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Closely Guarded Secrets - Second Edition Ebook

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Original price $34.95 USD - Original price $34.95 USD
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$34.95 USD
$34.95 USD - $34.95 USD
Current price $34.95 USD

Closely Guarded Secrets contains some of my favorite routines, including The Luckiest Cards in Las Vegas (one of the strongest – and easiest – memdeck routines in my repertoire).  The material is geared toward the intermediate to advanced. Beginners may want to start with The Trick that Lance Burton Showed Me or Sideswiped Meets the Bammo Deck Walloper. Don't overlook A Trick with the Bedwell Control; it's easy and will fool anybody.

This ebook offers unparalleled instruction by allowing text, photographs, and video to do what they do best; it can also be printed out for taking notes or adding to your bookshelf collection.

Each routine is described in complete detail in Michael Close’s clear, easy-to-read style. It’s almost like having private lessons with Michael Close.

Chapters in this ebook:

The Trick that Lance Burton Showed Me
Presentation of Plant’s Magnetized Cards
The Luckiest Cards in Las Vegas
On Venue and Evolution
The Shuffles Routine
The Cheating Lessons
On Sleights
The Dumbest Casino in the World
The Famous Detective Collectors Magic For Magicians
The Trick with Four Bottoms
A Trick with the Bedwell Control
Sideswiped Meets Bammo Deck Walloper
Presentation for Dean Dill’s Box
On The Workers Series

  • Text provides the information 
  • Photographs clarify the text
  • Video shows the perfected sleights


Read Dustin Stinett's Review (From Genii Magazine)

Performances of two tricks from Closely Guarded Secrets: 

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Closely Guarded Secrets

So good I don’t even mind paying for it a second time. I had the original version on cd rom. I wanted the updates and to get it in epub format. So good!

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John H.
United States United States

Thanks, John. I'm glad you've found the book to be valuable. - Michael Close


Closely Guarded Secrets

Michael Close is the go-to resource for performance, magic, and writing. His work is always rated the best for several good reasons. (1) his teaching shows you real “workers” things you can practice and do, (2) he doesn’t make a new release unless it’s the best work available, and (3) the investment to value ratio is unbeatable. Buy this now.

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Dale M.
United States United States

Amazing book

The explanations of the routines are extremely detailed and the theory is practical and just overall great. Most of the theory is embedded in the tricks and not in separate chapters, which helps to give an idea of how to apply it. While reading this book it felt a little bit like a volume 6 of workers to me (which is a good thing). Definitely recommended!

bram v.
Netherlands Netherlands

Michael Close is the Best Writer of Magic Books

The material in this book is superb and the writing is consistently excellent and enjoyable to read. In addition, the ebook's format with the links to videos is easy to use and greatly supports the learning process. I highly recommend anything Michael Close writes.

David S.
United States

The BEST ebook I've ever studied!

I'm a book guy. I like to learn magic in a nice easy chair with a book, a deck of cards, and a close-up pad. That said, the best ebook I've ever read is Michael Close's "Closely Guarded Secrets". That the routines are practical, fooling, top notch pieces of magic goes without saying--it's Michael Close-- 'nuff said! However, with it's embedded videos, the presentation and utility of the ebook ably matches up to the material. In fact, I think it is one of the very few ebooks that fully takes advantage of the medium. It isn't just the existence of the videos that make this book such an effective teaching tool, but rather the incredibly thoughtful way they were laid out and applied by Michael and Lisa. The moving pictures aren't just eye candy--they are chosen and placed exactly as needed to optimize the reader's learning process. The high level of technical and magic chops this project encompasses isn't likely to be replicated any time soon (at least until the Close's next publication). If you are searching for real world, audience-slaying effects taught in a manner that clearly allows you to grasp the underlying moves and theory, you need look no further. Buy this ebook today--you'll be glad you did!