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... but the good news is, there's a new deal for Forum members!

Here's the scoop. My new book The Expert at the Cod Table is being released today!

Here's everything you need to know about and several things you'll wish you could forget.

Just when you thought it was safe to read another magic book….

 

Books like this do not come along too often. That’s a good thing because voluntary illiteracy would increase. Michael Breggar, author of such litter box liners as Influence-Enza, Dancing with the Cards, and the eminently forgettable Back to the Launching Pad and The Five Roads to Vegas, has produced a new work. He calls it his magnum opus. After you read it, you’ll want to drink a magnum of Opus.

With The Expert at the Cod Table, Michael has Scuba’d his way through thousands of non-existent pages by a non-existing gambler, author and musical saw aficionado to bring you his latest collection of – shall we say – “unique” – card magic.

You’ll soon hold in your greasy little hands an InstaPot-pourri of remarkable, professional routines that you may be only a little bit embarrassed to perform.

Let’s not be koi, as in Michael’s previous literary outings this book is quirky, fun and funny. You’ll find poker routines that give the power of the card shark to your volunteers (who’s the “expert” now, Moses?), mentalism routines, a couple of unique ACAANs, a few off-the-edge thought-of-card divinations with even edgier revelations, a crazy routine that starts as a carny-game scam and rapidly turns into an impossible prediction, a card stab using a guest-check spindle liberated from your neighborhood delicatessen and even a word routine using cards with Scrabble tiles printed on them! Plus, a return visit from Michael’s Martian friend, Vemple Paranozzle who shows how he (or she or it) is compelled to deal himself (or herself or itself) winning poker hands even when he (or she or it) always gets fewer cards than everyone else!

Fifteen routines in all and every one is 24-karat solid goldfish.

Through all this, you’ll also find some semi-solid thinking, effect construction, new methods and lost methods re-porpoised. And for you history buffs, there’s even a bio of the enigmatic S. W. Ordfish himself (at least as much as Michael felt like making up).

You need to dive right into this fine kettle of fish.

Quick … before your air runs out!

  

I'm doing a "controlled roll-out" for various reasons. But you will find it available for instant download at BigBlindMedia (www.bigblindmedia.com) and Kaymar Magic (wwwkaymarmagic.com) to start. It will then be available widely through Penguin, Murphy's etc. in a couple of weeks. 

It sells for $20, but ... and here's the deal ... I'm offering the new book to members of the Magician's Forum at 25% off. That's right, Bunky, a mere $15 for a remarkably forgettable PDF experience! 

If you are interested send me $15 to mbreggar@gmail.com via PayPal and this fine kettle of fish will swim its way upstream to you! This special deal will be active through the end of April. I revert back to my mean self in May.

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By the way ... to keep a few names you may recognize from spawning too far upstream, here are some early reviews:

Here’s what a few blowfish have already said about The Expert at the Cod Table:

“I do enjoy reading good writing and I enjoy reading your books. You sure are one heck of a funny guy!  Started chuckling almost immediately and really laughed out loud at ‘…confused with a hat-rack’!  Well done!” – Harry Lorayne

“Not all magic books are fun to read, but this is one that’s fun to read and is as much fun to play with the pieces and create some antic fun for the audience.” – Jon Racherbaumer

The Expert at the Cod Table is a true tour-de-fish of pescatarian prestidigitation. This book is filled with Philly-centric references, bad puns and some great card magic of the non-sleight variety…what could be better. Well written, fun scripts, wonderful plotz. It is one of the most original and enjoyable reads I’ve had in magic…. Now if I could just get that smell off my hands.” – Marc DeSouza

 “Mike Breggar’s new book, The Expert at the Cod Table, is loaded with solid card magic that involves appealing presentations and plots without sleight of hand. The book is also a very entertaining read, especially if you enjoy a good pun. Why purchase this book? Maybe just for the halibut. Or possibly to become a serious card shark. No crappie tricks here.” – Mike Powers

“Once again Mike Breggar brings us another fantastic collection of material that’s strong, funny and very entertaining. You will use many of the items in this new eBook.” – John Carey

 “I knew that Michael was onto a winner as soon as I saw the title of his latest book, The Expert at the Cod Table, which is spuriously attributed to S.W. Ordfish … After reading through the laugh-out-loud opening piece "Who was S.W. Ordfish?", I was already thoroughly impressed.  Michael's own "Hard of Herring" preface continues the madcap humor, and in the material that follows he ensures that those of us on a quest for entertaining magic come home with a good catch in our fishing bucket…. Oh, but you want to know about the magic?  There's over a hundred pages altogether, with 15 different routines, in what might be Michael's best book yet.  It's certainly his longest.  This book has confirmed that Michael Breggar is the kind of guy I want in my boat when I'm out fishing for entertaining magic.”  EndersGame, Magic and Boardgame Reviewer

