Mike Powers Penguin Live Lecture



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International Matrix Reverse – Matrix with coins from four different countries. The routine ends with a one at a time reversal with some awesome visuals

Invisible 21 – After a super-fair selection procedure, the magician deals the 21 cards into the usual 3x7 array. However, only 20 of the cards are visible and the selection isn’t among them. The magician then turns the invisible selection visible

Science Friction – A drinking straw balanced atop a bottle spins and gyrates mysteriously without the use of breath, threads or magnets

Jelly Roll – A signed dime visibly penetrates a sealed jelly container. When the cover is peeled back, the dime can be seen inside the jelly

Transpo Visitor – This stunning transposition has its roots in the Jennings’ classic “The Visitor”

Varying Variance Variant – A small packet Ambitious Card Routine with a kicker ending

Blind Willie Aces AKA A Night at the Stardust– A “gambler versus magician” themed cutting contest with a twist

Captain Hook - A variation of the Jennings classic – Three invisible coins are produced one by one and “hung” in the air. Then, each is made invisible again for a squeaky clean ending. Suitable for close-up or stand-up

The Plastic Lady - Don England's masterpiece. After an initial Three Card Monte phase, it is explained that the “money card” is known in the trade as a “plastic card.” The plasticity is demonstrated as the card visibly stretches in length and then in width. Finally the “lady” shrinks to a miniature card for the killer ending. Performance only

For the Move Monkeys – An extremely deceptive center double lift and a double lift subtlety that adds another layer of conviction. Also, a quick left 4th finger break technique.

Double Decker Sandwich – A selection jumps from the center of the deck in between the two red queens. A second selection seems to do the same, but this time the new selection is found on the table where the first selection was placed. The sandwiched card IS the first selection, previously placed on the table for a mind-bending transposition

Heisting Histed Heisted 2.0 – Suitable for stage, platform or a close-up show. This one is mind reading at its best. The miracle worker divines the names of five cards that were literally only thought of

Breathalyzer – A diabolical key card concept that locates a selection whose position in the deck is 100% controlled by the spectator. Fools laypeople and magicians as well

Ultra Fast Coins Across – A no fooling around 1, 2, 3, 4 coins across with a surprise ending

AmBIGuous Card – A selected card is placed face up in the center of the deck. When the deck is riffled, the selection pops part way out, but it has become a miniature card. The mini card is removed as it visibly changes back to normal size. Finally, the normal card becomes a mini again in an extremely visual manner

Diminishing Returns – Mike’s bestselling trick. Any card is named. When the card is removed, the deck is found to have shrunk to miniature size! The large card is placed into the mini-deck which is then re-spread. Now the deck is normal but the selection has shrunk to mini size! Finally, the selection is removed as it visibly grows to normal size again. This is a modern classic

Way Too Many – A chosen card is lost in the deck. The magician explains that he needs three cards. One will tell the color of the selection. The other two will then identify the suit and value. The spectator chooses three cards and the fun begins. The magician notices that he has four cards and puts one on the table. Unfortunately there are still four cards, so another is placed on the table. After four such occurrences, the spectator is given the cards to count. She finds that she has only one! It’s her selection

Odyssey II – The magician claims to be able to cut exactly the same number of cards as the spectator. First a prediction card is set aside. The spectator cuts and tables her packet. The magician cuts a packet and then requests that someone cut the remaining cards. The magician counts his cards and the count matches that of the spectator. Finally, the prediction card is revealed. For the killer ending, it is found that the magician and both spectators have cut to the mates of the prediction

Impossible versus Improbable – A prediction effect with a surprise ending

Business Card Terror – Mike’s seminal Holey Terror appeared in 1983. This is the granddaddy of moving hole effects. Mike adapted the handling to business cards. A signed business card has a hole punched at each corner. One by one the holes move to a single corner. The card, still signed, is returned to the stunned spectator, leaving her with an impossible object

Advice on Restaurant Work a) getting gigs b) approaching the table c) tips d) Mike will also tip a source for some excellent attire for strolling situations


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