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Murphy's Magic will be launching my new book, TESSERACT, at the beginning of June. Steve Bryant received an advanced copy of the book which he reviews in detail in the May edition of his Little Egypt Magic

You can read the review here: LITTLE EGYPT MAGIC


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You can order the book at http://www.mallofmagic.com just click on the TESSERACT button.

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Glad to see the review! This is a great place for those of us who have the book to start listing some favorite routines.

Like Steve Bryant, Moe Fun is also one of my favorites from Tesseract. It will fool you. Bad.

I love Ring Bandit. I have performed Bill Kalush's Rubber Ringer for years and love it, but Mike's final link in the multi-phase Ring Bandit routine is pure freaking magic. When the strand of rubber band visibly penetrates the solid ring with a satisfying "thlink!" it'll make your eyes pop. Not sure if this will come across as complimentary as I mean it, but Ring Bandit could easily be marketed as a $20.00 video download and rise right to the top of the best seller lists on both PM and VI. It's an any time, anywhere trick that you would be crazy not to consider for your arsenal.

With other books out there going for much more, this book is a bargain. It is filled with great magic cover to cover. For the record, I received a copy of the book in exchange for my help editing some of the tricks, but the comments here are made freely and with admiration for Mike's creativity and ability to teach. Even as I assisted with edits I was blown away by the material. 

Who else out there has the book and a favorite trick or two?

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Thanks so much for the kind words Anthony! Greatly appreciated.

There aren't many copies out there yet. I've been laying low, waiting for Murphy's to get the dealers stocked up. That will happen at the end of May. Then, in June they'll promote it to everyone. Copies were sold at my lecture at 4F in April and last Friday at my lecture in Chicago at Ring 43. 

The book is available on my site, but I haven't tried to really get the buzz going yet. Murphy's asked me to "lay low" until they release it. There will be an ad in Vanish Magazine in June, I believe.


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That's a great - and accurate - review!  Congratulations Mike!

Disclosure: like AV I was lucky enough to be part of the proof-reading team so I saw some of the material in advance.  Mike gave me a copy at FFFF - I'v been devouring it in free moments ever since.  Too soon to pick a favourite item - too many candidates 😉
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Looking forward to this one. I bought Top Secret Stuff when it first came out and became an instant Mike Powers fan. Such a pleasure to be able to interact with him here.
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Hello guys! It’s great that Mike’s book TESSERACT is getting the praise it deserves - this is a monster of a book for sure! Like AV, Robin, et al, I also have “skin in the game” and had a chance to proof-read much of the contents before its release. Perhaps we are all “biased” here, but I HONESTLY don’t think so — there are several wonderful authors and creators of magic on TMF, and Mike is certainly one of them. The review mentioned above is quite accurate but simply cannot capture the “quality” found within every page - Mike’s routines are representative of very strong, practical magic that is fun to perform, and as Robin points out, there are “too many to choose from” if asked to pick a favorite. I’m using TESSERACT material already and “killing” with it! Magicfish, you will definitely love this book — a huge “thank you” goes out to Mike for his efforts, and TMF is lucky to have guys like Mike posting regularly — johnny
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I just got the book today... So what are some of your favorites from the book?  

One that caught my eye (because of the title Hellraiser III, which is based on a Peter Duffie effect I do) but still haven't read it. It sounds interesting because it gives the effect I know another climax...

 

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Try New Jazz and Al's Aces Trade Places. The "Pure Mathematics" section has some cool items too. There's a 21 Card Trick variation that is very popular in my lecture. Heisting Histed Heisted has also been very well received.

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While I am not of the school of "if I only get one trick/idea....". If that happens to me, I just feel screwed. I will say, though, that Heisting Histed Heisted 3.0 comes close.

Anyway, that won't be an issue with Tesseract, I assure you. It's a wonderful effort.

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Luis, see my comments above about Ring Bandit. Also, Moe Fun is, well, fun to perform. It'll fool you. Or at least it did me. I am also intrigued by Mike's thoughts on CSB, and while I have not learned or performed it, Boxed Surprise is a ridiculously entertaining piece of card magic. You also get Cameron Francis's Improbable vs Impossible as a bonus.  

As for the rest of you. Honestly, there's so much excellent material in this book that no one who buys a copy will be disappointed. In fact, they'll be wondering how they got away with such a bargain. Kid you not. What are you waiting for? Grab yourself a copy and share your faves.

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Thanks guys! It's great to hear that buyers are finding good stuff. 

The release date from Murphys is June 10th. I think the dealers are taking pre-orders right now. Got one great review in Little Egypt. Hope the other reviewers find good stuff too!

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I'm picking up a copy this weekend (unfortunately through a local supplier, and not Mike himself to avoid the big shipping costs). It'll be my next read after I finish Card College Vol 5!
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Glad to hear that Chi Han. Hope you find lots of worthwhile items in the book. Happy hunting!

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I'm going to film a demonstration of me performing "21 Again". This is one of those wonderful tricks that fooled the heck out of my wife. 
As most of you know, she is often the gauge that I use to discern the Power of any particular effect. I'm confident that this would fool magicians.

I can assure you that Mike's new book is FULL of amazing magic that will deceive and entertain your audiences! It's been on my nightstand ever since I got it.

