David Jonathan says about it.

you will learn something from this book, I guarantee it.

If you at least get 1 effect out of this book, it is worth it, at least to me.

I personally liked 2 of the effects, and will be practicing them.

Anyway, you cannot go wrong with Michael's card work.

You will learn something from this release.

Polish Poker is great, and it just goes to show how Michael thinks, so much that Card Shark decided to make it.

I believe it is one of Christian's favorite effects to perform.

Anyway, Plots & Methods is a no brainer, and for the price you cannot go wrong.

Alex Alejandro
Message: Posted by: Recoplon (Sep 5, 2019 04:07PM)
Any plans to release this as an eBook like previous works?
Message: Posted by: tenchu (Sep 5, 2019 06:28PM)
[quote]On Sep 5, 2019, Recoplon wrote:
Any plans to release this as an eBook like previous works? [/quote]

It is very possible that the booklet will be available as an ebook in the future, but this might take a while. :)

Message: Posted by: tenchu (Sep 6, 2019 04:45PM)
[quote]On Sep 5, 2019, BMWGuy wrote:
Hey guys,

I totally agree above with what David Jonathan says about it.

you will learn something from this book, I guarantee it.

If you at least get 1 effect out of this book, it is worth it, at least to me.

I personally liked 2 of the effects, and will be practicing them.

Anyway, you cannot go wrong with Michael's card work.

You will learn something from this release.

Polish Poker is great, and it just goes to show how Michael thinks, so much that Card Shark decided to make it.

I believe it is one of Christian's favorite effects to perform.

Anyway, Plots and Methods is a no brainer, and for the price you cannot go wrong.

Alex Alejandro [/quote]

Oh! I forgot about you! :) Thank you so much, Alejandro! I'm glad you like the booklet!

Well, I guess the work on more plots and methods starts... now! :D



Get your own copy here: https://pm.michalkociolek.pl
Message: Posted by: tenchu (Sep 26, 2019 07:03AM)
Hey guys,

After lecturing at 52 Pro magic festival in Poznan (along with amazing people like Mario Lopez, Mike Vincent, and Jaime Figueroa just to name a few), I now have only a handful of booklets. And, once they're gone - they're gone! There are no plans for further printing.

So, get your copy here: https://pm.michalkociolek.pl and fool & entertain both magicians and laymen! :)

Message: Posted by: tenchu (Oct 8, 2019 09:14AM)
Hey guys,

Good news! The booklet will be soon available from one of your favorite magic stores. :) And, the booklet will be also available as an ebook!

If you're interested in checking out the ebook version and writing a word or two about it here, I'll be more than happy to send it to you. Just PM me.

And, I have literally four copies left. So, if you want an autographed copy, here's your last chance. :) Thanks!

Message: Posted by: magicthree (Oct 9, 2019 02:33PM)
I am going to review what in Mike's book one trick at a time while still fresh in my memory. The first trick is called ALL IN and if you can faro a deck of cards you will love this. Really some nice thinking here. To sandwich a looked at card in which those cards are cut seems like an impossibility but Mike has come up with a beautiful way of doing so and something I haven't seen anywhere in print.

Handing out the cards to the spectators I would probably say, here a few for you, more for you, a little for you, more for you and to the last saying what's left for you.

Like I said earlier as long as you can faro you will definitely use this. A definite THUMBS UP from me.
Message: Posted by: tenchu (Oct 9, 2019 04:06PM)
Thanks :) Can't wait for more!

Message: Posted by: magicthree (Oct 10, 2019 02:02PM)
I couldn't wait to write this one up. Trick no. 2 in Mike's book is called Lucky You and it's another great effect. A card is looked at by one of 4 spectators, the 4 packets are gathered up and the deck shuffled by you and then six numbers are added together and he can count down to that number and find his noted card in the EXACT number position. What I changed is, instead of business cards, I took 12 cards and made 6 double facers, RED on one side and BLACK on the other side ( if you have the book you would understand).

It could be used in either a card or mentalism act. This is really good. Very easy to do. I'm very impressed by these first two tricks and can't wait to get to the third one. I would already recommend buying this based on just the first two tricks alone, without even getting to the third and fourth trick in the book and his bonus handling on his marketed Polish Poker trick.

Another THUMBS UP from me, no question. If you can't do a faro which you need to do in the first trick you will definitely want to do this one, it is very strong. I would definitely recommend you shuffle the deck after you gather the packets together as it make a strong trick even stronger.
Message: Posted by: tenchu (Oct 10, 2019 02:56PM)
Thank you! Three more to go! :)

Plots & Methods is now available in hardcopy or as an ebook from Vanishing Inc!


Message: Posted by: CardGuyMike (Oct 10, 2019 04:20PM)
Many thanks to Mike for letting me have this to review. What a gem!

