For anyone considering doing magic as a full time job, it is worth understanding how off seasons work and preparing yourself for the slow times during the year. This week, Michael O'Brien offers some solutions on how you can supplement your income when you are not booking as many magic gigs as you would like.
One thing that a lot of people forget about when it comes to marketing and advertising their businesses is the power and strength of 1-on-1 marketing. In this video Michael O'Brien is going to explain what 1-on-1 marketing is and the best ways to capitalize on it while providing tremendous amounts of value for your guests!
Are you looking for some awesome sleight of hand moves, techniques, or ideas to add to your material? Are you a move monkey who loves a good challenge? Then this may be the download for you! This week Michael O'Brien discusses the pros and cons of the "P&T Bundle" by Byron Leung and Takumi Takahashi!
What is the best way to approach a group of people to show them magic? Who is approachable and who isn't? What if they say no or don't want to see any magic? This week, magician Michael O'Brien talks about how he determine which groups to approach and how! He will also give some tips on how to handle rejection and the differences between casual settings and professional settings.
One of the most difficult parts of any performance is getting over the initial fear of approaching someone, or starting your show. This week, magician Michael o'Brien shares some tips on how to help cope with performance anxiety as well as ease yourself into any performance!
Imagine being able to have a spectator name any card and then visually remove that thought of card from their own BORROWED PHONE! This week, Michael O'Brien takes a look at "InstaGrab" by Patrick Kun. Find out why Michael has decided to add this incredible and practical piece of magic to his own working material!
These days, electronic payment is virtually the only form of payment people are using. Gone are the days of mailing a check. The ability to instantly wire money with little or no fees is truly a game changer. This week, Michael O'Brien teaches us how to accept electronic payments as well as the importance of using invoices and down payments to protect yourselves from cancelations.
*THIS IS NOT A PASS!* Don't let your eyes deceive you! The "Cardini Turnover SHIFT" looks very similar to the "Turnover PASS", however the methods are very different! In this tutorial, Pablo Frey teaches his awesome take on the "Cardini Shift" as well as offers some advice on achieving the cleanest control possible. Learn 2 variations of the move including an easy version and advanced version.
Have you been handing out tons of business cards only to discover that hardly anyone is calling you back? Ever here someone say "I know the perfect person for you to perform for!" Then almost like magic they completely vanish? In this episode, Michael shares one of his biggest secrets ever! Find out how he books a good portion of his gigs through referrals that actually works!
Are you having a hard time getting your audience truly invested in your performance? sometimes as magicians we tend to accidentally put on "blinders" and only focus on our volunteer, leaving the rest of our audience feeling out of the loop. This week, Michael offers 3 really easy ways to break that habit and get our audience emotionally invested in our show!
Are you getting called out on your sleights? Not able to hide those difficult to perform moves as easily? Find out Michael's secrets to performing the WORLD's UGLIEST PASS and getting away with it 100% of the time!!! You do not have to have the world's cleanest sleights to be able to perform them well. You just need to make use of "Camouflage!"
If you have ever wanted to see some tatted up, hardcore cholos perform magic, then boy do I have a treat for you! Magicians Michael O'Brien, David Bonfadini, Asad Chauldry, Jack Murdock, and Daniel Fernandez team up to teach these gangsters how to magish like the pros do! Grab a seat and crack open your favorite beverage, for this is Cholos Try Season 2; Cholos Try MAGIC!
Have you ever seen something so obvious that you tell yourself "I would never fall for that." Well I said the same thing, then fell for one of the stupidest pranks ever. Find out how Howie Mandel of America's Got Talent pulled a fast one on me and got me to do something that most people would consider to be "Extremely Stupid."
Looking for an extremely visual and easy to perform color change? Then DIVE may be the effect for you! "Dive" by David Koehler is a visual color change of a single card that happens in freaking MID-AIR! How cool is that? In addition to the FULL TUTORIAL that teaches how to perform this awesome effect, Michael O'Brien offers some advice on how to expand on this idea and use it to perform some of your own incredible miracles!
"Phone Vanish" is ALREADY making a name for itself as potential "TRICK OF THE YEAR!" The funny thing about it, it is SO EASY to perform! The misdirection and motivation involved is top tier and the best part is there are NO GIMMICKS, SET UP, OR SPECIAL PHONES required. Just good ol' fashioned sleight of hand and ANY phone! This week, lets find out if "Phone Vanish" passes Michael's magic product review!
Pablo Frey is back again with another awesome, fun, visual, and easy to perform card effect. This time Pablo shares his card-through-box effect called "Houdini Card." There are some great convincers in here and the handling itself is so easy it is almost self working! Enjoy!
Michael O’Brien is a professional magician in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Like many kids, Michael grew up fascinated with magic, even learning how to perform several simple tricks for friends and family. As he got older, his enthusiasm for magic waned as he began to focus on other things. It wasn’t until watching a sleight of hand magician performing on Hollywood Boulevard that Michael’s interest in magic was reignited, and he set out to achieve a dream of becoming professional magician.
The magician signs a card and looses it into the deck. The deck is then handed to a spectator to shuffle behind their back. The spectator draws a giant "X" on the back of a random card in the deck. The "X" card is revealed to be the same one the magician signed at the beginning of the effect!
What is it that gets customers coming back for more? The secret to having a long term following is offering excellent customer service! Magician Michael O’Brien has over 8 years of experience as a customer service trainer and supervisor at one of the world’s most customer service based companies, the Walt Disney Company. Michael would like to share some of what he learned with us during his time at Disney, and help translate your kindness and service into $$$!
The "Overhand Shuffle" is perhaps one of the most common ways to mix up a deck of cards. What if I told you that someone came up with a clever way to control a card using this shuffle? Multiple Cards? Maintain the entire stock??? This week we take a look at the "B.C. Shuffle" by Jeremy Griffith!
One of the things I get asked most often is “How do you know how much money to charge your clients?” Knowing what to charge for your services is a very important part of being a professional entertainer. Are you charging too much? Are you not charging enough? This week Michael O’Brien gives us some advice on how to determine what your rate should be!
Are you looking for the perfect piece of magic that you can carry around in your pocket 24/7!?! Then "Cap" is the effect for you! Organic and practical magic using an everyday object you already have at home! This week, we discover why Michael O'Brien recommends this brilliant piece of magic!
Do you have a case of the writer’s block? Are you stuck trying to figure out the best patter for your effect? Scripting magic can be a rough start sometimes. This week, Michael is going to offer some advice on how you can come up with a fun presentation for your favorite effects!
Are you looking for one of the most visual and impressive IN-YOUR-FACE effects on the market? Then Cohesive is the trick for you! Super organic and can even be performed in the spectator's hands! This week let us find out what Michael O'Brien thinks of Kevin Li's COHESIVE!
Are you looking for a slick and easy way to control two different cards from two different parts of the deck to the top, SIMULTANEOUSLY? Well then this just may be the technique for you! Check out Michael O'Brien's "Double-Dribble Control" as seen at 52Kards in this months free magic tutorial!