Michael Ammar and Johnny Carson - Then
Michael Ammar Superstar - 1995
Phil Matlin, owner of Perfect Magic Shop, first met Michael Ammar when they were both relatively new in magic. It was in Evansville Indiana at an I.B.M. Convention. Michael was still sowing his wild oats. We got to know Michael well over the years. He stayed at our home when he came to Montreal. When we first met his wife Hannah, Michael introduced us as Phil and Evy from Perfect Magic in Montreal, who know me from way back when…. He said we knew that things about him that very few people knew. And she said to us, “I know everything about Michael, don’t worry!” We had a great laugh.
Card Thru Hank - Magie Montreal Lecture
Michael’s magic was always impeccable. When he came out with Easy to Master Card Miracles 1,2 and 3 in VHS magic dealers
Michael lecturing at Magie Montreal
rejoiced! They were hot and still are but now in DVD form! His teaching methods are clear and exceptional. It’s rare that I push a product, as I am well aware of the fact that everyone has their own taste and what I like someone else might not, but when someone tells me they like cards I still direct them towards Michael Ammar.
Many of the younger generation never heard of him and they thank me after for introducing them to his DVDs. Of course many more followed, Easy to Master Card Miracles, 4,5,6,7,8 and 9. His book and DVD’s on Cups and Balls are for anyone who really wants to learn them. Then there was Easy to Master Thread Miracles 1,2,3, book The Magic of Michael Ammar and the list goes on. Just click on his link for the complete deal. When we sell his stuff we are confident that the customer will be satisfied, regardless of what it is!
I wrote him the other day to tell him I was writing a blog on him and asked what hooked him into magic and what advice he would give to an aspiring magician. This was his answer.
How nice to hear from you and to hear all’s well with you and Phil….
The first effect that really resonated with me was the one where you seem to rub a coin or small piece of paper into your arm. Showing it has vanished, you then produce it from your ear or elbow. The method, as I’m sure you know, is that you accidentally drop the coin and in picking it up, you simply fake putting into your other hand so it can seem to vanish.
I knew several typical card tricks up to that point, but I could tell something different was taking place here. Not only did this involve acting, but it also involved true sleight-of-hand.
This meant I had to practice a bit to get it right, but I felt so empowered knowing the reaction I was getting was because of something I did; not because they just didn’t know how I had stacked the deck, or whatever.
Having to practice a little to learn that effect made me realize you can get an amazing reaction based purely on your own efforts. I decided to see what would happen if I put even more effort into something. Then I began to notice: the more effort I put into learning something, the better and more satisfying the response was.
Up until then I thought you had to be born a magician. This experience made me realize it was up to me; I could be as good as I decided I’d be; success wasn’t a matter of divine intervention, luck, or whatever. It was an epiphany; It’s up to me, if it is to be…
If I were to give just one tip to someone regarding magic, it would be to perform as often as possible, then reflect back on the performance to see how much data you can mine from the experience. I think you learn more from 1 live performance than you can from weeks of just thinking about it. So perform as often as possible. There’s an old saying, “Everybody needs someplace to be bad.” Find someplace that’ll tolerate your evolution, then start to build intelligent experience.
Hope this helps!
Best wishes always,
A typical sellout crowd at a Michael Ammar lecture.
So there you have it. I thought it was wonderful advice and hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Thank you Michael.