Plots and Methods is a very interesting set of offbeat methods to perform miracles with virtually no sleights. If you can hold a break and do a biddle steal you're in good shape. Most of the effort is in the performance and keeping track of what you need to do. One trick requires you to split the deck evenly and do a faro shuffle, but more and more I'm finding tricks that make the faro worth learning. People spend time learning false shuffles -- spend the time learning to faro and you can do real shuffles in some cases!

Much of this work revolves around forces that don't remotely seem like forces. Quite the opposite, they will come across as extremely fair and random to the audience. With some thought, you will be able to develop your own effects using the principles you learn here.

All In: John Bannon meets Think Nguyen. A Bannon Paint It Blank-type effect is presented as an exercise in pure luck or skill using Think-style estimation. The spectators shuffle the deck, fairly select a card, and bury it in the deck. The spectators can even cut two normal jokers face up into the deck together. And with a single shuffle, the selected card (which is easily reframed as a thought of card) appears between the jokers.

Lucky You: Something of a CAAN effect. Once again the spectators shuffle the deck, select a card, and you bury it. They jumble up a bunch of numbers which they further randomize and then add the numbers up. And *they* can deal down to the selected number from the deck that you haven't touched since before the numbers were shuffled. This is a very strong CAAN effect.

R.M.: This is a card to impossible location. Through a very fair process, one of a dozen cards is indirectly selected. It is found to have disappeared from the packet and can appear anywhere you want it to. This is constructed very nicely -- the card cannot be signed, but based on the way it is selected it would make no sense for it to be signed. Very clever.

Three+One: I generally dislike spelling tricks. I find them overly procedural and boring. This is not. You shuffle a packet of cards, give them to two spectators and never touch them again. They control the cards as they spell short words that they have thought of, and in so doing completely randomize the packet in a way that you could not possibly have predicted. And yet they have achieved an impossible coincidence. This requires some setup but is absolutely worth it. I would suggest that using Blake Vogt's Number 4 Envelope could reduce some setup and provide additional advantages.

Polish Poker Stacking: This is how Polish Poker was meant to be performed. Sure it's cool that 5 randomly selected cards form the highest named poker rank. But there are many effects demonstrating impossible poker-dealing skill. How many of them let you deal out 4 rounds of 5-card stud, let the spectator name a rank, and then deal out the 5th card, showing that you have the strongest version of that rank? This looks like something Jason Ladanye or Darwin Ortiz would do. And let this be a jumping-off point for you to create or adapt your favorite version of a poker deal trick. Note: you need to buy Polish Poker separately to do this one.

Get this booklet. Now!
Message: Posted by: magicthree (Oct 11, 2019 01:49PM)
I only read the first two tricks in Mike's book so far but really thought they were great. I did a video on my you tube channel of Lucky You for those who would like to see it. In Mike's book he uses blank business cards for his number prediction at the end but I did with playing cards. Index cards could also be used if desired.

Message: Posted by: tenchu (Oct 12, 2019 06:59AM)
Thanks for the video, Tony!

As I've mentioned in our talk, as an author, I publish my preferred way of presenting everything. But, once the material is "out there", one can present it however he wants, really. I will use business cards as this suits me best, but you can use poker chips, coins and so on. The published material is now "ours" so let's have fun with it! :)

Message: Posted by: Recoplon (Oct 14, 2019 09:10AM)
I got this book and I am really happy. I am enjoying R.M. very very much, is a simple method, but the plot gives a lot of space for a interesting script. I still gotta try better the rest of effects but already very happy with the booklet.
Message: Posted by: Wordsworth (Oct 16, 2019 09:27PM)
I also have read through this book and really enjoyed it. I posted a review over in the books section, to hopefully catch the eye of some of the book guys. Very enjoyable work, and I look forward to more from Michal.
And magicthree, thanks for posting the video. That's my favorite item from the book, and I'm intending to try it out in performance shortly.
Message: Posted by: magicthree (Oct 17, 2019 10:46AM)
Here's a quick video of ALL IN which I loved also.

