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Michael Ammar LIVE ACT (Penguin LIVE)

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"For decades, Michael has been the go-to source for work-a-day magicians." -- Outside Magazine

“One of the most influential magicians of the 20th century.” -- Magic Magazine

"Michael is a GREAT, world-class, sleight-of-hand artist." -- Johnny Carson

What will he teach?

Bottle Production: Ammar's wine bottle production opener

Coin in Bottle: Ammar's handling of the classic coin in bottle effect.

Vanishes: Michael vanishes several items to set up the finale of the act. 

Crazy Mans Handcuffs: A stand up handling of a classic rubber band effect.

Snapped: Broken and restored rubber band.

Feats of Magic: A 3 phase card routine for stand up.

Card in Balloon: Ammar's handling of Derek Dingle's Card in Balloon

Professor's Nightmare: Ammar's handling of this rope classic.

Add a Number: Using a simple post it notepad, numbers added together from the audeince match Michaels prediction

Cups and Balls: Ammar's stand up presentation for this classic effect.

Bill in Lemon: After the final.

Who is he?

Michael Ammar is an award-winning author, lecturer and performer who has educated and influenced more magicians than anyone else in the world. At the turn of the millennium, Magic Magazine listed Michael Ammar as one of “The Most Influential Magicians of the Twentieth Century.” It’s no wonder, as one of the most prolific authors and teachers of magic in the world, Michael’s awards and achievements are unequaled. Michael's magic encompasses a full spectrum of performance genres: from very intimate, sleight-of-hand to stand-up "parlor" magic, and (more recently) the stage with his presentation of "The Spirit Cabinet." His disarming humor and casual poise only serve to make the impossibilities of his magic even more surprising and powerful. His television credits include two appearances on The Tonight Show; The Late Show with David Letterman; CNN Headline News; World’s Greatest Magic; Travel Channel: Magic of LA; International Magic Awards; The World’s Best Magic Tricks EVER; and several appearances on Japanese and Korean television specials.

Michael has been honored numerous times, including Magician of the Year; six awards from the Academy of Magical Arts; FISM Gold Medal in Close-Up Magic; two awards from the International Magic Awards; Dragon Award; and West Virginia University's Distinguished Alumni award for achieving international recognition in his profession. In the early 1980’s (after publishing some of his earliest books: Success & Magic, Encore 3 and The Topit Book) Michael began visiting local magic shops and clubs to share his ideas. Since then, he has traveled to 52 countries - and in doing so, has instructed over 25,000 people in the theory and practice of modern magic. His seminars have earned him accolades, including the maximum number of Lecturer of the Year awards from the Academy of Magic Arts in Hollywood, California. Michael is recognized as the world’s foremost teacher of magic. David Copperfield calls him “the magician’s magician,” and he was selected by Toys-R-Us as the instructor on “The Magic Video.” In 1991, his book “The Magic of Michael Ammar,” became the fastest selling book in magic history.

Michael has given instructional seminars worldwide - crossing all age, language, and distance barriers. Other professionals, including David Copperfield, Lance Burton, Siegfried & Roy, Doug Henning and Michael Jackson have consulted with Michael for their magic. In the late 1990’s, Michael was the first visiting scholar at the Silvan Magic Academy in Italy - where he was awarded an honorary PhD. The school set out to provide intensive magic study to serious students. The following few years he would periodically give magic classes at the Magic Castle in Hollywood to eager students looking to polish their skills. In 2005, Michael was guest instructor to the College of Magic in South Africa. He later provided curriculum content to the college. He has instructed young and old at international magic conferences, such as: Blackpool Magic Convention, The International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention and FISM (Federation Internationale des Societes Magiques); and magic camps, such as: West Coast Magic Camp and Sorcerers Safari in Canada. On two ground-breaking occasions, Michael Ammar gave the first lecture from the western world to magic fans in the Soviet Union and mainland China. His influence altered the course of the craft in those countries in ways that are still being felt today.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 23rd, 2018
It’s difficult for me to not to sign-up for an opportunity to learn from Michael. His vast experience, intuitive insights, and practical approach have helped to create, develop, and share some great routines, some of the best being shared in this act.

My only disappointment was that the actual presentation of the act itself was very fast. He packed everything into about 25 minutes, which felt rushed.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 11th, 2018
Michael's teaching is simply the best! The trick selections are fine, however, many are repeats from his previous lessons; there is not much new and original here.
If you want to learn old standards with the Ammar touch, this is a good place to start or review.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 14th, 2019
Nothing new: card in balloon, bottle production, coin in bottle, topit vanish, Pr nightmare, cups and balls...But absolute magic by perfect choreography, timing and technique. Even if, like me, you have all the DVDs of Michael it is good to dive in pure magic!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 30th, 2022
I've done so many of Michael's effect over the years and all killers. I remember seeing him at a lecture for the first time many decades ago and being completely baffled by his Cups & Balls routine.

He is a true master. Get it and learn.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 28th, 2018
I absolutely love the LIVE ACT series and I have a feeling that the Michael Ammar LIVE ACT will be the gold standard. I've never gotten to see Michael perform live, so seeing a full act performed by him was a real treat. The discussion with Dan about how the act was designed has a whole lot of great tips and then... he teaches the entire act which tips ALOT of really amazing magic.

Another benefit of the LIVE ACT series... it doesn't become a product pitch since Michael (and others so far within this series) uses items that most magicians will already have.

It's hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with this one, and I feel like everyone from beginners to working pro's can benefit from watching.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 21st, 2018
A very good Live Act down load from Michael Ammar, very descriptive
and informative explanations of Michaels act which taught me a few
items of tricks and presentation.
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