32 episodes

On these podcasts, you’ll hear me interview magicians from around the planet: the industry’s best performers, creators, and innovators. I try to ask questions designed to spark robust discussions, giving you information and insights you won’t find anywhere else. If you enjoy these podcasts, I hope you’ll stop by our website and check out the products we have available. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/michaelclose/support

Conversations With Close Michael Close

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    • 4.6 • 12 Ratings

On these podcasts, you’ll hear me interview magicians from around the planet: the industry’s best performers, creators, and innovators. I try to ask questions designed to spark robust discussions, giving you information and insights you won’t find anywhere else. If you enjoy these podcasts, I hope you’ll stop by our website and check out the products we have available. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/michaelclose/support

    Larry Hass Interview S4 E1

    Larry Hass Interview S4 E1

    Lawrence Hass, Ph.D. is the Dean of the McBride Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas, successor in that role to his friend and mentor, Eugene Burger. He is former Professor of Humanities at Austin College and former Professor of Philosophy and Theater Arts at Muhlenberg College. In 2010 he retired from college teaching to pursue magic full-time as a performer, teacher, author, and publisher.

    I spoke to Larry about his start in magic, his association with Mystery School, and his new book, Eugene Burger: Final Secrets. Our discussion was wide ranging, covering the evolution of the book and many aspects of Eugene’s magic.


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    Boris Wild Interview S3 E10

    Boris Wild Interview S3 E10

    Boris Wild is a well-known performer, lecturer, and creator of magic, including the ingenious marked-deck system that bears his name. The pandemic quarantine sidelined his busy traveling schedule, but he used the down time to create a new lecture (and a new set of lecture notes), Variations. I spoke to Boris from his home outside Paris. We discussed his beginnings in magic, his award-winning close-up act, and the event that instigated his investigation of marked decks. I'm sure you will enjoy this interview. Listen now.


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    Josh Jay Interview S3 E9

    Josh Jay Interview S3 E9

    I’ve known Joshua Jay since he was a youngster, and I’ve followed his development as a performer, a creator, an author, and a businessman. He has lectured and performed around the world, spent twelve years as the tricks columnist for MAGIC magazine, founded (with Andi Gladwin) the successful online magic store Vanishing, Inc., and has written several well-received books for the general public. His latest book, How Magicians Think, will be released soon. I caught up with Josh as he was about to start a thirty-city promotional tour. The focus of our conversation was on the new book, but the discussion ranged far and wide.


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    Bob Farmer Interview S3 E8

    Bob Farmer Interview S3 E8

    For more than four decades, Bob Farmer has been a prolific creator of high-caliber magic effects. But in that time, I don’t recall anyone doing an in-depth interview with him. I’m happy to rectify that situation this month. Bob and I spoke for ninety minutes, discussing his introduction to magic, his music career, his law school experience, his outside-the-box approach to job interviews, his work with the band Rush, the history of the “little hand” trick, and much more. 


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    Sylvain Juzan Interview S3 E7

    Sylvain Juzan Interview S3 E7

    This month’s guest on Conversations with Close is Sylvain Juzan. Sylvain and I met briefly at a Genii convention a few years ago, and then got to spend a bit more time when he appeared on season 7a of Fool Us.

    I spoke to Sylvain about his background, his new book, Every Card You Take – I’ll be Watching You, and his approach to creating magic.


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    • 30 min
    Roberto Giobbi Interview S3 E6

    Roberto Giobbi Interview S3 E6

    If you have any interest at all in card magic, I’m sure the name Roberto Giobbi is familiar to you. He is a prolific author, a frequent contributor to magazines (his column in Genii has run for fourteen years), a lecturer, a teacher, and an experienced performer. His new book, Sharing Secrets: The 52 Most Important and Practical Strategies in Magic, is fantastic. In it, Giobbi has solved a problem I have struggled with for thirty years: how to teach the theoretical principles of magic in a way that can be utilized and internalized.

    The last time Roberto and I had a “deep dive” discussion, we talked about his lecture on Dai Vernon. (That interview appeared in M-U-M.) This time we took an even deeper dive. I learned some things I never knew (like why the original version of Card College was spiral bound). We had a great time discussing subjects we both love, and I think you’ll enjoy listening to it.


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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

jamesastobjr ,

Always a battle of massive egos

This guy is a great magician, but has little use for those he considers beneath him. As an example, listen to the dickoff with Swiss. It’s amazing these two massive egos didn't clog the internet like a toilet. It’s particularly enlightening to hear them agree that people that don’t agree with them should be put in prison.

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