“Books like this don’t come along very often…not counting Michael Breggar’s four previous eBooks. But they are well written, light yet esoteric guidebooks to enlightened entertainment with the pasteboards. Unlike most guidebooks that list “effect” then “explanation” with a possible patter presentation thrown in for the uninspired, Michael’s books jump right into the full presentation with explanations and credits added to delight and fulfill the soul. Each presentation is well thought out and completely satisfying…. Michael has taken his years of thought, study and performances to bring together, overlay and intertwine diverse ideas adding the right seasoning into a cohesive and pleasantly satisfying fish stew that is “Expert at the Cod Table.” … This is a fun read from start to finish even if you don’t perform one of his routines. His writing is clever, tongue-in-cheek, and pithy. This is a guidebook for anyone angling to make a reputation with a pack of cards. My suggestion: perch ace this cod book today!” – Scott Wells

 “In The Expert at the Cod Table Mike Breggar has served up a delectable assortment of easy to master cod mackerels. Mike employs simple yet devious methods to accomplish entertaining and deeply fooling card magic. His engaging and humorous style of writing made learning fun. I was hooked from the very beginning.” – Rudy Tinoco, Founder, themagiciansforum.com

“There are guys out there capable of working absolute miracles with a regular deck of cards.  I’m not one of them.  But Mike Breggar’s carefully constructed (and joke-filled) plots make it possible for guys like me to be able…if only for a moment…to pretend that I’m one of them.  Swordfish!” – Steve Friedberg, President, Ring 6 (2020) International Brotherhood of Magicians

“Would somebody please tell Michael Breggar that magic books aren’t supposed to be funny? I started reading The Expert at the Cod Table with my afternoon milk and cookies, and promptly ruined a brand-new deck of Jerry’s Nuggets! Fortunately, the man also knows his magic; there’s some deep stuff here, so net yourself a copy. You’ll have a whale of a time.” – Anthony Vinson

“Michael Breggar's latest book is an incredible adventure. Along the way, you discover astonishing card routines, invaluable hints, and a mother lode of example presentations that show you how to make your magic engaging and entertaining.” – Michel Potts

 

And since all the websites now "encourage" video trailers (c'mon ... a trailer for a book??!!) here's what I came up with:




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HA!  Reviews written by people who ought to know better!!

Mike, you always have a fun approach to magic.

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Great trailer ...

I'm in!

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Hilarious trailer. Worth the $15 alone. Given that we are alone, I provided $15 to the maker of this project. After all, post Cornoa, what is money worth? Like a deck of cards, it is just paper.
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Actually, my review was meant to read:

"I laughed from the moment I picked up this book until I put it down.  Someday, I hope to read it."

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Haha!  Very funny trailer and reviews, Mike!  (And I just PayPalled you).

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I'm in for it. Just ordered it. 
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Hi everyone.

Thank you so much for such a wonderful and warm response. There has been lots of interest! Books have been sent via the emails you have on file with PayPal or the emails you asked me to send to. If for some reason you have not received the book (within, say, 12 hours of ordering), let me know.

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I'm so glad to hear that people are taking you up on your offer. I failed to mention that this discount is for a limited time (It ends on the last day of April).

Please take the opportunity to buy it now. 

Thanks!!

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Congratulations Michael on another fine work, this one being a laugh-out-loud comedy from start to finish!  I really enjoyed reading through it - here's some more detailed thoughts I had about the book.

Expert at the Cod Table (Michael Breggar)

Another fine collection of highly entertaining sleight-light magic from the mad-cap Michael Breggar

Life is short.  So if I'm going to spend any time fishing in the vast ocean of magic literature, I don't want to be wasting my time with minnows, or dropping my line in seas where the fish are inedible or the good fish are few.  Fishing doesn't get much better than with a Michael Breggar magic book, because I know that I'm always going to get some kind of catch, and be thoroughly entertained in the process.

I knew that Michael was onto a winner as soon as I saw the title of his latest book, The Expert at the Cod Table, which is spuriously attributed to S.W. Ordfish, and just released in April 2020.  Anyone familiar with the Erdnase classic will immediately get the inside joke, and you can be sure this is just a small taste of the magical catch you'll find inside.  After being greeted by a humorous picture of half a dozen or so fish playing poker on the first page, and reading through the laugh-out-loud opening piece "Who was S.W. Ordfish?" (which includes a picture of an original edition of the book found at the bottom of a parakeet cage), I was already thoroughly impressed.  Michael's own "Hard of Herring" preface continues the madcap humor, and in the material that follows he ensures that those of us on a quest for entertaining magic come home with a good catch in our fishing bucket.

He never lets up from his zany style, and I can't think of the last time I had that much fun reading a magic book.  Take his effect "Too Much Information", for example.    This is a card trick with a mentalism touch, and Michael helps us with possible patter by running through the routine with his spectator Seth.  You'll get a glimpse of what's in Seth's mind (or perhaps Michael's own?), as he shares information about his mind-reading discoveries: "You did what with a thermometer? I just can't get those images of that French Maid outfit and that donut sandwich out of my mind!"  And before you know it, Michael is singing Enya, and divining the selected card at exactly the selected number.  The value of this lunacy isn't just that it amuses the reader, but gives great ideas for presenting your tricks well, and making your magic thoroughly entertaining.  As always, helping us with fun presentation is one of Michael's strengths.

