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!
Are you not sure if you are practicing correctly? We want to make sure our magic top notch before we jump out into the world and begin to amaze people! This week, Michael O'Brien teaches us how he practices himself! This is a must watch for anyone and everyone!
Are you curious to know the origins on Michael's passion for magic? In this interview with Voyage LA Magazine, Michael gives the inside scoop on his company "O'Brien Magic Entertainment" and talks about what it is like owning his own entertainment company!
Are you having a hard time learning or practicing certain sleights? Richard Ribuffo has come up with a really clever system that will help you practice your magic! This week, Michael O'Brien will go over everything on the DVD and explain why he thinks this is the best way to practice!
How many times have you had to stop a performance in its tracks because someone decided to call you out on your double lift? Or maybe they kept asking to examine your props every 30 seconds? This week, magician Michael O’Brien explains the different types of hecklers out there and the best solutions for dealing with them! Check it out!
Looking for a fun way to control a selected card to the top? Then check out CTR by Pablo Frey! It is a fun move that uses the "Cardini Change" to allow you to control a selected card! If performed correctly this can be a very stealthy addition to your arsenal! Check it out!
Are you tired of people asking if they can examine the rings during your "Ninja Rings" performance? Well do I have a solution for you! This is perhaps one of the cleanest and most organic linking ring routines I have ever seen! I am speaking of course about "Ninja+" by Matthew Garrett! Join Michael O'Brien as he talks about one of his favorite pieces of magic and gives us a little insight on the best ring routine on the market today!
Has your magic not been getting the “Oh My God!” reactions that you have been hoping for? Believe it or not, there is a time when simply relying on visual tricks won’t completely sell your audience on how amazing it is. The one missing component is giving your magic a bit of personality. This week we will learn how magician Michael O’Brien turned one of the most common and mundane card effects into the most requested piece in his repertoire!
The Magic Crasher, David Bonfadini wants to help you prank your friends with this awesome magic effect called "Sharp This!" Sharp This is a fun and easy way to write on any surface with a Sharpie marker, then instantly wipe that mark away! Michael O'Brien gives his input on what you can expect from this awesome piece of magic!
One of the most important things you can do to add production value to your YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram videos, is to offer high quality, clear sound! In this video, magician Michael O'Brien is going to offer advice on how to greatly improve the sound quality for your videos! The best part? It is affordable and very easy to do!!! Check it out!!!
Do you have any awesome and clever magic ideas that you think other magicians could benefit from learning? Believe it or not, selling and distributing magic is simple to do if you know where to look! In this video, magician Michael O’Brien will teach you how to create, publish, and distribute magic instructional videos and products to help get your name out there and even earn some extra cash! Check it out!
Are you curious to know more about what drives Michael's passion as a performer and creator? Would you like some advice on how Michael's past experiences can benefit you as well? Join Jack Murdock and Jordan Groll of "Sleightly Smoking" as they interview Michael on their weekly Podcast! Be sure to also check out other interviews of some of the industries best and up an coming magicians!
Have you ever needed to shuffle a deck of cards and realized there is no table top to shuffle on? Well, this is the tutorial for you! This week special guest Jeremy Griffith teaches two variations of the classic in-the-hands "Faro Shuffle" as well as a few techniques to help you to interlace the cards PERFECTLY! Let's grab a deck of cards and strap in for this awesome Video Tutorial!