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“Mike Powers, author of Power Plays, followed with the slickest sleight-of-hand in the bunch.”Lou Harry – Indianapolis Business Journal

“I'm speaking of Mike Powers, whose new tome Power Plays/High Voltage Magic is bristling with new card magic along with a fine sampling of magic with coins and other small objects.”  - Steve Bryant (Little Egypt Gazette)

"... tricks that will make you think... and remind you of WHY you're a cardman why you love card magic."Jon Racherbaumer re: Top Secret Stuff

“Sounds like a miracle? It is!” Frank Garcia re: Holy Terror

“Swinger..will become a miniature modern classic!”Michael Weber

“Mike—again, a great trick and a real fooler.” Bob Farmer re: Diminishing Returns

“I do not know what gives Mike the ability to consistently come up with one great magical idea after another… maybe the ability simply comes from a great love of the pasteboards. However, what I do know for sure is that Mike loves the challenge of working on a new routine and working on it relentlessly until it becomes a masterpiece. I am grateful to Mike for taking almost a half dozen routines that I have published over the years and elevating them from interesting ideas into great routines.” Allan Ackerman


What will he teach?

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.


Who is he?

Mike Powers has been in the magic scene for over forty years. In 1978 Mike met Ed Marlo and became a welcome guest at the Marlo table in Chicago. With Marlo’s guidance, Mike published his first book, Powerful Magic in 1983. Contributors included Simon Aronson, Dave Solomon, Jay Sankey, Gary Kurtz and Marlo himself. Subsequently Mike has published two more books – Top Secret Stuff (1993) and Power Plays (2006). Power Plays was voted Book of the Year in 2006 on the Magic Café and was runner up Book of the Year in the Magic Industry Awards. Mike’s magic has appeared in every major magic publication and in the books of Paul Harris, John Born, Peter Duffie and others.

Besides being an author and columnist (The Card Corner in the Linking Ring), Mike has extensive experience in performing magic, especially in the restaurant/strolling arena. He has performed at the Society of American Magicians national convention and will be featured at the IBM national convention in 2016. In 1993 Mike was invited to perform at the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and to lecture at the Hollywood Day of Magic. In 2019 Mike will be the guest of honor at the prestigious 4F Convention (Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic) in Batavia NY.

Mike retired from his position as professor of Physics at Holy Cross College in 2002. He now devotes most of his time to performing, writing and lecturing. He finished an eight city lecture tour last June and has been the house magician at Etropal restaurant in La Porte IN for the past year. Mike’s latest venture combines his love of magic with his love of music. Having spent eight years playing rock and roll with Blackjack 66, Mike is now in StringMagic where he and his partner Hutch stroll – Mike performing magic, Hutch with his guitar. Then, after a short break, Mike and Hutch perform together as an acoustic duo.


If you could ask ONE question to one of the world's most creative professional magicians, what would it be?

If you've never been to a magic lecture, there’'s never been a better time. Sunday, January 10th, at 7:00pm, we're live-streaming Mike Powers LIVE in a spectacular 2-hour interactive online lecture. Watch, ask questions, and learn things you won't find in any book or DVD.

Want VIP access to EVERY FUTURE Penguin LIVE we film? Check out the new Penguin LIVE: All Access Pass!


  1. Purchase the Mike Powers LIVE “product”. This is your ticket.
  2. On Sunday, January 10th, anytime before 7:00pm Eastern, click the “MyPenguinMagic” area at the top of the Penguin site. You'll see the livestream appear 1 hour before showtime. At 7pm sharp, Mike will hit the stage and begin his JAM-PACKED professional lecture.
  3. Sit back and watch over 2 hours of DVD-quality live streaming magic from the comfort of your own home.
  4. Ask Mike questions and discuss the tricks DURING the lecture.


Reserve your seat anyway. Within 24 hours of ending, you'll be able to download and/or watch the full lecture on-demand, and go over all the great routines and subtleties as many times as you want. It'’ll be waiting for you in your “MyPenguinMagic” area.

Magicians flock to see “workers” give talks. Why? Because these guys see and learn things that you won'’t find in any book or DVD. Yes, you'll be learning some incredibly powerful A-material, but the INVALUABLE stuff will be the insight you learn along the way.

This lecture is for everyone, from the beginner to the professional and for magicians and mentalists alike. Don'’t miss it!

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 26th, 2017
I believe I've watched this lecture about 5 times now and I always pick up something else that I had previously missed. One of the best lectures in the Penguin LIVE collection with some seriously good card work.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 19th, 2016
A wealth of knowledge for card and restaurant workers. Too many card tricks for me, but David did a fabulous job of keeping the ball rolling and interview. Some great magic philosophy and tips from a real working magician.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 19th, 2016
GREAT - His name says it.
I own a lot live lectures because I do have this subscription. I would give 5 stars to most of the penguin- live-lectures. Not because I am easily satisfied - they are just great.
Mike Powers live should get more then 5 stars for this 4 incredible hours. I tried several tricks. They worked perfect for me and suit (also) my style. Invisible 21 is now in my act. Some more will be. Thank you, Mike Powers. Thank you, Penguin Magic.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 15th, 2016
Mike Powers LIVE lecture was AMAZING! He taught many card tricks (and non-card items). His explanations were clear, easy to understand, and precise. There is all skill levels in this lecture so if you are in your first year as a magician, you can pick up on a few with very little practice. However, you will have to learn certain slights for other tricks in his lecture... well if you buy the lecture Mike is kind enough to provide you with a link to his website where you can watch 45-50 moves on video.

So many great things to say about this lecture. I highly recommend!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 15th, 2016
This runs at just under five hours but feels like two such is the enjoyment of this lecture , tons of tricks and ideas a joy to watch .
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Very thorough and informative! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 14th, 2016
Mike Powers is a great teacher, even if at parts I felt like I was back in school. He is really clear and has some great close up magic to offer. The tricks are thoroughly explained and he includes a small library of some classic moves that are very useful, and where to find additional materials to improve your knowledge.

I like that there is so much card magic here. He explains his effect "Diminishing Returns" which I didn't realize had so much potential for other magic tricks before you do the effect itself. Also there is other card magic that uses the small card, so if you have a small deck and were wondering what kind of tricks you could do with one...

Overall this was a great lecture. It's very thorough and informative and I feel like it was worth the time and money.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 13th, 2016
This lecture is filled with a lot of very clever magic, especially card magic. Mike is vey well-versed with sleight of hand techniques and has the ability to compose excellent routines that everyone can learn from. You don't see magic like this every day.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 11th, 2016
Deminishing return is a popular trick in Japan as well. I use often and enjoy a lot. Plus his web site has great contents of moves.
In this lecture, Mike showed solid pro work whi is practical and effective.( I only do card trick )The routines are not complicated and relatively easy to remember. I will use these routines for sure.
Thank you very much.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 10th, 2016
Make sure to get this master class from one of worlds most experienced prestidigitators !forget about the infallibility of the process as mistakes are bound to occur in the course of performance, through time thats a inherit given of the art ,the point is Penguin has created a forum of the worlds top magic & mentalism artists,an Invaluable resource of wisdom & knowledge for all to transcend & evolve
a unique learning experience
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