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Oh, but you want to know about the magic?  There's over a hundred pages altogether, with 15 different routines, in what might be Michael's best book yet.  It's certainly his longest.  As always, he builds on the greats that have come before him, drawing on the genius of magicians like Harry Lorayne, Karl Fulves, and many others (all appropriately credited), for some wonderful plots.  This way he can bring us the best of both worlds: strong magic, and entertaining presentation.   

Most of the routines are very much sleight-lite - Michael's speciality - so it's easy to perform.  It does mean that at times you might find some more dealing and counting than you might like, but overall it's very much within the realm of the intermediate card magician who is looking for magic that doesn't require knuckle-busting moves, and has a command of the fundamentals of card magic, which the focus of this tome.  Overall it is well organized and sensibly laid out, with extensive and well-labelled colour photographs throughout the book to ensure that everything is easy to follow.

This book has confirmed that Michael Breggar is the kind of guy I want in my boat when I'm out fishing for entertaining magic.  He won't just help me catch something, but will even help me serve it up on a platter, well-plated, well-cooked, and very tasty.  His tricks are easy on sleights while being strong on entertaining presentation, and he ensures that magic remains fun both for the magician and the spectator.  In fact, I had enormous fun just reading through his book, and you will too - regardless of whether or not you ever attempt any of the card tricks inside.  Consider those a free bonus that comes along the comedy.

Where to get it?  The Expert at the Cod Table can be purchased as a digital download in PDF format as an exclusive from Kaymar Magic [product page] and BigBlindMedia [product page].  Or get it at a discounted price directly from Michael Breggar himself (see the first post in this thread for details).

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Here's my review. Note: I was provided with a free copy of the book in exchange for a fair review. But I would've bought it anyway. Even before I read my review. So there.

The Expert at the Cod Table is not your usual magic book. Or e-book. It’s unusual in several ways. First, it is funny, and second, it is fun to read. Third, it’s packed to the gills with quality, card magic routines, every one accomplished without flicking fingers or moving sea monkeys. 

Some might complain that the material is too procedural, but they doth protest too much. Yes, the material is procedural, but that’s the point: Procedure leads to the payoffs, and the payoffs in The Expert at the Cod Table are considerable. Mike provides full scripts that don’t simply mask the procedural elements of the routines, but render them invisible. Spectators are engaged. They are skillfully pulled along and reeled in. First, they are amused, and then they are astonished. Mike does an excellent job of explaining his thinking about self-working, or as he prefers, automagic, in the closing essay, “I Want Some Seafood, Momma…”  

The opening essay, a history of the mysterious author, S.W. Ordfish, is laugh-out-loud funny, especially for anyone with the slightest knowledge of Erdnase’s work. Honestly, do not read the Who Was S.W. Ordfish? with your afternoon milk and cookies. I did, and promptly destroyed a brand-new deck of Jerry’s Nuggets.

An encyclopedia of self-working magic, - either that or he owns an encyclopedia of self-working magic - Mike salvages the sunken hulks of old magic books and loots them for their hidden treasures. He repurposes well-known principles, and puts his own spin on others. His variation of Balducci’s Cut Deeper Force, dubbed the Fish Turnover, is clever; I will be using it, and so will you. (His take on Bill Simon’s Prophesy Move, Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, from a previous book, is brilliant. Michael Potts puts it to good use in the March issue of The Linking Ring’s Automagic column.) He brushes the barnacles from the Matrix Force and turns it into a work of art, and even the venerable Baby Gag is reborn... in an aquarium. He is both careful and meticulous with credits, leaving no attribution unturned.    

Mike is artsy-craftsy, and some, but not nearly most, items will require a bit of craft work on your part. Even so, instructions are clear, and once again, payoffs far exceed the investment of time and materials. (I must admit here that Mike has inspired me to visit a craft store or three to gather the materials required to construct one of his clever creations.)   

The tricks? Well, there are no tricks; instead, and as I said already, there are fully-scripted presentations. A few of my favorites include What’s Inside My Fish Sandwich, a reworking of a Harry Lorayne effect from The Magic Book, Venn the Magician Came to Town, and No One Likes Me. I am also intrigued by Hot Dates, but admit to not having yet worked it up. Oh, then there’s the title trick, a poker demonstration that will make even poker demonstration haters happy. Trust me, I know.

If you haven’t already figured it out, I am a fan of Michael Breggar’s creative output. I regularly perform a couple of effects from his previous books because they are solid, audience-pleasing, and magical. This latest collection will tickle your funny bone, and provide hours of fun. So, all hands on decks, and take a deep dive into The Expert at the Cod Table

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EndersGame and Anthony, Thank you very much for providing us with your reviews of Mike's book!

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EndersGame and Anthony, thanks for the kind words (and for getting the jokes!). And thanks to all you early adverturers!

As S. W. Ordfish himself would say, "Carp Diem!"

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