Michael Breggar Self Working and Semi-Automatic eBook Mega Bundle
This is a bundle of THREE eBooks from the brilliant Michael Breggar. Michael is an award winning columnist (for The Linking Ring) and he is a specialist in self working, sleight free AWESOMENESS! We love him, and we think you will too. So we have a mega bundle of THREE eBooks here - that's TWENTY SEVEN ingenious, super easy slabs of card ninjary (real word). It's ridiculously cheap, so grab this bargain set before someone realises and puts the price up. :)
eBook #1 - DANCING WITH THE CARDS - Award-winning columnist Michael Breggar is back with his signature quirky, yet amazing and professional almost-self-working effects. This time, it’s all cards. As always, it's not just the tricks you learn, but the subtleties, tips and nuances to make your magic easy, astonishing and engaging!
The footsteps within…
The Third Attribute. A thought-of card effect that seems like real mind-reading. Did I mention you need not touch the cards?
That Flippin’ Contest. A nice follow-up to The Third Attribute effect. A version of the classic “Sloppy Triumph” effect adds an element of relaxed comedy.
The Pasteboard Tango. A shuffled deck is cut in half and the helper keeps either half. He randomly sets aside 5 or 6 cards in time to the playing music. You do the same. The random cards match!
52! This number represents the number of ways a full deck of 52 cards can be organized (more ways than the number of stars in the known universe. The spectator then makes several decisions based upon cards selected which ultimately leads her to a final selection. Despite the enormity of the odds, you have predicted this selection.
The (Un)Usual Suspects. “Card calling” routines are numerous and while the method described here is as old as the hills, this effect, where you name the cards selected by five volunteers, is as fresh as tomorrows’ news.
Occupation Hazard. A bit of black comedy in this routine that uses not playing cards, but cards on which you’ve written names of occupations that nobody ever wants. The routine is framed as an employment aptitude test and your assistant somehow manages to select the job that doesn’t involve anything grisly!!
The Wry Detector. This is my take on the classic “lie detector” routine. A card is selected and your volunteer can choose to lie or tell the truth about the three attributes of the selection. You have a little gadget though that not only helps you correctly identify the “real” selection but causes the “lied-about” card to turn over in an unused deck!
Unmarked Cards. One of my favourite openers. A spectator draws any card thought of on a blank card. Suddenly the blank deck from which the card was originally taken becomes fully printed and the spectator’s hand-drawn card lays between card with the same suit and same value.
My Favorite Things. You show a selection of coins and your helper examines then selects any one. Similarly, she selects a playing card and signs it face. Why is the coin your “favorite”? When turned over, it now bears a mini version of the selected card .. along with the spectator’s signature!
My Birthday Card. A self-working take on the classic “diary effect” made much more personal. And funny!
Plus, a section on some great subtleties and “pro-tips,” and several of my favorite non-move moves!
eBook #2 - BACK TO THE LAUNCHING PAD - Michael Breggar, the award-winning author of "Auto-Magic" (seen monthly in The Linking Ring) is back with another collection of amazing, fun and well-constructed magical pieces. As in his previous best-selling book the "Five Roads to Vegas," some the effects have been previously published, but they have been further refined with more detailed explanations and performance notes.
True to the "Auto-Magic" mantra, the routines in this book are professional and practical yet none require sleight of hand. As Michael always stresses, since the performance is the effect, the tricks need to be clever, layered, deceptive and, most of all, entertaining. Michael helps you navigate through each routine with careful descriptions and well-honed patter. However, you can easily adapt each effect to your own style.
Back To The Launching Pad - Michael’s addition the "Out of this World" landscape, with a big difference…it’s done with the cards face up! Already a favorite of several working pros.
ACAAN Opener – An old principle on top of an old U. F. Grant card trick turns it into a funny, yet still amazing Any Card at An Number effect.
A Whole Empty Brain – Yet another old card principle that has been redressed and relayered to surprise even the knowledgeable. Two spectators show they are in mental sync by a very fair selection of cards from a shuffled deck. Not only are their cards mates, the rest of the deck suddenly turns blank!
Not Just Another Book Test (A.K.A. "The Two-Fingered Book Test") – Michael received an amazing amount of emails on this effect. Finally, a book test that seems organic and makes contextual sense. Or were the emails more about the "AKA" part of the title??!
