Mike Pisciotta Masterclass
Mike Pisciotta is the official resident magician at the Magic Castle, a distinction that few others can claim. During his residency there, he has honed a fifteen-minute act to perfection. In addition, Mike is a sought-after magician in the Los Angeles area and around the world. The signature quality of Mike's magic is that his presentations are tight, lean, but have impact and, often, meaning. They are polished through thousands of thoughtful performances, and we're delighted that he has agreed to share some of his most prized routines.
Week One: (December 5th 2021, 4pm ET)
- Breather Crimp
- Placing the crimp
- Cutting to it
- Everyone’s Maverick -trick
- Biddle Trick -trick
- Thoughts on Forcing / Switching Gears
- Into the Dead Zone
- Merlin’s Aces
Week Two: (December 12th 2021, 4pm ET) - Curriculum TBA
- Thoughts on Coins
- Edge Grip
- Throw switch
- Thoughts on The Memorized Deck
- The Birthday Book
- Storytelling in Magic
- Zen Master
Week Three: (December 19th 2021, 4pm ET) - Zoom Hangout
- Join us as we move over to Zoom for an additional hour's jam session. Ask Mike anything you like.
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Customer reviews for Mike Pisciotta Masterclass
Excellent insight into the thought processes of a working pro (and well thought out effects).
Having seen Mike perform at the Magic Castle I really enjoyed hearing how he thinks about his show. Hearing from someone who has done thousands of shows is a real treat. A good speaker is one who gets you thinking and that is what Mike did.
I thoroughly enjoy Mike's 1st Masterclass lecture.
Very good usable tricks were taught....I loved them all but I especially appreciated his version of "The Biddle Trick.". His simplicity of method(s) used in his tricks was eye-opening.
I loved his ideas on his use of the breather crimp. Great thinking there.
And, I loved his theory discussions...including how to get out of situations that go all wrong and blow-up in your face. His advice to always have a back-up plan (in case you miss your force, etc.) summarized it all.
Very very knowledgeable. Lots of practical advice. It was almost like "this guy" has been around the block a few times. (grin) You can tell that Mike learned a lot of his performance knowledge based upon his own experience "under fire".
Mike P begins by putting forth a question which if you think and ponder will start to make your Art more "you"
And the more "you" you are the the more real the magic will be. But hey we've got to become better "you's" right ? :)
And his simple idea of how you must and how you must not greet your audience is a great reminder of really what your best "opener" should be.
He has structured this to the person who performs for family and friends and wants to make a move forward to more shows. And as he has performed over 10,000 shows - you want to listen to this guy.
They say the criss cross card force is one of the best in magic becasue the spectator cuts to the card. Well here he teaches how you can force a real cut to card or several cards. It's amazing and maybe even more amazing that for many it will be the first time they learn such a powerful and clean force. It's in his words 98 per cent realible but he goes through solutions if it doesn't hit and stresses how you must be prepared in your show for failure. Because whatever can happen will happen.
But for me his discussions on how he uses time as misdirection and his strategies and philosophy about feeling and creating audience energy and emotions are equally important if not more important than individual tricks.
This is why I got this masterclass.
He really really wants to draw you in.
If you get a chance to see his performances on line or live, you'll notice his tricks always end with people really amazed and thrown for a loop.
I think you will be able to apply his ideas to your whole show.
Good explanations of card techniques and tricks.
Another excellent, thought-provoking session.
Excellent class! Obviously a skilled master. Mike explains both the trick and the psychology that supports the trick. The VI Masterclass series is the best bang for your buck. all taught by legendary performers and the best creators of magic in the world.
Mike is one of the most clever and relaxed magicians working.
There were several examples in this week's lesson from his version of the Lost Aces to his "multiple selection" routine. The relaxed drop off from a double instead of a close-in cramped top change is another great example of his thinking.
Luckily I missed last weeks' lecture and now have that to look forward to.
I had to miss the first part of his lecture and I came in at the end of his coin work. Thank God! that the lecture is on video.
From what I was able to watch, it was an awe-inspiring phenomenal lecture. Mike has definitely been around the block more than once...and it shows.
Mike was on fire! Lots of tips and practical advice erupted with volcanic force and frequency. His performance was a never-ending stream of consciousness. I was glad when he took a breather and slowed down a bit...and reinforced principles taught last week. (grin)
I liked his Birthday Book routine (particularly his idea of using TWO people in that routine. And, I especially liked his Zen Archery story that he used in his modular multiple selection routine.
A highly entertaining and valuable lecture.
As I said before, Mike's been around the block more than once and he exhibited the practiced skill and knowledge of a true professional.
Great job, Mike.
I'm saddened that we are almost at the end of Mike's Masterclass lecture and that we start Week 3 (i.e., the last week of the lecture) next week.
The Zen-themed routine was particularly lovely. It's clear that Mike is a worker who cares deeply, and I am glad he is sharing his magic with us.
Fantastic. I'm a huge fan of Mike Pisciotta's work. The plots, presentations and routining of all his effects are superb. If you ever get a chance to visit the Magic Castle, go down to the Hat and Hare pub and catch one of Mike's shows. Highly recommended.
Great masterclass again ! This time we got to see some great use of a well known principle, some advice on stage craft and a few well tough of tricks to top it all ! Thanks mike and the Vanishing Inc team !
Lots of really cool things are covered in this masterclass. Mike has a style that is easy to relate to l, and easy to lean from. I’m loving the masterclass series so far, and can’t wait to see what’s still to come
Excellent theory and very usable tricks and ideas for our own shows.
Good finish with Biddle trick and Into the Dead Zone. I did enjoy some of the stage craft and use of breather crimp, but noticed he repeated himself a bit too often.