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I have "Workers 1" and think it is worth the price for 'Pothole' alone. I am interested in close-up (and preferably 'impromptu') stuff and was wondering if there were any others from the "Workers" series that I should look at getting?
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Michael Close is always worth the price - His essays on attitude, presentation, practice ,and ethics is invaluable

In each of the five WORKERS are "gems" that you will use

Each are unique in content and are able to stand alone - Mr Close makes very few references to previous WORKERS volumes as far as sleights are concerned

If you get these books and don't like them tell me I'll buy them and give to someone else
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Now there's a glowing recommendation if I ever saw one! The 'Workers' series is on my wishlist and I just need to work out which one to get first Smile
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Dr Strangetrick (a nice handling of card warp) and the Frog Prince are outstanding. His thoughts on theory and presentation are always inspiring as well. Best regards, Christopher Smile
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I like number 4 of Workers, many great routines;
Coda Chrome (Card effect)
Erma La Fource (Card effect)
The Imagination Tester (Origami effect)
Ruthless People (fun effect with a Coin and a Card Toon Deck)
Bloom on Your Hand (Invisble thread work)
Cu/Ag/C12H2O11 (Sugar Packet)
No Sleeves, No Topit
Flying Home (Card effect)
Butte Ox (Card effect)
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His essay on memorized deck routines and handling is fantastic.
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Card and Saltshaker routine is great.

He likes the Aronson stack, palming with the left hand and origami, many effects are based on this.

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In seeing your picture, I was wondering how any of Michael's effects would work in those conditions.

I would recommend Michael's books for the thinking behind each effect - rather than the effects themselves.

I must admit that my reasoning is that his books are so complete that in watching others perform the material, I feel like they are "channeling" Michael.

So, if you pursue the other volumes, keep this in mind.

As Father Cyprian once said, "the magic is you!"

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I would vote for The Frog Prince, The Imagination Tester and the memorised deck stuff.
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I also like The Frog Prince.
I've had a lot of fun with it.
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I would think The Frog Prince and The Pothole Trick are the two stand out routines, the Close's Clones ipacket trick is also cute, this was marketed but appears in the "Workers" series under a different title.

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I would agree with Paul, although I would add the Card the Forehead and the Slatshaker to the list.

I also agree that the essays and philosophy are more important than the tricks themselves.
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I have a Michael Close video titled "Workers", but I get the impression that you are talking about a book or a series of books.

Could someone enlighten me? Smile
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The power of Palming video shows some of his effects on the workers videos, like butox and some others, but shows them with all the nuances of the palming to pull them off.

If you like Michael Close and want to learn how to palm better. (not just the mechanics, but the nuances, and misdirection, etc...) This tape is definitely the ticket.

I almost can't pick one effect out of the many excelent workable effects that exist on all of his videos! My advice is get all of them you can. And I don't think yo ucan go wrong with any of them.

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On 2002-10-14 08:20, phranQ wrote:
I have a Michael Close video titled "Workers", but I get the impression that you are talking about a book or a series of books.

Could someone enlighten me? Smile

He has 5 volumes of books, besides the tape also called "Workers"
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I'll go along with The Imagination Tester and The Frog Prince. I'm surprised nobody has yet mentioned The Big Surprise from Workers 3. It also contains an essay on Card to Box and is a wonderful routine.
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I didn't know the first five were books.

I have "While i'm gone workers #6" and its lecture notes format.

Also have an origional unopened Pink Floyd effect to go with it.
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And don't forget "The Birthday Book" using the memorized stack...and the gaffless invisible deck, also with the memorized stack...and...and...and Smile Smile Smile
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You have to get the Power of Palming video to watch his Card, Forehead and Salt Shaker routine. His misdirection is perfect in it. I know the whole routine but he still gets me every time.
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