The Dating Game – Playing around with yet another old principle, Michael conjures up a fun effect where famous couples’ names are listed on index cards. The cards are then torn in half and fully mixed, thus "separating" the couples. Using random throws of dice, the spectators magically reunite the couples. Usually!
Mixed Emojis – based on a Dan Harlan version of a Martin Gardner concept, a fabulous three-phase routine is demonstrated using domino-sized tiles depicting mobile phones with everyone’ favorite excuse for not typing complete text messages!
Cra-Ker-Jack – Michael invents a ridiculously bizarre and funny new casino game, with rules that change on a whim. The spectators are treated to an amazing routine of card magic where their random decisions find the mates to four selected cards and ultimately produce the four aces.
The Price Is Write – From Michael’s corporate repertoire, in figuring the "best price" for a silly-looking pen, the spectators write out all different prices on price tags. Through a very fair and random process of elimination, one tag is selected. The price on the tag exactly matches the amoiunt of change in a small envelope, sitting on the table untouched from the beginning.
Drawn Conclusion – Michael’s favorite trick and frequent closer. From a shuffled deck, a spectator selects a face down card. They place their fingers lightly on top in an effort to read the card through their fingertips. The magician then tries to read the reading and draws the image on a paper. Is it the correct card? Well, sorta.
Plus, two essays written in Michael’s breezy style with more tips and presentational ideas than you can shake a stick at. If that’s your idea of a good time.
eBook #3 - Five Roads To Vegas - A broad range of outstanding, sleight-free magic from award-winning "Linking Ring" Auto-Magic columnist, Michael Breggar. The clichés about "self-working magic" pronounce that this allows the magician to concentrate on the performance, but Michael contends that since the performance is the effect, the tricks need to be clever, layered, deceptive, and most of all, entertaining. While some methods require sleights, performance is always more important.
Several of the tricks in The Five Roads to Vegas are re-edited versions of the most commented upon and most requested tricks from The Linking Ring column. The title effect was published in Genii Magazine and has been used successfully as an opener in many professional acts. The rest are all new and published here for the first time. While Michael takes you through each effect with careful descriptions and well-crafted patter, you will soon fit each effect to your own style.
The Five Roads to Vegas. A great opener with lots of audience participation. You play the role of a Vegas croupier dealing cards to a "poker team" of five spectators. As you deal down cards from a shuffled deck, the five "players" yell STOP at any time. The cards they stopped at randomly comprise a royal flush. But wait… you have predicted which of the five players would stop at which of the five royal flush cards! And as an extra surprise, the other 47 cards in the deck are blank!
Three Numbers and a Lady. A "triple prediction" effect that solves the issue of the typical "weak" third prediction. There’s a nice twist at the end that no one sees coming.
Coin-Seyan Economics. "Miraskill" meets Steinmeyer meets John Maynard Keynes. What starts as a funny lecture in Global Economics (yeah, really!), turns into a stunningly, multi-phase prediction effect. Great for stand-up and stage.
Drawing on Emotions. The drawing duplication effect that Michael uses in his parlor and stage acts. Can easily be adapted for close-up and walk-around. It is direct, clear and limitless. Above all, it is organic and doesn’t feel like "a trick."
A Principle in Search of an Effect. A bare-bones prediction effect is used here to illustrate a little-used principle that has Gilbreath DNA. Readers are invited to turn their imagination spigots on high to make this a miracle.
Monopoly-S-P. "The cure for the common bored game." A fun mentalism routine right off your game shelf.
Self-Fulfilling Prophesy. Takes Bill Simon’s wonderful "Prophesy" move to a new level. Not only is it sleight-free, but it is performed in the spectator’s hands!
Three Spies and the Extraction. A performance piece that puts the "Self-Fulling Prophesy" in motion with a cool story about spies and international intrigue. Le Carre would appreciate the ending!
Absolutely ACAANY. A self-working "Any Card at Any Number" effect that received more highly favorable emails and comment that any other effect in the "Auto-Magic" column. As a bonus, Michael details THREE additional sleight-free ACAAN versions never before published.
Plus, two short essays reflecting on the Zen of sleight-free magic and Michael’s opinions on why it is so important in the magic oeuvre, provide must-read bookends.