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Here's a review I've dropped at Penguin and VI:

It would be erroneous for me to say that there is something for everyone in Mike Powers’ new book, Tesseract – Magic: The Hidden Dimension. It would be much more proper to say that there are some things for everyone. This book is packed with material for the card lover, the coin lover, the ring and rubber band enthusiast, the mentalist, the mathematician and the science aficionado. (Huh?! Trust me. It’ll make sense when you get your copy.)

There’s sleight of hand, there’s knuckle-busting sleight of hand, and there’s self-working. There are almost three hundred pages, of dare I say it, powerful magic. Heck, Mike even tosses in a couple of bonus effects from friends who have contributed to the project.

A couple of my personal favorites are Ring Bandit - I have performed Bill Kalush’s Rubber Ringer for years, but I have to tell you that Mike’s link is pure magic. It’ll fool you. Moe Fun, Flipped Out, Lying Traveler, and of course, Heisting Histed Heisted 3.0. also make my list, but there’s so much more!

This is a beautiful, large format book, sewn to lay flat so that you can study without propping pages open with your elbow, or with a deck of cards. The paper is thick and glossy, and the photographs clear and plentiful. Mike is a wonderful teacher, as you would expect from a physics professor, and his explanations and instructions are easy to understand and follow. For anyone unfamiliar with some of the moves required to properly perform some of the effects, Mike provides a link to his site, and a password, where students can access video explanations of basic sleights and moves.  

In the interest of full disclosure, I was honored to help edit several of the tricks in the book, and received a free copy of the finished project. This should in no way diminish my positive assessment of the book. In fact, having insight into the labor, love, and time that Mike put into this project, might even provide my review with some additional weight. Or not. Bottom line: You will not be disappointed with this book. In fact, you will feel that you have received more than your money’s worth.

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Wow! Thanks so much Anthony. I'm really delighted that you're finding worthwhile material in the book. It's just getting off the ground and your review will certainly help the cause.

Muchas gracias amigo!

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Been flicking through my copy this week.

One of my favourites is Speed, p. 62.

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The Spectator cuts the deck into 4 packets and chooses two of the cards cut to. The Magician reassembles the deck and cuts it himself placing one half in each of his jacket or pants pockets. The spectator chooses one of the cards cut to and the magician says on the command “go” the spectator is to turn over their cut too card. The instant the spectator turns over their chosen card the magician produces it’s mate (miscalls and requests a second chance) from his pocket. The feat is repeated with the other spectators card. Both cards are seen to be the mate match.

Such a fertile area for an interesting presentation, Quick draw, Russian Roulette, High card wins but a match gets the jackpot, psychic matching. Throughout the trick the cards are cut by the spectator and shuffled and it feels very free.

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PS There’s also a TMF connection (not the only one in the book) in that Speed, is based on Steve Youell’s, Fast Times, that he shared with us in one of his lectures!
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Hi Gareth. I agree that Speed is a solid routine - inspired by Mr. Y!

There's a review of TESSERACT in the new (August) Genii. Very gratifying that all the reviews have been very positive.

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Gareth, be sure to check out The Lying Traveler. It's a solid routine with a kicker. Good stuff!

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Mike is scheduled to lecture in Chicago (Mount Prospect, actually) in September at Conjuror's Corner magic club. We generally meet on the 4th Monday at 7:00. I assume this will be the same.

I don't know how widely he is lecturing, but if you are close to Chicago, it's a good group. We meet at Mr Beef and Pizza, of course.

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I haven't seen my lecture schedule yet. Tom Craven is doing the booking. Glad I'll be seeing the guys from Conjuror's Corner. Looking forward to that one.

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Gareth, be sure to check out The Lying Traveler. It's a solid routine with a kicker. Good stuff!

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The night I was at the Castle with Rudy, a magician Thi Dinh aka Tricky Devil showed me the exact effect, he was a huge fan of the book. He may join us on the forum soon.

Quite something if within months of your book’s release it’s contents are being used by magicians at the World Famous Magic Castle!!!!
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wow! This is making my day! It's really gratifying to know that some of the material in TESSERACT is getting around. Awesome!

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wow! This is making my day! It's really gratifying to know that some of the material in TESSERACT is getting around. Awesome!

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Well deserved Mike.

I’m sitting in San Francisco airport on way home! What a trip. Once I get home I’ll be sure to chronicle Rudy and my adventures.
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ok so I'm slow on the up-take -- work/life/what-not... I bought the book somewhat late, and then it got put on the 'new' pile.

But, this weekend, I finally opened Tesseract, and what I normally do is front-to-back -- trying not to go straight to ones I KNOW I'll like, for instance "New Jazz", or ones mentioned here.

The VERY FIRST TRICK -- "The Lying Traveler" -- that is insane and a six year-old could do it!

The 2nd one "Small Packet I.C." -- another killer, and along the way I learned the "Vernon Utility Move" -- not sure how I haven't bumped up against that in all these years.

Having lots of fun -- and just barely cracked it open 😉




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You have excellent taste in books Dave!

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We had the pleasure of hosting Mike at our club in Chicago last Monday. I'm sure I don't need to encourage people here to go and see him if he is in your area, but I will. I know his tour is coming up shortly and I hope he posts it here.

It's a great lecture. 

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Thanks for the kind words IM! Great group at Conjurer's Corner. Much fun indeed.

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