Message: Posted by: whodino (Oct 17, 2019 02:20PM)
A wonderful book by Mr. Kociolek! I've used the R.M. routine now and have adapted it to modern story line. Mr. K. suggests a murder theme, but if you perform for mixed ages as I do, I will use the "The Bachelor " theme, from the TV reality show. The spectator will select the bachelor (and also his mate), and they will live happily ever after. Also: if you do not have an extra queen of hearts as suggested, you can palm off the QH and place in your pocket for the finale. I really like this routine, as it's modern and it's not a pick a card; plus it has some drama.I look forward to playing with rest of his material. Thanks Vanishing Inc. for republishing great material!
Message: Posted by: dscanning (Oct 22, 2019 02:06PM)
Plots and Methods by Michal Kociolek
This is a new release in ebook that was kindly sent to me for review from Michal. 43 pages,
with illustrations and proper credits. Overall, Michal has done an excellent job of clearly explaining
all of the effects. If you like cards, there is something here for everyone. I shall briefly cover each effect
ALL IN - You must do perfect faros to do this effect. It is a winner, and will fool everyone. Deck is portioned out to four specs and each shuffles their cards, and then gathered, after one spec freely selects one of his cards, then cuts his cards losing it. Two face-up jokers are dropped atop deck, spec cuts and then you do a faro shuffle. Spec's card is trapped between the two Jokers. This fooled me.
LUCKY YOU - Specs shuffle deck, a card is freely chosen and lost. Deck is placed on table and not touched by performer again.
Six pieces of paper each have different single-digit numbers written on each side. Spec mixes them face up and face down in every way and drops them to table. He adds up a total of whatever six numbers he ends up with for a total.
Spec picks up deck and deals down to that freely chosen total and finds their card at that exact number!
No displacements, no equivoque, no outs! This is a killer effect, and also my favorite - one that I will start performing immediately! This effect alone, is worth the price of the book!
R.M. (Locked Room Mystery) - You remove the 12 picture cards from your deck. You also have an envelope with a prediction inside that spec can hold. (No switches necessary) Spec freely decides which face card will be the MURDERER and which will be the VICTIM. Michal's "selection process" is very clever!
In the end, you divine the name of the murderer, but when the spec announces the name of the victim -
the victim is not found, and has gone missing from the 12 face cards. Spec now opens the envelope and discovers the victim inside! Easy to do. Great impact! I like this a lot! I will use this!
THREE + ONE - This is a "spelling trick" with a kicker ending that many will like. Set-up and preparation will take some effort, and a gaffed card is required. It is a fooler, but not my cup of tea.
POLISH POKER STACKING - This effect requires specially-printed gaff cards. Beautiful handling and effect, but you must purchase the gaffs, so I will not go into further detail. But a great effect!
All in all, this is a really nice addition to the magic community library, and I highly recommend it to beginners, intermediate and expert level card men. Definitely worth the asking price! Get this. You will not be disappointed! I look forward to more creations by Michal in the future!
Doug Canning
Message: Posted by: tenchu (Oct 23, 2019 02:44PM)
Thank you, guys! I'm glad you like the booklet so much!

Message: Posted by: tenchu (Dec 1, 2019 04:12PM)
Wow! That weekend was quite something! Thank you all for ordering Plots & Methods!

As I write this, very few copies are available!

I will eventually order another small batch of the booklets, but this will surely take some time.

So, don't wait and grab a copy now! :)


Message: Posted by: tenchu (Jan 23, 2020 01:10AM)
Hey guys,

Plots & Methods is now back in stock!

Yay! :)

Message: Posted by: tenchu (Jan 30, 2020 10:04AM)
If you know Japanese, here are the three reviews of the booklet that I've found:


You can use Google Translate (although it struggles a bit with the translations) to see they're all very positive! :)

Also, the booklet is listed in the "Magic tricks to buy this year (2019)" post: http://magic300.com/best2019/

Message: Posted by: tenchu (Feb 14, 2020 05:22PM)
Hey guys,

Here's a short & sweet review from David/Magicorthodoxy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iH1gT4BP_I

Message: Posted by: alexhui (Mar 9, 2020 10:45AM)
Hi my fellows,

I have just written an in-depth review for Plots & Methods by Michal Kociolek.

If you do not have Facebook, here is the blog link:

Hope you like it.

Alex Hui
Hong Kong
Message: Posted by: tenchu (Jun 19, 2020 09:47AM)
Hi guys,

I hope you're all doing well.

Check out today's post ("Second Helpings #1") on www.TheJerx.com for a nice, little freebie!

I hope you'll like it!

Stay safe,
Message: Posted by: tenchu (Nov 24, 2020 08:44AM)
Hey guys,

Vanishing Inc. is having a massive Black Friday sale (called BIG Friday) and you can now get the ebook version of Plots & Methods for only $5 (instead of $25)! Woah!


(The original price is for the physical copy, just select option for the download and you're good to go!)

Message: Posted by: CardGuyMike (Nov 24, 2020 03:29PM)
$5? That's a no brainer. Just buy it. It's a fantastic book.
Message: Posted by: Wordsworth (Nov 24, 2020 03:57PM)
I agree. Definitely a steal for $5.
Message: Posted by: tenchu (Nov 25, 2020 11:50AM)
[quote]On Nov 24, 2020, Wordsworth wrote:
I agree. Definitely a steal for $5. [/quote]

Co-sign! :)